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Abel Azcona uses his body to illustrate personal experiences of abandonment, pain, and empathy. In Someone Else he shows us interpersonal relations, both sentimental and sexual, in which in a parallel way, true feelings, true love, or the true object of desire are all hidden. The artist shares different intimacies with different people, making the antagonist-guest the protagonist. He presents dreams that become true in the mind, but never in the actual body. Abel Azcona is a Spanish interdisciplinary and performance artist. He creates cathartic works as a means of self-knowledge and personal construction. Azcona’s artwork has been presented in various museums, contemporary art centers, and galleries worldwide. Synergistically autobiographical and critical, his work takes audiences into his inner world and invites them to share their own experiences. His themes are directly informed by his experiences as the child of a prostitute, and his passing through multiple children’s shelters, mental institutions, and foster homes, as well as adolescent episodes of drug use, prostitution, and several suicide attempts. The resilient artist assures the public that when he practices self-harm, it is his own choice to alter the shape of his body, as opposed to an abused child or woman who has no choice.
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Memory Prints is a solo exhibition by Phillip Chen, a visual artist from the Midwest. In fifteen relief etchings about his family, Chen reckons with significant moments in Chinese American history. At first glance, individually and as an ensemble, these relief prints are schematic and enigmatic. Rooted in personal experiences, the prints depict precisely drawn tools and everyday objects that reflect his family’s occupational histories. The etchings can be approached as part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. Their rich darkness reveal precisely drawn tools and everyday objects, an occasional human visage. Each array on each print is imaginatively filled in with lines that interlink and interrelate the items.
Categories: Arts, Museums
Imagine This, Narrative Art Show Art In Clay II: Figuratively Speaking International Juried Smart Device show Opening reception September 27, 2014 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm with music by Paula Jeanine Bennett & the Imagine This Quartet
The signature annual event at Freshkills Park, Sneak 'Peak' is a festival unlike any other in NYC. The site is normally closed as NYC Parks continues park development and construction, but once a year the gates are thrown open for all New Yorkers to experience Staten Island’s landfill-to-park masterpiece! Join us to celebrate the future of Freshkills Park with a free day of fun that includes kayaking, biking, birding, public art, walking tours, climbing walls, an informational fair, kite flying, and live music; all of which offer a glimpse of what the park will have to offer.
Categories: Arts, Theater
AMSTERDAM WHITNEY GALLERY, 511 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York City, is proud to show in its OCTOBER 3 - NOVEMBER 4, 2014 Exhibition leading Contemporary Master Artists whose work explores the abstract, figurative and natural worlds, exalting the realm of the aesthetic through brilliant coloration and dazzling form. This special “Halloween Masquerade” exhibition offers a magical tribute which will enchant the senses of both art acquisitiors and art aficionados alike with its incandescent renewal and regeneration of the visual realm as they define the cultural pulse of the modern art world. Illuminating with symphonic synchronicity, they translate abstract thoughts and familiar scenes into a unique perspective, orchestrated by a bravura of brushstrokes accompanied by kaleidoscopic hues. Pulsating with dynamic synergy and expressive artistic creativity, these artists render a visual lexicon of sophisticated, eclectic and often joyful representations of the world as they shine the spotlight on a unique, universal artistic language, creating dazzling panoramas of visual delight that are infused with a divine creative spirit.
The National Arts Club and its Office of Fine Arts in collaboration with the John Szoke Gallery present, ‘Edvard Munch – Master Prints.' The exhibition is the second installment of the Offices’ fine arts fall program and will show 20 of the famed Norwegian masters unique graphic works, alongside pieces from Picasso and other American contemporaries, including Max Bohm, Bolton Brown, Frank DuMond and Birge Harrison. Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944) created some of the most visually arresting and psychologically powerful images in the history of art. Though his fame rests largely on one painting; 'The Scream' Munch was an experimental printmaker of astonishing daring and virtuosity. With these works Munch made a lasting contribution to the Modernist movement through his exploration of isolation and existentialism in a radical and original way. While, Munch's paintings are striking, it is his work in the graphic arts that fully conveys his exploration of the interior world of human feelings. For more information please visit www.nationalartsclub.org or call Office of Fine Arts at The National Arts Club on (212) 475-3424
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is delighted to announce the representation of legendary artist Moby. Born in New York’s Harlem, on 148th St., Moby grew up in Connecticut and then returned to New York, where he spent most of his life. A few years ago, he moved to L.A., due to “its singular pre-apocalyptic strangeness”, as he declared recently. Moby was exposed to art since his childhood, being raised in a family of artists: his mother was a painter and an uncle of him was a sculptor. Another uncle, Joseph Kugielsky, who was a photographer at the New York Times, gave him his used photo equipment, so that Moby started taking pictures at the age of 10 with his first camera - an old Nikon F that had been in Vietnam. At university Moby had a double major, in philosophy and photography. He spent years and years in the SUNY Purchase College’s darkroom developing and printing for himself and for others. Moby’s latest series of photographs “Innocents" is based on the artist’s own theory that the Apocalypse has already happened. Tragic events influenced him. After September 11 – which coincidentally is also Moby’s birthday. From his mind-blowing music to his photographs related to his own directed videos, in terms of visual motifs, composition, and psychedelic colors, Moby defines himself as a multi-faceted artist, extremely emotional and rational at the same time.