Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: Animal Instincts in the East Gallery featuring Vija Doks and Jeanne Finkelstein Goodman; Domestic Fictions in the West Gallery featuring Peter Malone; and On the Wall featuring Robert Petrick. The reception will be held February 14th, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from February 14 through March 13, 2019 at 548 West 28thStreet in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Vija Doks presents paintings created with chalk, colored pencil, and oil on black ground that showcases the diversity and beauty of animal life in Animal Instincts. The figures emerge in ghostly and luminous white, creating a striking contrast between subject and background, which emphasize their fragile position in our present man-made environment. Doks states, “Through these works, I hope to stir in the viewer a sense of joy and wonder and awaken them to the magic of animals. I am an environmentalist and animal lover and I hope to raise awareness of our interconnectivity through my art.”
Artist Jeanne Finkelstein Goodman introduces colorful, lively drawings from the series Creatures of the Book in her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery Animal Instincts. The large drawings are inspired by the folktales of Goodman’s childhood told to her by her grandparents, where each animal has its own story to tell. These fables, like those from Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer frequently included animal characters that embodied human qualities. Goodman states, “Like the fabulous creatures in my grandparents’ stories, each animal in my drawings - bulls, goats, and sheep - has its own story to tell. I call them Creatures of the Book, both holy and secular since they are inspired equally by biblical and temporal tales.”
In his first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery painter Peter Malone presents realistically depicted and poetic works with oil and acrylic on canvas in Domestic Fictions. Each piece presents clearly depicted imagery meant to imply the presence of a figure, accompanied by a voice indicated in painted phrase that read as fragments of a larger narrative. In the selected works the figures are absent but their impression is evident in objects like a lone coffee mug, the shadow of a window shade, or a lit candle. Malone describes, “The text often appears on a section of exposed canvas reserved for that purpose. Voices are meant to sound at some distance from that of the artist. An element of fiction is to be assumed.”
Artist Robert Petrick presents a 60 by 120 inch painting entitled Jumpstart in On the Wall: Point of Least Resistance. Jumpstart is a new venture for Petrick in his series of line paintings and exemplifies his ever-evolving progression as a painter. The series deals with the way lines connect and overlap, how they create a mysterious mass when they converge, as it often happens in nature. To Petrick it is evocative of how life works and illustrates how his creative process manifests. His consistent practice integrates vaguely geometric forms, which interact, collide and float, suggesting both object and non-object simultaneously.