Dramas of Adjustment is a presentation of artworks by Sophy Naess and Joseph Stella. It is the first show by Naess in the Netherlands and presents completely new works such as a site-specific wall-filling tapestry and several large prints on canvas.
Sophy Naess (*1982) was trained as an oil painter and maintains an active multidisciplinary practice that includes weaving, writing, and various print-based projects. Her works are presented in dialogue with works by Joseph Stella (* 1877 Muro Lucano, IT | † 1946 New York City, USA) an Italian-American painter. The latter’s fine silverpoint drawings of plants and flowers and idiosyncratic paintings on paper share with Naess a vulnerable, fluttering sensibility. In 1897, Stella began painting and studying at the Art Students League, then at the New York School of Art. Until the early 1920s, his painting was influenced by the Futurists in Paris. Later, his art was influenced by realism, surrealism, and abstract painting.