FROM THE ASHES OF CONCEPTUALISM
A Group show featuring Cassandra Levine, Javier Ramirez, Patrick Shoemaker
May 22 - June 28, 2015
Opening Reception June 19th, 6-8pm
Philip Bloom Gallery, 117 Orange Street, Nantucket MA
[Nantucket] Philip Bloom Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition featuring original paintings by Cassandra Levine, Javier Ramirez, and Patrick Shoemaker. FROM THE ASHES OF CONCEPTUALISM will be on display to the public from May 22 to June 28, 2015 with a grand opening reception June 19 from 6-8pm in a new exhibition space located at 117 Orange Street.
Philip Bloom Gallery is proud to be showing Cassandra Levine’s work for the first time with a salon-style installation of intimate abstract paintings on panel and paper. Beginning as line drawings, her paintings are constructed using a bright primary color palette, and distinct patterns. The finished work offers a glimpse into Cassandra’s world, a place she says is “influenced by a vast array of source material from cult-classic movies to the cracks in the side walk in front of my apartment.” Cassandra Levine was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts where she completed a Masters of Fine Arts in 2013. She lives and works out of a studio in Queens, New York.
Also being shown for the first time with Philip Bloom Gallery is Javier Ramirez. Ramirez infuses the vibrations of Southern California in his still life and portraiture paintings; breathing new life into the traditional subjects. graduate of the Art Center College of Design in 2012, Ramirez has continued to live and work in Los Angeles. His color palette mirrors the environment surrounding him -- the delicate pinks of the afternoon sky over the Pacific Ocean to the verdant greens of over-watered Beverly Hills landscaping.
Patrick Shoemaker’s work is larger than life. He applies copious amounts of oil medium mixed with a dab of pigment to create a watercolor like texture. This technique allows Shoemaker to visibly manipulate the paint exposing the hand of the artist. His soul is evident in every brush stroke. The subject matter is derived from American history, flora, and folklore. Shoemakers weighs heavily on abstraction to visually re-imagine this subject matter. Shoemaker is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts MFA program. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. This marks the third time that Philip Bloom Gallery will exhibit Patrick Shoemaker’s work.
Philip Bloom Gallery is new to Nantucket but not to the contemporary art world. Prior to opening on Nantucket, the Philip Bloom Gallery held successful exhibitions at SELECT FAIR, Miami Beach last December and PULSE: NEW YORK this past May. The gallery is run by Philip Bloom and Nicholas Bakita. They are passionate about discovering emerging contemporary artists from around the world and sharing their discoveries with visitors and residents of Nantucket alike. This group show marks their debut on the Island.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For additional information and photographic material please contact the gallery at [email protected]