CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
And The Wiinner Is...
September 6 - October 5, 2014
Reception - September 12th, from 6-9 PM
Musical performance by Paul Buffa and Nicholas Grodsky, featuring their 1978 Fender Rhodes Mark
Figureworks is pleased to open the fall season with an exhibition exploring the many forms of competition. Whether in sport, nature, or business, there is ultimately a winner and a loser.
“And the winner is….” features work from George Spencer’s Boxing series. Spencer is a Brooklyn artist whose paintings are about the contenders, the bloodied yet unbowed. Using a monochromatic pallet, Spencer layers watered-down acrylic to create a unique portrait of the contender filled with blood, sweat and tears. In the artist’s words, ”Boxing is simultaneously a thinking man's and a working class sport - both are traits that define me and my relationship with this borough.”
This exhibit will also include paintings and sculpture from a talented and diverse group of 20th century artists. These artists represent the many forms of competition ranging from Eugene Higgin’s gruesome safari hunt to Russell Patterson’s whimsical courtroom scene. A few other works include Lois Williams’ carnival scene, Laurent Casimir’s cock fight, contestants from a 1930’s Central Park dance contest by Lee Jackson, and Nathan Rapoport’s religious sculpture with Jacob wrestling with the angel.
This exhibition reminds the viewer that we are in constant competition throughout our lives even when we are not consciously aware of it. Daily decisions and struggles inevitably result in victory or defeat.
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment