Jen Tough Gallery


Lisa Pressman: The Heart of It



Opening reception

Installing The Heart of It

Lisa Pressman's The Heart of It solo exhibition focuses on works primarily from two recent series, Unknown Terrain and The Heart of It. These abstract works reference transit and containment. Pressman says: "There is a direct connection between my traveling, observing the transience of images and time and the passing of my 99 year old mom. The last week of her life she kept saying there is the train, there is the bus…a riverboat.  The imagery, abstracted, modes of transport frozen in time and space, metaphorically represents the passage between human vibrancy and entropy." 

Jen Tough Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Heart Of It, a solo exhibition of works from New Jersey-based American abstract painter Lisa Pressman, on view at 942 Tyler Street in Benicia from February 09 – February 22, 2018. Opening reception is February 10, 5-7pm. This will be the artist’s second showing at Jen Tough Gallery with work previously in the group invitational exhibition, Women In The Abstract in 2017.

Pressman’s vibrant, moody work explores transformation and movement, using vessels, windows, doors, and imagery relating to the inside/outside metaphor. In The Heart of It, Pressman turns inward, focusing on where the work comes from, “turning the outside noise down and tuning in to the inside.”

The exhibition features new work alongside previous in which Pressman has created and used abstract imagery of transport in order to suggest the passage from “human vibrancy and entropy.” In the catalogue for Passing Through, John Seed comments, “Pressman is attracted to the personal and the familiar, which she recasts into explorations of mood and color. Working in series, she creates families of imagery that share thematic points of departure while generating individual works that are discrete and distinctive”

Lisa Pressman was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned her BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA from Bard College. She currently lives and works in New Jersey.