CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Abstract Acrylic Paintings

September 2–20, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 4–6 pm

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

Abstract Acrylic Paintings
Zarvin Swerbilov

Image: © Zarvin Swerbilov
“Death of Federico Garcia Lorca,” acrylic on canvas 32 × 40 inches



Again Again: Alexis Kuhr, New Work

September 23–October 11, 2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 23, 6–8 pm

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

Again Again: Alexis Kuhr, New Work
Alexis Kuhr

The exhibition features over thirty intimately scaled drawings and five large oil paintings on canvas created between 2012 and 2014. For over three decades, Alexis Kuhr has produced intuitive abstract works. Beginning with the basic elements of perspective, Kuhr realigns planes—arriving at spaces that both advance and retreat to produce a realm of disquieting spatial ambiguity. Kuhr describes her process as producing “new structures that create visual interest,” through “slight visual disruptions that emerge out of irregular geometries.” The overall impact is one of contemplative, measured activity.

While the paintings deliver a quiet and contemplative experience characteristic of Kuhr’s previous work, the drawings represent a departure. In these ink and graphite drawings, Kuhr employs a stuttering line to render awkward forms within discordant spaces. Quite unlike the emotional restraint of her earlier work, these works insistently straddle playfulness and unease.

Alexis Kuhr received her MFA in painting from Stanford University. She lives and works in New York and Amherst, Massachusetts where she is the Chair of and professor in the Department of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kuhr has received fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the New England Foundation for the Arts and is represented by Noho – M55 Gallery in New York.

Image: © Alexis Kuhr
Untitled Drawing, pen, ink, marker on paper , 14 × 17 1/2” , 2013



Basement Series

October 14–November 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 6–8 pm

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

Basement Series
Virginia Crawford Pierrepont
www.virginialakecrawford.com
www.virginiapierrepont.com

Virginia Crawford Pierrepont’s “Basement Series,” showcases large evocative oil paintings, goulash self-portraits and imploding reflections of a world in uncertainty at M55/Noho Gallery, October14th- November 6th. Virginia’s paintings explore a “head-on collision” of real events interfacing with unknown or suspected forces, a tension between the familiar and the nearly absurd. The thickly painted, evocative images of Basement Series conjure up a sense of chaos, imaginary narratives and mystery.

“I am interested in exploring the subconscious levels of emerging memories by actively painting, layering, scraping and erasing; the unforeseen marks left behind, often blurred and unclear, become metaphors of the struggles to maintain order in life’s chaos,” Pierrepont said. “Heightened color values, juxtaposing line and form, create a dialogue between what I see and feel, the conscious and unconscious psyche struggling to find balance within.” A dramatic narrative of light and color moves the viewer beyond dictated boundaries into altered states, and deteriorating connections manifest behind screens of layered grids and gradients. Her painting exhibits a strong textural presence and immediacy of the moment.

Her symbolism is redolent of Odilon Redon fused with Lucian Freud and Picasso yet updated and original. See-through circles and faces behind faces; human converging into animal in a vivid raw palette; a vortex of action from all sides in a jungle with close-ups of faces become an encyclopedic panoply of voices, an assertion of humanity and identity. All art is a type of self-portrait: here we see an introspection as well as a declaration. At times decorative without being ingratiating: the paintings’ color and patterns have a life of their own.

Image: © Virginia Crawford Pierrepont
Unfiltered Connections, 32” x 48”, plaster, acrylic, oil on Birch panel, 2014



Sculptors who paint, Painters who sculpt

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
Five artists who do both paintings and sculpture.



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