Novado Gallery presents, “Perceptions, Interactions & Transformations," May 4-June 18, 2017 with the Artist Reception 6-8:30pm on Wednesday, May 10. In this exhibition, artists Gabe Brown, Jim Osman and Marcy Rosenblat were selected in part due to their work having a level of accessibility for the viewer in which to form a more in-depth exploration of artistic intent, personal experience and influence. On a formal level alone, the works in the show are colorful experiences to behold with an invitation for curiosity. The artists extend an invitation for us to engage the works through the broad and personal.
In his Artist Statement, Jim Osman remarks on how he uses, “…furniture and architectural forms to express the figure and space it occupies.” Even more recently, Osman, who has a background in Three Dimensional Design, has pared down his wood constructions to more essential, reductive forms. There is a familiarity found in his playful structures. They are small in scale, materials are utilized like melted Crayola wax, paint colors that indicate retro styling, with deft attention paid to formal aspects of shape and line. Osman makes decisions in the work that may leave the viewer wondering if such occurrences were intentional or by chance. They are the interaction of play and seriousness, and if they existed on a large scale one would hope to be able to climb or go through the shapes and portals.
Gabe Brown’s paintings are lavish explorations of line, palette, movement and form. The artist’s colorful oil paintings are mostly linen over panel, giving the artist an elegant support for working broadly on some areas, as well as a fine textured substrate for her areas of detail depicting cellular structures and flow. They are interpreted landscapes that play with the sense of depth, having a late Medieval or early renaissance feel along the lines of Giotto. Brown’s colorful work reveals a deep appreciation and recognition of the universe that the human species inhabits, and her adventurous spirit is unleashed through her ebullient works. There is cause for celebration of known and unknown natural forces on the large and cellular level, balanced with the artist’s concern of the havoc wreaked by manmade blunder. The seemingly cheerful nature and intimate scale of these works belay them from becoming fixed entities as the artist’s journey continues.
Marcy Rosenblat’s Pop-color paintings are perceived as fabric functioning as curtains or veils. The patterns of lace combined with broad matte flat areas in some of the works create an interesting psychological experience. Some of the lace-curtain paintings provide the expected familiarity of being able to look through into a deeper space, while others only offer an elegant pattern “draped” against a flat, matte plane. There is the suggestion of femininity and relationships, the expectation of something revealed, concealed or blocked. They are up-close and pared down, as if functioning as portraits rather than the typical use of fabric incorporated in a still life or as decorative object. When one brings their expectation to the work, Rosenblat’s interest, “…in making paintings that agitate the viewing mind,” has been achieved.
Novado Gallery will host the Artist Reception for “Perceptions, Interactions & Transformations,” on Wednesday, May 10 from 6-8:30pm. The show will end with artist talks from 1-3pm on Sunday, June 18. The event is free, and all works in the show are for sale.
Novado Gallery opened in December 2016, and is located at 110 Morgan Street, between Washington and Warren Streets in the Modera Lofts building in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District. Novado Gallery is owned and operated by Steve Pearlman and Anne Novado. “Perceptions, Interactions & Transformations,” is curated by Anne Novado and is the gallery’s third official exhibition. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone/txt: 201-744-6713 and on the web at www.novadogallery.com
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