For Immediate Release: Massey Lyuben Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Winter Collective, a group exhibition featuring works by Elly Smallwood, Georgi Hamalski, Matteo Pugliese, Claire Lieberman, and Georgi Djongarski.
Elly Smallwood, a Toronto-based painter, uses quick, deliberate marks to evoke the human experience. Her figurative works of both men and women recall a classical subject made fresh through contemporary painting. Her works are highly pigmented and often very large, bringing to mind Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville. This is the artist’s first show in New York.
Georgi Hamalski’s work explores the “dark and ugly side” in all of us. His pen and pastel on paper series portray the confusion, anger, and madness that we are surrounded by on a daily basis. The artist lives and works in Bulgaria.
The large, bronze, figurative sculptures by Matteo Pugliese emerge from the wall, both announcing and hiding themselves. The work gives nod to classical Italian sculpture brought forth through contemporary composition. His works are on permanent display in galleries in Italy and major cities throughout the world including New York, Rome, Hong Kong, London, Antwerp, and Lugano. He lives in Milan and Barcelona.
Sculptor and installation artist, Claire Lieberman, combines such materials as marble, Jell-O, and video. Her work explores a range of dichotomies, including sublime and quirky, desire and danger, and indulgence and guilt. Lieberman’s hand-carved red marble sculpture is a pair of disproportioned hand weights. The beautiful, rich, and veinous marble, Dumbelles, is a tongue-in-cheek critique of society’s obsession with appearance.
Georgi Djongarski’s porcelain, silver, and gold-plated sculpture depicts the story of Christian martyr, St. Sebastian. Consistent with Djongarski’s grotesque figurative style, the body is slightly dysmorphic: beautiful but gnarled. The gentle nude lies limp under pierced arrows…the artist uses porcelain and gold delicately to illustrate the fragile nature of the saintly story.
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 20th 6pm-8pm.
The exhibition will close Saturday, February 20th.
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