“The Dream Factory/Donnas Schaeffer” press release


The Dream Factory: works on paper by Donnas Schaeffer

@ Jed Williams Gallery

February 2 – 16, 2018

Opening Reception Friday February 2, 2018

Contact: jedwilliamsgallery@gmail.com/267.970.5509

“The dream factory”, 2017

January 6, 2018 – JED WILLIAMS GALLERY is proud to announce its first solo exhibition of the work of DONNAS SCHAEFFER. JWG has previously shown Donnas’ work in a group show setting and is excited to premiere Schaeffer’s uniquely powerful collage, assemblage and mixed media work.

Schaeffer’s works are composed of a multitude of fragmentary details, each possessing their own sense of time and well-worn detail. There is a playful feel to the details that add up to broad and slightly retro-quirky compositional sweeps. Schaeffer’s collage and assemblage work dovetails with her pursuit of photography. She uses fragments of paper, found objects collected while she is out photographing. As Schaeffer states, “The fine art photography continues but the collage work is more immediate and automatic. There are no rules when it comes to collage You are free. And unlike traditional photography, there is no process you need to follow. For me, collage is pure.”

About Donnas Schaeffer:

Donnas Schaeffer is a local, self-taught collage artist and fine art black and white photographer. Her influences include Kurt Schwitters, the clarity of a Robert Motherwell collage and the hap-hazard impact of Rauschenberg assemblages, as well as the energy found in Stuart Davis and Franz Kline paintings and the photography of Robert Adams and Walker Evans.

Her collage, assemblage and mixed media work is a witches brew of randomly found paper and objects. She collects and curates for color, shape, text and texture, and then let the materials take over. In her photography, she works with film and traditional darkroom techniques. Currently, she is interested in creating abstract images with multiple and deconstructed (cut and reassembled) negatives.

Recent showings and awards include: RISE ABOVE! Art of the Counterculture juried show ( Sept 2017) at Artworks Trenton , Trenton, N. J. and Absolutely Abstract juried show (July 2017) at the Philadelphia Sketch Club for which she received BEST of SHOW award (for “Cigar: paper collage”) and an Honorable Mention (for “Study in Red: paper collage”)

Artist website: www.donnasschaeffer.com


Please join us for an opening reception February 2, 2018 from 5-7pm. There will also be a closing reception on Sunday February 11 from 2pm-4pm. Private press previews and artist studio visits are available prior to the opening by appointment only. Show runs from February 2-16 at Jed Williams Gallery, 615 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia.

About Jed Williams Gallery: Named one of the top art galleries in Bella Vista and Queen Village by Philadelphia Magazine (March 2015), Jed Williams Gallery is a unique art space owned and operated since 2010 by artist Jed Williams. JWG showcases up-and-coming and inspiring artists from the Philadelphia area. Artists featured are from all backgrounds including classically trained as well as self-taught outsider artists. The gallery shows a variety of thoughtful, cutting edge high quality works ranging from 2D, mixed media and painting, to video, installation and sculpture.