Two abstract forms in colorful oil pastels appear as if two people in conversation or argument. But there are no identifiable human form to point to.

Jesse Greenberg, Two Different Things 2 (2023). Oil pastel on paper in frame. 18 x 24 x 1 in. Photo Credit: Priscilla Polley.

Greenberg's practice bounces between painting and sculpture. Hyper colorful, texture filled oil pastels on paper and panel depicting abstract yet seemingly illustrative forms using whimsy, musicality and violent forms of mark making. Sculptures are composed primarily of scavenged plastic items recomposed into human scaled forms completely escaping the materials original intentions, but reconstituted as new seemingly familiar industrial or social machines. Greenberg is also the director of programming at Foreland in Catskill NY, as well as curating shows in guest sites under his acronym JAG Projects.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.