Fun and Whimsy
Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the gallery following the renovation and expansion during the month of January. The first exhibition of 2013, a group show, Fun and Whimsy, includes four artists, Rachel Bone, Benrei Huang, Tom Ngo, and Alex Paik. The exhibition will open Thursday, February 14, 6 to 8pm, and will continue through Saturday, March 23.
Rachel Bone presents a lively, lyrical narrative in her gouache and ink paintings. The influence of children’s book illustration and Scandinavian folk art is evident in the style of her work as well as the subject matter. Her work has a playful sense of humor which is also expressed in the wonderful patterns depicted in the dresses her cavorting girls wear. Bone concedes her pleasure in people watching nourishes her droll reinterpretation of the mundane world she has created in her paintings. Each work portrays a somewhat familiar scene but always includes a striking element that invites the question, what is taking place and how did it happen.
Bone received her BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. She has exhibited throughout the United States and her work is included in numerous collections: New York Times, New York, NY; EMI Music/Virgin Records, London, England, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Bone also hand prints her beautiful patterns and imagery on women’s and children’s apparel for her independent clothing line, Red Prairie Press. This will be Bone’s first exhibition with Nancy Margolis Gallery.
Benrei Huang’s acrylic paintings on canvas depict the life and adventures of a fictious figure, Nini the rabbit. Influenced to some degree by surrealism, Huang paints Nini in an evironment that is fantastical, similar to fairytale illustrations. The paintings, though obviously a narrative are not chronological and stand independent of each other. Each story, a fable, points to some morality.
Born in Taiwan, Huang majored in painting at the National Taiwan Normal University and received her MFA from the School of Visual Art in New York. She has exhibited internationally in Taiwan and China and has had numerous shows in the US, including California and New York. This will be Huang’s first exhibition with Nancy Margolis Gallery.
Tom Ngo’s playful delicate line and color drawings of architectural elements bring together his background as a mixed media artist and an architect. His visionary depictions of homes and buildings, obviously unreal, embrace familiar elements of architecture and furniture. This magical world of floating staircases and homes, balanced in ways unfathomable in physics, is amusing and appealing, speaking out as a welcomed break from the architect’s confining drawing board.
Ngo graduated Carleton University, Ottowa, ON, Canada where he received his Masters of Architecture. His work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions in the Toronoto area. This is Ngo’s third group show at Nancy Margolis Gallery.
Alex Paik’s gouache and colored pencil on paper wall sculptures visually move and pounce on the eyes with their bright popping colors. Trained as a classical violinist, Paik takes inspiration from jazz and classical music. The curves and angles play together expressing a rhythm reminiscent of music. Though working with two-dimensional color on paper he then cuts and folds to create a three-dimensionality that breaks from the wall and asks to be viewed from multiple angles. In this way Paik mixes and matches an array of colors that relate and clash presenting a dynamic energy of contrasts.
Paik received his MFA from University of Pennsylvania, and his BFA from Pennsylvania State University. His work is included in the collections of AOL, Inc, Duane Morris LLP and University of Texas at Tyler. Paik has exhibited throughout the US including Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida. This will be Paik’s first exhibition at Nancy Margolis Gallery.