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Location: 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10001
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am- 6pm

Painters Who Sculpt, Sculptors Who Paint

November 4–22, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 6, 5–8 pm

Noho Gallery – M55 Art
530 West 25th Street. 4th floor New York, NY 10001 present

Sculptors who Paint, Painters who Sculpt*

David Boyajian
Boris Minkovskij
Richard Pitts
Peter Reginato
Robert Schecter

Five artists who both paint and sculpt exhibit their work. This exhibition shows painting and sculpture side by side and offers an opportunity to see how the two mediums interact.

David Boyajian’s strong steel fabrication of closed forms speak freely of the abstract motifs found in the themes of nature. His pastel painting and drawings quote more directly from the visual, figurative world of plant life and it’s natural structure that inspires the richness of imagination and the quality of craftsmanship.
The contrast of the passing delicacy of nature’s moments seem to inspire the strength and permanent quality of steel in Boyajian’s monumental sculpture.

The Sculpture of Boris Minkovsky casually constructs from wood an object that seems to be an implement from the past that had a mysterious purpose. Is it a farm implement? Is it a lost industrial tool? Now obsolete and morphing into some poetic memory, it seems to have an afterglow of a rich emotional life, now forgotten. This sculpture becomes the model and muse of his paintings. They are executed with the same spontaneous energy that brought the sculptures into being. There is something deeply nostalgic and profoundly new in these works.

The painting of Richard Pitts contrasts color, shape, line, mass, into an abstract pattern of paint and collage. Collisions and revisions of non-compatible fragments crash into an asymmetrical kaleidoscopic exploding multiverse.
Standing totemic like, the aluminum fabricated sculpture, painted pure white, gives the material a non-material presence. Like the panting, the forms twist, turn, bend, and clash into a swirling column. The top becomes a more symmetrical rectangle of torn and punctured shapes. The intensity of cyclonic movement generates the shape and form, while the pure white color validates and contains the swirling chaos.

The new paintings of Peter Reginato emanate a deep rich color space. A large single color expanse offsets smaller color shapes that give the larger space it’s scale. This feeling of
largeness is somewhat musical. Not Wagnerian but more like the optimism and vibrant space of Prokofiev. Reginato’s sculpture, with twisting lines through space intersecting and supporting colorful shapes here and there, explore the breath of dimensions that his paintings reflect. The optimistic spirit of space and shape enlighten the imagination and resonate feelings that seem to come from the lighted side of the moon.

Robert Schecter’s recent work uses canvas to construct three-dimensional forms. Schecter hot glues canvas strips into awkward matter of fact spheres that deny normal translation. They lie on the floor as elements of a thought process, too busy defying the why and reason of existence. As acts of troubled immediacy it is the nervous spontaneity that is the inherent subject matter, the intensity of feeling that becomes the substance.
Hanging sheets of canvas, with ripped, cut, and torn patterns, chew their way to imagery that resemble a flayed and tortured skin, as in the myth of Marsyas, tormented by the Gods for the audacity of competing with them. These forms hang like skeletons of elongated skulls, trophy like, in defiance of time.

Archie Gunn

“Painters Who Sculpt, Sculptors Who Paint”
Five artists who do both paintings and sculpture.

FLOWERS: a Gossamer’s Glimpse

November 25–December 13, 2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 25, 6–8 pm

Noho Gallery – M55 Art
530 West 25th Street. 4th floor New York, NY 10001 present

FLOWERS: a Gossamer’s Glimpse
John Beardman

The Flower as Metaphor

I like to think of myself as knowing flowers. I’ve spent my life experiencing flowers, from the time I was a small boy crushing a huge pink-white peony to my nose and running past the old dog on the porch to tell my grandmother, to now, as a man planting and caring for them and trying to shrink a 3-acre garden. Always sensing them, feeling them. And yet, I realize just how little I know of them, not just the namesI (for I rarely paid attention to those) but how little of the intricacies of those shoots and petals that focus energy and light.

I wished to make those discoveries new again and had hoped that I could make them free of all convention. Impossible! I had hoped to eschew techniques and gimmicks and paint fresh. Paradoxically I found that it was in the precise and skillful use of learned comparisons that I felt the most free. I used what I had learned so completely that it had become part of my body in order to find different ways of “seeing” flowers . Oddly enough, this gave the sensation of newness . Perhaps it’s not at all odd, but common, in
realigning what we thought we had learned, we constantly recover
freshness. We all remake the world as we are looking at it.

The flowers become a metaphor. They fight with each other for space. Yet ironically, it’s spatial ambiguity that merges them. Similarly, their beauty, with its particular energy, connects us with everything.

Image: “Swantree,” 52 × 48 inches


December 16, 2014–January 3, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 18, 6–8 pm

Noho Gallery – M55 Art
530 West 25th Street. 4th floor New York, NY 10001 present

Elaine Forrest

Reconstructed consumer packaging becomes pop art inspired social commentary

Image: “Birds,” mixed media on paper, 30 × 42 inches, 2014

Riddles on the Rocks

January 6–24, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10, 4–6 pm

Noho Gallery – M55 Art
530 West 25th Street. 4th floor New York, NY 10001 present

Riddles on the Rocks
Leon Yost

Photographs of Native American rock art

Image: “Bighorns Climbing,” pigment print, 32 × 24 inches, 2013

Life Undressed

January 27, 2015–February 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29, 5–7 pm

Noho Gallery – M55 Art
530 West 25th Street. 4th floor New York, NY 10001 present

Life Undressed
Emily Stedman

Paintings of nudes, portraying life stories

Image: “Nicola Tesla at the Hotel New Yorker,” watercolor, 18 × 24 inches, 2014

Above and Below

February 17–March 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 19, 6–8 pm

Noho Gallery – M55 Art
530 West 25th Street. 4th floor New York, NY 10001 present

Above and Below
Margaret Vickers

Ventures through the macrocosm and the microcosm, seemingly by many routes

Image: “Series 3 # 4,” Flashe Vinyl paint on Arches paper, 30 × 40 inches, 2014

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