Opening May 18th at HARPY in Rutherford, NJ will be a group exhibition entitled “Animal Idealism” showcasing 21 artists who focus on figurative, psychological, and mythological aspects of various representational modes of working. The show will feature artists both local and international, the majority of whom have shown at HARPY in the past or will be showing at HARPY in the future.
HARPY is a contemporary art gallery operating in northern New Jersey focusing on emerging artists from the disciplines of comics, illustration, and representational painting. The show, “Animal Idealism”, will highlight the bold crystalline renderings of a contemporary soulfulness found in many emerging artists. This reverent and real tendency can be seen in the lush emotional landscape of Kate Klingbeil that leaves the viewer simultaneously moved and contemplative, the oil painting of Adam Amram that concretely presents the soul’s fixation with the static allure of modernity or of Eric Wiley's transfixing figure carved in charcoal bearing the pitchfork of the past and wound about the efficient revelation of the nut-and-bolt. All of the work seeks to find worthy ways of infusing the pictorial pursuit with substance, be it Nick Norman playfully presenting a surrealism both familiar and new, Margot Ferrick forming a frozen portrait amidst the void, or Maja Ruznic faintly contouring the essential face of her father. For a more visceral understanding of the aforementioned work please visit “Animal Idealism” up from May 18th to June 8th.
The artists on display are as follows: Adam Amram, Sara Anstis, Andy Cahill, Christopher Davison, Margot Ferrick, Jesse Fillingham, Rachel Hayden, Delphine Hennelly, Andrew Ho, Kate Klingbeil, Em Kettner, Drew Miller, Katarina Janeckova, Gretta Johnson, Bridget Mullen, Jason Murphy, Nick Norman, Michael Olivo, Maja Ruznic, Audrey Helen Weber, and Eric Wiley.