(HUDSON, N.Y.) – FemmeGestures, a solo exhibition of new work by California artist Jenny Sharaf, opens at Henry Hudson Studios (724 Union St.) on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show is composed mostly of nonrepresentational pour and drip paintings in the vein of Lynda Benglis and Jackson Pollock. She was inspired by Hudson’s pink light, about which painters of the Hudson River School often spoke.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sharaf’s work until now has reflected her hometown in its subject matter: themes of celebrity, television and blonde babes. Her work has been exhibited widely in the Bay Area and spans multiple mediums including video, drawing, printmaking and installation.
After recently receiving an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., Sharaf is staying in Hudson for the summer. Sharaf has been coming to Hudson since she was a child to visit her family, aunt Carrie Haddad, uncle Nick Haddad, and cousins Henry and Jackson. She has dreams of starting an art school or having a gallery of her own in Hudson.