Paintings and Prints by Gloria Garfinkel, featuring a new body of work by New York artist. The exhibit presents six paintings and six prints drawn from those paintings, wherein the surface of the paintings provide one effect, while the striped doors open to the viewer to reveal shadow boxes with the following themes: Beauty, Religion, Brain, Baby, Vice, and Government.
Paintings and Prints by Gloria Garfinkel
New York, NY - Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art (PSCA) announces the opening of a new exhibit entitled Secrets: Paintings and Prints by Gloria Garfinkel, featuring a new body of work by New York artist Gloria Garfinkel. The exhibit presents six paintings and six prints drawn from those paintings, wherein the surface of the paintings provide one effect, while the striped doors open to the viewer to reveal shadow boxes with the following themes: Beauty, Religion, Brain, Baby, Vice, and Government. A commemorative poster is issued by the gallery in conjunction with the show. Opening October 6, 6 - 9 PM, thru November 6.
Garfinkel, who has explored pattern, shape, and color in her work over the past 25 years, has been likened to Matisse by David Butler, director of the Ulrich Museum of Art, where she had a major solo show in fall 2002. Butler said of her "Obi" series, "the overall effect is one of an exquisitely calibrated, harmonious order. Matisse himself could hardly have done better."
Her interest in Japanese fabrics and visual customs continue to inform her work. These paintings, apparently spare, are complex surfaces and surfaces under surfaces reminiscent of the layering found in traditional Eastern garb. In each of the six paintings, which are quite large measuring 65 x 50 inches by approximately 4 inches deep, two doors (painted in a stripe motif) open to reveal a dialogue about the theme expressed in each painting. In Secret #3, for example, the subject is the brain and herein the artist combines, CD Roms, printed words, shredded books, photographs, and various objects that speak to intellect, mental facility, and instinctual versus deliberate action. The inverse of the doors are covered in reproductions of her notebooks reversed in right to left format.
The door prints are luxuriously produced photo etchings that are then silkscreened to produce a most realistic effect of the original working sketches for this element in the paintings. Each print is finished by hand by the artist including the original graphite notations regarding color, dimension, and other details necessary to the formation of the completed paintings. The prints, in an edition of 25 with five artist proofs, were printed by Axelle Fine Arts in Brooklyn using Somerset Satin White paper. The process of photo etching, then silkscreen, then notation by hand, is again reminiscent of the layers found in the paintings and in the underlying inspiration from the Orient.
Garfinkel first exhibited her work in 1980 and has been included in museum exhibitions on several continents. Solo museum shows have included the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, Haggerty Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, and the Emerson Gallery Museum, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. Her work is included in the collection of the New York Public Library and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) among many other prestigious public, corporate, and private collections.
Gloria Garfinkel is represented exclusively in New York by Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, where she has been seen in "Three Women/Three Visions" and also in a small solo show "Can Cri Woodcuts", the later of which was reviewed by Valerie Gladstone in ARTnews magazine (June 2003).
More information on the website or by calling Paul Sharpe at 646 613 1252.
DATE October 6
TIME 6 - 9 PM
RSVP 646 613 1252
ON VIEW October 6 thru November 6, 2004
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 6 PM, and by appointment.
Image: Gloria Garfinkel, Secrets #3, Oil on Canvas and Mixed Media, 65 x 50 inches
Tribeca Second Wednesdays Art Gallery Open Houses
DATE October 13
TIME 6 - 8 PM
RSVP 646 613 1252
WHERE Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art
86 Walker Street, Floor Six, New York, NY 10013
(Walker is one block below Canal, between Broadway & Lafayette)