Emily Weiner

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Sharona Eliassaf stands before a big canvas in her Soho studio, arms crossed. She pauses before answering my question about her newest painting: a colorful tangle of abstract forms and recognizable objects (a couple’s legs, wine glasses, long-stem roses) all swirling around one other in a gravity-defying ballet. She starts to speak but then retracts: “Actually, can we start further back?” she asks, explaining that for clarity about her work now, we should plumb where she started. At the time... [more]
Francesca DiMattio on Craft and Hybrid   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Francesca DiMattio at Salon 94 Bowery March 17th, 2012 - April 21st, 2012
Posted 4/10/12
Still life and craft, two themes that have long been bottom-shelved in art history's hierarchy, get a lift from Francesca DiMattio in “Table Setting and Flower Arranging,” her current, swirling show at Salon 94 Bowery. In the downstairs gallery, collaged paintings of semi-abstract domestic interiors span the walls, while outsized ceramic vessels command the room’s center. These two bodies of work—each in their respective materiality—manage to communicate the same sense of a long, convoluted,... [more]