Nicole Longnecker Gallery returns from Art Basel Miami with two concurrent exhibitions: "How We Play" featuring new work from Brooklyn artist Julian Lorber, and "Natural Complexities" with Nicole Pietrantoni from Washington. The exhibits open Friday, December 9, 2016 with a special artists’ reception from 5pm – 8pm and run through January 7, 2017.
SYNOPSIS: "How We Play," featuring newly completed work exploring the current state of our cultural, social and environmental interactions. Lorber’s voice is distinctly American, in some cases distorting one of our favorite pastimes into an act of defiance.
"Natural Complexities" involves work from Nicole Pietrantoni. Primarily a printmaker, she pushes the boundary of her medium into new physical narratives examining the complex relationship between human beings and nature. Her work leaves room for the viewer’s interpretation without diluting the artist’s message.
“Both exhibits feature artists with a clear voice,” said gallerist Nicole Longnecker. “Julian Lorber’s new work made a big impression during Art Basel Miami from our exhibit at Miami Project and we are excited to debut it for Houston collectors. Not to be outdone, Nicole Pietrantoni’s distinctly creative use of light and shadow will fill the gallery with unique art.”
JULIAN LORBER: Julian Lorber received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. Lorber has exhibited in New York with Victori+Mo Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Margaret Thatcher Projects, and C24, and Outlet Fine Art. His artwork has been auction in museum, college and institution benefits, including the Contemporary Museum Arts Museum Houston, The Sculpture Center, and The Massachusetts College of Art. His work was shown in VOLTA 2014 and many other art fairs across the U.S. Lorber has also had solo shows in Houston, TX and internationally in Brussels, Belgium and in Vienna, Austria. His artwork and exhibitions have also been covered by Arts in Bushwick, The Bushwick Daily, TimeOut NY and the HoustonPress and is included in many collections in the U.S and Europe.
NICOLE PIETRANTONI: Nicole received her MFA and MA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa and her BS in Human and Organizational Development and Art History from Vanderbilt University. Nicole is currently the President of the Board of SGC International, North America's largest professional organization dedicated to education and scholarship in printmaking.
Nicole Pietrantoni is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including a Fulbright to Iceland, a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grant, an Artist Trust Fellowship, the Manifest Prize, and the Graves Award for excellence in Humanities teaching and research. Her work has been in over 80 national and international exhibitions.