Opening Reception September 16th, 6-8pm
c/o Spring Natural
98 Kenmare St – New York, NY
Next AHA Show “MUSIC IN THE AIR” September 16th
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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)
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)
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.
“The Newtown Creek Armada is an art installation that invites the public to explore the past, present and future of a contaminated New York City waterway. The Newtown Creek, a Superfund site bordering Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. In September 2012, visitors to The Armada piloted a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof video cameras.
The Newtown Creek Armada is a collaboration between artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, and Sarah Nelson Wright. The initial installation in 2012 was presented in partnership with the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) and with support from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the North Brooklyn Boat Club. The Armada has received grants from the Hudson River Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, In Our Backyards (ioby), Macktez, and Feast Brooklyn. It has been made possible through the support of many community organizations and individuals.”
The work shown ranges from video installations in portholes to micro-mini hyper realistic paintings pinned onto the wall. The subjects dealt with promote environmetal awareness by encouraging a re-thinking of our daily patterns. Leftovers contributes to the ongoing commentary and debate surrounding the problems of garbage disposal, and/or recycling such as where and when we recycle, and just who has access to recycling
The New Town Creek Armada, consisting of Sarah Nelson Wright, Laura Chipley, and Nathan Kensinger, combines multi-media with film footage to a powerfully communicative affect by investigating and exposing illegal dumping in various bodies of water and other sites. Also, Christina Freeman addresses related issues with her installation of a participatory work which employs an open suitcase. Gallery visitors are invited to bring in and exchange anything from an item of clothing to knickknacks to food.
Scott Sjobakken and Rachel Grobstein similarly call attention to the problems of recycling and trash disposal by painting in a hyper-realistic fashion. Both artists depict more than realistic renditions of literal trash such as cigarette butts and garbage bags, both playing with puns. Rachel Grobstein creates smaller-than-small, three-dimensional, pieces hand-painted on paper that seem to float on the wall. The piece de resistance here, and perhaps of the entire show, is a Liliputian roll of toilet paper 1/8” in diameter.
See Ramon Silva in our new Show:
Ramon Silva is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the mediums of painting, video, photography, performance, sound and site specific installations. Silva’s use of many media forms allows him to expand and mix in technique as well as broaden his subject matter.