For this year’s CONTEXT section of Art New York, Galleri Urbane has curated a booth that exemplifies our commitment to supporting promising mid-career and emerging artists. Stephen D’Onofrio, a recent graduate of SAIC’s MFA program, transforms the visual language that accompanies mass-produced commercial design into original works of art done meticulously by hand. Domestic decorative elements, such as imported vases or traditional still life paintings, are simplified into symbols that can be rearranged and compressed to carry a formal sensibility, commenting on the hyper-commodification of art. Irby Pace’s widely-collected photographs instill scenes with a sense of the uncanny through floating clouds of colored smoke. From the open landscapes of west Texas to abandoned industrial parks, his images ignite voids in the pictorial space with something unexpected. Heath West applies his extensive background in architectural studies to paintings that draw on color to activate pictorial space. While composition and cropping decisions call to mind cinematic and theatrical aesthetics, structural components are broken down to their essential framing elements depicting volume and form. Donald Martiny acknowledges the presence and power of the gestural mark through his pieces that are situated on the border of painting and sculpture. Massive brushstrokes, exhibited in numerous museum shows, seek to activate the space between the viewer and object, encouraging a dynamic encounter beyond the standard observational viewing experience.