Heart of the City
DAA Gallery in Delhi NY, unveils a new exhibition of paintings, monoprints, and sculpture on July 5th, 2008. "Heart of the City", considers the urban landscape through the eyes of two artists who straddle the worlds of urban and country living.
Larry Engel began his career in art in the 1960's as a graphic designer, illustrator, and art director in New York City Advertising Agencies. By 1970 he was regularly contributing pointedly wry editorial illustrations to the New York Times, while continuing to paint images of the city. In the balance of his time, he began to create a series of small sculptural works utilizing the mundane detritus of our everyday lives as both inspiration and medium. Included in this exhibit are over 50 original drawings published in the NY Times (1970's-80's), a 7ft painting depicting the Twin Towers in NY(1987) and a collection of his bronzes. Engel's works are urbane comments on everyday life that combine and transform ironic, opposing, and often whimsical ideas with a satirical slant. He takes everyday objects, destroying them and then recreating them, their meaning exploded and transformed. Quirky, wry, and often surreal, Engel's work is a truly distinctive and often revelatory vision of our world.
Lisbeth Firmin is a painter and printmaker whose cityscapes team with life and movement. But they are movement suspended. Like snapshots, the paintings present mundane slices of daily life: people cross the street, read, shop, traffic backs up, cars park, it rains, it's sunny. The compositions are casual, like a snapshot or a glance. Looking at Firmin's paintings is like viewing a scene through water. Her paint is lush and fluid which seems to make her objects make their way through an urban sea. Firmin is a painter's painter, and the result of her handling of paint and composition is that these "snapshots" give us a distinct feeling of those moments of interiority that define urban living; the sense of traveling alone in the intimate company of others.
DAA Gallery (Delhi Art & Antiques) is located at 84 Main Street in Delhi. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday from 11am-5pm and by appointment. "Heart of the City" exhibit runs from July 5- 27. Artist Opening Reception Saturday, July 5, 5-7pm. Contact DAA Gallery @ 607-746-2664 or visit www.DAAgallery.com.