CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Without / Color
January 9 – March 15, 2015
Meridith McNeal, Alexander Ney, Joanne Scott
January 9 - February 8, 2015
Howard Eisman, Fred Hatt, Arlene Morris
February 13 - March 15, 2015
Reception: Friday evening, February 13, 6-9PM
Without / Color is a two-part exhibition featuring six artists. Three artists, Meridith McNeal, Alexander Ney, and Joanne Scott, have executed work void of color. Three artists, Howard Eisman, Fred Hatt, and Arlene Morris, have used a palette rich in color for their work.
The initial concept for these consecutive exhibitions was to explore the impact of color, and lack thereof, in an environment. Figureworks, an intimate gallery, quickly embraces whatever is placed within it and though there have been nearly 100 exhibits in this space, what has transpired from this installation is far more powerful than what was envisioned.
PART I of this two-part series are works without color.
Meridith McNeal has created a series of watercolors entitled Liberty Clouded. The Statue of Liberty has been shrouded in fog and rain, addressing the anguish of false accusation and the gross failure of the American judicial system. Joanne Scott has been figure drawing from life for over 50 years. Her delicate and beautifully rendered pencil drawings of female forms in repose blur the lines as to whether her subjects are relaxing, sleeping or perhaps deceased. An oversized pair of Alexander Ney’s lovely, white terra-cotta ravens, ominously riddled with patterned holes and intense expressions, guards the work with their sculptural presence.
What makes this particular exhibition so powerful is that it coincidentally opens as the country is in great unrest. This exhibition was designed around space and color, not any political or social agenda, yet these three artists possess such purpose and strength in their imagery that a collective message clearly addresses our current climate and serenely eliminates a color barrier while doing it.
PART II of this exhibition is strikingly dissimilar.
Arlene Morris has completed a new series of oil paintings that are rich in color, symbolism and mystery. Her subjects are placed in whimsical environments shrouded by spectacular wildlife. Self-taught artist Fred Hatt has been drawing from life for over 30 years. These new drawings are multi-layered, multi-colored figures on black paper. 3-D glasses are available to provide an additional experience - the overlapping forms clearly separate by color and float on the page in different dimensions. Notable large-scale enamelist Howard Eisman has taken on the formidable challenge of creating free-standing pieces in fused glass on hammered copper. These sculptures are a feast of luminous color.
The wall and sculpture placement is almost identical to Part I but as anticipated, the impact of all this saturated color has completely transformed the space from the previous series. A warm glow has replaced the airy briskness and the fanciful imagery has moved the environment toward a more boisterous emotional level.
15 Year Anniversary Exhibition
March 27 -April 3, 2015
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment