Resilience is the art of perseverance
Perhaps best known as the Chief Urban Designer of New York City during the Bloomberg era, Alexandros Washburn has been steadily painting throughout his career as an architect, a community leader, and a writer . His paintings have an informality that are characteristic of a singular vision. Ranging from the classical nude to the ragged and abstract, Lux Figura features work made over the last 20 years. With frayed edges, unworked gesso, layered lines of charcoal and gold leaf, they resemble drawings on a sketchbook page. Large in scale combining broad brush strokes with startling color, Washburn’s work abandons perspective, emphasizing surface texture to capture the quiet isolation of the world around him.
Peter Opheim is a German-born American painter currently working between New York and New Mexico. After 25 years of acclaim as an abstract painter, Opheim experienced an epiphanous shift in his approach to his art. “I didn’t want to paint things that had already been painted; I wanted to paint things that I hadn’t seen before, things that didn’t exist except in my imagination,” he said, leading him to an extraordinary dual process.
His ongoing body of work is a intimate study of portraiture and still-life. His subjects are creatures of his own imagination, familiar in their crude juvenile forms, built from clay and then carefully rendered in oil paint.
Opheim’s work confronts the viewer with lovingly painted creatures with colorful, bulging features, disjointed body parts and various skewed orifices. Opheim’s paintings navigate the merging of childhood and adulthood – concepts that we ordinarily prefer to keep separate – to unsettling effects. While charming and whimsical from afar, they shatter any idea of fantastical nostalgia with subjects that are grotesque and mutated upon further inspection. Evolving beyond the saccharine charm that these creatures might evoke standing as sculptures, three inches tall, Opheim’s large scale paintings instead embody complex notions that, as put by Anise Stevens of Artillery Mag “speculate on the inner workings of the pre-adolescent’s mind, navigating adult territory with only a limited knowledge base grounded in fantasy.”
Anita Glesta’s work has consistently been informed by the physical properties of a site, as well as by its traces of human history. Whether forming places for people to gather and reflect on the memory of an event or creating an integrated structure within a landscape, Glesta’s works have humanized the public experience by offering an intimate connection with the viewer. Her realized works encompass numerous artistic approaches, from object making to time-based installation sculpture and digital works, including the creation of mediascapes and actual landscapes. “All of my work aims to subvert and to catalyze different ways to think about our "naked" humanity in a historic and contemporary context. I integrate these concerns by inviting the viewer to look and to engage with their entire physical and psychological selves.” Anita Glesta is an internationally recognized artist whose permanent and public works have been installed throughout the world. Among her permanent public commissions are the Federal Census Bureau, a GSA Art in Architecture Commission, a permanent public park in the center of Sydney, Australia, The Yurong Water Gardens and a permanent commission in Chianti Sculpture park in Chianti, Italy. Her temporal installations have included a public art sound work installed at Chase Manhattan Plaza in 2007 with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, GERNIKA/GUERNICA, which subsequently travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, the Sackler Museum Beijing, China among other Museums. Glesta’s installations and videos have included solo shows in galleries, non-profit spaces and, Museums in New York and internationally. More recently her video installation, WATERSHED was a public art projection that has been installed during the New Museum Ideas City Festival, NYC and the face of the National Theater in London. It will premiere in NYC in Red Hook Brooklyn on October 26 as an immersive video on the streets of the community to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. She has been a recipient of many grants and awards, Pollock/Krasner, New York Foundation for the Arts, Puffin, and the New York State Council for the Arts New Media fellowship. Glesta lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Dimitrios Antonitsis’ artwork is known for its provocative undertone and its critically glamorous quality. He criticizes social conventions of decorum and political hypocrisy, while focusing on the aesthetical statement of the work itself.
FRACTURE explores the concept of the partial, broken, and abandoned, in physical space, art and the economy. Antonitsis latest collection of drawing will make reference to the toll the economic crisis in Greece has taken on artists, expression and young people.
The show is accompanied by a video installation by the artist Harry Patramanis . You are surrounded by so much and nothing. Travelers around you, back and forth, roller-bags filled with personal items, clothes, travel kits, ID cards, lost in an endless cycle of failed departures to destinations that never materialize. Where are they all going? Where are they not going? Now they all wait for an elevator that will never come. They leave one by one as more arrive.