"An illustrational form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact." – Mark Rothko
This exhibition presents works by three artists at the head of the illustrative influence in visual art today. The Breathing Room describes and questions the intimacy between the illustrative and formal visual art language, and its collapsing and expanding relevance in contemporary art. Their works examine a balance on surface, between mediums and an introspective motif driven process.
Morgan Blair presents work grasping at the potency of personal memory and sentiment, manifested through obsessively transcribed planes of geometric shape, pattern, and color. It is her intention that a dizzying viewing experience might deliver the viewer into a state reminiscent of rewinding a cassette tape. Morgan Blair lives and works in Brooklyn.
Julian Lorber’s works include sculpture, mixed media, drawings and paintings. This new work involves multiple layers mainly corresponding to gestural painting and illustration and employs a non-hierarchical dialogic between pen mark and picture plane that he describes and titles as The Real Illusions in Painting. Julian Lorber lives and works in lower Manhattan.
John Ryan Solis is infatuated with the challenging juxtapositions of the human form. By working with graphite and mixed media, he enjoys illustration movement with elegance, a feature that remains even when his art takes a turn toward the sexual or grotesque. John’s new images are at the center of one of the most influential art movements today; utilizing design, fashion, sexuality and obsession as devises to which draws the viewer to experience the world from his surreal perspective. John Ryan Solis lives and works in Brooklyn.