“AbEx Redux” Explores Three New Directions in Abstract Painting In Relationship to Media, Nature, and Spirituality
The artworks on display in “AbEx Redux: Chris Santa Maria; Beryl Barr-Sharrar; Kikki Ghezzi: Three new directions in abstract painting” convey Abstract Expressionism’s essence, its attention to the physical immediacy of paint and materials used by three New York-based artists. They all offer a new version of reality and hint, either through scale, form, gesture, or coloration, to contemporary and personal interpretations of the Sublime. The exhibition features four collages by Chris Santa Maria, six paintings/collages by Beryl Barr-Sharrar, and five paintings by Kikki Ghezzi.
Chris Santa Maria (BFA in painting 2006, Arizona State University) has had two solo exhibitions (2007 & 2008) and a series of group shows from 2007 to the present. Passionate about making his art, Santa Maria is a rare example of a contemporary artist who balances the conceptual with the material, the academic with the practical. Several of his works have been placed in prominent private collections.
Beryl Barr-Sharrar (MA in painting, 1958, University of California, Berkeley) has had a prolific career as an artist between 1958 and 1970, when she began her doctoral studies in archaeology. A widely published and respected archaeologist, she continued her painting but reduced the frequency of her shows that continued through the early 1990s. Her work is part of notable art institutions in the USA and abroad. “AbEx Redux” is Barr-Sharrar’s return to the art world as a re-emerging female abstract expressionist.
Kikki Ghezzi (BFA in painting, 2011, Pratt Institute) has exhibited on several occasions in New York as well as her native country, Italy. Recipient of the Vermont Studio Center fellowship and twice artist-in-residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland (2014 and 2015), Ghezzi explores the human experience through its manifestation in external and internal landscapes. Her work has been published in the book Roots (Skira, 2014).
Curated by Thomaï Serdari, “AbEx Redux” is on view from April 3 through April 27, 2016 at The Local, 1302 44th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101.