Thursday, November 3, 2011
paradise readymade revisited is both a sculpture and a participatory artwork that becomes a field, spreading out across the city of Istanbul like a landscape. It moves away from the object crafted by the artist and becomes whole only through the desire of the participants.
Participants are invited to take a flowering plant from the desk at Gallery 5533. They are asked to relocate the plant within the public realm of the city of Istanbul. They are asked to consider how they can make a contribution to the urban environment by depositing their gifted plant as if leaving behind a personal memento. In return I ask the participants to share documentation of where it is they take their plant. Where might they deposit it; the heavily trafficked Taksim square, a sheltered bus stop along the Halic, a tea garden with a view of the Bosporus or perhaps they will re gift the plant passing it on to yet another.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Denise Bibro Fine Art presents Secret Garden, on view September 8th through October 8th, 2011. Nature plays the perpetual muse for six contemporary artists in this exhibition. Featuring work by Roberley Bell, Peter Bynum, Sara Crisp, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Ysabel Le May, and Christopher Reiger, each artist offers their own innovative, distinctive response to the sublime wonder of the landscape, flora, and fauna, inviting the viewer into their own secret garden.
Roberley Bell's ebullient sculptural works conjure fanciful, Technicolor topiaries bursting with blossoms. Utilizing cast foam and plastic forms adorned with artificial flowers, fruit, and birds, Bell explores the relationship between the man-made and the natural in landscape focusing on the artifice of nature.
Peter Bynum celebrates the connection unifying all life forms. Illuminated by LED light boxes, multiple layers of painted glass depict elegant capillary patterns evocative of delicate ferns, coral formations, or oscillating seaweed. Myriad imagery and shadow weave an intoxicating three-dimensional space.
Incorporating meditative, mandala-like designs and botanical elements such as flower petals, stems, and seed pods, Sara Crisp's delicate mixed-media encaustic works are a quiet spiritual homage to plants as the embodiment of the life force.
Erica-Lynn Huberty's intimate narratives are fashioned from vintage textiles embellished with embroidery, needlepoint, and paint. Figures frolic among elegant toile de jouy foliage, birds and butterflies. The utopian veneer is subverted by menacing creatures threatening the peaceful idyll.
For Ysabel Le May, the landscape is a divinely ordered universe. Combining hundreds of individual photographs, edited and meticulously restaged in the digital arena, she creates elegant, fantastical tableaux and ornamental rosettes, home to humming birds, lilies, and heavenly light.
Contemplating man's mutable conception of nature and our place in it, Christopher Reiger's works on paper incorporate scientific and mathematical symbols, hieroglyphs, animals, and plant life. Mysterious equations are drawn, creatures peer out from unlikely vegetation, and the garden becomes curiouser and curiouser...
The exhibition is curated by Denise Bibro and Almitra Stanley. For more information, or to request images, contact us at 212.647.7030, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.denisebibrofineart.com. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11AM to 6PM.
Denise Bibro Fine Art
20th Street, #4W
New York, NY 10011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Flowers, Follies, and Other Rites of Spring is a collection of installations, sculpture, and paintings that explore botanical art in the context of the contemporary art world. Curated by Kenise Barnes and featuring artists artists Roberley Bell, Cristina De Gennaro, Amy Gross, Joanne Howard, Rachel Kohn, Margaret Lanzetta, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Margie Neuhaus, Jill Parisi, and Annie Varnot, the exhibition is a stirring interpretation of the fervor of spring. Exhibition opens March 6 and runs through April 27.
Rockland Center for the Arts | 27 South Greenbush Road | West Nyack, New York
Friday, February 4, 2011
room with a view 2009
UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts presents an exhibition of
contemporary still life and figuration February 17–May 14, 2011
Buffalo, NY –
The exhibition title “Figuration and its Disconnects” is a play on Sigmund
Freud’s canonical book Civilization and Its Discontents (1929), which examines the interplay between society and the individual, whose instinctual desires for aggression and sex threaten to destabilize societal relations.
The twentieth century bore witness to the upheavals of continuous war, the Space Age, the Civil Rights’ and Women’s movements, decolonization, ecological devastation, and the rise of mass media. “Figuration and its Disconnects” explores how we relate to each other, and even inanimate objects, in such a world. The exhibition pairs work from the university’s permanent collection with work by Western New York-based artists work includes drawings,
paintings, and an immersive installation. These artists’ representations of people and things comment on the authority, seduction, miscommunication, powerlessness, happiness, whimsy, and alienation that arguably define our communal existence.