ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 David Kassan, Daniel Sprick - EVOKE Contemporary - June 26th - July 23rd <p style="text-align: justify;">Evoke Contemporary is proud to announce the BP Portrait Award's selection of David Kassan's "Portrait of Sam Goldofsky, Survivor of Auschwitz" for its annual exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The&nbsp;BP Portrait Award&nbsp;is considered by many to be the most prestigious art competition in the world for contemporary portraiture. This year's exhibition features fifty-five portraits, which were selected from a record-breaking 2,748 entries by artists from 92 countries. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The portrait of Sam Goldofsky is the first in Kassan's ongoing project, 'Living Witnesses, Survivors of the Holocaust'. Kassan invited volunteers to sit for portraits and filmed testimonies of their experiences. A video documenting the making of&nbsp;Portrait of Sam Goldofsky, Survivor of Auschwitz&nbsp;is available on&nbsp;<a href=";;dchk=4008CAF9" target="_blank">vimeo</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information on Kassan and his project, please contact&nbsp;the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Raw, poignant and profoundly honest, David Jon Kassan&rsquo;s work aesthetically captures humanity in its true form. As an artist, Kassan acts as an empathetic intermediary between the subject he portrays and the viewer. More than simply replicating his subjects Kassan seeks to understand them. He seeks to capture the essence of those he paints, imbuing them with their own voice. They communicate with the viewer interpersonally and we see them through our own eyes. Our gaze transcends the picture plane and permeates deep into the subject&rsquo;s psyche. We are moved by Kassan&rsquo;s depictions, captivated by powerfully expressive hands, pensive faces, and flesh that appears warm to touch. Kassan&rsquo;s portraits pulsate with the lives of his sitters &ndash; the weighty streams-of-consciousness of past experiences, feeling and introspection. This is what reality means to Kassan &ndash; preserving the realness of nuanced emotion and expression emanating from the people he paints.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also featuring new work by &nbsp;Daniel Sprick.</p> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:29:22 +0000 Hilario Gutierrez - Tansey Contemporary - July 10th - August 8th <div style="text-align: justify;" align="left">"What Can't Be Spoken" will present eleven new works by abstract colorist painter<a href=";c=6k_mQNi5u3V0f59b2B1I2RbgDGAEGoqD_yKSc74JLTl7OQQmOGqjXw==&amp;ch=THlOxB1ebyUstsH7qe8yxyyMmqIcao1SEoHn4akriBE2JWThT46WFA==" shape="rect" target="_blank">Hilario Gutierrez</a>.&nbsp; Hilario believes fundamentally in the importance of viewer interpretation.&nbsp;</div> <div align="left"> <div style="text-align: justify;" align="left"><br />"My art is what can't be spoken but only sensed by the Soul, expressed by the Heart and explained by the Mind", Hilario explains.</div> <div align="left"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist characteristically creates, on the canvas, a prism of conjoined colors with incessant variation in hue, value and intensity further complicated by variations in pattern, direction, texture and layering. The result each time is a powerfully expressive work that invites the&nbsp;viewer to engage, interpret and respond.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hilario always identified with the spirit of the American Southwest. His life-long yearning to express this identity in visual form came, almost instantly into being during a trip to Monument Valley in Arizona on New Year's Day, 1994. Quite simply, he returned home and began to paint. He was drawn to acrylics as his medium and he experimented with color and form. He studied the work of master artists, in particular Gerhard Richter and Dan Namingha, to develop and perfect his technique. Within a year he was selling his work, and has never looked back.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hilario will attend the opening reception on Friday, July 10th from 5-7pm.</p> </div> </div> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:06:10 +0000 Nic Nicosia - James Kelly Contemporary - June 26th - August 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">Private situations, thoughts, and emotions directed the concepts of the art in this show. The sculptural props, drawings, and other materials needed to realize the concepts in these photographs were fabricated or gathered within the studio and now exist as stand-alone objects separate from the photographs. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Although the art does originate from personal experience, I have always preferred simply to present the picture, drawing or object directly to the viewer. Thus allowing the viewer to decipher or complete the story based on their emotions and experiences.&rdquo;</p> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:50:33 +0000 Steve Dennie - James Kelly Contemporary - June 26th - August 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Since 2013 l have been documenting the changes in my everyday landscape. What attracts me is the visually mundane and how it transforms itself into the formal elements of a photograph, blurring the lines between the esthetics of painting and photography."&nbsp;</p> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:49:46 +0000