The Market Place - Outdoor Vendors

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The Market Place - Outdoor Vendors

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
June 12th, 2007 - June 30th, 2007
Opening: June 16th, 2007 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

Viridian Artists, 530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, is presenting a solo exhibition of paintings and monotypes by the artist, Kelynn Zatarain Alder. The exhibition includes portraits of mostly outdoor vendors encountered in Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador, Australia, Papua New Guinea and closer to home: Coney Island.
Ms. Alder remarks on the different dynamics of “bartering eye-to-eye with an outdoor vendor in the heat of the day... (as compared to) ...handing merchandise over to a sales person behind a cash register in a department store. Often much more is at stake for the vendor who owns a hot dog stand or whose family grew the fruit or wove the hat you’re haggling over. And more than money exchanges hands. It’s an ancient practice for people of all trades to gather together in a communal meeting place to exchange not just wares, but names, ideas, news and gossip.” Ms. Alder has captured this spirit with a brilliant use of bold colors so typical of the vendor’s signs, displays and the personas of the vendors.
Ms. Alder is one of the artists featured in Dantzic’s new book , “100 New York Painters”. She describes herself as a “visual essayist with wanderlust”. The daughter of a diplomat, she has traveled extensively and lived in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Australia. Expeditionary work for Time Magazine and Australian Geographic led her to Peru, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Mexico to document the lives of indigenous people through sketching, painting and writing has given Alder a deep appreciation of the world’s multicultural fabric. Her own personally diverse cultural heritage is Mexican-Irish-Catholic on her mother’s side and Russian-Jewish-Cherokee on her father’s.
Ms. Alder attended Northern Arizona University, and completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, and received an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts in New York. She has an extensive career as a fine artist, illustrator, workshop leader, and has been an instructor at the School of Visual Arts and the University of Utah.
Ms. Alder has exhibited widely in New York City, Long Island and Australia and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She is currently represented by Viridian Artists in New York City.
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