NaeraArts presenting The Compounding Edge exhibition with Thurston Belmer and Magdalena Firlag
New York, NY 10013
The Compounding Edge
E. Thurston Belmer and Magdalena Firlag
Curated by Naera Kim
Wednesday, October 15 - November 7, 2014
Opening Reception: October 15, 7-9PM
Salomon Arts Gallery
83 Leonard Street, 4th Floor
Tribeca, New York, NY 10013
Hours: Mon - Tues (private viewing by appointment), Wed - Fri 2 - 6PM, Sat 3 - 6PM
New York, NY (October 15, 2014) - NaeraArts and the Salomon Arts Gallery is pleased to announce The Compounding Edge, a two-artist exhibition featuring E. Thurston Belmer and Magdalena Firlag. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 15 from 7-9PM.
Curated by Naera Kim, marking the first collaboration between the Salomon Arts Gallery and an outside agent, The Compounding Edge places the monumental art of E. Thurston Belmer and Magdalena Firlag in conversation, allowing for a thought-provoking visual contrast and clash. The exhibition presents two artists who, despite their differences, both use traditional artistic techniques in order to represent and, at times, critique contemporary society. Combining the weight of their many art historical references with an unmistakably modern edge, Firlag and Belmer’s works appear almost timeless, maintaining a classical devotion to rigorous artistic production.
With his large-scale paintings such as Still Life and Bone and Blood, E. Thurston Belmer’s darkly melancholy and exquisitely beautiful works reveal his deep reverence for the traditions of oil painting and skilled draftsmanship. With references ranging from Caravaggio to Jacques-Louis David, Belmer’s art emerges as a thoroughly raw, almost punk take on Neoclassicism. Not only technically striking, Belmer’s disturbing yet engrossing works are filled with complex symbolism, investigating powerful themes from eroticism to the thin boundary between life and death.
Like Belmer, Magdalena Firlag also works in highly traditional artistic mediums from mosaic-making to fresco-painting. In enormous mosaic works of currency like The Great Glass, Firlag employs reused glass from recycled bottles not only as her chosen materials but also, as a symbol for the circulation of capital and our troubled relation to economic systems. Drawing on the legacy of Byzantine murals and the mosaics of Pompeii, Firlag’s highly skilled and challenging art displays her incisive social commentary though unexpected mediums.
Living and working in New York City, E. Thurston Belmer’s work has been exhibited nationally at galleries such as the Central Booking Gallery, New York, The Hinge Gallery, Saint Louis, Seton Gallery-University of New Haven, CT and Standard Toykraft Art Space, Brooklyn. With a Masters of Fine Arts from Washington University in Saint Louis, Belmer has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Artribune and Beautiful Savage Magazine.
Known for her mosaic and fresco murals, multidisciplinary artist Magdalena Firlag’s work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions in venues including Puerto Turin, Mexico City, HCMC, Vietnam, Gallery Promocynjna, Warsaw, Sector Reforma Arte Contemporaneo, Guadalajara, Mexico, Lowicka Art Center, Warsaw and most recently at Rox Gallery in New York. A catalogue on her work entitled Magdalena Firląg. Obra reciente was published in 2010 with an essay by Alejandro Peraz-Tamayo. Born in Poland, Firlag currently lives and works between Warsaw, New York and Mexico City.
Naera Kim is an independent art dealer and founder of NaeraArts with a unique eye for emerging and established talent. Understanding the needs of collectors, as well as the importance of investing in invigorating emerging talent, Naera represents a selection of artists such as E. Thurston Belmer, Pablo Griss, Sarah Walko, Justin Terry and Magdalena Firlag. Exhibiting in a wide range of venues from the Queens Museum of Art to Saint Peter’s Living Room Gallery, Naera’s represented artists work in a variety of disciplines including oil painting, collage and mosaic-making. Presenting her artists to potential collectors, Naera has participated in Frieze Art Week, showing at the Contemporary Art Fair. Please visit www.naeraarts.com
Salomon Arts Gallery Since 1975 the Tribeca arts atellier of filmmaker Rodrigo Salomon and roommates –artist, painter Alan Shields, along with mime artist Laura Segal, (both deceased) hosted film, theater, dance performances, and art exhibits. The success of these art activities began a synergy that consequently created a platform for artists to expose art to their peers and the public in a non-conventional setting. Set in a live/work loft typical of artists' lofts in 1970s Tribeca, the arts atelier summarily grew to be an artistic hub that led to the founding of Salomon Arts Gallery in 2003. Salomon Arts Gallery has featured artists from the local and global communities in a wide range of artistic fields.
Firm in their belief that a community’s cultural identity is crucial as celebrating distinctiveness in a homogenizing world, Rodrigo Salomon and his co-director Gigi Salomon an Urban Planner, are currently making a documentary of “Pioneer Artists of Tribeca”, highlighting the pioneering artists who came to the neighborhood between 1960 and 1980.
For the last three years Salomon Arts have been invited to participate at the Armory Arts Week, New York City as a member of Tribeca’s art community.
For more information, please contact Naera Kim at 917-575-6548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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