Massey Lyuben Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition, Fall Collective, featuring works by artists Laura Sallade, Claire Lieberman, James Greco, Georgi Djongarski, and Maria Kozak.
Light, in its appearance and behavior, is an important inspiration for artist, Laura Sallade, who manipulates glass optically with the chemical silvering process commonly used in the early 1900s. The artist uses liquid chemical solutions to make specific or abstract imagery. This solution, as seen in her Vessel for Light series, deposits a fine sheen of silver on the glass, leaving a reflective finish in which the viewer can see themselves.
Sculptor and installation artist, Claire Lieberman, combines such materials as marble, Jell-O and video. Her work explores a range of dichotomies, such as the sublime and the quirky, desire and danger, indulgence and guilt. Lieberman’s black marble Unidentified Dangerous Beautiful Object explores the relationship between children’s play and danger. The sculpture, hand-carved, reflective and lush, is a resonant response to issues of control and desire in contemporary culture.
James Greco is a Brooklyn based painter and sculptor whose work is a continued exploration of improvisational mark making that in turn, develops into a narrative abstraction. The work flows as pure without emotional or intellectual constructs or concepts -the marks leading to the discovery of the picture that lies between the gestural and referential. His work is collected both in Europe and the US. Using traditional oil paints, epoxy resins, house paints and other mixed media, his abstract variations range from small explorations on paper to large-scale paintings.
Georgi Djongarski’s works often refer to themes taken from the Old Testament and Greek mythology. The two mirror-like heads of his bronze sculpture, Hoc Est Enim Corpus Meum, represent our inner struggles to find and understand ourselves. Are they bound to kiss or to bite one another? The hairy body is another reference to the subject originating from the parable of the Black and White dogs. When they are fed differently, inevitably one eats the other, the tiny string, which keeps the balance up is torn and the whole entity seizes to exist at this very moment.
Maria Kozak’s work explores the interplay between humanity, divinity and nature. She allows intuition to guide her in order to create an authentic experience of her inner world. Her work is found in collections nationally and abroad and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, The Art Newspaper and Paper magazine.
The show will run through January 16, 2016.
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