January 5 - 26, 2017
Three Painters: Arnold Brooks, Susan Lisbin, Rifka Milder
Pathways: Azita Ghafouri and Eveline Luppi
On the Wall: Elton Tucker
Opening reception: Thursday, January 5th from 6 to 8 PM
Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: Three Painters in the east gallery featuring Arnold Brooks, Susan Lisbin, and Rifka Milder, Pathways in the west gallery featuring Azita Ghafouri and Eveline Luppi, and On the Wall featuring Elton Tucker. The reception will be held January 5, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from January 5th through 26th at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In Three Painters, Arnold Brooks presents recent paintings in his first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. In Brooks’ paintings, there are multiple layers revealing two differing visual planes. Through organic forms and geometric patterns, Brooks’ paintings compel the viewer to question which plane recedes and which plane comes forwards. Is the geometric pattern in organic forms in front of or behind the surrounding area? Are the juicy multicolor organic forms on top of or behind a simple two-color geometric pattern? Brooks states: “The impetus for creating these new paintings is to manifest the experience of choice at the ocular and visceral level. One can literally choose how to view the paintings, which dramatically changes the paintings.” For the artist, the paintings are illustrations and formulas for the in between of truth or different kinds of truth.
In Three Painters, Susan Lisbin presents recent paintings in her second exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. Using oil paint, acrylic, and mixed media on aluminum, Lisbin paints organic forms that symbolize people in spaces. The paintings explore how personal space is about connecting and relating to each other through relationships. The artist illustrates how the human need to find time and space for oneself can create tension with others. Lisbin states, “This constant back and forth between comfort in the presence of others and a desire to be alone is what makes relationships so hard but also rewarding. I want the viewer to be able to see the forms within their environment and question how it impacts the image.” In using repeating forms and bold colors, Lisbin aims for the viewers to reflect on their own lives.
In Three Painters, Rifka Milder presents recent paintings in her second exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. Milder builds up lines to create multiple connected forms. Using a contrasting color, she connects the organic forms with paths of lines. The energetic paintings vibrate with yellows, reds, blues, and greens. Her abstract oil paintings are inspired by music, nature and her travels. Everything the artist has seen from Central Park to Panama and Italy and India influence what she paints. Milder states of her paintings: “Everything I have seen is and isn’t here.”
In Pathways, Azita Ghafouri presents a visual grid that symbolizes a memoir of 65 cities that she has traveled to. Having worked as an architect and urban planner for several decades, Ghafouri has traveled extensively. The places that she visited left strong impressions on the artist. Each section of the grid represents the artist’s visual interpretation of her time in the different places.
In Pathways, Eveline Luppi presents recent paintings for her first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. Using repetition, patterns, and a limited palette, Luppi blends white with the selected colors to reveal a subtle gradation of color from light to dark. Luppi’s minimalist approach, coupled with architectural and geometric abstraction, result in paintings that evoke a calm, Zen-like feeling in the viewer. Luppi’s body of work evolved from reflecting on visits to dunes and beaches of Provincetown and the National Seashore. They are reminiscent of the subtle repetitive patterns and markings she observed in the white sands while walking the seaside and of peaceful, meditative times spent on the beaches. The artist describes her recent work as autobiographical and as a journey of self-discovery.
Elton Tucker’s On the Wall installation consists of two large mixed media pieces on paper that were created for the exhibition. The work is vibrant and full of bold patterns, high energy, and movement. As a native New Yorker, he travels around the city constantly looking out for “interesting colors, textures, shapes and life's emotions.” Through his artwork, Tucker feels he fervently expresses his innermost feelings on a visual and emotional level. “I feel my mission is to produce work people can relate to, get inspiration from and utilize in their everyday lives.”