E2C – New York sculptor Judith Modrak and Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall

E2C – New York sculptor Judith Modrak and Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall

2017 Modrak-Whittall Poster

Nature as inspired muse is the unifying theme of the award-winning works of New York sculptor Judith Modrak and Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall. Through image and recorded music, the artists explore their relationships with nature and how it is expressed in their creative work.

New York sculptor Judith Modrak has exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Chelsea Art Museum, the Trenton Art Museum, Point Park University, the Palm Beach Art Armory and the Woodstock Museum. Modrak has received a chashama/National Endowment for the Arts grant and two gold medals in sculpture from the National Association of Women Artists, among other awards. Her work has been featured and reviewed in literary, scientific and news publications, includingSciArt in America, Sculpture, and The Pittsburgh-Tribune.  The artist is fascinated with scientific advances that increase our understanding of the mechanisms that trigger and regulate thought, memory and feelings. Her figurative forms, imbedded with messages of hope and despair, seek to decode inner psychological and emotive worlds as she tackles universal issues of aging and mental illness.

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Canadian composer Matthew Whittall found his way to Finland in search of musical freedom and nature. Recipient of numerous awards, prizes and commissions in Europe and Canada, Whittall is considered one of the leading voices of the next generation of Finnish composers. His compositions are marked with a bold, emphatic artistic statement that fuses modern gestures and techniques with a post-minimalist harmonic language. Critics praise his broad range of works as “magical,” “fascinating’” and “summoning the Arctic light.” Whittall is on sabbatical from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland where he was an honors graduate in one of the most demanding doctoral programs in the music world and where he now teaches composition, orchestration and music history and analysis.