To bring in the new year, Waltman Ortega Fine Art presents "Territories of Beyond", a group exhibition comprised of recent works by Ayline Olukman, Eric Roux-Fontaine , and Joe Segal. The paintings by Roux-Fontaine, the mixed-media works by Olukman, and sculptures by Segal, created a dialogue that invites the viewer to reflect on the passage of time and our place in it and to think why we are here, and what lays ahead; as well as to walk the fine line that separates dreams from reality.. Come by to see the "Territories of Beyond".
The exhibition opens for the public on January 9, 2016, with a vernissage from 3 till 7 p.m. at the White Room of the gallery and remains on view through February 9, 2015.
The gallery stays open for the Wynwood Art Walk until 9 p.m.
The work of Ayline Olukman is concerned with the notion of movement, in part from her travels. The artist's mixed-media work is inspired by cinematography (filmmaker David Lynch being the artist's biggest influence) - she captures moments as if they were taken from a film reel. With the artist's layered technique of painting, silkscreen, photography and collage, her works play the balance between fiction and autobiography.
Ayline Olukman was born in 1981, in Strasbourg, France. She graduated École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ESAD) in Strasbourg in 2005, and lives and works in New York, NY.
Eric Roux-Fontaine paints imaginary landscapes: abandoned roller coasters in the meadow of magical flowers, mysterious glass houses in the middle of a tropical forest, etc., creating visions of out-of-this-world realms. The artist gets his inspiration in his travels and works from a secluded cabin studio located in the jungle of Central America. He is "on a quest to find the source of where dreams find their imagery." His unique style has a colorful airy quality that, at the same time, is thickly built up. This allows for the surreal yet grounded visions he produces that are usually reserved for lucid dreams.
Eric Roux-Fontaine was born in France in 1966. He graduated the Beaux-Arts de Saint Etienne in 1988. With his professional career spanning over 20 years, works by Eric Roux-Fontaine have been exhibited worldwide, including museum shows, and included in important permanent collections in Europe.
Sculptures by Joe Segal are a captivating observation on the passage of time. Segal works primarily with reclaimed wood that comes from the part of a trunk that gets typically gets thrown away or beams of demolished building. He creates compelling pieces of art that combines wood with steel or aluminum elements. "There are multiple and complex associations that occur with the use of wood in art, since that particular lends itself to burning, sanding, splitting, cutting and carving for a variety of surface effects", states the artist. His work challenges the interaction between objects and the materials from which they are made.
Segal's work has been exhibited in museum shows including solo exhibitions at The Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art and Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Jacksonville, FL; The University of North Florida, The Cummer Museum of Art, The Atlantic Center for the Arts and The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. Joe Segal is a recipient of multiple artistic awards. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Bass Museum in Miami, the Lowe Museum in Coral Gables and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville.