|When||17 Jul 2014 - 6 Sep 2014|
35 North Moore Street
New York, NY 10013
Curated by Pia Coronel
Beata Chrzanowska · Kyeom Kim · Rita MacDonald · Luis Martin · JJ Miyaoka-Pakola · Svetlana Rabey · Marina Ross · Julia San Roman · Karen Schifano · Kelly Sturhahn · Aaron Williams
There are events in life that have the power to dramatically alter one’s perspective – whether it is an illuminating conversation, a profound book, or traveling to an entirely new continent. Tearing down veils of illusion, opening doorways to other perceptions, and even shifting consciousness. Artists have an inherent ability to portray alternative interpretations of the ordinary or extraordinary. They are able to illustrate the impact or emotion, the intangible.
An illusion of protruding and undulating surfaces provokes a gentle drama in the work of Rita MacDonald. Fabric, folds, and pattern are subjects in her drawings, paintings, and installations. The weight of heavy fabrics beginning to unfurl, the delicate secret of skirt’s slit, the folds of a patterned shirt all become a complex narrative within the shell of the exterior. Her work ranges from small detailed pencil on paper drawings to larger than life murals, such as Heap at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. JJ Miyaoka-Pakola combines graphite and ink on paper in a seamless interaction of chance and intention. He plays with foreground and background and negative and positive space in a contemplative way, the result is a dark and poetic grace.
Crisp edges and an opaque palette come together into undulating frames in Karen Schifano’s large acrylic paintings. They are a metaphor for openings or passages such as a theater stage, entrances and exits, and mouths. Kelly Sturhahn honors the sublime in nature with process and material based installations and paintings. The Hudson River School’s respect for art and nature is evident in her multi media works that deal with transformation, the experiential, and our perception of the environment. In James, Aaron Williams orchestrates personal and social history with modern ideology. His subtractive process of crumbling and tearing mass media posters and the impact of spraying, flattening and re-enlivening responds to abstract expressionism. He describes this series as anti-gesture.
The artists included in view.point all get to the center of experience and give life and complexity an unfolding, abstract narrative. They combine modified raw materials, spatial illusion, distorted perspective, and shape shifting that communicates new configurations.
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