Carter Burden Gallery presents Recent Work in the east gallery featuring Basia Goldsmith, Kate Missett, and Hanna Seiman. The reception will be held June 30, 2016 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from June 30th through July 21st at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In Recent Work, Basia Goldsmith presents recent paintings on canvas for her second exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. Goldsmith begins with printing or transferring images onto the canvas surface. The images are photographs that the artist took of building exteriors such as torn posters and graffiti. Goldsmith then paints on top of imagery with loose, colorful, frenetic brushstrokes. Through the use of specific colors and marks, the artist visually responds to the printed images. In the paintings, there is a visual tension between the lower layer of imagery and the painted surface; there is a collision of new media and traditional painting. Goldsmith embraces digital technology, but then reclaims the surface with her marks.
Basia Goldsmith lives and works in New York. She was born in Poland, and spent her childhood in France and North Africa, settling with her family in a small farm in Scotland. She attended St. Mary’s Boarding School outside of London. At sixteen, she entered the Central School of Art in London, where, in addition to studying fine art, she majored in textile design. She lived in Paris for five years while working at Dessin Opera. She then moved to New York where she worked at Gadfy Studios, and then for fashion designers including: Mary McFadden, Arnold Scassi, and Giorgio St. Angelo. Goldsmith has since returned to her primary interest in painting. She has recently exhibited work at Piermont Fine Arts Gallery in Piermont Landing, New York and at Millbrook School in Millbrook, New York.
In Recent Work, Kate Missett presents recent ceramic sculptures for her first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. The work in the exhibition comes from her ongoing series of canopic jars. The top segments of the sculpture are animals or humans, while the bottom portions are open vessels on which the animal or humans rest. Missett provides the context for how the viewer is meant to interpret the subject through imagery that she hand builds, paints, and transfers onto the lower vessels. The ancient Egyptians used multiple canopic jars to store and preserve specific organs during mummification. The artist worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while she was in graduate school, which led to her developing a scholarly knowledge of and fascination with ceramic cultures of the past. This interest, as well as extensive travels in Europe, the Caribbean, and India, led to the development of her large canopic jars made with a variety of clays and firing techniques. Missett’s canopic jars explore contemporary aspects of human and animal relationships to nature and the city.
Kate Missett, b. 1951, grew up in south Florida, and attended college in New Orleans where she discovered clay in her senior year of a journalism major. Upon graduation she immediately set up her own studio and has been working in clay ever since. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1982 to attend Pratt Institute, where she received her MFA in ceramics. Missett shares her knowledge and love of ceramics as both a curator and as an instructor, giving workshops and lectures, teaching all aspects of studio ceramics as well as ceramic history at Greenwich House Pottery and City University. She also serves as director of the Artworks program of the West Side YMCA.
In Recent Work, Hanna Seiman presents recent abstract paintings for her first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. The artist paints by pouring washes of thinned paint onto unstretched and unprimed canvas. Seiman’s resulting stain paintings suspend the flowing and blending of the colors. The halting of movement of the colors becomes the visual focus. Through painting, the artist releases her emotions; her paintings become a conduit for her life experiences. Seiman understands and welcomes viewers to interpret her paintings from their own life experiences.
Hanna Seiman received a BA from Queens College, a MA in history from New York University and has studied with William Scharf, Larry Poons and Charles Hinman at the Art Students League of New York. She has taught both history and art in NYC and Monmouth County, NJ. Her work is held in private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe including the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, GA, and the Golden Foundation in New Berlin, NY.