Carter Burden Gallery presents Three Painters in the east gallery featuring Arnold Brooks, Susan Lisbin, and Rifka Milder. The reception will be held January 5, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from January 5th through 26th 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 Three Painters, Arnold Brooks presents recent paintings in his first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. In Brooks’ paintings, there are multiple layers revealing two differing visual planes. Through organic forms and geometric patters, Brooks’ paintings compel the viewer to question which plane recedes and which plane comes forwards. Is the geometric pattern in organic forms in front of or behind the positive shape solid color? Are the juicy multicolor organic forms on top of or behind a simple two-color geometric pattern? Brooks states: “The impetus for creating these new paintings is to manifest the experience of choice at the ocular and visceral level. One can literally choose how to view the paintings, which dramatically changes the paintings.” For the artist, the paintings are illustrations and formulas for the “in between” of truth or different kinds of truth.
Arnold Brooks is a painter, musician, filmmaker, and printmaker born in Panamá. He has exhibited his paintings and prints in the U.S. and internationally. He has exhibited videos at Anthology Film Archives in NYC and other venues. He participated in “Teknisk Uheld”, an international sound art exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Brooks is included in the collections of Appalachian State Art Department, Brooklyn Museum, and MMAC Collection / Frost Art Museum / Florida International University, Miami, FL. He received a research grant from New School University titled The Alchemical Marriage of Intaglio and Lithography to attempt the combination of Lithography and Intaglio into a single unified technique. He is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College where he teaches printmaking.
In Three Painters, Susan Lisbin presents recent paintings in her second exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. Using oil paint, acrylic, and mixed media on aluminum, Lisbin paints organic forms that symbolize people in spaces. The paintings explore how personal space is about connecting and relating to each other through relationships. The artist intends to illustrate how the human need to find time and space for oneself can create tension with others. Lisbin states, “This constant back and forth between comfort in the presence of others and a desire to be alone is what makes relationships so hard but also rewarding. I want the viewer to be able to see the forms within their environment and question how it impacts the image.” In using repeating forms and bold colors, Lisbin aims for the viewers to reflect on their own lives.
Susan Lisbin is a Hudson, New York based painter and sculptor. She studied at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Boston University from 1968 to 1971 and received her BA in painting from Ramapo College in New Jersey in 1975. Lisbin earned a master’s degree in painting from Montclair State University in 1980. Lisbin has exhibited her work extensively in the New York metropolitan area in solo and group shows; highlights include her solo exhibitions at the Ben Shahn Center for Visual Arts at William Patterson University and the M13 Project Room at Howard Scott Gallery. In 2005, Lisbin was awarded a residency fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is in many private collections in the New York metropolitan area.
In Three Painters, Rifka Milder presents recent paintings in her second exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. Milder builds up lines to create multiple connected forms. Using a contrasting color, she connects the organic forms with paths of lines. The energetic paintings vibrate primarily with yellows, reds, blues, and greens. Her abstract oil paintings are inspired by music, nature and her travels. Everything the artist has seen from Central Park to Panama and Italy and India influence what she paints. Milder states of her paintings: “Everything I have seen is and isn’t here.”
Rifka Milder is from New York City, where she continues to live and work. She received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Milder has exhibited internationally and nationally in solo and group shows, including at the Grady Alexis Gallery in New York, the Isabel Ignacio Galeria de Arte in Sevilla, Spain, the De Witt Wijnen in Gouda, Holland, the Gallery at the Preserve in Rockefeller State Park, Westbeth Gallery, and Merge Gallery. Her 2007 solo show was reviewed in Art In America. Isthmus Pictures and Sound recently published a suite of ten of her monoprints.