Irving Greines Urban Wilderness-Chaos Transformed
Ysabel LeMAy Gracia
Exhibition Dates: September 12 - October 25, 2014
Friday, September 19
5:00 - 7:00 pm
This two-person exhibition features the work of artists Irving Greines and Ysabel LeMay. The juxtaposition of their visions make for compelling discourse with respect to photographic process, style, composition, techniques and subject matter. Greines and LeMay start from opposite ends, Greines reveals layers behind surface and LeMay builds her a surface. Both artists, however, work with an intent to preserve: for Greines it is the quotidien character that will inevitably be lost to gentrification of old neighborhoods, for LeMay it is nature itself that is overrun to make room for urban sprawl. Visually, both artists engage painterly concerns like surface, texture, color, form, shape, and pattern. Both seek beautiful compositions. We are visually enchanted and intellectually stimulated by their work. Seen together the work of Greines and LeMay crescendos, and we find the pairing touches on issues as large as the course of history.
Irving Greines searches for his frames. His watchful eye seeks walls covered by wheat-pasted paper posters, graffiti, and grime. He photographs as he finds, changing nothing of the subject when he shoots, so the images act in a documentary realm as much as a symbolic one. Wear and weathering push old layers back and fresher layers forward. As we riffle through the visual layers we become engaged with archeology in a visual way.
Ysabel LeMay builds her images. Starting with a blank digital canvas she draws different elements from hundreds of shots of flora and fauna. The works are elegant and sublime. They are hyper-real and idyllic. It is perhaps their perfection that gives them away as made not found, but that does not take away from the warning they also inspire. In a time when not only species but ecosystems are endangered these works make us want to protect our natural heritage.
Verve Gallery's choice to pair these artists is smart and rewarding. It is almost as if one drama was precursor to the other- the degradation of neighborhood is latter parallel to the loss of the natural landscape. Opposing constructions feed this line of thought, and we come away thinking about the ethics of progress, necessity for preservation, and our personal role within this world.
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24 x 72 in., C-print, Edition of 7
Courtesy of Verve Gallery