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Artist's Opening Reception: Richard Renaldi at Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 17, 2014
This Grand Show

Exhibition Dates:  April 17 - June 7, 2014

Opening with the Artist:
Thursday, April 17
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Benrubi Gallery has had a major push for Richard Renaldi as of late; with a book signing and exhibition for earlier work, Touching Strangers, associated with Aperture Foundation at the aipad fair and ongoing at their gallery.  This exhibition at Benrubi Gallery features work from Renaldi's series This Grand Show.  These works become a meditation on the narrative power of pure landscape photography and with them we reflect on the vision naturalist John Mur had for America.  

Renaldi's works are smooth, light is painterly, but these frames are not always so grand.  Something manmade but crumbling often interrupts the frame.  Structures symbolic and vacant and personal objects speak to occupants and owners.  A cake in a shop window waits for no one, an old Igloo ice cream truck waists away, an organ rots on a street corner and perhaps most poetic, a sand castle awaits the rising tide.  

Image Information:
Smashed Silo, Texas, 2005
Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Tags:  Bonni Benrubi Gallery  Richard Renaldi 

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Book Signing: Richard Renaldi at Bonni Benrubi Gallery Booth

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Saturday, April 12
3:00 pm 
Booth #206

Held in conjunction with Aperture 

For Touching Strangers Richard Renaldi traveled to towns all across the United states and asks complete strangers to interact physically.  They embrace, wrap arm's around each other's shoulders, hold hands, and generally pose as if they knew each other intimately.  Renaldi has been working on the series since 2007 and always manages pairings that have something strangely but beautifully charged about them.  There is a closeness and an underlying tension in the work.  There is something base that taps on both ends of our subconscious, and we feel both comfortable and uncomfortable.  We want to trust but still cling to a sense of unknown and hesitate out of an equally primal fear.  We grapple with these emotions and discover something very profound in these base reactions.  In the end we want to connect with our fellow man more than we fear him, but we do have to be willing to let ourselves be vulnerable and face the fear of the unknown to truly experience each other and the truth within these works. 

For more information on this event, please follow this link 
Image Information: Nathan and Robyn, 2012, ©Richard Renaldi/Courtesy of Bonni Benruby GAllery, NYC

Tags:  Bonni Benrubi Gallery  Richard Renaldi 

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Artist's Opening Reception: Simone Kappeler with Esther Woerdehoff Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Through America:  Works from the 1980's

Through April 9, 2014

Cocktail reception with the artist:
Wednesday, April 9
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Paris-based Galerie Esther Woerdehoff to present the work of Swiss-artist Simone Kappeler in conjunction with New York-based De Buck Gallery.  Through America is the photographic summary of a rad trip that the young Kappeler took through the United States in 1981.  The work reveals American Culture through the eyes of an outsider.  Images are playful and brilliantly colored.  Often there is a diagonal composition to the frames which lends to a sense of excitement, and the anticipation of new discovery.  This lends an eternal freshness to the work that is otherwise nostalgic.  Time impacts our viewing, and now more than 30 years after the photos were made they remind us of a simpler time.  The work follows that of another Swiss-born photographer, Robert Frank's who's The Americans functioned in a similar way decades earlier.  Kappeler's work adds another meaningful chapter to the ongoing visual history of American culture.  

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Esther Woerdehoff Gallery

Tags:  Galerie Esther Woerdehoff  Simone Kappeler 

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Artist's Opening Reception: Elizabeth Ernst at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, April 6, 2014
Mirror Mirror

Exhibition Dates:  May 2 - July 3, 2014

Artist's Opening Reception:
Friday, May 2
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Artist's Talk at the Gallery:
Saturday, May 3 

Mirror Mirror marks Elizabeth Ernst's third solo show at the gallery.  Ernst creates fantastical photo-driven mixed media works.  A practice that began in her childhood as a way to protect and perhaps even give companionship to her brother, only 14 months younger than her who suffered from cerebral palsy, Ernst imagines and builds imaged characters out of wood, paper mache, wire, and other bits of basic materials.  Not only does Ernst give her imagined friends names, she builds their surroundings, and personalities emerge and dramas unfold.  These characters evolve as do the dramas in their lives and histories.  There is Edie who dons a star-studded tiara and through the age in her eyes we can only imagine her well-lived past.  There is a solitary robot-man, the Junk Collector who seems sullen and solitary but more content to smoke a cigaret in his back room than build himself a companion.  There is Kenny who is humble and tired, and with his concertina under his arm and his shirt untucked it hardly matters if he is at the beginning or end of his day he is certainly at the tail end of a long lifetime.  

Some of Ernst's figures we have seen before.  Some works are familiar, others give new insight to the ongoing stories around her evolving cast.  The images themselves are unique and hybridized.  Prints of the composed figures and miniature scenes are printed on canvas and then embellished with acrylic paint.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

Image information:
Elizabeth Ernst
Gus in the Kitchen (2013)

Tags:  Catherine Edelman Gallery  Elizabeth Ernst 

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Artist's Opening Reception: Adam Bartos at Gitterman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, March 30, 2014
Adam Bartos

Exhibition Dates:  April 3 - May 31, 2014

Artist's Opening Reception:
Wednesday, April 2
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Adam Bartos's images are immediate, thrilling, and speak with immediacy to the world of driver-owned motor racing.  Bartos traveled to the local speedways of rural New York, Florida, and New Mexico where drivers race super-stock cars for sheer thrill.  Free from corporate sponsorship these events are crude.  Cars race on a quarter-mile of dirt-paved oval tracks for little prize money.  It is said that stock car racing began during prohibition when moonshiners ran illegal cargo on backroads in the dark of night.  This developed into the stock-car racing in weekend competitions.  The culture is rough and tumble and this translates into Bartos's tightly-framed shots.  Car seats and gas pedals, seat belts and helmets, engines, tires, and dislodged steering wheels speak to the home-grown nature of the sport.  Stock car racing is elemental and rough, dangerous and daring.  Bartos's images translate this world to us in pieces.  His almost painterly frames are gritty and tactile and emit fascination at the high-stakes fun of this country sport.

Adam Bartos's work is in such notable collections as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.  His work has widely exhibited, and five books on earlier bodies of work have been published:  International Territory (1994), Kosmos (2001), Boulevard (2005), Yard Sale Photographs (2009), and Darkroom (2012).

For more information, please visit Gitterman Gallery

Image information:
Uranium Capitol Speedway, Grants, NM, 2012
Courtesy of Gitterman Gallery

Tags:  Adam Bartos  Gitterman Gallery 

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