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Bortolami Gallery is pleased to announce Minotaurs\ , an exhibition of new works by Warsaw-based artist Piotr Janas from June 2 7 to August 30\, 2013 with an opening reception for the artist on June 27 f rom 6 - 8 p.m. Janas' large-scale paintings straddle the line between the b eautiful and the grotesque.

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The latest group of nine paintings - wh ich the artist refers to as "figures" or "self-portraits" - addresses the v iolent actions of scratching\, pulling and prodding. Hard-edged\, mechanica l lines puncture forms that recall organs\, bodily fluids\, and saclike bod y parts\, which the artist deliberately renders ambiguous. The more violent shapes are painted in exacting brushstrokes of deep purple\, magenta\, and black\, and contrast the backwashes of muted\, fleshy pinks. Severe lines slash and stretch the surface of the canvas\, creating a sense of depth tha t simultaneously repulses and attracts the viewer.

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Janas' paintings evoke an imagined world that spans the realms of nightmare and dream\, int erior and exterior\, carnal and cerebral. Citing the Minotaur - one of the earliest instances of bestiality - Janas darkly and ironically refers to th e vulnerability of the body and his contradictory feelings of pride and dis gust about sexuality and masculinity.

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Piotr Janas (b. 197 0) currently lives and works in Warsaw. He has had solo gallery exhibitions internationally. In 2012\, The Institute of Contemporary Arts mounted his first solo institutional show in London. His work has been included in seve ral group exhibitions including the 50th International Venice Bienniale in 2003\, Flash at War with Enigma at Kunsthalle Basel\, Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism\, curated by Franc esco Bonami at the Villa Manin Centro d'Arte Contemporanea and Polish P ainting of the 21st Century at the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. His work is included in several prestigious public collections such as The Tate Modern\, London\, UK.

DTEND:20130830 DTSTAMP:20141025T135113 DTSTART:20130627 GEO:40.7463193;-74.0067752 LOCATION:Bortolami Gallery\,520 W 20th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Minotaurs\, Piotr Janas UID:282102 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130627T200000 DTSTAMP:20141025T135113 DTSTART:20130627T180000 GEO:40.7463193;-74.0067752 LOCATION:Bortolami Gallery\,520 W 20th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Minotaurs\, Piotr Janas UID:282103 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR