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Exhibition Detail
BLOOM, FORM AND FICTION, ANIMAL HISTORIES
547 West 27th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001


June 17th, 2008 - July 12th, 2008
Opening: 
June 19th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Garden, Ryan CobournRyan Cobourn, Garden
© Courtesy of The Painting Center
, Sangram MajumdarSangram Majumdar
© Courtesy of The Painting Center
, Sarah HunterSarah Hunter
© Courtesy of The Painting Center
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in the Main Gallery
Ryan Cobourn: Bloom
Sangram Majumdar: Form & Fiction

In the Project Room
Sarah Hunter: Animal Histories (Recent Paintings)

Ryan Cobourn is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He received
his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and his MFA from Indiana
University. Since then he has been exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions
across the country. He currently shows at The Painting Center in SoHo, Agittato
Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland, and ACFA Gallery in Louisiana. His work has
been shown at the Pii Gallery and Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia. A
permanent installation is on view at Harrah’s in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ryan
Cobourn’s paintings, drawings, and collages move freely between representation
and abstraction. His images are derived from natural reference, but almost
always stray towards abstraction. Drawing from both direct experience and
pictorial invention, the paintings straddle the line between what is seen and
what is felt, between perception and invention.
 
Sangram Majumdar’s paintings are grounded in perceptual empiricism as much
as they are in the sense of memory’s role in what our eyes claim and our brain
acknowledges as truth. In a time when reality is more virtual than physical,
and our sense of space is quantified in minutes and seconds, questions of the
self, hover in and out of existence. Instead, it is the physical and intimate
experience of learning and knowing something over time slowly that comprises
these works. In it, the play between the factual and formal narrative remain
constant as facets of the perceptual are echoed back in quick glimpses or
peripheral whispers, and at other times in sustained silence. This show marks
Majumdar’s first New York exhibition, who has a BFA from the Rhode Island
School of Design and a MFA from Indiana University. He has exhibited widely
including the Museum of Art, Rochefort-en-Terre, France, Aichi Prefectural
Museum of Art, Japan, Indiana University Art Museum, Madison Art Center and
C. Grimaldis Gallery, MD. His work is also currently on view at University of
Baltimore Law Gallery in Baltimore, MD and Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, IL.
He is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery and lives and works in Baltimore, MD.
 
Sarah Hunter is a still life painter whose work conjures an alternate, or future,
animal run world. These pseudo-narratives look to early Renaissance frescoes,
illustrations in natural history texts and urban architecture as inspiration.  Within
the scraped oil paint and inscribed graphite marks of the composition, ideas of
displacement, memory and uncertainty are addressed. Sarah Hunter lives and
works in Philadelphia.  She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the
Fine Arts and has shown most recently with the Midwives Collective Gallery and
the Rodger Lapelle Gallery (Phila. PA).


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