Beyond Reality

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"Abstract Landscapes: No. 62", 2014. Photo Based Imagery 20" X 16" © Joshua Greenberg
"Mother Earth", 2014. Acrylic On Canvas. 36" X 36" © Renee Kahn
"Rhythm=Color=Consonance=Time=Shape=Dissonance, It's All Mathematically Reliable" , 2014. Oil Paint On Violin Instrument 19" X 23" © Jeffery Melzack
"The Birds' Night Migrations", 2014. Oil On Paper. 24" X 24" © Meredeth Turshen
"Two Umbrellas" Rainy Nights in N.Y.C. Series, 2014. Digital Print On Board 20" X 16" © Sheila Smith
"Conversation", 2014. Digital Photograph 16" X 21"
"Interior Angst", 2014. Mixed Media Sculpture: Clay,Wood,Acorn,Hog's Tooth,Seaweed,Bark And Nails 17.5" H X 7" W X 12.5" D © Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff
"Time Travels with Camille Claudel", 2014. Lithograph And Watercolor Monotype 22" X 15" © Sarah Riley
Beyond Reality
Curated by: Vernita Nemec

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
January 13th, 2015 - January 31st, 2015
Opening: January 15th, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(212) 414-4040
Tue-Sat 12-6
printmedia, painting, figurative, landscape, modern, pop, surrealism, traditional, digital, graffiti/street-art, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, conceptual
free admission



January 13- 31, 2015

reception Thursday January 15, 6-8pm

Claudia Fainguersch, Joshua Greenberg,

Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff, Renee Kahn, Jeffery Melzack,

Sarah Riley, Sheila Smith, Meredeth Turshen

  Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present an exhibition of outstanding art by eight artists who are part of Viridian Artists' Affiliate program and whose art explores the worlds "Beyond Reality". All these artists have a personal vision that seeps into their imagery or the absence of imagery – those shapes beyond suggestions. They share a sense of the reality beyond the everyday of living. Perhaps all true art reflects that. The artists' vision, the reality that each artist owns and attempts to convey for themselves and others, is as real as we let it be.

  The show extends from January 13 to 31st with a reception to meet the artists Thursday January 15th, 6-8pm.

As ELIZABETH FEATHERSTONE HOFF states so aptly, "my work is about life, the life I have lived, thus far, the life I have given birth to, and, the life I have observed.

The human condition in all of its' variety is an unending source for new work. It is, for me, the reality beyond the reality.”

In his “Abstract Landscapes” JOSHUA GREENBERG uses photo-based imagery to create abstract art from landscapes. Greenberg is a natural teacher, and through his art explores photo-based imagery to create landscapes from abstract imagery that he sees in reality- textures, reflections, juxtapositions of color in which he discovers for us – landscapes of his imagination.  Color, texture, and light of initial images, are qualities he sees present in the reflections, shadows, and “segmentations” of new images. For the artist, “rain, snow, hills and trees project a sense of movement and balance as part of emerging abstract art. Clouds, sky, horizon and sunlight add foreground, background and a sense of depth.” The artist uses these elements as if they  were paint on a palette to be mixed together to create new images.

Architecture was Claudia Fainguersch's first choice of media, with perspective, lights and shades, composition, color and space as elements that she has now translates into photography. The artist states that for her "the camera approaches and gets lost between spaces and materials. It penetrates into reality, dissolves it and a new reality appears with its own places, its own lights and new sensations."

In these four images from the series "FAIT", we discover a small world suggesting a route through cinematographic images akin to Film Noire: Mysterious Characters, Suggestive Lights, Threatening Shades, silence, shouts and questions without answers…

  In her Bowl Series, RENEE KAHN represents women as the nurturers of society. In these works, the bowl of fruit symbolizes women's offerings of caring, sustenance and hope to the world. In essence, Kahn sees the women that she portrays as Earth Goddesses. She does it with harmonious colors and images that are painted flat and unadorned, reduced to the simplicity of her symbolic messages.

JEFFREY MELZACK, whose art is usually comprised of surrealistically conceptualized paintings, is presenting both two and three dimensional work that relate conceptually through sound and its absence.

There are small 2D works in watercolor with colored pencil that reflect moments of quiet introspection, with a three dimensional violin piece serving as the bridge between sound and the “color” or tonal value of the notes played. As one looks at the violin, Melzack invites the viewer to "imagine the improvisation of sounds that it might project to you, try to see the notes using your mind's eye and hear it played with your mind's ear."

Sarah Riley is a painter/printmaker based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her current works are explorations of mixed-imagery, combining drawing, collage, printmaking and paint. Many of her works contain feminist overtones and are drawn from myth, literature and personal history; the juxtaposition of images suggests both memories and re-imaginings. In these particular pieces, she explores alignments of colorful watercolor monotypes with intaglio and photo-based print imagery. Her works are concurrently on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum as part of their Centennial Celebration. Sarah Riley is Prof. Emeritus and former Head of Printmaking at Southeast Missouri State University. Her book, "Practical Mixed-media Printmaking Techniques" was published in the USA in January 2012 by A & C Black, London. Copies are available for purchase at the gallery.

SHEILA SMITH 's photo series entitled "Rainy Nights In N.Y.C." were taken in 2014 during her artistic wanderings on rainy nights in New York City. After shooting, she digitally transforms her images to create a painterly look and then prints them on canvas which are mounted on board. Each image is part of a limited edition.

  Meredeth Turshen is exhibiting new bold, layered and textured paintings with compositions that evoke energy, movement and radiate light. These works have been done on paper in oil paint, with traces of pastel and graphite. Drawing inspiration from her environment to represent imagined realities, Turshen creates new work that evokes a balance of sensibility and emotion, reality and imagination.

These artists have presented a reality beyond ordinary reality visible to all those  who are able to see deeply into the work and discover their own “reality beyond reality” that they find there. The artists' vision, the reality that each artist owns and attempts to convey for themselves and others, is as real as... we let it be.

The Affiliate Program is an important aspect of Viridian's mission to expand exhibition and sales opportunities for outstanding contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known.


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