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Edward Del Rosario, Precipice I Graphite On Paper 22 X 16 In © Courtesy of Nancy Margolis Gallery
Group Show

523 W. 25th St.
10001 New York
January 17th, 2008 - April 12th, 2008
Opening: January 17th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6

Featured Artists:

Susan Jamison

Edward Del Rosario

Marie Sivak

Kiel Johnson

Norma Minkowitz

Marie von Heyl

Abdelkader Benchamma

The Nancy Margolis Gallery is to exhibit works on paper by seven artists who create visual stories pulled from the subconscious, observations of reality, personal symbolism, and fictional fantasies. The simple materials, graphite, paint, and paper require little preparation for the artist to get started. The seven artists in Narrations are gifted draftsmen/women, and the work shows exacting concentration in spite of the spontaneous nature of the medium. Be they light and funny, dark and frightening, the outcome is carefully drafted minimalist drawings of quirky, strange, ambiguous scenes and figures.
Edward del Rosario, a Brooklyn based artist who received his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, is known for his paintings featuring miniature people engaging in full-size power struggles. Rosario’s work displays the absurd games people are willing to play to obtain and preserve power within cultural clashes. Del Rosario received a 2007 MacDowell Fellowship, and his work can be seen in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Susan Jamison creates detailed drawings incorporating ribbon, thread, twigs and bird corpses drawn into ‘bouquets’, which reflect traditional Victorian memorial portraiture. Jamison’s work is at once fascinating and unsettling as it addresses the taboo of outwardly acknowledged mortality. Jamison is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (M.F.A.) and her work can be seen at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Mary Moody Northern Endowment and in corporate and private collections in the United States and London.
Marie Sivak explores both the fantastic and the mundane in daily life. Commonplace objects such as telephones, tables, boots and people are instilled with the hidden emotional significance we try to forget. Sivak’s abstractions are influenced by contemporary art and decorative crafts. Her work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Miami University, OH, the City of Voltera, Italy and private collections in Switzerland, Bolivia, London and the United States.
Abdelkader Benchamma, a French artist, creates a group of drawings in pen and ink and gauche. Benchamma composes directly onto the paper, without any preliminary drafts; he views his drawings as handwriting. The lines are crisp and clear depicting people, mid-action in various amusing, distressing and at times bewildering, situations. The visual tension is displayed and it is up to the viewer to detect the narrative. Benchamma is a graduate of the Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris and his work is in public and private collections in France.
Norma Minkowitz, known for her sculpture and fiber work, exhibits her pen and ink drawings for the first time. Her obsessively detailed work, combined with collage and at times color, explore the dark side of life. The abstract and figurative are locked together in unpredictable ways. Minkowitz’s fiber sculpture can be found in U.S. public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wadsworth Antheneum and the Denver Art Museum.
Kiel Johnson, based in California, uses chance occurrences and daily observations to create ‘factual fictions’ in his monumental drawings mounted on panels. Drawn in graphite, Johnson’s work depicts architectural scenes of the ‘Port of L.A.’; part truth, part complex fiction. Johnson received the 2007 Durfee Foundation ARC Grant and his work is in public and private collections in Los Angeles.
Marie von Heyl, in her drawings, creates a curious and intriguing story line. She sets up a perplexing scene, a room populated with mythical-like figures with wings, doing something rather strange, or a seated figure of a man with a horse’s head. Each drawing has its own narrative and the nagging question is, what is going on here? The artist has no intention of giving it away, and so you are left to ponder and frame your own interpretation, like a game. Heyl is a recipient of a 2007 City Scholarship from Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany and the 2000 Art Award, FLG, Stuttgart, Germany.
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