Fractured Beauty at David Klein Gallery

David Klein Gallery
Feb 8, 2019 4:50PM

David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan is pleased to present Fractured Beauty, an exhibition of work by Alisa Henriquez, Andrew Krieger, and Brad Howe. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 16th from 6 to 8 PM. There will be an artists’ talk with Alisa Henriquez and Andrew Krieger on Saturday, March 9th at 3:00 PM. The artists in this exhibition explore reality in unique ways, playing with perspective, form and color to achieve a fractured, sometimes off-balance version of the world around us. In addition to a shared three-dimensional quality, a common thread throughout the work is the artist’s desire to bring the viewer’s attention to the beauty and humanity that exists in our daily lives.

Alisa Henriquez, You’re Soaking In It - 2019, Digital prints, acrylic paint, Flashe, glitter, synthetic fur, synthetic hair, beads, foam core, and resin on wood panel. 72 x 72 inches

“The encoded meanings and myths offer me artistic fodder for examining the abstract dialogue, emblematic importance, optically based metaphors, and at times fractured nature these material and media born identities reveal when positioned in the same space.” - Alisa Henriquez

Alisa Henriquez is interested in the distortion of images gathered from contemporary media and uses her collage style to explore ideas of self, femininity, and beauty. She re-formulates selected content, stacking groups of shaped panels to create complex assemblages offering multiple views of female identity, sexuality, and desire. Henriquez lives and works in East Lansing where she is a professor at Michigan State University. Widely exhibited nationally and internationally, this is her first show with David Klein Gallery.

Andrew Krieger, Running Horse, 2019, Press molded stoneware with sgraffito, 16 x 22 x 8 inches

Andrew Krieger, a Detroit based artist, uses carved wooden panels and cast clay to create a base on which to build his realist paintings. The three-dimensional forms allow for the expression of Krieger’s sense of play and his skillful painting adds beauty and symmetry to the narrative. The artist refers to his work as time-machines, capturing sense memories that draw us through time to re-experience something from our past that holds an emotional resonance within our psyches.

Krieger states, “I am interested in bringing ordinary subjects to life, the mundane events or simple talents that people experience and then celebrating them to make them epic and important.”

Brad Howe, Freshness 2017, Aluminum and urethane. 86 x 39 x 27 inches

Brad Howe, known for creating large scale sculptures for public spaces in the U.S. and abroad, uses bold color and dynamic form to celebrate the vitality and beauty he observes in nature. One of the signature characteristics of Howe’s sculpture is its chameleon-like ability to look like a different piece all together when viewed from a second perspective. In addition to admiring the work of Alexander Calder, Howe’s influences include Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi. Howe lives and works in Los Angeles.

“If we are to engage in the project of self-edification, the evolution of self, the enterprise is tied to our imagination.” - Brad Howe

David Klein Gallery