Maria Kondratiev. Reflection. 2012. Acrylic on canvas. Joseph Sossi. Ring Road. 2010. Oil on canvas.
Maria Kondratiev and Joseph Sossi Curated by Hilary Doyle & Reid Hitt January 12 - January 27
722 Metropolitan Ave, Second Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211 12pm - 6pm, Saturdays & Sundays Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12 6-9pm
In Recluse, Maria Kondratiev and Joseph Sossi both create psychological
landscapes that are quiet, emotional and ethereal. Both painters work
intuitively from memory and imagination. These desolate spaces redefine
landscape painting as exterior space begins to reveal a deeper interior.
These works exhibit the language of the subconscious, where one might
discover mysterious imagery, connections and meaningful symbols through
the painting process.
Maria Kondratiev's imaginative paintings oscillate between abstraction
and narrative. Her alla-prima minimal outdoor spaces contain dreamlike
figures that come in and out of focus. The figure floats away and
suddenly all that is left is a dark forest, or mountains at midnight or
midday. This reclusive viewer stands both inside the painting while
outside looking in. This viewer contemplates the landscape or his own
reflection with a combination of familiarity, bewilderment and awe. The
recluse here might also represent the anonymous and always alone
painter/viewer, fluctuating between the two. Or maybe the recluse
represents the isolated experiences we all have and never share.
Joseph Sossi's paintings harbor a discreet power similar to the force
of an old tree or an engulfing sky. This work captures the existential
isolation of a lonely traveler in imagery and feeling. Joseph Sossi
approaches his work the way a caterpillar might spin itself into a
cocoon; the work happens in layers, each informing the next. He is
taking the essence of memory and breaking it down to its essential
parts. We can see nature’s reoccurring veiling of what's underneath. His
representational works recall memories of road trips in unfamiliar
landscapes. As in the painting process, the journey itself appears to be
September 7 - October 14
12pm - 6pm, Saturdays & Sundays. Corey Corcoran Judy Glantzman Loie Hollowell Maria Kondratiev Bruce Wilhelm
Curated by Hilary Doyle & Reid Hitt
Judy Glantzman appears courtesy Betty Cunningham Gallery.
Bruce Wilhelm appears courtesy Mulherin + Pollard.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 6-9 pm
Corey Corcoran. Net. Etching into Conk mushroom (Ganoderma applanatum). Specimen approximately 6" - 12" in length.
Take just the top inch of soil, the world squirming right
under my palms. In the top inch of forest soil, biologists found 'an
average of 1,356 living creatures present in each square foot, including
865 mites, 265 spring tails, 22 millipedes, 19 adult beetles and
various numbers of 12 other forms Had an estimate also been made of the
microscopic population, it might have ranged up to two billion bacteria
and many millions of fungi, protozoa and algae-in a mere teaspoonful of
soil.' The chrysalids of butterflies linger here too, folded, rigid, and
dreamless. I might as well include these creatures in this moment, as
best I can. My ignoring them won't strip them of their reality, and
admitting them, one by one, into my consciousness might heighten mine,
might add their dim awareness to my human consciousness...
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The term supernatural literally translates from Latin to mean
"exceeding nature". The word pertains to forces and phenomena imagined
to exist beyond known science and nature. Humans lived exposed to
nature, in fear, for thousands of years. Today, we often experience
nature though TV, horror movies or brief visits to the woods, keeping
the environment estranged from us. As Corey Corcoran puts it he is "
Drawing upon everything from science fiction to houseplants to Honey, I
Shrunk the Kids, I consider my recent body of work as visual
ecosystems." The narratives in these works are set in ambiguous
landscapes charged with primal and psychological symbols. Sometimes the
nightmares in these artists work may stand in for an inner struggle or a
war torn world, as in the paintings of Goya or Nancy Spero. These
artists believe in the world beyond the looking glass or picture plane
where each image or creature is culled from a place of suspended
disbelief where anything is possible. The works in Super Natural reveal a world beyond the ordinary one we
know. Here we can see new worlds inspired by things we've seen but with
re-imagined outcomes. These works grow, glow, and writhe as though
frozen before us as the landscape suddenly opens its eyes. As in a
dream, we never question the truth shown to us, because the reality of
the material here keeps us in suspense between disenchantment and
seduction. This work keeps us here and now in a spell cast with evident
materials, humor and imagination.
Saturday, September 17 at 7:00pm - September 18 at 1:00am
Darling House, 496 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
We are located at the corner of Broadway and Union - Lorimer JMZ, Broadway G, or a ten minute walk from the Lorimer L. Look for the glass door, ring top buzzer.
Please join us for an evening with new paintings and drawings by Brooklyn-based artist Maria Kondratiev. In addition to the works created in her studio, Maria is bringing a can of paint and a brush to prepare a kind of anti-trompe l'oeil throughout our living space. Her forms transcribed from dreams - drawn resolutely yet impulsively, whimsical and depressed - hint at the underbelly of yearning. At the same time they address the... necessary human thing that is desire, and the humorous thing that is emerging self-awareness.
Music will be provided by the wonderful Katie Mullins. (http://katiemullinsmusic.com/)
Coinciding with the Brooklyn Book Festival we will also be hosting a small zine library featuring chapbooks by James Yeh, illustrated by Andrew Bulger, interview and other booklets by Temporary Services, prints by Rand Renfrow, and comics by Mark Hensel. Zines will be available for purchase.
CharlieHorsepresents A Dry Run Opening Reception June 25th 6-8:30pm Gallery will be open 12-6pm June 26, 27 and 28th and by appointment only through July 16th, 2009. 28 Marcy Ave., ground floor, between Metropolitan Ave. and Hope St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 Directions by subway: Take the L train to Lorimer Street, exit at Metropolitan and Lorimer. Walk west on Metropolitan (under the BQE) approx. two blocks, turn left on Marcy Ave. and walk 1/2 block south. The gallery is across the street from the basketball courts.
Confluence: a place where things merge or flow together. This is the theme for our upcoming show. The concept is bringing in visiting artists from various place and merge together with a local artist. This concept brings perspectives that we may not get here in Eastern Oregon and an opportunity to view interesting new works. So we thought it was a good idea. We will be featuring the work of Nathan Orton (Portland, OR), Maria Kondratiev (New York), and some additional works by our own Eric Coon. Please plan to join us for the opening reception. 6-9pm on Friday April 10th, 2009. More information and complete show details coming soon. Please check the website for updates.