New York-based artist and Tampa-native Josette Urso created a site-specific 7.5 x 20.0 foot vinyl wall drawing shown alongside a selection of her ink drawings and watercolors. Urso also debuted Taking Place, a 6-minute video, where armed with her usual hyper-focused attention and playful sensibility, she stretches the audience’s notions about drawing. The video invites observers to participate, engage, and delight with the unknown as well as the familiar in unforeseen ways.
Urso states: “For me, drawing parallels the act of seeing and is the most direct link to private time with the physical world. Despite the urgency of my process, as I work, time still slows down. My work becomes a record of this exploration and a reflection of my inherent energy and reason for living.”
The HCC art galleries have hosted several past exhibitions of Urso’s work; the Dale Mabry Art Gallery in 1982 and 2001 and the Ybor Art gallery in 2004. During the gallery reception on September 6, Urso will join R. Lynn Whitelaw, a former director of the HCC Dale Mabry Gallery and curator of her 1982 exhibition, for an informal discussion about the artist’s work and career
Josette Urso received BFA and MFA degrees from the University of South Florida and has shown widely in the United States and abroad in galleries, public institutions, and museums including the New York Public Library, the Drawing Center, and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. She has had numerous grants and residencies including those from the NEA, Basil H. Alkazzi and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as the Camargo Foundation, Ucross and Yaddo. For additional information on the artist, visit www.josetteurso.com.
Article Written By: Dale Mabry Campus Staff.