“Our art practice straddles two worlds, the analog and the digital,” says Dorosh. “Access to technology takes us to exciting places where humankind has never gone before. At the same time, privacy and originality are disappearing. Our struggle with an uncertain future asks for compassion for ourselves in this passage of dark beauty.”
The work in the show Dark Beauty includes several mediums, such as graphite drawings on polyester and digital animation (Tomlinson); large digital prints, mappings, and wearable textile sculpture (Dorosh). Together, it shows how the concept of dark beauty manifests itself across art, fashion, technology, and ecology.
“I know as an artist that art has no answers but rather asks questions about life and the world we share,” says Tomlinson.
About the Artists
Dorosh is a co-founder of A.I.R. Gallery, NY, the first non-profit arts organization founded in 1972 by 20 women artists to provide an alternative to mainstream institutions that excluded women. Dorosh studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, NY. She taught fashion design at FIT most of her life and fine art at Parsons School of Design, NY for nine years. Tomlinson was born and educated in Boston, and eventually landed in New York City where he found his element as an art student at Cooper Union graduating in 1970. In 1980, he began teaching art, mostly drawing, at Parsons School of Design Fine Arts in New York, France and Italy. He taught drawing at the National Academy of Design for eight years and directed the New York Studio Residency Program for 21 years. They have been residents of the Upper Delaware River valley since 1998.
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.