Affinity: Jillian Sortore & Sarah T. Roberts
Please join us for the opening reception of Affinity, new works by Jillian Sortore and Sarah T. Roberts at Longview located at 1906 S Flores St, inside the warehouse.
Metal serves as the common thread between these two artists but both juxtapose its use with different materials, surfaces, colors, and textures. The show is comprised of sculpture, wearable objects and drawings, which address themes of identity, sexuality, and loss. Sortore’s work is part of a larger series titled, “Birds of a Feather” which explores avian characteristics, instincts, and sexual dimorphism as a metaphor for human relationships. Through the repetitive manipulation of intimate forms, Roberts examines the connection between loss, control, and identity, while presenting contrasting elements of hard and soft, and masculine and feminine.
Jillian Sortore received her MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010 and her BFA in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University in 2006. A variety of materials inform her work, which ranges from cheerfully lightweight and bright earrings to wearable sculptural adornment. In addition to maintaining an active studio practice, Sortore is currently the Chair and Professor of Metals at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX.
Roberts received her MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University in 2010. Her works have been selected for many national exhibitions including Spirit and Matter at the Jung Center in Houston; Art Jewelry: Strong Voices at Dedee Schattuck Gallery in Westport, Massachusetts; and Craft Action: Genre Bending in New York, NY. Roberts spent six years as co-director and resident artist at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery where she curated numerous exhibitions. She resides in San Antonio, TX and is the Studio Manager and Professor of Metals at Southwest School of Art.
Longview is not a gallery. It is run by Amada Miller and Nicholas Frank.