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Painter Dana Clancy shows portraits and landscapes in a special exhibit

Artist reception tomorrow at Sherman Gallery

Dana Clancy's "Futures," oil on canvas on panel, 22"x24", 2004

Dana Clancy’s paintings — with images full of mystery, wit, and visual intensity — let her audience see both sides of the viewing experience, both as spectator and as spectacle. An exhibition of paintings by Clancy (CFA’99), a College of Fine Arts school of visual arts assistant professor, is at the Sherman Gallery through December 16.

Dana Clancy: Intimate Distance consists of a recent series of portrait and landscape paintings and a new site-specific installation, all exploring the act of looking. Clancy will be present at the opening reception tomorrow, Thursday, November 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Clancy’s enigmatic portraits depict disembodied heads and delicately rendered figures within vibrant spheres of color. Her subjects, confined within the limits of the rounded forms, gaze outward beyond the frame of the canvas, raptly attentive to something unseen. Full of expression, yet intentionally ambiguous, they reveal few clues to what is of such captivating interest, consequently shifting the viewer’s perspective from that of observing to that of being observed.