The Old Same Place
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 15, 3-6PM
Exhibition continues through June 25th with a closing reception and artist talk
32 East Quincy Street, Riverside, Illinois
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 1-5PM
The Riverside Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening reception for The Old Same Place, a solo exhibition featuring the paintings of Joseph Noderer in the Freeark Gallery, curated by Judith Mullen.
“Things aren’t so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe, most experiences are unsayable. They happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures besides our own, small transitory life.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
For the past eight years Joseph Noderer has painted his newest body of work isolated from the contemporary art scene. After receiving his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he lived in Chicago, Illinois and Austin, Texas before the pull of his familiar childhood landscape found him moving back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and back to a connection with his roots. It is these roots, connections, typography of the land, memories of time and space, and more that is sensitively rendered in each of the paintings exhibited in The Old Same Place opening May 15, 2022, at the Riverside Art Center, Riverside, Illinois.
Throughout these years Noderer quietly worked from a small bedroom studio, pondering the importance of connection: connection to ourselves, our family, our neighbors, along with our connection to nature, time, and place. Using a limited palette of colors that referenced what he could see from his studio window, on his way to work, or walking in a nearby park, Noderer intuitively constructs snippets of a memory, seamlessly yet ambiguously. It is the tension between the specificity and ambiguity of place that opens up the work to be relatable to a global audience.
– Judith Mullen, curator
Joseph Noderer is a Pennsylvania based artist who received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions at Linda Warren Projects (Chicago) and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Noderer’s group exhibitions include venues in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Berlin, Germany; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. His paintings are held in private and public collections including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS. His art has been featured in New American Paintings, Fresh Paint Magazine, and Newcity Art.
Judith Mullen obtained her BFA and MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to residencies at Oxbow in Michigan and CAt’Art in France, she is an Artadia Finalist and Illinois Arts Council Grantee. Her solo exhibitions include Woldt Gallery (London), Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica), and Linda Warren Projects and Devening Projects (Chicago), with numerous group exhibitions. Her paintings and sculpture have been reviewed in Newcity Art, Hyperallergic, Chicago Art Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. Mullen has served on the Riverside Arts Center’s exhibition committee since 2020.