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Georges Bergès Gallery is pleased to announce Harmony in Form and Color, a Laddie John Dill and Kristin Jai Klosterman exhibition that explores movement, environment, and energy in sculpture and painting.
While offering a glimpse into his wondrous vocabulary of “Light Sentences,” Laddie John Dill transports viewers into a completely surreal world of transient light and cascading color planes with neon landscapes. Kristin Jai Klosterman displays levitating and fluid metal sculptures from her Storm Sculptures and Music Box Series. Paintings and wall sculptures exemplify both Dill’s and Klosterman’s enduring appreciation for balance in form and movement.
Laddie John Dill has been placed within the minimalist and geometric abstraction art movement that originated in Southern California in the 1960’s known as the Light and Space movement. He is one of the first artists from Los Angeles to exhibit “Light and Space” work in New York City and has been crafting light and earthy materials like concrete, glass, sand, and metal into luminous sculptures, wall-pieces, and installations since the 1970’s. Dill uses neon in a beautiful variety of colors that spread across the planes in a wonderful array of shifting light. Every art piece changes depending on the architecture it inhabits, creating a distinct and original aesthetic experience each time a viewer sees his work.
Dill’s work is found in the permanent collections of prominent art institutions, such as The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Chicago Art Institute, IL; Smithsonian, DC; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Pio Monte della Misericordia, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; and Museo Jumex, Mexico.
New York City-based American International artist Kristin Jai Klosterman is best known for her sculptural work in metal and wood and her mixed media paintings. Klosterman has been developing her own process of contrasting elements: the hard materials of the sculptural series and the soft delicate silks and fabrics of her meticulously hand-painted canvases. These combinations of different natural elements define the balance of the feminine and masculine energies embedded in her work. Her large-scale metal sculptures can be found in public forums in California, Texas, Tennessee, and Minnesota, as well as private collections in Mexico City, Berlin, Moscow, and New York City.
During the last 15 years, Dill and Klosterman have engaged in numerous collaborations and also given birth to multiple projects at home and around the world. Together they have shared countless of spoken and actual lived experiences in art, life, and work.
Georges Bergès Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Johan Wahlstrom’s works, “Distorted Happiness,” the artist’s first solo show with the gallery. Wahlstrom sees himself as a painter of truth, exploring the psychological and spiritual toll of some of the most pressing social, economic, and political issues in our society. The series of works in “Distorted Happiness” depict a series of strange and ghostly specters, but these deformed beings represent our collective fears and anxieties—or as one work is titled, they are You, Me, Us, We.
Wahlstrom draws inspiration from his previous career in music, reflected in the layered density of color and composition. There is a constant feeling of alienation in his paintings, which in tandem with his dark color palette connects to a long history of a gloomy and mysterious aesthetic from the Northern Hemisphere. Some compositions resemble deep, color infused grounds, others seem to show slinky ink signatures of famous figures unknown. In terms of style, Wahlstrom paints in the tradition of neo-expressionism, with nods to Jean Dubuffet, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and he is adept of fitting information and news into these complex compositions.
Johan Wahlstrom was born in 1959 in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a fifth-generation artist. Though art was in his blood, his first creative direction was rock and roll, where he had a successful and long career as a keyboardist and singer, touring with Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Mick Ronson and many Scandinavian artists. After 20 years, the rock and roll life caught up with him. Wahlstrom moved to a small village in France where he did nothing but paint for seven years, part of that time under the tutelage of Swedish artist, Lennart Nystrom. Wahlstrom’s dark narrative paintings of heads and torsos in acrylic and ink are inspired by cryptic, often ironic social critiques that he collects on scraps of paper in his studio. He currently lives and works between Malaga, Spain and New York City.
Georges Bergès Gallery is pleased to announce Paper Dolls, a Richard Lazes’ solo exhibition featuring a series of unique sculptures that connect the timeless aesthetics of antiquity with a modern interpretation.
During centuries of political censorship countless of sculptural masterpieces were tragically decapitated. Although headless, their bodies remain completely intact. During Lazes’ extensive study of these ancient masterworks, he marveled at the depth of expression and emotion conveyed exclusively through the statues’ bodies. Paper Dolls is inspired by these partially destroyed sculptures from antiquity. The series captures the tension, power, and emotion of the human body.
Lazes has perfected his sculpture-making process through years of development. He masterfully molds lifelike curves and contours of the human body. Instead of marble or stone, Lazes’ sculptures are created through a complex process of painting and molding plexiglass, making his work particularly unique. Adding a modern element, his figures are adorned with outfits reminiscent of the popular paper dolls from the 1950’s, including their distinctive white tabs with contemporary fashion. However, unlike the original, Lazes’ paper dolls are dressed with diaphanous haute couture fashions and lingerie which combine childhood playthings with adult fantasies. Richard Lazes brilliantly bridges the past and the present through this provocative interpretation of the classics.
Georges Bergès Gallery is pleased to announce Passages, a Wonsook Kim’s solo exhibition featuring abstract paintings and sculptures. “Rooted in the universal,” “grounding,” and “genuine” are some of the words used to describe Kim’s work. Her “extravagant” brush strokes and painting-style have been said to recall the works of Munch, Chagall, Magritte, and the like. Kim creates art that often displays human emotions and reflects on the complex and fundamental issues, symbolic fantasies, and rituals of ordinary life.
The exhibition explores the idea of transitions: lifetime changes, spaces between life and death, bridges, spiritual journeys, and other passages. Kim’s paintings often engage with themes of vulnerability and contrast: “If I can make someone look at things a bit differently, brighten their outlook, make them think in a different way or appreciate what they see around them, that’s a great success. Any piece of art, music, or writing alters our existence. The goal, the aspiration for doing this, is to celebrate life,” said Kim.
Wonsook Kim is a multifaceted South Korean American visual artist whose mediums include painting, drawing, print, and sculpture. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in countries throughout the world, including Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Canada, Bulgaria, South Korea, the United States, among others. Kim has given a number of national and international art lectures and presentations. In 1995 she was honored as ‘Artist of the Year’ by the United Nations.
Calligraphy as an art form has traditionally been a focus in many Non-Western cultures. This has not been historically the case in the West. Italian international artist Lorenzo Marini seeks to celebrate the beauty of lettering and to remind the viewer about the artistic significance of letters beyond the utility of language and written communication. The Marini solo exhibit TypeVisual is on view at Georges Berges Gallery from May 4th, 2017 through May 14th, 2017.
Although Lorenzo Marini built a successful career in advertising, as a self-reflective critical thinker, he was always aware of capitalism’s capacity and goal to appropriate and commodify images in the service of profit. As a seeming act of resistance against cooption and as if to protect the “sacredness” and “purity” of his craft, he made it his goal for many years to keep most of his artwork in obscurity; that is, until very recently. TypeVisual is Marini’s first solo show in the United States.
Considered a multidisciplinary artist, Lorenzo Marini is well-known within a number of creative industries including advertising, architecture, visual arts, design, film, and literary publishing. He has authored and published a number of essays and novels and been honored with over 300 awards throughout his career.
Georges Bergès Gallery is pleased to announce Impersonal Devotion, a solo exhibition featuring a series of abstract paintings by artist Hisako Kobayashi. A painter of depth and insight, Kobayashi is most noted for her multi-layered canvases, which convey sound and emotion through her treatment of color. The artist is also known for her acute depiction of nature as a vehicle by which to express her feelings and intuitions.
The exhibition will feature works that span Kobayashi’s thirty-year career and explores the tension between the harmonious and the seemingly chaotic essence of daily life. In her symphonic abstraction, the artist guides viewers through their own intimate feelings. “I hope to connect with people through my art,” says Kobayashi, “in ways that are kind, deep, and sincere.” The vast color plains stretched out across the canvas set an outline for these sentiments, while the overlapping shapes, at times geometric and other times organic, pulsate across causing gentle provocation.
“In Perspective” opens this Thursday at Georges Bergès Gallery in New York. The group show explores themes of magical realism through figurative painting, abstract sculpture, lighting, and photography with works by Michael Carson, Kristin Jai Klosterman, Federico Infante, Eric Roux-Fontaine, Rose Hartman, and Laddie John Dill.
Georges Berges Gallery announces In Style, a solo exhibition of exquisite new series of figurative artwork by Michael Carson. The exhibition will be held during New York Fashion Week 2016 to shine a light on the expressive and trendy series.
The exhibition will emphasize Michael Carson’s glamorous scenes, set in bars, clubs, cafés, and dance studios. His artwork is marked by a hazy realism reminiscent of French impressionist and post-impressionist works by artists such as Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Carson is focusing on figurative studies inspired by mood and stories of nondescript surroundings. Carson, who was formally trained in design, brings elements of fashion and architecture into his work, but his foremost commitment is to painting. “I spend most of my time on the face and hands. They tell the story. Seeing how the work evolves, the subtle and drastic differences, and looking forward to the future is what keeps me painting. I view a painting as a success when I take it from something new that follows me into my next work. It’s just about learning to become a better painter,” artist remarks.
Mike Carson is a Minneapolis painter, and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
New York, May 4th, 2016 – Georges Bergés Gallery is pleased to announce In Motion, a solo exhibition of five unique series by Emma McGuire. The exhibition will consist of XXXX, Exhale, Rorschach, Faunan, and The Raft.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 6 – 9pm Exhibition on view through May 12th, 2016
Starting with the XXXX series, McGuire allows us a glimpse into the art form of cage fighting. The ‘XXXX’ series was taken in Atlantic City at the Renzo Gracie Flight Club in 2011. McGuire during this period became immersed within the New York sub-culture of cage fighting. (Recently exhibited at Chatsworth House in June 2013 as a complete set.) It is a dance that clearly is one of drama and intense expression. On first looking at this work one would be forgiven for thinking it were something more performance based or ethereal than the inner workings of a fight club. There is a grace and tenderness with which she handles not only the capturing of the image but the detail and care given to pioneering new photographic and mono-lithographic printing techniques. The result is an extraordinary vivid display of a body two bodies, distorted and dissolving into the print. There is a definite painterly style that sits alongside some of the great painters of the “London School” from the 20thCentury such as Francis Bacon. Particularly noting pieces such as “figure in movement” 1982- 1985. Visceral and incomplete the bodies manifest into an experience of movement. Our reading of the image is challenged and there we are directly placed in the essence of McGuire’s work, that of the relationship and tension between the subject and the spectator.
This exhibition of selected works offers a timely and prescient overview of a key female contemporary photographer of this century. McGuire has no fear when it comes to exposing and unveiling these dark and otherwise undocumented worlds. Sensual, and full of vision.
Creating a dynamic motion through herlithographs, photography, sculpture and film, London based artist expresses her philosophy paired through a duet of contemporary and classical concept of human form. Emma’s black and white series demonstrate an enigmatic measure of thoughts, uncovering meaning between reality and perceived subject matter.Emma McGuire’s interest is in the grey areas of human nature: imperfections, vulnerabilities and contradictions.
Emma McGuire is a graduate from the Royal College of Art. McGuire grew up in Nottingham, England and currently divides her time between London and New York.Emma’s works are currently in a private collection at the Chatsworth house of the Duke of Devonshire.
Kobayashi’s work is a quiet, multilayered conversation of different emotions, feelings, and worlds. Growing up in Japan she is naturally inspired by the calm effect of her native culture. Having received an education from Pratt University, Kobayashi’s works have an abstract emphasis and are inspired by nature. The artist’s technique and use of a unique palette of colors transcends through intuition and is deeply enhanced by the negative space of the canvas. The show will bring a harmoniously balanced and tranquil sense of the artist’s philosophy that combines both Eastern and Western realms.