CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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
Internal Combustion, 50” x 50”, oil on canvas, 2014



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

“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



Upcycled

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

Upcycled
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



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