NYC Photographs: Jim Ingram
Thursday, July 4th – July 28th, 2013
The opening reception is Thursday, July 4th from 6pm to 9pm
Anxiety: Victoria Vitasek
Tuesday, April 9th – Saturday, April 20th, 2013.
The opening reception is Thursday, April 11th from 6pm to 9pm
Anxiety is a self-portrait series where the artist explores her personal experience with anxiety through photography, video and text. The photographs are taken at specific moments of high anxiety to show the intensity of anxiety in the artists face. The videos showcase methods of relaxation through the repetition of breath. The text is composed of several psychological self-assessment tests used for evaluating anxiety. Anxiety allows the viewer to have an emotional experience through the clinical and honest approach of the artist’s exploration of her own anxiety.
Victoria Vitasek is an MFA Candidate at York University. She graduated with a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2013. Victoria’s previous solo exhibition, The Past The Present The Future shown at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto in 2010, was a series of portraits of scouting leaders of the Polish Scouting Association in Canada.
Leon Rooke / “Wide World in Celebration and Sorrow” / New Paintings & Sculpture
March 22nd – April 7th, 2013
October 5 – November 4, 2012
“My paintings are an analogy of what exists. The truth for me is how nature shows itself in various forms, colours and proportions. Nature is a role model for my paintings. I am constantly searching for what exists. I am driven by motivation with no plan of outcome. I am amazed to find how chance works best. My hopes to accomplish is: a partial hint of another way of seeing and sharing the same experience with others”.
In the End All That Remains Is a Good Story
Eight New York Artists Figuratively Speaking
Curated by Edward Rubin
January 12 – February 19
The exhibition features the recent work of eight “story telling” New York City based artists, each one unique in their focus, concerns, and manner of presentation. While much art on view today is about spectacle and requires 3 seconds to both digest and forget, the art and artists in “A Good Story” linger lovingly, as well as imaginatively, on the wonders of everyday life, the so-called intricate workings of the world around us. The age of the artists in this exhibition range from the young and emerging, to mid-career and old master, the latter in a neo classical sense.
A few of the highlights are Ernest Concepcion’s conflict-based World War ll paintings. Which bring to mind early black and white war films from the late 40s, the twist being the addition of Max Ernst-like surrealist interventions mixed with scenes from the artist’s own life.
Mary Hrbacek’s anthropomorphic tree-portraits, from her series Entwined, fuse human and tree anatomy into a hybrid essence whose varied tree forms – hollowed out, hallowed, haunted, and inhabited – accentuate the unity of all life.
Rendered in Dutch Baroque style, Heidi Johnson’s paintings are filled, from top to bottom, with the visual history of just about every species and specimen imaginable. Her work parodies the anxiety, as well as the exhilaration that is triggered by an overabundance of information that comes to us through the computer, the print industry and media.
Lori Nelson’s narratives, with their mixture of fairytale magic and psychological facts, are miniature worlds. No unlike Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine, Nelson’s figurative paintings consist of a solitary person, deep in thought, surrounded by a world that is too much for them.
The intimate paintings of Jason Stopa depict landscape as a site of mysterious and phenomenal occurrences. His enigmatic washed out scenes, which focus on a time of day or season, mine the intersection between memory and reality.
Scott Walden’s color photographs, in shades of Caravaggio, document the architecture as well as the people who frequent the bars, legion halls, and community centers in a once wealthy but now economically depressed region of rural Newfoundland.
Underscoring the fragility of the oceans’ half-billion year old ecosystem, Ejay Weiss’ series of seascape paintings, taking us back to our very beginnings, as well as our possible ending, express how paint both mirrors and recapitulates the evolving world as a harmonious and self-sustaining idea.
Combining gestural marks with a unique type of curved perspective, Steve Zolin’s work investigates the structure of space and reality. His explorations flow from painting to drawing and back again, in an ongoing process of artistic evolution.
Edward Rubin (Curator) is a New York based writer, curator, visual artist, and consummate world traveler covering art news here and abroad. His writings have appeared in such magazines as Art & Antiques, ArtUS, dART International, Canadian Art, ArtNexus, Flash Art, Hispanic Outlook, NYArts, and Sculpture Magazines, as well as online at www.artesmagazine.com and www.HUMA3.com. His photographs and collages have been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and at numerous New York City art galleries. Currently his work, part of an exhibition titled NYC/International Perspectives, has been traveling throughout Russia, Germany, Hungary and France for the past two years. He is an active member of the prestigious International Association of Art Critics.
Special Thanks to Fran Hill, Steve Rockwell, Leon Rooke, Barbara McGivern, dART International Magazine, The Lab Gallery (New York City), Rupert Ravens Contemporary (Newark, New Jersey), Dinter Fine Art (New York City), and www.artists-studios.com the only existing, artist based, website founded and run by real live art critics.
Baracoa – New Paintings
March 3 – 27
March 31 – April 24
April 28 – May 29
Splice of dArt
June 2 – 26
September 1 – 24
A Traveling Show – New Paintings
September 29 – October 23
October 27 – November 20