PRESENCE With Edward M. Giordano Jr, Don Keene, Anki King, Mark Kurdziel, Bobbie Moline-Kramer, Robert Solomon, and Martin Weinstein.
Curated by Robert Curcio, curcioprojects, and Priska Juschka, Lichtundfire. Exhibition Dates: February 3 – 27, 2021
EXHIBIT VIEWING & OUTDOOR RECEPTION: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 4 – 7 pm. Lower East Side 3rd Thursdays: Thursday, February 18 from 4 – 8 pm; Reception: from 6 – 8 pm. Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm; Tuesday & Sunday by appointment.
Exhibition Dates: February 3 – 27, 2021
Lichtundfire is pleased to present and welcomes all to PRESENCE; a selection of figurative works that contrast the reality in which we find ourselves today where everyone needs to be socially distant, non-touching and almost unrecognizable behind a mask – the body has become a presence – with artists pursuing life, identity, and a sense of being while being staunchly visible and comforting. Domestic visions to erotic trace to semi-abstract manifestations abound in the exhibit bearing an undeniable introspective pull.
Separate but together, Martin Weinstein paints an intimate solitary portrait of himself and another of his wife on layered multi-panel acrylic sheets that evoke a sense of connection regardless of the distancing. Bobbie Moline-Kramer takes a monoprint of hers of a figure or partial figure and works over the image creating ephemeral gestures and smudges that delicately reveal the appearance and pleasure of a body.
Robert Solomon paints a void of a figure’s stance with arms akimbo and direct eye contact, if there were eyes or other distinguishing features, nevertheless demands our recognition. Anki King’s shrouded phantom figures behind trees in an empty forest stand still in readiness for a charged meeting – either with one’s self or the other. Created during the summer of quarantine, Don Keene’s paintings reference his models through photos and memory to capture a sense of intimacy and physicality while being remote.
Edward Giordano’s “everybody” mixed media sculptures are an existential zigzag from the personal to the social to the religious and back. Mark Kurdziel’s paintings contrast each other conceptually and compositionally; one is an exploration of an existence at the fringe of the world, depicting at the canvas‘ bottom a three-quarter portrait with eyes wide open gazing intently at the viewer; and in another painting, the body fills the world with a vision of vulnerability in a dangling position.
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