IMAGE MAKERS

Curated by Avital Burg and Eleanor Ray

December 10, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Opening Reception – Wednesday, December 10, 6PM

 

MEQUITTA AHUJA

POLINA BARSKAYA

MATT BOLLINGER

ASHLEY GARRETT

NORA GRIFFIN

RIDLEY HOWARD

AUBREY LEVINTHAL

EMIL ROBINSON

ELENA SISTO

SUSAN JANE WALP

EMILY ZUCH

 

For immediate release

Elena Sisto’s "Seeing Sound" shows the back of a small canvas placed at a jaunty angle in front of a woman’s face. The visible edges of her cheek and neck appear to be blushing, suggesting an intense, perhaps playful, engagement with the image on the canvas. The space between her face and the canvas is compressed, as if she might be pressing her nose against its surface. Many of the works in this show similarly project the viewer into an image, with assertive, frontal shapes, close cropping, or a shallow space. Sisto’s "Seeing Sound" also presents an apt image of the show’s central concern: the artists’ engagement with the image itself, often as the catalyst from which other painterly elements emanate.

In "Image Makers", Novella Gallery presents the work of 11 artists, offering a range of approaches to image making: from day-lit clarity to enigmatic fragmentation, and from explicit autobiography to hinted narrative. Varied source materials and sometimes-autobiographical details are transported into fictive realms that remain open and generous in implication. Each artist’s work articulates a clear interest in the meeting of the image with the language of painting, whether as a distillation of the observed world, a questioning of preconceptions, or an ordering of personal history. As Susan Jane Walp wrote about the world of painted equivalents that Lennart Anderson opened to her as a student, “For lack of a better word (and one he might not approve of), it was an abstract world. Entering it was entering a realm of infinite possibility, and from the very beginning I loved dwelling in it.”

Avital Burg & Eleanor Ray

 Polina Barskaya.  Picnic , 2014, Oil on panel, 8 x 10 inches

Polina Barskaya. Picnic, 2014, Oil on panel, 8 x 10 inches

 Aubrey Levinthal.  Cassis Breeze , 2014, Oil on panel, 12 x 10 inches

Aubrey Levinthal. Cassis Breeze, 2014, Oil on panel, 12 x 10 inches

 Mequitta Ahuja.  Siena III , 2014, Colored pencil on vellum, 21.75 x 18.75 inches

Mequitta Ahuja. Siena III, 2014, Colored pencil on vellum, 21.75 x 18.75 inches

 Emily Zuch.  Bird Kite , 2014, Oil on wood, 6.5 x 6.5 inches

Emily Zuch. Bird Kite, 2014, Oil on wood, 6.5 x 6.5 inches

 Susan Jane Walp.  Gerbera I , 2014, Oil on gessoed paper, 11.5 x 10 inches

Susan Jane Walp. Gerbera I, 2014, Oil on gessoed paper, 11.5 x 10 inches

 Elena Sisto.  Blue Shirt , 2013, Oil on linen, 48 x 24 inches

Elena Sisto. Blue Shirt, 2013, Oil on linen, 48 x 24 inches

 Matt Bollinger.  Words for the Wind I , 2013, Acrylic, flashe, cel-vinyl, acrylic transfer, collage on panel, 8 x 10 inches

Matt Bollinger. Words for the Wind I, 2013, Acrylic, flashe, cel-vinyl, acrylic transfer, collage on panel, 8 x 10 inches

 Ashley Garrett.  Zach , 2014, Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Ashley Garrett. Zach, 2014, Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

 Nora Griffin.  First Film , 2013, Oil on linen, 24 x 26 inches

Nora Griffin. First Film, 2013, Oil on linen, 24 x 26 inches

 Elena Sisto.  Seeing Sound , 2012, Oil on linen, 18 x 18 inches

Elena Sisto. Seeing Sound, 2012, Oil on linen, 18 x 18 inches

 Ridley Howard.  Italian Shoes , 2014, Oil on linen, 6 x 6 inches

Ridley Howard. Italian Shoes, 2014, Oil on linen, 6 x 6 inches