Exhibition announcement: The Nature of Being

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I’m delighted to announce my first solo exhibition in Manhattan will be presented by chashama!

 

The Nature of Being
July 20-August 12, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, July 20, 6-9pm

 

485 Madison Avenue, South Gallery, New York, NY (map)
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-8pm

 

An exhibition of new organic abstract oil paintings that examine what ecology and natural order can teach us about being more human.

 

I hope you will join me for the reception (there will be Prosecco and cookies!) or come by the gallery during its open hours to say hello and see my newest work.

 


Closing Weekend for BWAC spring pier shows

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This weekend is your last chance to view the spectacular spring shows presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coaltion (BWAC). Check out the historic pier on the Red Hook waterfront, packed with an extraordinary variety of art on two floors in three shows: Rites of Spring / Recycle 2017 / Wide Open 8, plus the “Really-Really Affordable Art Salon.”

 

481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7, Red Hook, Brooklyn (view map)
June 17-18, 1-6pm
www.bwac.org

 

With performances both days and a closing auction beginning at 4pm on Sunday, you have lots of chances to discover new art and meet great people. I’ll be there Sunday – hope to see you there!

 


Universal Love

 

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Universal Love, 2017, 11″x14″, permanent marker on paper

 

In honor of the lives lost at the Pulse nightclub shooting, the 50th anniversary of Loving Day, and the ongoing fight for equality and LGBTIQ rights worldwide, I’ve added this drawing to my charitable giving initiative.

 

25% of the sale price of 11″x14″ prints of this drawing will be donated to the buyer’s choice of OutRight Action International (formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission) and / or the ACLU.

 

This piece is inspired by love in all its forms, part of a series of marker drawings I’ve been working on lately exploring energy, geometry, and how we visualize and symbolize the forces that drive us. (I’ll do my best to get photos of the others up soon).

 

You can buy prints here in the Shop.

 


Three new paintings in Rites of Spring

 

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This spring I will have three new paintings showing in Rites of Spring, also presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) at the pier in Red Hook. These pieces are from my current series, The Nature of Being, which explores the human condition and questions of existence through imagery and concepts inspired by nature, especially plant growth and development (artist’s statement).

 


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Unfurling, 2017, oil on canvas, 24″x30″x1.5″

 

Inspired by the petals of flowers uncoiling from the center of buds, this painting is about opening oneself up and having faith in the universe, as flowers show faith in the benevolence of each spring. It is only through trusting and unfurling that we can fully experience life, even in uncertain times.

 


Sanctuary


Sanctuary, 2017, oil on canvas, 24″x30″x1.5″

 

I imagined the leaves of a large tropical plant wrapping around a person and protecting humanity, as a parallel for the way the mind must sometimes protect and provide sanctuary for secret wishes, thoughts, hopes, and fears. By being open to vulnerability and extending oneself freely, we find that the more we give, the stronger and braver we can become.

 


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Effusion, 2017, oil on canvas, 24″x30″x1.5″

 

Based on the fast flow of rivers and streams, this image evokes the movement of water and tides in a sense of openness, if the artificial borders between people were dissolved and our thoughts and better intentions could flow freely and limitlessly between each other.

 

Rites of Spring is on view every weekend May 13 through June 18, 1-6pm with an opening reception this Saturday.

481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7
Red Hoook, Brooklyn (view map)
www.bwac.org

 

There are also great performances every weekend and an amazing variety of work on view. I hope you’ll check it out!


Submerged Precarity on view in Recycle 2017


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Submerged Precarity, 2017, recycled monofilament and snelled fish hooks on paper
11″x14″ / 16″x20″ with mat and frame

 

I’m delighted to be included in Recycle 2017, presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC). Curated by Harriet Taub of Materials for the Arts, this exhibit features 65 pieces that reimagine cast-off, discarded, and repurposed materials.

 

This piece is part of my new Sea Change series, which transforms fishing tackle, rope, and recycled plastics into textiles and assemblages to consider the parallels between the natural world and the interior world of the mind and how they both may heal from damage wrought by carelessness or greed.

 

Recycle 2017 is on view every weekend May 13 through June 18, 1-6pm with an opening reception this Saturday.


Recycle 2017

 

481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7
Red Hoook, Brooklyn (view map)
www.bwac.org

 

As I walked around the show yesterday, I was amazed at the brilliantly innovative use of materials and thought-provoking work of my fellow artists. I hope you will come check it out!