PRESS RELEASE: SUMMER SURPRISES
JULY 22 THROUGH AUGUST, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 6-8 p.m.
Open by appointment & chance
RENÉE BORKOW, HENRY COUPE, MAY DeVINEY,ARTHUR DWORIN, BERNICE FAEGENBURG, ARLENE FINGER, FRANZ FOX, ALAN GAYNOR, WALLY GILBERT, KATHLEEN KING,NAMIYO KUBO, MATTHIAS MERDAN, MICHAEL MILLER, STACEY CLARFIELD NEWMAN, JOHN NIEMAN, FILIPPO PRANDI, BRUCE ROSEN, DIANE ROOT (MATAKIA), BARBARA K. SCHWARTZ, SUSAN SILLS, VIRGINIA EVANS SMIT, ANGELA SMITH, ROBERT SMITH, DEBORAH SUDRAN, BOB TOMLINSON
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present the art of Viridian’s Artists for its annual summer show. The exhibition continues from July 22nd and continues through August with an opening
g reception Thursday, July 28th, 6-8 PM. We look forward to sharing a bit of art of everyone who is currently a part of our gallery. We won’t call it the gallery stable, for stables are for horses! It’s summer, so wander into our Chelsea location to see the essence of those artists we represent. You’ll get a sweet taste of what’s to come in our 2016-17 season! And we hope you are surprised!
Spring has sprung, fall has fell, summer is here & it’s hotter than usual!It is summer & for this exhibition only we are Open by appointment & chance!
PRESS RELEASE: HENRY COUPE: “A LIFETIME OF PAINTING”
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present the paintings of artist Henry Coupe. His exhibition of paintings entitled “A LifeTIME of painting” continues from September 6TH through September 24TH, 2016 with an opening reception Thursday, September 8th, 6-8 PM.
Henry Coupe spent his life creating small paintings, most under 24”, executed in strong, simple strokes, of people in landscapes. His people are shown both alone and in small groups. Tiny in scale, his delicate oils are filled with feeling and speak of love, portraying life’s simplest and most important moments, shared with others or experienced in solitude. With simple and direct titles like “Girl Wearing Orange Sash” or “Man Reading”, the people in his works are known by nothing more than what they are wearing or what they are doing. We don’t know them, but then we realize perhaps we do, for we’ve experienced that moment of “Listening to Father” or read “The Letter”, while lying on the grass.
There is a sense of lifetimes in his paintings that continue from childhood to old age, for he makes sure the viewer knows that the girl is adolescent and that the woman holding flowers is elderly, yet we can’t help but wonder who the “The Chaperone” is. These uncomplicated truths seem to be of utmost importance to Henry in the stories these humble paintings silently tell.
Born in 1924, he married Ann McGivern in 1950 and studied painting at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art in the 40’s and through the 50’s with Ralph Wickiser and a student of Hans Hofmann among others. Like many artists, he taught art from 1955 until his retirement in 1976.
Henry Coupe’s early career in NYC began at Aegis and Brata Galleries, both important galleries on 10th Street in the 60’s. The 10th Street Galleries were artist-run art galleries that began in the early 50’s, and where Irving Sandler began his career of writing about the art of that time. While more established galleries like the Janis and Castelli had wealthy art dealers on the more opulent 57th Street, the 10th Street Galleries were near where many established artists of the era, like DeKooning and Kline, had studios in downtown Manhattan. Their presence attracted younger artists to the same neighborhood, where space was cheap for studios and for living.
Coupe’s paintings have been exhibited in Florence, Italy, New York City, Narbeth, PA, at the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington, DC and Chautauqua, where art critic Stephen Westfall curated an exhibition in which Henry’s painting was included. He received Honorable Mention in Viridian’s 24th Annual International Exhibition, juried by Elizabeth Sussman, Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He also received the Subagh Winkelstern and Subagh Khalsa Award, in Chatauqua, NY.
His paintings have been reproduced and written about in Art News, the Christian Science Monitor and Wall Street International. His paintings are in private collections and the Permanent Collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY.
This will be Henry’s first solo exhibit at Viridian Artists. At the time of the juried exhibit at Viridian in which he won Honorable Mention, he was 90 years old and had fallen into a coma, finally succumbing at the age of 91 in December of 2015. His wife Ann, who he always said, “continues to be my inspiration.” She manages his estate and will be present at the reception to talk with guests about his work. Viridian looks forward to sharing his paintings with you.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
PRESS RELEASE: Viridian’s 27th Annual International Juried Exhibition
Viridian’s 27th Annual International Juried Exhibition
Juried by Tumelo Mosaka, Independent Curator
June 28 – July 16, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 30, 6-8 pm
* 1st prize Deb Flagel * 2nd prize Holly Wilson * 3rd prize Jeannette Cherry*
Emmanuel Monzon * Doohyun Yoon * Megan Klim * Devin Carrick * Feng Guo *
Andrea Barnes * Lauren Yandell * Marlene Siff * Lenore Mills * Deborah Druick *
Shawn Marshall * Nancy Brown * Beatrice Dauge Kaufmann * Naomi Christianson *
Puiyan Ma * Colette Standish * Petrea Noyes * Jeffrey Robinson * Cindy Avroch *
Nela Steric * Yama Barkaee * Kyoyoung Keum * Maria Belford * Cecilia Charlton
Chelsea: Viridian Artists Inc. is pleased to present our 27th International Juried Exhibition curated by , Tomelo Mosaka independent Curator, New York. The exhibition opens June 28th and continues through July 16th, 2016. In celebration, a special reception will be held on Thursday, June 30th, 6-8pm. We are especially pleased to present awards to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of this important competition that brings the art of emerging and under-recognized artists to the attention of museum curators.
Over 300 artists submitted nearly 1500 submissions. The competition selection was especially difficult for there were so many outstanding submissions and the nature of art today encompasses an exceptionally wide variety of methods, materials and conceptualizations of what art is.
In his curatorial statement, Mosaka wrote “In 1966 singer Paul McCartney from The Beatles wrote the song Here, There and Everywhere, reflecting on the importance of living life to the fullest. Our every life seems to be overly committed and narrowly defined by histories, geographies and identities. When do we find time to reflect and appreciate things and people around us? How do we make our lives worthwhile in a rapidly transforming society? Artists’ in many instances have always responded to the time in which they live. They grasp and express ideas, sentiments, frustrations and desires evident in our society offering valuable insights into the social realities confronting our times.
Like the song Here, There and Everywhere, the artworks I selected for this exhibition constitute a broad exploration of themes informed by architecture and landscape. These works for the most part use non-linear and fragmented visual narratives that range in style from the literal to the imaginary calling into question facile distinctions between private and public, tradition and modernity, whilst emphasizing a myriad of similarities and differences. They deploy light, line, color and space to draw our attention towards imaginary landscapes that defy conventional definitions of community, place-hood, and self-identity. The works explore through symbols questions about being here, there and everywhere.”
As always, Viridian makes an effort to expand the opportunities of more artists’ being seen so the gallery Director’s Choices will also be viewable in digital form. We feel it important to tangibly demonstrate that curatorial choice is often as much about personal taste as it is about the “quality” of the art.
Director’s Choice to be presented digitally
Emmanuel Monzon * Andrea Barnes * Lauren Yandell * Cindy Avroch *
Holly Wilson *Nela Steric * Maria Belford * Deb Flagel * Nancy Brown *
Naomi Christianson * Petrea Noyes *Jeannette Cherry * Madeline Arnault *
Danielle Austen * Pamela Mooney * Robert Augstell *Max Neuman *
Marcella Hackbardt * Richard Hricko * Karen Gibbons * David Bartlett *
Jeannine Hunter Lazzaro * Tom Fleming * Jimmy Salmon * Maki Hajikano *
Josepha Gutelius * Barbara Hillerman Lieske * Ed Herman * Rosalind Tobias *
Alla Boldina * Len Rosenfeld * Craig Cheaply * Jeff Watts * Toto Takamori *
Jason McGroarty * Alex Woodhouse
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
PRESS RELEASE: Stacey Clarfield Newman “The Butterfly Project: cross pollination”
June 7-25, 2016
Opening reception Thursday June 9, 5-8pm
Chelsea: Viridian is pleased to present the exhibition “The Butterfly Project: cross pollination” mixed media collages by Stacey Clarfield Newman, opening June 7th and continuing through June 25th with an opening reception to meet the artist Thursday June 9, 6-8pm.
With past exhibition titles “Mindscapes”, “New Beginnings”, “Life’s Pages” and “Renewal” its clear that the inspiration for Stacey Clarfield Newman’s art now at Viridian Artists comes both from within and from the ongoing experiences of life that are constantly changing and moving our lives forward.
Critics have called Stacey Clarfield Newman’s art “ethereal and painterly … lyrically evoking surreal dreamscapes, drawing the viewer in…,” and “richly suggest(ing) an organic landscape of the mind,” but her complex & intricate artworks encompass much more.
A life-long visual artist, musician and dancer, Stacey has been teaching and working in the arts for over 25 years. No stranger to the tragedy and the drama of life, she uses her work to conquer all that life encompasses and explores colors and symbols to transform the negative into the positive. Influenced by music, her love affair with color, life’s events and her deep reverence for nature, she feels that her purpose is to share her art with the world by creating and teaching – empowering people to recognize their self worth within – to discover their authentic selves. Newman does this in so many ways beyond her artmaking.
“My work is a cross pollination of media,” states the artist. “Color has music, music has color. Nature is my cathedral. “Inner Child”, the title of a mixed media work of intense color that utilizes her unique painterly approach to mixed media collage, suggests the experience of being able to dance with abandon- like a child- dancing that brings her back to “my most sacred and authentic self, tapping into my spirituality”. The phrase “cross pollination” in the exhibition title, refers to how music and dance have fed her art and how her art has fed her dance. This new body of work expresses more than ever that sense of the connectedness of all we do in life. The cross pollination of life’s experiences & joys- dance- music- art- the joy of being alive is what Newman’s art is about.
This will be Newman’s first solo exhibition since returning from India, and she feels a shift has occurred – a “pollination”. The butterfly is not a new symbol in her work, but a symbol that exemplifies in a greater sense, the journey that artmaking is, especially for the creator.
“Stacey Paints India”, is a book the artist created about time she spent living and working in Kolkata, India at the Udayan School, a welfare and rehabilitation school for children of leprosy patients. There she taught techniques of “painting with paper”, her unique collage media, living with the students and crossing cultural and language barriers through art.
The works in this exhibition display a vibrancy of color that is new and fresh. Too, in the photography that she is including for the first time, there is a sense of visualization that goes beyond reality. Newman’s unique form of visualization in both her photography and her collage/paintings, her unique approach to imagery created from hand-painted papers and her conviction that artist have a responsibility to open a dialog with the viewer about life issues, were all incorporated into a mural commission for the Albert Einstein Medical Outpatient AIDS wing, entitled “the Powers of Healing”. Stacey Clarfield Newman’s painting “Tree of Life” was selected as one of fewer than 75 artists for publication in ArtQuench Magazine‘s (AQM) Best International Creatives 2016.
In addition to teaching in India, Stacey is a former faculty member of the private art enrichment program for children “Young At Art”, incorporating music and movement, in Westchester as well as the Scarsdale Continuing Education Art Program and artist in residence at the Green Chimneys School in Brewster, NY. The artist attended Franklin & Marshall College, SVA, Purchase College at SYUNY and studied privately with the artists Richard Miller, Leo Manos and the sculptor Caryl Stone.
Ms. Clarfield Newman has exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad, most recently showing in Chicago and Colorado. Her art is in numerous private and public collections, including the White Plains Hospital Center; Bridgepoint Capitol, Inc., The Aesthetic Surgery Center, Darien, CT, The Toberoff Collection and the law firms of Latham and Watkins; Berle, Kass and Case in New York City.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
For further information please contact the director Vernita Nemec at 212 414 4040 or email@example.com
Press Release: “Outer Realities: inner visions”
“OUTER REALITIES: inner visions”
May 17- June 4, 2016
Reception Thursday May 19, 6-8pm
Phyllis J. Featherstone * Elizabeth F Hoff * Katherine Ellinger Smith
Carolina Poggi * Srividya Kannan Ramachandran
Jenny Belin * Vernita N’Cognita
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present “OUTER REALITIES: inner visions” featuring 5 artists from Viridian’s Affiliate program, as well as the gallery director and assistant who are both artists. The exhibition opens May 17 and continues through June 4, 2016 with a reception Thursday May 19, 6-8pm.
The two words that best describe the art of Elizabeth F Hoff are eclectic and idiosyncratic. “I fell in love with clay while studying with Jennie Lea Knight and Anne Truitt at Ms, Knights” studio in Louden County in Virginia. I have journeyed far, but my roots are in the south and with the multi- racial situation I grew up with.”
Phyllis J. Featherstone likes to focus her work and states “Color is my noun, adjective, adverb, verb, and subject at the moment; and the flavor is all about blue.”
“Exegesis” is defined as the analysis and interpretation of specific texts. In her work with this word being its title, the artist Srividya Kannan Ramachandran invites you on “a hermeneutic meditation of hieroglyphics through which you can perceive the ancient light at the end of a modern tunnel.” The artist suggests that the viewer try locating the word “focus” within the cryptic text.
Katherine Ellinger Smith’s drawings are a combination of people she knows, film images, landmarks, and other personal objects. In “collaging” these images together the artist found that the combinations had subconscious associations for her. These accidental discoveries and chance arrangements are what she enjoyed most in creating these pieces and what – for the viewer – adds personal meaning.
Photographer Carolina Poggi travels the world from her native Uruguay searching for images, particularly documenting dancers. This series though, is from earlier travels within Uruguay to a formerly lonely fishing village called “Punta del Diablo” which the Lonely Planet Travel Guide now calls a tourist destination.
In soft pink undertones, Viridian’s gallery assistant Jenny Belin draws from both pop culture and from her own personal relationships to create portraits of strong women who aren’t afraid of controversy. Often focusing on fame and fashion, Belin’s small paintings bring these fantasy worlds into closer view.
Though the director of Viridian for more than a decade, Vernita Nemec AKA N’Cognita has managed to maintain her ongoing art practice. Her recent solo exhibit at GAIA Gallery in DUMBO featured her current environmentally concerned art which focuses on the over-abundance of discarded plastic and it’s environmental destructiveness, some of which will be included in this show. A performance artist as well, Nemec will be performing at the Theater for the New City at the end of May.
Viridian’s Affiliate program is one of the many ways in which our gallery continues its mission of supporting the art of outstanding “underknown” artists.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
For further information please contact the gallery at 212 414 4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Release: “Internal Politics: Great Expectations”
Wally Gilbert * Deborah Sudran * John Nieman * Alan Gaynor * Susan Sills * Kathleen King *Michael Miller * Barbara K Schwartz * May DeViney * Arthur Dworin * Bob Tomlinson * Arlene Finger *Fred Gutzeit * Angela LaMonte * Jackie Inglefield * Suzanne Morlock * Carolyn Applegate * Bryan Smith * Elizabeth Ginsberg * Marcia Bernstein * Robert Cenedella * Scott Kulok * Barnaby Ruhe * Julia Healy *Jenny Brown * Sam Wiener * N’Cognita * Emmanuel Monzon * Margery Appelbaum * Kathy Levine * Lynne Mayocole * David Yendes * Len Rosenfeld * Alex Woodhouse * Irene Christensen * Ed Herman* Cheryl Vlachos * Deborah Beck * Jackie Lima * Norma Greenwood
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present “Internal Politics: Great Expectations”, a Photographic & Mixed Media Invitational curated by Vernita Nemec. The exhibition continues from April 26th – May 14th, 2016 with an opening reception Thursday, April 28th, 6-8pm.
Wikipedia says Politics (from Greek: πολιτικός politikos, definition “of, for, or relating to citizens”) is the practice and theory of influencing other people. Another similar phrase is “playing politics”, which means doing something in order to become more powerful rather than doing what’s right.
But what are our “Internal Politics” What are our “Great Expectations”? Perhaps those politics concern one’s secret wishes about reality or what reality should be – our personal politics and how we respond to the world around us with images rather than with our voices.
Artists like Daumier spoke directly about politics with his art but much art that does not seem political still carries within it a belief system that can be as persuasive as a placard in a protest march or demonstration.
Recently, Holland Cotter addressed the issue of art & politics in his New York Times essay entitled “Making Museums Moral Again” (3/19/16). He reminds us of the power of art to address political issues when in the late 60’s, Art Workers Coalition met & created the Poster “Q: And Babies? A: And Babies. Today’s issues are numerous and equally troubling.
The artists in this exhibit are expressing their beliefs visually – and as some might say, “It’s art – what does it mean to you?” These artists have expressed through their art their concerns about the environment, the presidency and numerous other matters that affect our world today.
This is not the first time that Viridian has presented an exhibit focused on politics or social concerns. In September 2002, gallery artists created works in memory of 9/11 for an exhibit entitled “Elegy”. The card for the show was a photo of an empty downtown sky by Vernita Nemec (as N’Cognita) and was featured in The Nation magazine by Arthur Danto in an article he wrote about artists’ reaction to 9/11. The following September, artist Mary Miss curated the “9/11 Memorial show” at Viridian and in September 2004, Stuart Nicholson and Vernita Nemec invited Viridian Artists and Ridge Street Artists (a LES artist collective) to participate in “YW”(why War? Why Dubya?), an exhibit featuring both visual art and performance.
We hope you will join us and see the power of art to express what is on the minds of artists in today’s tumultuous world.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
Press Release: Robert Smith “It’s curtains!”
April 5 to 23, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, April 7, 6 to 8pm
Chelsea: Viridian Artists is pleased to present Robert Smith’s new series ofphotographs entitled “It’s curtains!” from April 5 to April 23, 2016. The opening reception is Thursday, April 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Some twenty-five years ago, Smith created a series of images of drapes and shades influenced by filtered sunlight that gained him recognition in one-person and juried shows. But then, he returned to pursuing his signature statement of the close-up, undisturbed natural landscape. Now, Smith, in a way revisiting that past, has explored a different close-up vision that combines the ubiquitous staple fiber, cotton, woven into curtains that cover wood windows joined together by a breeze and natural light.
By simply opening the window, Smith has created a fresh, new landscape, a series of dramatic, desaturated images amplified through movement of air currents and rays of streaming light. As the breeze whipped curtains are sucked inward onto the window frame and sash and then moved outward, the compositional possibilities become endless. The series encompasses a wide range of chiaroscuro effected, visceral feelings, from the quiet, voluptuous folds within the curtains to the sensation of chaotic, crashing bolts of black. There are stark contrasts, broken planes, unexpected angles, arresting textures and striking forms. His mind’s eye has one image offering the mystery of an operatic masked ball while another is reminiscent of a Robert Motherwell painting.
Smith’s sense of humor is readily apparent with his choice of the exhibition’s title. It’s a play-on-words throwback to the old, gangster slang expression similar to “the jig is up” signifying it’s the end. However, here “It’s curtains!” is just a beginning with Smith infusing new life in visual language. He invites you to come with your imagination and a readiness to have a conversation with his photographs.
Robert Smith lives and works in New York and has a summer studio in Maine where he offers “Steps to Seeing” walks, opening eyes to the richness of the natural landscape. His photographs are widely collected across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Australia and South Africa.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or email@example.com
Press Release: Robert Tomlinson’s “Fragments of Myth”
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present recent oil and collage paintings by Bob Tomlinson on the theme “Fragments of Myth.” The exhibit opens March 15 with a reception on Thursday March 17, 5-8 PM. The work will be on view through April 2. The artist will be at the gallery on Saturday, April 2, the final day of the exhibit, for coffee and conversation from 3-4 pm.
Tomlinson’s complex canvases combine areas painted in oil with elaborately textured and printed papers, as well as computer manipulated photographs. Hovering in rococo ambiences the artist’s figures are awash with vivid yet subtle color harmonies. Ignoring the traditional distinction between naturalistically depicted and abstracted figures, the sensuous color and bold, sinuous contours of these elusive and lyrical paintings play on the tension between figurative references and abstract forms.
As art critic Lawrence Downes wrote: “Tomlinson employs classical anatomy as a vehicle for gestural abstraction.” The emphasis on formal elements of shape and rhythm as independent entities, along with the fragmentation of forms, creates a tendency towards abstraction. At the same time the figurative elements evoke themes with distinct referents. The subjects of the paintings are echos of myths, be they ancient, literary, historical or personal. However, both formally and philosophically, they can reach us only as fragments
Bob Tomlinson is a Jamaican-American artist born in Brooklyn, New York. He has shown widely in Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York and is represented in many international public and private collections including those of the Clark-Atlanta University Museum, City University of New York, the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Lord and Lady Hirshfield, M. Franco Trecanni di Montichiari, Mme Linda Weil-Curiel and Herr Frits Bernard. A graduate of Pratt Institute and the CUNY Graduate Center, he is also a scholar of French Literature and Aesthetics and has lectured and published in both disciplines, as well as in Afro-American Studies.
He figures in the books, 100 New York Painters by Cynthia M. Dantzic (Schiffer, 2006) and Black Paris Profiles by Monique E. Wells (2012) and is one of the artists studied in a recent Masters Thesis by Charlotte Barat, Artistes noirs américains à Paris (1945-1969). Vie de bohème, liberté artistique et négociations identitaires (Université de Paris I, Panthéon- Sorbonne, 2014). He is also the subject of a film project by the well-known documentary filmmaker Louis Massiah.
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-6PM
For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Director at 212 414 4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Release: Namiyo Kubo’s “Water Series Vol. 24″
Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present the new work of Tokyo artist Namiyo Kubo. Her exhibition of painting on paper entitled “Water Series Vol. 24“ continues from February 23rd through March 12th, 2016 with an opening reception Wednesday, February, 24th, 5-7 PM.
This will be Namiyo Kubo’s fourth solo exhibit at Viridian Artists. The artist has again filled the gallery walls with large collages of painted paper that put the viewer in the midst of a watery world. With intense color and the rippled painted paper, the artist creates the textured surface of oceans and perhaps clouds. One sees hints of buildings and light and of water, but we cannot be sure of what we are seeing nor can we be sure of what the artist was looking at or thinking of when she created the work.
Namiyo’s new work was inspired by travel to India & the Taj Mahal. She found herself charmed by the ancient art and color there and the works reflect that memory. The reds and golds are reminiscent of the sunsets and dawns that shine brilliantly there, glowing in the light.
In the past, Kubo’s paintings were about nature, particularly water but also about cities and the human-made world. The “light” of stars, meteors, electricity reflecting off the waves & ripples of water reveal the cities of the world. The silhouettes of skyscrapers & the lights of Tokyo, Shanghai, London, New York City and other cities one can almost recognize by the shapes she has conjured. The artist “sees” twelve lights on the oceans of the Earth and the spirituality inherent in the symbol of light & water, of rebirth, discovery & unity is especially critical in our time of tsunamis, political and religious strife and nuclear disasters. Despite the calamities of our times, this ambitious artwork reminds us that meteors, falling stars and “oceans of light” are signs of the enormity of and power in the Universe.
Namiyo Kubo is active in Japan creating murals, working with children in Iwate and doing much volunteer work in connection with art and the recent disaster in Northern Japan. Knowing that about her, one cannot help but search for vestiges of those experiences in the work. Though masked in the beauty of her colors and the expressive surface of the paintings, one cannot help but see the pain that often underlies beautiful art objects.
Viewers not only will see her art, but will also have a chance to meet her as well at her reception on Wednesday, Feb 24th, 5-7 pm. We hope to see you there as well.
PRESS RELEASE: WALLY GILBERT’S “BROKEN IMAGE”
Chelsea: Viridian Artists Inc. is pleased to present the exhibition “BROKEN IMAGE”, digital prints on aluminum by Wally Gilbert. The show opens February 2nd and continues through February 24, 2016. There will be an artist’s reception Thursday, February 4th, 6-8PM. In this exhibit of new “Broken Images”, Gilbert continues exploring the microcosmic possibilities of the fragment.
With 6 large 60×40 inch images, along with some 11 small 30×20 images on aluminum, the scientist that the artist is experiments with both color and the fragmentation of a building and of a tree. As new & fresh as these images are, Gilbert has often referred to his images “as fragments of the whole” and that identification remains applicable to these works as well.
In The “Broken City” images one can still see the echo of the shapes of buildings and windows but the transformation is extreme. The same can be said of the “Broken Tree” which seems to implode on the surface with a burst of branches that appear to be coming from a hot core surrounded by darkness. Complex recreations of the forms and luminous color transformations abound in these works.
In the early 2000’s, Nobel Laureate Walter “Wally” Gilbert started pursuing photography on a professional level. Since then, he has had over 50 solo exhibitions around the world.
As in past exhibitions, Gilbert continues his fascination with transforming images on the computer experimenting with color and other digital effects. He loves pushing colors to their extreme and continues to do so in this new body of work, sometimes to express the psychological pain of the artistic process, sometimes exploring through color transformations, how we see objects.
In his first exhibit at Viridian in 2006, “The Norblin Project”, Gilbert explored & documented an ancient and abandoned factory in Poland. About the works in that show, Ed McCormack in Gallery & Studio said “For Gilbert, the continued exploration of the fragments of reality particularly via the computer & creating strategies to provoke accidents … inspire the search for & evolution of the next image.”
In his solo “Stillness & Motion” in 2008 the images were derived from travels. In the “Squares and Triangles” exhibit at Viridian in 2011, the critic Peter Frank said “Gilbert … systematically unfolds entirely unassuming shapes into elaborate scintillations.”
His 2013 show “New Black & White Images” exploited the play of natural light across the objects to produce haunting results without color but in his 2014 exhibition “Transformations”, his images again glowed with color driven to full saturation creating new and strange interactions, until they became – in the artist’s words – “abstract meditations”.
In his previous career as scientist, Gilbert was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1980 for his landmark work in DNA gene sequencing. As a scientist, he examined the world in its smallest details, but now through his photography, he makes the small huge to reveal the beauty that he sees in the world around us.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or email@example.com