November 15 - December 6, 2018
To Life: Its Spirit and Its Elements
Mary Rieser Heintjes & Vera Sapozhnikova
Six Lenses: Curated by Sara Petitt
Katherine D. Crone - John Lamparski - Mitsuya Okumura
Sara Petitt - Akemi Takeda - Leon Yost
On the Wall: Kiyoshi Otsuka
Re-Opening Reception: Thursday, November 29, 6-8PM
Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: To Life: Its Spirit and Its Elements in the East Gallery featuring Mary Rieser Heintjes and Vera Sapozhnikova; Six Lenses in the West Gallery featuring a group exhibition of six photographers curated by Sara Petitt; and On the Wall featuring Kiyoshi Otsuka. The reception will be held November 15, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from November 15th through December 6th 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 To Life: Its Spirit and Its Elements Mary Rieser Heintjes presents abstract, dynamic sculptures that utilize the technique of oxyacetylene welding with steel which is then kiln fused with glass. Her love of glass, color, effects of light, and drawing in space are very strong elements in the work as well incorporating observation of nature. The pieces eloquently combine two disparate elements, the luminosity, liquidity, and fragility of glass with the solidity and strength of steel. Rieser Heintjes explains, “The work that is created is happy and optimistic and whimsical, strong and like no other.”
Vera Sapozknikova presents large, abstract, and vibrant oil paintings created during her time as Artist in Residence at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Program in the exhibition To Life: Its Spirit and Its Elements. Self-taught, her work is intuitive and full of energy and emotion. In her drive to paint, she has consistently challenged herself and continued to develop her style, evolving from representational to more abstract work. Through her artistic journey, she has adopted a signature palette steeped in rich crimson, orange, and blue. Her determination to paint results in unique and bold marks on the canvas, revealing Sapozhnikova’s optimistic approach to being a painter. Her paintings are refreshing and invigorating.
Kiyoshi Otsuka presents Inspiration, a fifteen-foot long monochromatic painting on canvas inspired by organic forms and water in On the Wall. Having worked in propagation for the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, he finds roots, trees, weather, and water pivotal influences. Otsuka states, “The images I present here speak to the beauty, intensity and mystery of nature and our deep connection to its ever evolving and transformative power.” The fluidity and impact of this powerful element are evident in his paintings.
The group exhibition Six Lenses curated by photographer Sara Petitt features the work of Katherine D. Crone, John Lamparski, Mitsuya Okumura, Sara Pettit, Akemi Takeda, and Leon Yost. Petitt’s goal is to combine the works of artists who use photography in a very personal context. The pieces range in subject matter from the artists’ travels, the backstage of fashion events, to unconventional techniques like drawing on image and printing on silk organza. The result is a dynamic and eclectic exhibition.