On Saturday, April 28th, there will be an exhibition of constructions by Erin Walrath in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through May 20th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 28th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Unto (the blue study,) 2018, book covers, archival adhesive, approx 20 x 14 x 2 inches
“Somewhere at the heart of my process are memories I cannot quite access, holes that are trying to be mended, an attempt at making sense of things. I see incidental beauty in the worn surface of objects, such as discarded books, that have been battered by time and will soon be rendered obsolete. I dismantle and distill them in the studio, ending up with pieces that feel to me like pixels, brush strokes or individual figures which may then be gathered together to invoke new meaning. In this way, my studio practice often feels like an homage to the comforting processes of nature, which pull simultaneously both inward and outward, constantly rising out of and returning to the most basic of elements.”
Erin Walrath, 2018
On Saturday, March 31st, there will be an exhibition of drawings by John Lees in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through April 22nd with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 31st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
In the Park/Early Morning, 2015, graphite, ink on paper, 11 x 9.125 inches
“…Nerval confessed in one of his progress reports to his editor: the more he wrote, the more he crossed out… only in erasure does the true image of our desire take shape. “
– Introductory note to “Angelique” and “Sylvie” by Richard Sieburth: Gerard de Nerval, Selected Writings — Penguin Classics, 1999
This exhibition is in conjunction with a solo show of paintings by John Lees at Betty Cuningham Gallery (15 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002): March 30 – May 6, 2018
Platinum & Palladium
On Saturday, March 3rd, there will be an exhibition of photographs by Betsy Crowell. The work will be on display through March 25th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
My Pond, 1998, Platinum/Palladium print, 2.25 x 2.25 inches
“As a kid I was a Private Eye. Nancy Drew and Dick Tracy were my heroes.
We used tiny spy cameras. One of mine was worn on my pointing finger.
Not much has changed in 75 years. The hidden, waiting to be found, and the deeply seen still command my attention.
The pictures in this exhibition were taken with film in small plastic cameras and large, vintage view cameras.
Each is handcrafted in a darkroom using the noble metals, platinum and palladium which yield the most beautifully nuanced and exquisite image.”
Betsy Crowell, 2018
On Saturday, February 3rd, there will be an exhibition of paintings by Polina Barskaya in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through February 25th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Pink Bath, 2016, acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches
My recent paintings are of my immediate surroundings. They are usually self-portraits or portraits of my husband in different moments of our daily life. They are a kind of documentation, a way of examining, breaking apart, remembering, understanding the passing of time, and recording the stillness of private moments in a very fast-paced isolating world.
Polina Barskaya, 2018
Sailing to Byzantium
On Saturday, January 6th, there will be an exhibition of work by Martin Dull in the Main Galleries. The work will be on display through January 29th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 6th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Confusions of a Wasted Youth, 2017, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 92 x 45 inches
Sailing to Byzantium explores a world existing somewhere between our waking life and dreams. Derived from a Yeats poem, it refers to a transformative state where mortal cognizance leads to spiritual transformation.
“…Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing…”
– W.B. Yeats
My goal is simple: to communicate through paint and found objects the many and diverse sensations of being within a non-objective environment. I work abstractly because I am interested in the individual and subjective responses to these forms. Whether or not the state of viewing is consistent, a dialogue will emerge through the experiential nature of the work – opening it to a set of truths that can be discussed and debated by all. The paintings probe the viewer; are you being transported to an excited state? Is there elation, anxiety, feelings of curiosity or disruption? In this sense, my work serves as a bridge from the personal to the public, the intangible to the geographical, while encouraging communication and, ultimately, unity.
Martin Dull, 2018