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Dream Recurring
"Urban Mythos:
Curated by: Greg Kessler

55 Bethune St.
New York, NY 10014
October 22nd, 2011 - November 6th, 2011
Opening: October 22nd, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://westbeth.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
greenwich/west village
EMAIL:  
westbethevents@gmail.com
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 1-6
TAGS:  
mixed-media, abstract, modern
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION
Westbeth, the Historical Artists’ Community in the West Village, to Host “Urban Mythos” – a Collaborative Show Featuring 13 American Artists
On October 22, the storied artists’ community in the West Village, Westbeth, will host a collaborative exhibition in The Westbeth Gallery with works from 13 emerging American artists, forming a collective dreamscape of images aptly entitled, “Urban Mythos.”

Greg Kessler, a contemporary artist based in New York, curates the group show at Westbeth, which has been home to influential artists ranging from Diane Arbus to Vin Diesel. The collaborative and creative space provides a fitting backdrop to showcase the works of the 13 established and up-and-coming artists. Each artist has a diverse approach to image making, yet share an interest in the tactile qualities of their designs, creating a contemplative and engaging experience for the viewer.

“By using mythological, cartoon, and abstract imagery, the artists create codes of meaning, reflecting contemporary urban issues,” said Kessler, whose work – involving complex surfaces of contrasting textures, collages and finished drawings, will also be shown at “Urban Mythos.”

The exhibition will showcase works in a variety of mediums, including painting and mixed media. Featured artists include Jennifer Nuss, a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Award, whose figurative imagery is inspired by the mythology of the goddess Artemis, and Brian Novatny, whose colorful, intimate works have been broadly reviewed in “Art in America” and “Art & Antiques.”

Daniel Davidson, who shows at Mulherin + Pollard in New York, will also have his signature works on display, which fluctuate between the surreal and the grotesque, the whimsical and the cartoon. An emerging artist on the local scene, Erika Keck, often compared to Francis Bacon, will have several pieces in the show, dealing in provocative themes of flesh of sexuality, amplified by the raw power of her paint application.

Works by Alex Kvares, Bekum Zeqiri, Heimo Wallner, Tricia Keightley, Jon Newman, Andre Lucien, Alexander DeMaria, and Bill Anthony will complete the exhibition.

“Urban Mythos” opens on October 22nd from 6 – 9 PM. Show runs until November 6th. Gallery Hours are Friday – Sunday, 12 – 6 PM. Westbeth Gallery is located at 57 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014

To attend the opening event, please RSVP: Felicia(at)mortonpr(dot)com

About Greg Kessler 
Greg Kessler is an award-winning artist based in New York City. He received his MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has had solo shows in New York City, Washington D.C., Texas and Austria, as well as group shows at American and Columbia Universities. His latest works can be viewed athttp://www.gregkessler.net.