Focus on: New Viridian Artists

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Group Show
Focus on: New Viridian Artists

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
March 20th, 2007 - April 7th, 2007
Opening: March 24th, 2007 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

(212) 414-4040
Tue-Sat 12-6

Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present six new artists work. All are painters but one who works in clay. All of these artists are inspired by the ancient, as well as by questions about our world today, but each have their own method for translating these questions pictorially for the viewer. The exhibition will be on view March 20 to April 7 with an artists' reception Saturday, March 24, 4-6pm. Though randomly brought together by timing, the work of these 6 artists creates an interesting interplay of diverse styles, intentions, and meaning.

The paintings of LAURA GUESE reflect the fleeting atmospheric conditions in the sky as the sun rises and sets. Her goal is the capture that few seconds when the sky is filled with color and energy for she sees the sky as an impermanent, universal landscape & she paints them passionately.

NANCY TREHERNE CRAIG is also drawn to the land, sky & water of nature in her art. Beginning on site, she allows the fluidity of the natural elements to enter her process as the changing light ripens her thoughts and serves to help her develop a unique idea about each work. Her paint is acrylic but she also often includes elements of collage and textiles, some that she herself has woven. Her most recent canvases are often hinged and angled so that they come off the wall, adding a third dimension to the work.

PETER KAPLAN’S landscapes are created from a totally different place in his artists mind. Though thematically to do with landscape, most of his paintings are not taken directly from nature, but rather from his imagination. For him, landscapes do not infer an earthly origin, but instead a composite of how he imagines another world might look. His images assume a surreal feeling as clouds become whole constellations, mountains become forms of mystery and the image that could be water is in constant flux.

More identifiably surreal is the art of JEFFREY MELZACK who embraces through his paintings, the ancient concept of story telling through pictorial symbols. Using common symbols like staircases or less common ones like poles and crescents, he has developed a formula to dictate the composition of his paintings. For him, it is a way of voicing, through his painting, concerns he has about coping with a world filled with ambiguity, both humorously & seriously and often, from a profoundly spiritual place.

Though MEREDETH TURSHEN uses the female figure as the basis of layered work to represent her ideas, she does so non-figuratively in abstract compositions, reflecting on nature and the magic and tensions in relationships. These images are represented in a series of pastel paintings incorporating reverse or transfer drawing, a technique used by Paul Klee to gives a soft, rich and varied line to the images. The artist studied at the Art Students League in New York, Oberlin College, Pratt Institute & the Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. She is a writer and teacher at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

JAIN HUTZELL began to explore clay as a medium ten years ago, discovering to her surprise that all of her skills would be utilized in this hands-on process she finds sensuously thrilling. The artist forms the clay into tablets and breastplates, for the material is an ancient medium for communicating artistic and spiritual expression, and perfect for the forms she uses in her sculpture. Focusing on the manipulation of “truth” through written language in the “Artifact/Artifice Series” which she began in 2004, the artist uses the form of an ancient clay tablet with ancient symbols and code, presenting them in boxes as if in a museum. Native American rock painting and ancient Greek Cycladic art inspire other series she is working on.
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