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Press Release – Vincent Arcilesi Retrospective

Vincent Arcilesi Retrospective 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6 – 9pm
On View: Friday, October 27 – October 29 | 12pm – 6pm
https://vincentarcilesiretrospective.aha-fineart.com/

Francesca Arcilesi and Norma Homberg, in collaboration with Vincent Arcilesi, are pleased to present Vincent Arcilesi’s Retrospective. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 26th from 6-9PM at The Highline Loft at 508 West 26th Street, Loft # 5G in Manhattan, NY.

The exhibition features a unique array of work including mural-esque large scale figurative paintings, medium size figurative and landscape paintings, drawings, lithographs, and one watercolor. The show begins with the artist’s first ever oil on canvas entitled Scenes from the Life of Christ. This work was created at age fifteen at the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, where Arcilesi and his brother, Richard, were placed at ages two and four after their mother died and their father, Vincenzo Proia Arcilesi went blind. Connecting the influences of his religious upbringing to his mid-career and contemporary work, the show then segues into figurative and landscape painting, reflecting his profound investigation of the body and themes of the sublime within nature. The works on view undoubtedly call attention to Arcilesi’s technique and the valorousness of his subject matter.

Arcilesi’s Artist and Models, 1972 (above left), depicts arrangements of models and Arcilesi facing his wife, cradling his one year old son, Piero in his studio in Chicago. Arcilesi explores visual patterns and movement that the light creates on the still bodies. The tableau of figures evoke feelings of elation, sensuality and sadness, as the models are seemingly part of the family unit. The reclining figure is suggested by Theodore Gericault’s figures of Raft of the Medusa, 1818. Instead, Arcilesi emphasizes the sensuality of the pose rather than it’s brutality. The woman seductively reclining, hair fanned across the floor, cascades dramatically across the canvas. Pushed to the foreground, a larger-than-life female model stands boldly astride. Arcilesi captures nuanced emotions with realism, leaving the viewer with resonating ambiguity. Arcilesi’s models are often drawn with inspiration from the divine. Shown left is Arcilesi’s classical drawing, Study for Venus in Villa Medici, 2009, which depicts the model in a Botticelli-like pose, exploring and emphasizing her sensual statuesque beauty.

Summer Day in Agrigento, 1994 (right) completes the show as Arcilesi presents his beloved mother Lucia Anderson Burnett, as he remembers her before her early death at age thirty-six. Rendered in a dream- like sequence, beautifully adorned in a wedding dress, she is enigmatically placed amongst the verdant Sicilian landscape. Keeping with his theme, lovers canoodle in the foreground as a Gauguinesque figure offers a flower as the sky recedes back to the classical Greek Temple in Agrigento, Sicily.

Arcilesi attended Furman University in Greenville, SC. Receiving a BFA in Design at the University of Oklahoma, he eventually moved to Chicago to achieve a BFA and MFA in Drawing and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which is where he met his wife Nan Chapin Arcilesi. Arcilesi has exhibited in NYC and internationally extensively since 1966, within solo shows and museum shows including The Whitney Biennial, the Brooklyn Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio), the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Verona, Italy. His work is included in a number of books and publications and he is also represented in collections both public and private, including the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL and The Art Institute of Chicago, IL. He retired in 2015 as full professor at FIT, where he taught life drawing and painting.

Arcilesi is nothing less than a humble master, translating the beautiful spirits that emanate from nature through his paintings, feeding the souls of humanity and celebrating existence. The artist’s travels and muses have inspired his truly prolific paintings, which reach out and touch the viewer through elegant provocation. Edward Lucie-Smith fittingly describes Arcilesi as a fiercely independent artist in his book American Realism.
“Seduction of the viewer has always been foremost in the art of Vincent Arcilesi.”- Ed McMcCormack, Gallery & Studio Magazine.

A special remembrance to Sherli Evans who has written and edited Vincent Arcilesi’s work until her death in August 17, 2016.

 

For more information and visuals, please contact Norma Homberg or Francesca Arcilesi: Norma@aha-fineart.com or Francesca@aha-fineart.com

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“Second Dream” – AHA’s Upcoming Fall Show

AHA FALL SHOW "Second Dream"

"Second Dream" | AHA Fine Art's Upcoming Fall Show 
opens Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 6-9pm @ 
Spring Natural, 98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

 

For further information and visuals, please contact Francesca at Francesca@aha-fineart.com and Norma at Norma@aha-fineart.com.

“Second Dream” – AHA Fine Art’s Upcoming Fall Show

opens Thursday, September 28th, 2017,
6-9pm @ Spring Natural, 98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
AHA upcoming Fall Show 2017

Alexis Hilliard | The Harbour 2017 | Mixed Media Collage

“Second Dream” – AHA Fine Art’s Upcoming Fall Show opens Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 6-9pm @ Spring Natural, 98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

For further information and visuals, please contact Francesca at Francesca@aha-fineart.com and Norma at Norma@aha-fineart.com.

I’m The Map: A Summer Pop Up

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 21, 2017, 6-9pm @ 15 Orchard Street, NYC

Arcilesi|Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present “I’m The Map,” a group show opening Friday, July 21st from 6 – 9pm at 15 Orchard Street, New York, NY. The show is a compilation of paintings, collage, sculpture, photography, and mixed media from 18 artists. The inner map or “way finding,” as it has been connoted, is the way in which people and animals orient themselves in their own physical space navigating from place to place. ”Way finding” is as innate as one’s moral and directional compass. It is an instinct that is learned, but becomes as natural as knowing right from wrong. The works on view respond to the artists’ observation and interpretation of the global and the human landscape, sometimes examining the entanglement of memory, recalling landmarks and visual configurations. Thus, we felt it deeming and appropriate to bring to the walls of this exhibit the artists whom have gallantly shared their personal maps through their work.

Arlene Rush was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. During her visits to the doctor, Arlene RushArlene asked the technicians for a handful of colorful stickers that were used to mark her nipples prior to radiology imaging. She wondered if the stickers were purposefully bright and cheery, as to distract from these kinds of procedures and it’s possibilities of having a dire outcome. Rush then began to paste the dots on her breasts as the techs had done at the radiology center. But instead of simply marking the nipple, the exercise was more akin to sculpting. The stickers become a means to map the artist’s own body. Her photograph, Days After, evocatively diagrams of this journey (shown left: Days After II, Arlene Rush).

Jose Arenas’s work (shown right: Paseo, Jose Arenas) explores dual identities, personal ritual, migration, and the displaced feeling that occurs from growing up in two countries. Jose ArenasBorn in San Jose, California, Arenas spent much of his childhood traveling between Northern California and Guadalajara, Mexico. His experiences navigating two worlds along with its complex process of integration and assimilation has informed his work in a variety of ways. By combining decorative patterns, culturally assigned symbols, and familiar abstract forms, he creates an emotionally resonant narrative that remains open to interpretation.

Jeffrey Allen PriceJeffrey Allen Price creates assemblages of recycled materials out of sponges for his maps (Manhattan Effigy, shown left). “The cartographic iconography is derived from geographical locations that I am familiar with, and are immediately recognizable locations.”- Jeffrey Allen Price. Price directly comments on personal and global consumption by using the materials that surround us in our daily lives.

Nola Romano uses directional signs, maps and iconic images in her work Turn, Rotate, Float (shown right) that relate to her neighborhoods and the people who surround her. Incorporating maps in a personally, Romano offers solace and encouragement in her Nola Romanoquirky and whimsical characters. Providing an outlet for life’s day to day obstacles, “Her characters represent a personal iconography comprised of multiple identities…” –Mary Tang; her twin daughters, her husband, and people of her past. Representing one’s interpersonal documentation of the faces and situations that we maybe timid to show the world Romano is ¬“mapping” a world full of mishaps and dilemmas. Instinctively, we all crave structure. People are innately drawn to habits, places and people that may conjure a sense of control over situations that can otherwise leave them feeling adrift from where they envision themselves to be. At the same time people also break their automaticity by changing their physical mind states, feeling drawn to the unknown maps and invisible grids that lie within.

Other artists featured are: Vincent Arcilesi, John Breiner, Maria Dimanshtein, India Evans, Kathleen Griffin, Alexis Hilliard, Roger Nelson, Keun Young Park, Margaret Roleke, Jesse Scaturro, Gigi Spratley & Jack Waltrip, Margaret Withers and Evan Venegas.

For further information and visuals, please contact Francesca at Francesca@aha-fineart.com and Norma at Norma@aha-fineart.com.

The exhibition runs from July 21st – July 23rd, 2017

AHA Fine Art Show – “No Strings Attached”

AHA Fine Art Show – “No Strings Attached”

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 6-9pm

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AHA Holiday Group Show

LOCATION for  AHA Fine Art Show 2016:

SPRING STREET NATURAL RESTAURANT, Lower Level
98 KENMARE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10012

(Bet. Mulberry & Center Street)

read more about the new AHA Fine Art Show

“Once Bitten, Twice Shy”: AHA Halloween Show 2016

 

“Once Bitten, Twice Shy”:

AHA Halloween Show 2016

RECEPTION: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 6-8pm

AHA Halloween Show 2016

LOCATION: SPRING STREET NATURAL RESTAURANT, Lower Level
98 KENMARE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10012 (Bet. Mulberry & Center Street)

read more about the new AHA Hallowenn Show

“Music in the Air”

Opening Reception September 16th, 6-8pm

c/o Spring Natural
98 Kenmare St – New York, NY

Music in the Air!

Next AHA Show “MUSIC IN THE AIR” September 16th

For further information and visuals, please contact Norma or Francesca:
 Norma@aha-fineart.com and Francesca@aha-fineart.com

 

“LOST IN RHYTHM”

Press Release – “LOST IN RHYTHM”

George W. W. Brewster and Evan Venegas

On View: April 7th – April 28th, 2016

Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present Lost in Rhythm, a two person show featuring works by Evan Venegas and George W. W. Brewster. The show runs from April 7 – April 28, 2016 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 7 from 6-8 PM at 139 Eldridge Street, New York, NY. The show will feature abstract paintings consisting of acrylic paint on panel and oil paint on canvas.

Although their work draws from different inspirations, Venegas’s and Brewster’s work reference the indefinite rhythms recorded by their memory and interpretations of interior spaces, urban settings and elements in nature that coalesce through a controlled and intemperate approach to painting. “The grid itself leaves nothing to question: it is symbolic of things in life that are absolute – breath, gravity and light.” – Evan Venegas. Both Venegas and Brewster express their emotional data and inspirations by manipulating their work with defined palettes and lines, sometimes mimicking rhythms and sound patterns of music. For Brewster, “The palettes range like the seasons and tides and abstract subjects reflect his surroundings.”- Ivan Brewster (grandson of George W. W. Brewster)

George W.W. Brewster (1907 – 1981)

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Born in the Boston area, George W.W. Brewster graduated from Harvard’s School of Design where he studied both painting and architecture. Known for his distinctive semi-abstract style, Brewster predominantly portrays landscapes combining the elements of land, shore, water and sky. He began his career in architecture, even gaining a commendation by Frank Lloyd Wright. Brewster returned to his love of painting in 1960 and closed his architectural firm. He studied under Barbara Swann in Boston and developed a distinctive semi-abstract style, predominantly portraying landscapes that combine elements of land, shore, water    and sky. His paintings reside in the Farnsworth Museum, Portland Museum, and Harvard University as well as in many private collections in the United States. MOMA featured a kitchen designed by Brewster in homage to the Frankfurt Kitchen. Brewster is represented by Peyton Fey Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. His work was also featured in two solo shows in Boston at Boris Mirsky Gallery and two solo show in New York at Bodley Gallery.

 

Evan Venegas (born 1975)Lost_Grid_Evan_Venagas

New York based painter, Evan Venegas studied painting at Parsons School of Design in New York as well as the San Francisco Art Institute. Venegas seeks to create an experience or a state of mind that inspires a change in perception or a focused consciousness. The constant fine tuning and exploration of shape, color, and scale are what best allow for this experience. The shapes in my work are individual pieces of a puzzle, laid out for the viewers imagination to create and assemble an experience that is unique and personal. For Evan Venegas Human anatomy, car parts, faces, tea cups, architectural elements, and letters are all objects that have been described as being seen in his work. Ultimately, Venegas asserts, there is no right or wrong answer, as they are open to wide interpretation.

For more information and visuals, please contact Francesca Arcilesi Francesca@aha-fineart.com or Norma Homberg Norma@aha-fineart.com.