October 18 - November 8, 2018
GUNS!...…LOCKS!......CHAINS!: Roz Dimon, Scott Geyer, & Jay Moss
THE LAST STRAW: Andrea Lilienthal
On the Wall: Susan Lisbin
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18th from 6 to 8 PM
Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: GUNS!...…LOCKS!......CHAINS! in the East Gallery featuring Roz Dimon, Scott Geyer, and Jay Moss; THE LAST STRAW in the West Gallery featuring Andrea Lilienthal; and On the Wall featuring Susan Lisbin. The reception will be held October 18, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from October 18th through November 8th 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 GUNS!...…LOCKS!......CHAINS! Roz Dimon presents white-on-black digital drawings of guns printed on canvas. The inverted drawings purposefully create an x-ray-like illumination of the subject matter, if not for the viewer to analyze the inner mechanics of the weapon than to see what the object represents to the individual. The employment of digital media unambiguously couples with the subject matter, the drawing of machine with a machine. Dimon explains, “An important part of my process is revealing the paradoxical co-existence of forces; masculine and feminine, evil and good, in these iconic artifacts.”
Scott Geyer presents realistic still life oil paintings from his series Locks and Chainsthat he finds on his extensive walks throughout New York City in GUNS!...…LOCKS!......CHAINS!. The pieces unite contrasting light and shadow with complimentary colors into compelling compositions. Geyer’s detailed, close up depictions of weatherworn metal that people use to keep themselves, their property, and the city safe are objects that can represent both security and servitude. Geyer states, “My wish is that the viewer examines my paintings with their imagination and their experiences and then walk away with a new way of looking at the objects/images in the city.”
Andrea Lilienthal presents the piece Dark Round, a floor installation, in the exhibition The Last Straw. The installation commands the West Gallery space with a glittering halo of black-pigmented straw bales surrounding a stellar cavity, like a black hole’s event horizon - a portal on the gallery floor. Lilienthal combines natural elements with synthetic materials such as paint and glitter, giving her work a dualistic quality that questions our relationship with our environment. Lilienthal states that she is currently undertaking “a body of work that continues to explore the expressive possibilities of organic and inorganic materials.”
Susan Lisbin applies an anthropomorphic lens to shapes in this installation for THE LAST STRAW. Her work suggests that each sculpture has its own life and personality constantly being reimagined by their surroundings. There are over thirty clay shapes on one wall and three large papier-mâché pieces on the other. Some of the shapes are standoffish and demand their own space while others itch to interact with the others nearby. Both the clay and pier-mâché give Lisbin’s whimsical, bossy, curious, funny, and sexy shapes a medium for us all to think about our relationships with ourselves and the world around us.
In his first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery, Jay Moss presents detailed sculptures influenced by social issues, war, and peace in GUNS!...…LOCKS!......CHAINS!. Moss explains that, “Much of my work here is influenced by my experience in World War II. How can it not? But in addition to social commentary, I focus on, and ravish, the unexpected, the beauty and intensity that virtually surrounds us on our diverse planet.” The sculptures satirize his surroundings and instigate wonder, curiosity, and sometimes shock. Moss has worked both figuratively and abstractly, creating forms with a saw and chisel in a variety of woods that he then assembles with other materials, including lead, metal and cloth.