On Thursday, September 11th, a group of artists will have exhibitions for the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House. The gallery will have five solo shows (painting, photography and sculpture). The work will be on display through October 5th with a reception for the artists on Saturday, September 13th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Main Galleries & Sculpture Garden
September 11 – October 5, 2014
Dialog between Leiba, the artist, and his friend Vasily, writer:
- V: What are you selling, Leiba?
- L: Sculptures…
- This is not what I mean…
- OK then, I’m selling romanticism and the naivety of my perception…
- This is better. And, how is it?
- Nothing much. Naivety doesn’t sell well… It is often being perceived as stupidity.
- So what? You know that you are sincere, right?
- Couldn’t be more! But sincerity – like clear water – you can see the bottom… And one loses the interest…
- May be – one needs enigma?
- You mean “muddy water”?
- Looks like that! And who’s interest, after all, do you really mean…?
- Others. Those, who can look and see. They see and get fulfilled…
- With the sculpture?
- What sculpture…?
- V: Did you get what you were looking for, Leiba? That, for what you have left all and everyone that you loved?
L: No, I haven’t…
- Are you sure?
- No, I’m not…
- Do you at least know, what were you looking for?
- And now what?
- I don’t know. I’m still looking…
- You sure?
- No, I’m not…
- Doesn’t everything lose meaning, if you don’t even know, what are you looking for?
- Yes, it does…
- So, what’s then?
- I don’t know… To continue looking. Without meaning… I got used to it long time ago…
- And, so…?
- I don’t see the difference…
…Nothing had happened today. I looked at my drawings for a long stretch of time… Till I couldn’t understand, whether I like them, or not… And I wouldn’t even know now, if I wanted to like them, or not… Then I asked myself: “What do I really like…?”
Sometime ago Bruce struck me with his sincerity. Do I want to strike someone with mine? Can I..?
Leonid Lerman, 2014
All Work courtesy McKee Gallery, New York, New York
Ground & 4th Floor
“In my paintings I create spacial fields – a range of geometric forms. All shapes are of ornamental designs, and some carry cultural/religious significance. The forms are chosen for their visual interest. The elements in my paintings have become increasingly circular. Stars, flowers and circular bands are used in a conscious attempt for me to place importance on the circular motif, the polymorph. I have an ongoing interest in creating a composition that allows the illusion of deep relief – again the polymorph.” Tine Lundsfryd, 2014
All Work courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, New York
“Demons, killers, fairies, angles come to me in night visions. Staring into the dark canvas, scraping paint, mushing colors gives them faces and names. Sometimes they come with a story like the one Matthew McConaughey tells in True Detectives, sometimes they are silent, their hands praying that they will wake up again. Let us meet in the dark woods to follow their stories. Let them ignore me or be amused by my company. Scratch at the door and meet the stranger who stands at the threshold.” Linnea Paskow, 2014
Second Floor, small rooms
“Self-taught photographer Paul Hamann has been making images since 1968, exploring aspects of the natural landscape through various camera formats and printing techniques. Inspired by the work of the great landscape photographers and armed with a keen interest in natural mathematics, Hamann’s photographs seek to reveal the patterns and sequences in the natural landscape in a way that transcends the subject matter and draws us into a space that surrounds the subject of the image. Working first with a 35mm camera and black and white film, Hamann began to focus his lens on the details and abstractions that captured the essence of what he saw. He soon began to explore the greater range and depth of large format negatives — first working with a 5×7 camera and later experimenting with even larger formats, digital cameras and precision printing. The technical demands of shooting and printing in varied formats and the resulting clarity and definition of the images is perfectly suited to the detail and precision of Hamann’s creative vision. Susan Sontag said, “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” This distinction is certainly true of landscape photography. Although Hamann’s photographs are essentially disclosing their subject they are also in effect constructed — composed, exposed and printed with an almost mathematical precision. The images themselves, by turn, also construct a sort of meta landscape, stringing the tension between what is perceived on the surface of the image and what might be hidden behind, around, beneath or within it — a landscape of the interior. This play between what is simply disclosed and what is constructed is at the core of what Paul Hamann’s images are about — revealing the patterns in chaos, the motion in the stillness, the interior of the exterior.” Paul Hamann, 2014
Sara Jane Roszak
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