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Visual Poetic Interpretations: Exhibition & Conversation with the Artists at Verve Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: August 30, 2011



Laurie Archer There's a thread you follow
Ryuijie Poems in Platinum and Silver
Josephine Sacabo Óyeme con los Ojos

Exhibition Dates: September 9 - October 29, 2011

Opening Reception: September 16
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Conversation with the artists: Saturday, September 17th
2:00 pm


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Laurie Archer, On the Road I, 10 x 7",
Solar plate etching and thread, Edition of 7
 
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Laurie Archer, On the Road VI, 10 x 7", Solar
plate etching and thread, Edition of 7
 
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Ryuijie, Ice Form 202-10, 18.5 x 23.25, gelatin silver print, Edition of 25
 
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Josephine Sacabo, Copia [vida], 17 x 13",
photogravure, Edition of 12
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Josephine Sacabo, La Rosa [vida], 17 x 13",
photogravure, Edition of 12
 
Verve Gallery opens the September season with work by three artists who work with poetic interpretations in black and white photographic media.

Solar plate etchings of Laurie Archer incorporate thread into the works. Carefully arranging the bits of fiber Archer relates the work to the poem The Way it Is by William Stafford which begins "There's a thread you follow" and also to her personal connection with sewing. Archer's work wonders if the thread is life; its appearance in the prints is elegant and well thought. Strands trace the curves and lines of natural depictions, at times following form, in other moments entangling or hanging loose. In alignment with realities of life's path the works become delicate and difficult visual metaphors for the journey of life. In On the Road VI for example a burnt yellow thread follows the gentle curve of a weathered natural form only to fall and hang loose at the top of the well followed line. On the Road I depicts a branch white, dry, and weathered that has been tangled with red thread. We begin to wonder weather the thread stabilizes or entraps the form.

Unusual and interesting works by Ryuijie literally encapsulate grace. Ice Forms are rhythmic depictions of botanicals frozen into ice. Collected in the spring, the flowers embody a desire to preserve an element, a moment in time, and a beautiful melancholy is born. There is an inherent desire in man to remember if not save or hold onto beauty, youth, or simply the greater "present." Within the context of the show the work's power becomes more potent and the tension between desire to save is contradicted with the inability for anything to endure forever. Also on exhibition is another body of work by Ryuijie, P2, a series of small square platinum palladium prints depicting landscapes, nudes, and abstractions; this is the process for which the artist and his craft are most highly celebrated.

Curious, mysterious, illusive, and inviting are the photogravures of Joséphine Sacabo. In tribute to 17th century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and in dedication to women everywhere is the series Óyeme con los Ojos [Hear Me With Your Eyes]. Sor Juana was a prolific poet and intellectual who even from within her cloistered cell "created the most renowned salon of her time." Champion of spiritual and intellectual freedom for women she was eventually silenced by the Inquisition. Sacabo draws inspiration from the spirit of a woman who was one of the America's greatest creative lights. Images draw light from darkness, illusive from known; they enchant, entice, and inspire inward reflection.

For more information on the exhibition and conversation please visit Verve Gallery

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Artists' Reception & Book Signing: Shai Kremer at Julie Saul Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 27, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: August 27, 2011


Shai Kremer

Fallen Empires

Opening reception & book signing
Thursday, September 8, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: September 8 - October 15


Fallen Empires follows Infected Landscape and takes a look back into time at the failed attempts to occupy the land of Israel. Through time grand civilizations have tried to control the land and with Fallen Empires Shai Kremer points to eons of attempts from the ancient civilization of Masada, the Roman era, and the Turkish Empire to the Medieval Crusaders, and into the more modern era through both World Wars and the present Palestinian conflict.

Fallen Empires takes the Inflected Landscape series to another level. We had seen images of contemporary remains of destruction- abandoned UN bases, arms factories, training stations, and protective walls; the new work looks so far into time that the real question on the artists' mind, "Who if anyone, has the right to own the land" is put into a perspective that transcends contemporary dispute.

Twisted mettle from our time is juxtaposed with images of ancient walls, Turkish Railroad Stations, Roman arches, Zion's Gate with video cameras mounted- the more we look the more we have to question the capacity or legitimacy of imperialism. Shai Kremer does capture the beauty of the land and hope shines through the works. Beautiful light, verdant pastures, seascapes and deserts all have an ancient elegance that persists even through the scars and destruction.

Artist to attend reception and sign copies of the 136 page monograph. Hardcover includes 50 color plates and is available through the gallery and publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing.

For more information please visit Julie Saul Gallery




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Celebrating Publication: Mitch Dobrowner at Kopeikin Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 27, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: August 27, 2011

Limited Edition Text Published by 21st Editions


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The work of Mitch Dobrowner takes the natural world as its focus. Even in his Urban series nature is supreme. Strange and and beautiful skies, broad planes, monumental rock faces, powerful even apocalyptic storms all relay a presence that is not only seen it is felt.

Kopeikin Gallery is proud to present the artist's first publication Mitch Dobrowner, Prism Series Book Number 2. Produced by 21st Editions the text is limited to 280 copies; only 200 will be available for sale. The 144 page text measures 12 1/2 x 12 12 in., includes 64 masterfully produced full bleed duotones, and is bound in handmade Twinrocker paper. Mitch Dobrowner, Prism Series Book Number 2 is accompanied by a signed 16 x 20 in. silver gelatin print; a choice of four images offered. These are the only silver gelatin prints produced by the artist.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Reception and Viewing
21st Editions Representative available to present text

RSVP Required
To attend please contact: RSVP@kopeikingallery.com

For more information please contact Kopeikin Gallery.

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Artists' Reception: Social Media at Pace/MacGill Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: August 23, 2011

 

Pace/MacGill Gallery collaborates with the School of Visual Arts

to Explore Intersections of Art in the New Digital Age

Artists' Reception: Thursday, September 15, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: September 16 through October 15


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Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar We Feel Fine, 2006 – Present © Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar
 
Pace/MacGill Gallery In collaboration with MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts to expose artists who incorporate art into the Social Media landscape. These works examine how social media shapes our communication, perception, and interaction. Photography has an immediate nature inherent in its process- the flash of a shutter capturing a moment in time. The communicability and democratic nature of the photographic process also lends itself to the new means of social communication. Roots related to dispersal, print, and press translate effortlessly to the digital age of immediate and widespread communication. Appropriated images, jabs at Apps, QR-codes read by smart phones to search digital representations of individuals and more to be displayed. Much of the work is grounded in photography, but the frame is pushed to other media that rely on image, video, technology, and installation.

Artists Miranda July, David Byrne, Penelope Umbrico and Aram Bartholl will be present at the Public Opening Sept. 15. Exhibition on view at 510 West 25th Street

For more on the exhibition please visit .

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Artists' Receoption: Fiona Pardington at McNamara Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: August 23, 2011

From the Field of Dreams
Phallus impudicus and Other Species

Reception with the Artist: Friday, September 2 at 5:30 pm

Exhibition Dates: September 2 - 30, 2011


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Lactarius zonarius, 2011, Color photograph from the
Barla Collection, courtesy of Musee d' Historie Naturelle de
Nice; image courtesy of McNamara Gallery
 
The model, the copy, the representation of the natural world became popular in the 19th century. Rather than chance or fleeting observation, or the need to seek sample, the model represented permanence and offered a way to study and view nature without worry. The new ability to view nature in model or larger vignette form opened the door to greater public access to the natural world. Photographer Fiona Pardington has taken interest in the concept of and beauty in the model, in its ability to endure and yet to change. The photograph shares qualities of the model, it is permanent, unchanging, fixed. Pardington's images show how the model transcends the natural but also can suffer from the affects of time- so too is true of the photograph.

The sense of permanence in the model meets an ironic twist which is revealed in and with Pardington's images. The sense of permanence is true and yet imperfect. The model will not move, grow, or expire but they have changed as pigments, for example, used to paint the forms have discolored. The works are curious and seductive, with rich shadows and lush light spreading over "natural" forms. They are mysterious and alluring with an edge of humor- our efforts to preserve and display nature may be valiant, but time outlasts natural and human creation.



For more please visit McNamara Gallery


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