Camilla West, Justin Charles Hoover, Jack Leamy, Gilad Ophir, Elizabeth Atjay, and Alex Bargas
“It harrows me with fear and wonder…”
Camilla West resides in Hamlet’s homeland, enrapturing the observer with her renderings of Danish landscapes. Flowing brushstrokes, swiftness of hand, construction of layered, panoramic scenery and stark aesthetics of steel grey and violet are augmented by bursts of ephemeral yet quieting experiences…
“And every fair from fair sometime declines, / By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed…”
Justin Charles Hoovers‘s large installation, “Shells and Bones,” fashioned out of discarded paper lanterns from San Francisco’s Chinatown, declares that material beauty will inevitably fade. A unique artistic expression is created from what might be viewed as refuse to others.
“So long as men can breathe or eyes can see / So long lives this, and this gives life to me.”
Jack Leamy’s series “The Hunter and Hunted,” comprised of a jarring series of meditators and soldiers on the front lines, transfuses the exhibit’s perspective by juxtaposing political figures in meditation with the hunters they employ.
Gilad Ophir, a photographer who recently showcased his work at the Tate Modern, has described the medium of photography as “the art of everything.” But as voices such Jerry Saltz’s are being censored and silenced by Facebook, we must be reminded of art’s ability to give us life when fear is present and minds are stifled.
Located on the first floor of the J.W. Marriott in Union Square, refusalon is a salon-style examination of issues both within and outside of the art world.
A simultaneous exhibit curated by Anna Novakov, Provisional Haven, will take place on the 21st floor and will emphasize the importance of a temporary space in which artists and viewers alike can safely express themselves by presenting new ideas. Participating artists are Felipe Dulzaides, Yin-Ju Chen, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Ron Hutt, Jennifer Locke, Sabina Ott, Bijan Yashar, and Michelle Wasson.
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