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Artist's Opening Reception: Lauren Semivan at Boni Benrubi Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013

Observatory

Exhibition Dates: September 18 - October 26, 2013

Opening with the Artist:
Wednesday, September 18
6:00 - 8:00 pm


There is something both measured and invented about Lauren Semivan's work. Through a combination of techniques, including photography, drawing, painting, and performance Semivan creates dream-like narratives. The title,Observatory indicates a scientific approach, and in her own artist's statement Semivan gives us a key to unlock a bit of the work's mystery: if a line in science is seen as an event, then the layering of lines, their shift, change, appearance and disappearance work together to form a history. This layering- this searching backwards and forwards happens in black and white works that are haunting and ghost-like. These are echos of what seem to be a strange space between past and present. Time suspends, and it is as if the static between worlds is visualized. There are things we do recognize and pull out of the work, including books, furniture, boats, antique photographs, vegetation, bones and a figure. These often nostalgic objects are offered up like clues to an unresolved story. The basic structure for narrative is present and pieces of reality both coalesce and break apart.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Boni Benrubi Gallery

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Review: Miles Aldridge at Brancolini Grimaldi

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013
Short Breaths

Through September 28

"A slightly uncomfortable quality is what I'm after. I don't feel like making happy pictures about beautiful models being content... these pictures... they're pictures of humans not mannequins. They're troubled, wounded and confused, questioning who they are now that they have everything they want." -Miles Aldridge

This exhibition, the artist's first at Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery, coincides with his major retrospective at Somerset House, I Only Want You to Love Me, (through September 29), and features a series of large scale prints. Aldridge's work is known for its often saccharine color palate and unnerving scenes of fractured perfection. Tension and drama quickly surface in works that reveal everything is not as it should be. Figures are disconnected from reality, their bodies appear the image of flawless beauty but are void of life, as if robots going through the motions. These are but the patterns of life. A young redhead in a nightie holds a drier to her already dry head of locks; an actress sits at her vanity a pink cigarette in hand, and one put out in her cheese toast rather than the adjacent ashtray; a young blond lays motionless on a shocking pink carpet, plastic dry-cleaning bag over her airways. There are also several works from The Dead series. While less color-saturated these haunt in different ways. These dramas conjure spirits, and figures seem to be seduced by the calling back of an unattainable past.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Brancolini Gramaldi Gallery

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Exhibition & Book Signing: Janet Russek at Verve Gallery

Posted By Turner Uligian, Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Exhibition Dates: September 27 - November 2, 2013

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 27
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Signing: 
Saturday, September 28
2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Life and its cycle has emerged as the thread connecting the work of Janet Russek. It was the near simultaneous loss of Russek's mother, Esther Goldberg, and mentors Beaumont Newhall and Eliot Porter that began the flowing of several series on view at Verve and in her newly released book, The Tenuous Stem. On the whole the work is elegant, quiet, and reflective. Light itself is warm and brilliant, emerging in frames as the very sap of life; it spreads richly over fragile forms that are ever plump with life's pulse. 

Works began out of desire to tribute her mother and mentors, and to celebrate their legacy- Russek started the first of several series with a 4x5 studio camera that was a gift given to her by Eliot Porter. The seeds
 of life- sustenance and the still-life where where the work began. In the series Tenuous Stem traditional forms for the genre appear- fruits, vegetables, and flowers. All the images are ripe and full as if to foreshadow what would come next, studies of pregnant women. Bellies bulge and are beautifully round and full of life and all of its promises. It is with this series that we most directly and clearly confront the cycle of life, and indeed in its most potent form- the pregnant woman. 

A transitional series of doll portraits coincided with this work, and they stand in stark contrast to the Pregnancy series. Here we engage the human form as moquette and plaything, but the work also raises issues on the vulnerability that we experience at all of life's stages- childhood, early and late adulthood. The images seem to call for attention; the forms lack animation, and it is this that makes them melancholic. Without our life-giving force they feel neglected, and this is what causes our own emotion to stir. 

The final series born of these beginnings seems in a way to complete the circle that started the work. In Memories Russek focuses her lens on nostalgic objects from her past. Portraits of a chess set, corsets, gloves, shoe brushes, shoe trees, stockings, a hat, a coat, a manual typewriter and a suitcase speak to time, lives past, and to the ephemeral nature of life itself. The objects are haunted by the energy of their owners, as was the camera that began it all.

Also on View at Verve Gallery:
Alan Pearlman
Santa Fe Faces

Nevada Wier:
Invisible Light: The World of Infrared

More information at Verve Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Rduolf Bonvie at Priska Pasqueur

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013
Dialog

Exhibition Dates: September 7 - November 23, 2013

"Bonvie's images have never stood still, but have always taken the form of symbolic sequences and flows of images creating a dynamic relational interplay." (Erich Franz)

At this year's DC Open joint gallery opening, Galerie Priska Pasquer will be presenting an individual exhibition of the works of Rudolf Bonvie. Within the framework of this exhibition, gallery and artist will be undertaking an experiment.

Rudolf Bonvie is regarded as one of Germany's first media artists, one whose work explores the function and impact of communication with images. In the 1970s and 1980s, his working material included photographs found in the press. Since he first started working on his "Stockmarket Works" in 2001 he concentrates his artistic work on the internet and, since 2012, on the Tumblr blog portal.

Tumblr is a platform that is used above all by the younger generation to share photos, GIFs, videos and short texts. Founded in 2007 by David Karp (born 1986), Tumblr was sold to Yahoo for 1.1 billion dollars in May 2013. In August 2013, over 130.5 million Tumblr blogs were online.

In the Rudolf Bonvie "Dialog" exhibition at Galerie Priska Pasquer, the thirteen-piece image sequence of the same name from 1973 is juxtaposed with the artist's latest Tumblr works, thus building a bridge within his creations over a period of 40 years.

In his Tumblr works, Rudolf Bonvie explores perceptions of his own artistic works on the internet. He uploads these to the Tumblr blog portal where they are "shared" by other users. In this way, the works become part of other people's visual worlds. These ever-changing contexts of his works have been compressed and fixed by the artist in his Tumblr works.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Galerie Priska Pasqueur

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Artist's Opening Reception: Didier Massard at Julie Saul Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013
L'Atlas Imaginaire

Exhibition Dates: September 12 - October 19, 2013

Reception for the Artist
Thursday, September 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Julie Saul Gallery is happy to announce our opening shows of the fall season, and Didier Massard's fourth solo exhibition entitled L'Atlas Imaginaire. The exhibition includes nine works, all produced since his previous show in 2007. His choice of subjects range from nature to mythology and architecture. Massard is known for his imaginative, elaborately fabricated photographs that record studio constructions meticulously crafted and masterfully lit. 

Massard works slowly, and completes only two or three works a year. Images are he conceived from the recesses of his imagination and our collective romantic and touristic notions of nationality and place. He has created many exotic locales within his studio, evoking the lands of Ireland, China, India, Holland, and the cliffs of Normandy. Massard works for long periods on each of these tableaux, and ruminates that "each image is the completion of an inner imaginary journey." 

As Massard only uses manual techniques to fabricate his images, the effect is different from digital imaging. Our experience of each image leaves us lingering on every detail as we question both the reality of the subject and the process used to achieve it. Roberta Smith wrote of his work in The New York Times, stating "color and space combine with fastidious detail to create a sense of illusion and artifice that is more usual to painting, Magic Realist painting in particular...one's willingness to suspend disbelief is a measure of Massard's skill."

Among the works the new Aurora Borealis will be shown in a large scale along with the Monkey which was featured in the great Otherworldly diorama exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in 2011. The most recently completed work The Tiger joins the Rhinoceros and the Elephant in his menagerie of animals which merge the real and the imagined. Massard has remained committed to his intensive studio practice producing increasingly complex meditations on nature and fantasy. Among the new works is an homage to Breughel in a new interpretation of The Tower of Babel, and to the firebird in a Russian fairy tale. The ideas come from many places; music, literature and all genres of historical research. 

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Julie Saul Gallery

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