Paper in the Wind – 2009 Summer Group Show curated by David Gibson
Rosa Almeida, Marcy Brafman, Zac Braun, Amy Chaiklin, Chrissy Conant, Veronica Cross, Alicia Gibson, James Gilroy, Ian Hughes, Liz Insogna, Yuliya Lanina, D. Dominick Lombardi, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Norma Markley, Jesse McCloskey, John Monteith, Mary Murphy, Mark L. Power, Grace Roselli, Mary Ann Strandell, Roya Tabib, Adam Thompson, Ginna Triplett, Chris Twomey, Kathleen Vance, Ruth Waldman, Deborah Wasserman.
The “Human Condition” is reflective art in real time as a collection of digital prints composed from impulses; that mental stuff zipping around in all our heads like bits of psychological soup or any number of the multitude appropriate metaphors of inside-outside colliding vectors of mass communication and personal communication. These works are printed on paper, and as a result contain some surprises, delivering crackling artifacts of our culture as well as fresh bases of positive new myth and iconography .
532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel is pleased to show the new works of Jac Lahav. The new series of interpretive portraits by painter Abshalom Jac Lahav combines faces of famous persons out of history, and specifically out of the belief system of American ideology and creed, with the bodies of fashion models wearing sleek, sometimes nearly transparent outfits.
Collage is the perfect medium for our fast-paced, information packed times. Since the beginnings with its first champions, Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst, this humble art form has become the darling visual expression for writers. Recently, Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Ashbery received enormous attention for his collage show. Ashbery collaborated with fellow author and artist, the late Joe Brainard who headlines the show “Ripped and Torn”.
Artists in show:
Star Black, Amy Ernst, John Evans, India Evans, Judy Rifka, Bob Heman, Madeline Weinrib, Tom Walker, Lewis Warsh, Bruce Weber, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Valery Oisteanu, Rakien Nomura, Micci Cohan, Sali Taylor, Charles Mingus III, Angelo Jannuzzi, Lucien Dulfan, Laurance Rassin, David Shapiro, Allan Sheinman, Toni Tiger and Luigi Cazzaniga.
532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel presents “Barachois,” a series of new paintings by Peggy Bates in which the artist continues her fascination with the signification and expressivity of organic form as a direct charismatic link to the natural world.
532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel shows two artists who have made a traditional practice of painting into a signature motif. Yet they are not merely making rote, reliable, and commonplace versions. They are working in the periphery of that traditional practice, reaching for achievement beyond recognizable limits, making what is usually considered an acceptable form into something rigorous and subtle. Both artists ask the same questions: what is this form, and how far can I take it?
Marcy Brafman’s paintings deal with the dark and light of the cultural landscape and the nature of character. They reflect on the demons and deities of the memory as seen on our devices, online, on television, billboards, boxtops, catechisms, illustrated classic comic books, masterpieces in the Frick, old paperback covers, graffiti and signage on moving vehicles and packaging detritus of every shape and kind. Concern with brand identity as a genuine spiritual state plays a strong role in the work, an examination of painting as a mirror to internal and external states, individual and social intentions. Each painting represents a logo poem, a distillation of an array of ideas into a simple painted statement. Each one plays a character in a private cast alphabet.
532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel and Curator David Gibson are pleased to announce an exhibition featuring two pioneer conceptual artists, David Askevold and Peter Hutchinson, who have established the connections between language, the found photographic moment; and an interaction with nature and the intricacies of the mind between actual and intellectual experience. Though Hutchinson has an ecologic sensibility and Askevold a metaphysical one, both of their oeuvres has added something distinct, useful, and inspired to the practice of Conceptualism.