Carter Burden Gallery presents Earth Spirit in the west gallery featuring Olivia Beens and Angela Valeria. The reception will be held April 7, 2016 from 6 – 8 PM. The exhibition runs from April 7th through 28th at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm.
In Earth Spirit, Olivia Beens presents recent ceramic sculpture for her second exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. The artist merges figuration and abstraction drawing on her interest in the sacred and profane. Through observation and memory, the artist explores puzzling facial expressions while commemorating human interactions. Beens’ uses metallic glazes on the clay’s surface to reference alchemy and historical iconography. The metallic glaze honors the subject and adds value, preciousness and luminosity to the work. Through clay, Beens explores issues of identity, sexuality, feminism, and religion using the lens of personal experience.
Sculptor/educator Olivia Beens, born in 1948 in Holland of Czech and Dutch parents, lived in Portugal until age 7. After receiving a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1977 and an MFA from Hunter College in 1982, she moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During the 1980’s, she exhibited installation and performance work in many alternative art galleries including Franklin Furnace, ABC No Rio, PS 122 and was a member of political art groups. In 2014 and 2015, she was an Artist In Residence (SPARC) at Sirovich Senior Center and completed a series of ceramic murals that are permanently installed. She has taught through many arts organizations, worked for the New York City Department of Education, Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute. Beens has received commissions for public art works through Public Art for Public School and has been awarded a New York State Council on the Arts fellowship.
In Earth Spirit, Angela Valeria presents recent paintings for her third show at Carter Burden Gallery. The images Valeria composes, whether dyed, painted or printed, explore the inseparable link between the human race and nature, and our reciprocal evolution with all the other life forms. Inspired by deities of ancient religions, myths, and folklores, particularly the bird women and goddesses of pre-historic fertility cults, her work combines animal and human features to let the spirits, often obscured from our eyes, emerge into existence.
Angela Valeria was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA at Hunter College, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and Bologna. Among Valeria’s deepest influences are Abstract Expressionism, Jazz, the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Liberation, the Renaissance, Surrealism, and Fellini. Valeria has exhibited extensively in New York. Her work is held by public collections, including the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Valeria has also spent much of her life teaching art at Parsons School of Design, Empire State College, and Hunter College.