Artists
AUTUMN 2016

NOVEMBER 4 - DECEMBER 4, 2016

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Leon Steinmetz, entitled From TOKYO– It’s a beautiful day in {PARIS NEW YORK LONDON}.

Derived from street scenes of Paris, New York and London, Mitsushige Nishiwaki’s spirited etchings are characterized by their seemingly naive, innocent, daydream-like sincerity. His etching technique is textured and bold, yet the art has a delicate and whimsical facility about them. Populated by his imagined personalities, the buildings and streetscapes he depicts are familiar to our experiences and senses. Each etching is a narrative that conjures up a singular place where we have been before.

Roofscapes become outward expressions of the lives and activities from within. In some of the artwork, scale relationships are distorted, creating juxtaposing in the composition. This magnifies the story that is being told.
Nishiwaki turns urban fabric into a living entity that always engages and reminds us of the familiar.

Beginning in 2009, and self taught in intaglio, Mitsushige Nishiwaki’s etchings are on copper, and for highlighted color, on plastic. He uses German Hahnemuhle paper and Charbonnel etching ink. His larger works are made up of a series of abutting small print plate sizes, providing a visible armature for the artwork.

Nishiwaki is a graduate of Hosei University in Tokyo and received a graduate degree in graphic design while studying in Arizona. He works as an artist and graphic designer in Tokyo. His artwork has been exhibited in Japan, France, England and the United States.

SPRING 2016

June 18 - July 31, 2016

LEON STEINMETZ - ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE…Commedia dell’Arte & Other Theater. In this exhibition Leon Steinmetz brings to life his interpretations of theater as it presents and reveals humanity. His characters, mostly from Commedia dell’Arte theatrical movement of the 16th – 18th centuries, exaggerate human emotions.

Commedia dell”Arte performances were staged outdoors in and around the Venneto region of Italy. Typified by the use of masks to heighten the dramatic effect, performances were improvised by highly trained professional actors that perfected specific characters - surreptitious servants, devious and foolish old men, the braggadocio politicians and the military, as well as others that came under theater’s sharp scrutiny.

The performances were based upon the universal themes of love, jealousy, sex and old age. As one views Steinmetz’ work, these themes become readily apparent by character interactions, and artwork titles, presented as whimsical dialogues. There is a spirited liveliness in Steinmetz’ compositions. His cast of players is eccentric and it exhibits Steinmetz’ trademark – intertwining comic and tragic essences of the human condition.

Leon Steinmetz is scheduled to have his second solo exhibition at the renowned Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia. His work is in the permanent collections of leading museums: the British Museum in London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Albertina in Vienna; the Dresden State Art Gallery in Dresden; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts among others.
This is Leon Steinmetz’ fifth solo exhibit at Gurari Collections. 
We invite you to see ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE… Commedia dell’Arte & Other Theater, an exhibition of his new work.


LOTTA OLSSON - HERBARIUM - MERGING THE REAL & IMAGINED, work-on-paper, May 6 - June 12, 2016.

Swedish artist Lotta Olsson’s second solo exhibition: Herbarium – Merging the Real & Imagined. A repository of preserved and dried plant specimens, self-created herbarium’s have been a constant source of inspiration for Lotta Olsson since childhood. These investigations into nature’s surroundings inform Olsson’s artwork and illustrations. Whether a simple leaf’s delicacy and intricacies, or the silhouette of trees in winter, these influences offer a whole host of useful parts that Olsson has equipped her artistic tool-kit with. Taking her cues from these impressions, shapes and visual details, Lotta Olsson then creates her illustrated fantasy trees and flora.

After many years of collecting visual images of nature’s inventory, she has a vast resource in her self-described “digital herbarium”. Of no less importance though, are the sights, sounds, and memories from treks and travel that blend with her herbarium. Altogether, these real and imagined imprints coalesce into delicate and bold imaginative works of art.

Having grown up in southern Sweden, surrounded by forest and nature, Olsson is intimate with the natural habitat. Being a student and observer of the forest, she explores the history and writings of old sayings as they pertain to trees and the natural world.

Lotta Olsson has an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Göteborg Universitet, and an MFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from The University of Stockholm’s KONSTFACK University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Her artwork has been exhibited in Sweden, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and at the Affordable Art Fair in London. This is her second exhibition in the United States.

APRIL

SCOTT TULAY- SPACE IS THE PLACE, work-on-paper, April1 - May 1, 2016. Opening reception, Friday, April 1th, 6-9pm.

Space, whether in motion, or as a fixed point, energizes Scott Tulay’s drawing explorations. Formulating his point of view from that of an architect, and influenced by his degree in art history, Tulay breaks with convention in his spatially defined art. He is an artist-architect who, by day, has to apply rigorous standards in the built world, then, conversely, he creates imagined otherworldly works of art.

The compositional use of perspective, light-on-surface, and spatial layering, all enhance the sensation of accelerated spatial motion that is found in Tulay's work. This is a painter's knowledge, as it is the architect's, whose skillful use of these tools are integral to creating perception in the built world. Principally using the palette of black, white and gray, he draws and paints atmospheric compositions that offer uncertain contextual references. This unpredictability generates an animation between the viewer and his drawings.

Scott Tulay's creative intersections are his canvases. There is an abandoned freedom to his drawings that envigorates his art. He works perception by the blurring of the real and imagined combined.
Tulay’s drawings and paintings have been written about in international and national fine art journals. His artwork is in institutional, private, and museum collections. In 2015, he participated in an exhibition entitled American Perspectives, a group show by internationally acclaimed architects, at the Tchoban Foundation of Architectural Drawing, Berlin, Germany. And, in the New England region, his artwork was shown in the Leaving Our Mark exhibition, at the Springfield D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and in the Drawing On, In Out exhibition, at the Brattleboro Museum of Art Center.

FALL 2015

NOVEMBER

WENDY ARTIN - From The Roman Studio, watercolor paintings, November 6 through December 6, 2015. Opening reception, Friday, November 6th, 6-9pm.

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an array of beautiful new watercolors from artist Wendy Artin’s light-filled studio in Rome. From intimate portrayals of paintbrushes awash with color to monochromatic ink-like paintings of the figure and classical statuary, the delicate and powerful images of From the Roman Studio waver and melt between abstract mark-making and impressionistic realism.

Reflecting pleasure and nostalgia, Artin’s paintbrush watercolors are a tribute to years of projects of growing a family in Rome. Each spot of paint on the handle of a well-worn brush evokes for the artist a joyous moment: the starry blue sky surrounding the children’s beds, the gigantic green cardboard Christmas tree, the brilliant white Roman sunlight on the walls… The images are personal relics of the sort that are found in all our tool closets; they are a simple and profound appreciation of the present as it reveals all of the traces of the past. Age, for Artin, is to be relished.

Wendy Artin’s delicious figure paintings are about immediacy, universality, reality. We can feel the poses of her expressive models: we are drawn into the language of the body, into the space of the paper, into the light as it becomes flesh and contour. Artin’s mark-making captures the crackling of light that shapes a physical body part or gesture, or becomes animate by its definable yet dissolving reality. By observing and painting only the essentials, Artin compels us, as the viewers, to engage with what is not painted, and to visually complete the contour of a shoulder, a back, an arm. Each painting captures and sustains the “magical” moment when illusion is created.

The ancient classical statues of Artin’s paintings are young and alive, powerful and stony, yet tactile and delicate. Each anatomical part, honed to precision by the sculptor’s hand, yields to Artin’s vision to free the subject in her painting: Faces take on expression, bodies become animate, even stone that has become indefinable by age or wear or vandalism has its textures rendered by light in such a way as to reinforce the sense of life and spirit within.
Wendy Artin is a master of watercolor. Her paintings seem to pull the image out of the paper itself, to coax the materials she uses into perfect puddles of paint. As loose as miniature abstract-expressionistic paintings, her watercolors are also so precise as to sometimes appear photographic at first glance. Above and beyond her technical expertise, Artin’s true genius is the way she is able to open our eyes to the heightened beauty in all that she sees.

Artistic Advisor at the American Academy in Rome, Wendy Artin completed her undergraduate studies in French Literature and Painting at the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Fine Art at the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 2015 she has a solo exhibition, entitled Rocks, Paper, Memory, at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her paintings are collected by Steve Martin, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Isabelle Adjani, Howard Stern, John Guare, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Pierre Passebon, Jacques Grange. She has exhibited in New York, Boston, Rome, Milan and Paris. Her work has been featured in Pratique Des Arts, American Artist, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Gourmet, Elle Decoration, Cote Sud, French Vogue, Elle, Carnet, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She has been featured on BRAVO television's Arts & Minds.

We invite you to visit From the Roman Studio, an exhibition of recent watercolor paintings by Wendy Artin and her tenth solo exhibition at Gurari Collections.


OCTOBER

FOUND WIT, by JOHN SIDELI, as found object sculpture assemblages, October 2 - 31, 2015. Opening reception, Friday, October 2nd, 6-9pm.

An exhibition by artist John Sideli, entitled FOUND WIT, being of mixed media sculpture assemblages and constructions. Whimsy and irony, and the critique of cultural norms inhabit Sideli’s sculptures. He creates by using only “as found” objects which he does not rework. Respecting each objects distinctiveness and purpose, Sideli finds ingenious ways to combine elements giving the composition a new personality.



The name or title of each artwork offers us these new identities in Sideli’s sculptures. Sometimes names of compositions remain unconscious until completion, or, they are intentional from the outset induced by a single material element. Sideli’s wit finds ironic universalities from everyday objects. Until his vision brings the clues together, the material elements remain common and are unapparent. His alchemic process can take years for his constructions to be arrived at. The tension and compatibility of each object’s relationship to its’ counterpart is revealed by the tinkerer’s process.



For 45 years John Sideli has been contributing his inventive constructions to an artistic lineage that has been explored by Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, Varjun Boghasian’s collaged assemblages from dream and reality, as well as the artwork of Robert Rauschenberg and Joseph Cornell. Arriving in 1968 as caretaker to Alexander Calder’s homestead in Roxbury, Connecticut, Sideli availed himself of Calder’s studio to begin investigating his artistic approach. Influenced by Calder’s use of found metals and scrap parts, which resulted in kinetic and whimsical outcomes, Sideli began his use of “as found everyday objects” as a narrative form of expression.


So we have, as the audience to these assemblages, as found mixed material sculptures - Earth Man Homo Sapiens, Elephant Monument, Protect The Innocent and Day’s Work, being the newly revealed identities of the artwork accompanying this invitation.


John Sideli has been an artist and folk art antiques dealer for over four decades. His work has been shown in London, New York, and throughout the United States. He works and lives in Wiscasset, Maine.

NOVEMBER

WENDY ARTIN - From The Rome Studio, by WENDY ARTIN, watercolor paintings, November 6 through December 6, 2015. Opening reception, Friday, November 6th, 6-9pm.

SPRING 2015

MAY

VIVID VEGETATION, by VICO FABBRIS, Paintings, watercolor and work on paper, May 1 - 31, 2015. Opening reception, Friday, May 1st, 6-9pm.

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an exhibition of watercolor paintings and work-on-paper by the artist Vico Fabbris. Entitled, VIVID VEGETATION, the exhibition expands upon the artist's exploration of nature's vegetation as an imagined world. Culled from his familiarity with plant and flower species, Vico has synthesized imagination and reality in these works of art. He envisions a world of the slightly surrealistic, complete with fictitious latin names or a genus story as part of the painting. He is especially attuned to the loss of nature and the fragility of species. Vico replaces the lost habitat with the real and imagined combined.

In this new exhibition he pushes his painting technique in new directions. Loose and expressive, his work proposes plants and flowers with a scientific level of detail, yet his creations have an enigmatic flair that presupposes believability. Vico’s natural world seems familiar yet it clearly is not.

As a result, he delights the eye by creating the satirical and absurd as well as the "almost real". Whether engaging an imagined context, by a supporting story, or alone in mid-air suspension, Vico Fabbris' artwork is vivd, exuberant, and a celebration of the inventive mind.

AUTUMN 2013

OCTOBER

the drawing repeated in the gravel garden path, by Mollie Goldstrom, intaglio with hand-coloring, October 4 - 27, 2013.

Mollie Goldstrom presents an exhibition featuring works in intaglio, lithography, and pen with ink. By borrowing specific instances in human and natural history, and themes from science, literature, and myth, Goldstrom strives to reproduce mutable actualities as narrative etchings and drawings. She depicts alternate realities built by human error and misunderstanding of the natural world and ecological systems.

NOVEMBER

STONE FROM DELPHI, by Wendy Artin, watercolor paintings, November 1 - 31, 2013. Opening Reception, Friday, November 1, 6-9pm.

An exhibition entitled Stone From Delphi by the artist Wendy Artin, featuring watercolor paintings inspired by statuary from Antiquity and by the translations and writings of the poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney that were collected in his recently issued, Stone from Delphi. Sixteen of Artin’s paintings accompany Heaney’s poetry in a volume that was published this year by the fine art press Arion Press.


AUTUMN 2012 EXHIBITIONS

SIGHT LINES- by SEAN THOMAS, oil paintings + watercolors, December 7, 2012 - January 13, 2013

An exhibition entitled SIGHT LINES by the Providence artist Sean Thomas. By means of oil paint and watercolor on canvas, panel and/or paper, Sean Thomas investigates the intersection of the built environment and the residual landscape it creates. Thomas’ empirical readings of industry’s sprawl and turbulence coalesce into compositions of mass and light. Ironically, one would be lead to believe that his artwork would be heavy and ponderous, yet, much to the contrary, Thomas seems to drain away the weightiness – instead, we are left with compositions flooded with light. Buildings appear to hover animatedly over the landscape making indefinite connections to ground. He uses the two-dimensional surface in an adept way; composing within the space of the paper itself. This affords Thomas’s paintings a dimensionality suspended by the play of light and form.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Sean Thomas has been a working artist in the ensuing years. Sean spent a year in RISD’s European Honors Program, studying the light, architecture and culture of Rome. He has participated in multiple group and solo gallery exhibitions. His artwork has been reviewed in local and regional publications.

BICYCLE- by TALIAH LEMPERT, paintings + works-on-paper, November 2 - December 2, 2012

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an exhibition entitled BICYCLE, by the Brooklyn based artist Taliah Lempert,. For close to the last two decades Taliah Lempert has been deconstructing and reconstructing the bicycle as her point of study and interpretation. It is not just the bike itself but also the people that own and personalize this mobile means of transport. Both the technological investigation, as well as the need to recognize that customizing the machine is a means of self-expression, go into Taliah Lempert’s realizations. This enables her to paint these bicycle portraits, and by extension their owner’s portrait. Equally, her printmaking, multiples to reach a large and diverse audience, have promoted the role of the bicycle as a social and economic factor for our future. Taliah, through her art of the bicycle, has signified its’ relevance in today’s world.

In Lempert’s celebration of the bicycle all investigations are exemplified. A child’s push pedal, to that of a world champion’s finely crafted and calibrated bicycle, are equally explored. One can imagine from her paintings the emotion and energy each person brings to their experiences with velocity. The act of movement, either for purpose or pleasure, empowers us with a sense of freedom that compels. Taliah’s bicycle paintings convey this energy. All in all, those first childhood experiences with movement propelled by our own effort never lose that exuberance at any age.

Taliah Lempert has a BFA in painting and fine art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Her paintings and work-on-paper have been exhibited in single and group shows since 1996. Lempert’s artwork is museum, as well as privately and institutionally, collected. Well over twenty five journals of art and publications have written about her work. Taliah is an active blogger on all things bicycle and extremely involved in the greater New York bike community.

CAVE DRAWINGS- by CHRISTOPHER FISHER, photographs, October 5 - 28, 2012

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an exhibition entitled CAVE DRAWINGS by the artist Christopher Fisher. Cave Drawings are photographic images derived from and referencing the vast underground of advertisement, graffiti, detritus and happenstance that cover walls in the New York City Subway system. Living in Brooklyn, Fisher spends many hours traveling this otherworldly environment. His observations, and anthropological like investigations, have lead him to this exhibition of photographs which have their own ubiquitous visual language. Peeling layers of paint and paper, as well as tile like remnants of commercial notices and billboards, provide context for these residual abstractions. Inviting us to visually participate, Fisher’s artwork has us re-image the lost messages that are barely visible, if at all. These fragmented and disintegrated wall coverings have superseded their former meaning, instead becoming painterly abstractions of that which remain.

Christopher Fisher celebrates this new found abstraction in his artwork and allows us to engage with past, present and future as one. The visual image redefined by happenstance, erosion and decay.

With a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in Photography, Video and Related Media, the artist has been actively involved with his photography and has curated gallery exhibitions throughout the New York region. His photographs are exhibited in the New York metropolitan area.


SPRING 2012 EXHIBITIONS

NEW DRAWINGS by Scott Tulay, work-on-paper, May 4 - 27, 2012

New Drawings by the artist Scott Tulay. By referencing architecture and nature, the drawings made of ink, charcoal and pastel, continues the artist’s investigation with space, light and constructed line in this exhibition. Principally using the palette of black, white and gray, he paints chiaroscuro filled compositions that offer imaginative ambiguity. Light is engaged in defining space, which also possesses a transmission quality – movement of light in space. Each drawing presents itself as renderings of imagined graphic geometries applied with a painterly sensibility. Tulay offers us in this exhibition new discoveries of spatial perception.

With a degree in Art History from Tufts University and a graduate degree from M.I.T. in Architecture, Tulay has professionally focused on practicing architecture. In his fine art drawings he continues investigating the boundaries of spatial relationships. Scott Tulay’s artwork has been written about in national fine art journals and is in museum, institutional and private collections.

KEN GOLDSTROM - WORK-IN-CLAY
, June 1 - 24, 2012

Gurari Collections is pleased to present our second exhibition of work-in-clay by the artist Ken Goldstrom. Ken’s evocative imagination is captured in his creation of sculptures, plaques and tiles. Each work of art possess it’s own distinctive character. Awakened by a childlike curiosity, these characters seem familiar, but are not. Instead, through his mastery in hand-built and fired clay work, Ken Goldstrom’s imaginative world is brought to life by symbol, metaphor and humor. We, in turn get to encounter his whimsical creations which are a delight to the senses.

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Ken has supported himself as a working artist in Massachusetts for the last thirty years. Skilled in all methodologies of the ceramic arts, he works the three-dimensionality of clay into forms endowed with character. Ken's work is folkloric in nature and suggests story-like fantasy.


AUTUMN 2011 Exhibitions

THE PARTHENON FRIEZES by By Wendy Artin, watercolor paintings, November 4 - 28, 2011

Wendy Artin’s November exhibition entitled THE PARTHENON FRIEZES, at Gurari Collections, is a demonstration of patience, endurance, visual insight and painting mastery. Galleried at the British Museum, the Parthenon sculptures enjoy world renown for their representational beauty, conflict of a storied past, and their sheer magnitude of sculptural presence. The large monochromatic watercolor paintings in this new series are life-size in scale so as to best evoke the splendor of this ancient parade.

As found on YOUTUBE

See Review on Arts Fuse


CONTEMPLATING VANITY by Leon Steinmetz, work-on-paper, October 7 - 31, 2011

SPRING 2011 EXHIBITIONS

FLORASYNTHESIS - by Vico Fabbris, watercolor paintings and work-on-paper, May 6 - 29, 2011

In FLORASYNTHESIS, the exhibition expands upon the artist’s exploration of imagined botanicals. Culled from his familiarity with nature, plant and flower species, as well as pollinating insects, Vico Fabbris has synthesized his fantasies drawn from reality and imagination. He envisions a world of the slightly surrealistic, complete with fictitious latin names or a genus story as part of the painting. He is especially attuned to the loss of nature and the fragility of botanical species. He replaces the lost habitat with these “flights of fantasy”.

In this new exhibition Fabbris pushes his painting technique in new directions. Loose and expressive, his work proposes plants and flowers with a scientific level of detail, yet his creations have an enigmatic flair that presupposes believability. Fabbris’ botanical world seems familiar yet it clearly is not.

In so doing, he delights the eye by creating the satirical and absurd as well as the “almost real”. Whether engaged by an imagined context, by a supporting story, or alone in mid-air suspension, Vico Fabbris’ artwork is exuberant and a celebration of the inventive mind.

FLORASYNTHESIS

Ken Goldstrom - WORK-IN-CLAY, June 3 - 26, 2011

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an exhibition of work-in-clay by the artist Ken Goldstrom. Sculptures, plaques and tiles are armatures for his evocative imagination. Each work of art possess it’s own distinctive character. In fact, these characters, awakened by a childlike curiosity, seem familiar, but are not. Instead, they are Ken Goldstrom’s world brought to life by his mastery in claywork. In turn, we get to indulge in his whimsical creations which are delightful in an age of anxiety.

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Ken has supported himself as a working artist in Massachusetts for the last thirty years. Skilled in all methodologies of the ceramic arts, he works the three-dimensionality of clay into forms endowed with character. Ken's work transcends the broader context by reducing his symbols to the folkloric.
As found in Time Out Boston magazine


AUTOMATA - ENERGY IN MOTION, December 3, 2010 - January 15, 2011, by environmental artist Joan Brigham.

An exhibition of kinetic glass sculptures in steam, glass, water and electricity. By definition, automata are self-operating machines to demonstrate scientific principles or for whimsy. Their origins can be traced to the Hellenistic period of Heron, known also as Hero of Alexandria. Hero has been credited with the invention of the aeolipile, a steam engine that generates rotation of a solid object, as many of the work in this exhibition exemplify. Throughout history, scientists and inventors have developed sophisticated technologies based on these principals, while artists continue to explore the use of energy in art. Joan Brigham has explored this notion throughout her career as an artist and educator. A permanent example, Galaxy Fountain, by Ms. Brigham is a steam and water generating iconic fixture in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. By working large, and in small scale, these artful inventions add wonder to our experiences.

A Research Fellow from 1974 -1999 at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T, and Professor Emeritus in Fine Art, Emerson College, Joan Brigham has been advancing the relationship of science and the arts. The intersection of these disciplines continues to resonate in laboratory and studio. Stepping back to the engines of the ancients, applying them to contemporary concepts, she allows for a timeless connection of science and the arts. Come join us in reveling in - energy in motion.

NINE BY SIX - October 29 - November 28, 2010. An Exhibition by Stephen Harby, Alexander Purves, Buzz Yudell, Wendy Artin, Tina Beebe, and Jeremiah Eck

EXHIBITION IMAGES: NINE BY SIX

Gurari Collections is pleased to present NINE BY SIX, an exhibition by six artists who all have a love of plein air painting. It all started with a grant. When Stephen Harby got the Gabriel grant he suddenly worried that his technique would not be up to the challenge, and his colleague Tina Beebe came up with the brilliant idea of hiring a watercolor teacher. The watercolor group they formed with Buzz Yudell expanded, retracted and traveled, painting and visiting architecture, from California to Morocco, Sicily, Provence. Stephen soared through the Gabriel grant, only once being required by his rather severe but gimlet-eyed French advisor to rinse his too colorful painting beneath the robinet.

Tina and Buzz were protégés of Charles Moore, then Dean of Architecture at Yale, who inspired Buzz to to pursue architecture, Tina to devote herself to architectural color, and both of them to follow him to California. Thinking it would be fun just for a year, they have now been there for thirty-five, married, with thriving firm and followers.
When Alec Purves was offered the possibility of teaching a Yale graduate architecture program in Rome, he said he had one condition: that former student Stephen Harby share the post. Each summer for ten years with dozens of students in tow through the busy streets, the two have examined Rome inside out, inspiring and making beautiful watercolors of its architectural wonders.

When Wendy Artin met Russ Gerard, she was already based in Rome, having set foot in her future husband’s travel bookshop and thus turned her own traveling into the ephemeral sort. Russ, formerly Associate Dean of Roger Williams School of Architecture, was delighted to show Wendy’s work in his new gallery, as years earlier he had brought his students to draw inspiration from her show at the Boston Public Library.

The following year while Stephen was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, he set out to look up the niece of his former colleague Robert Harper. It turned out that president of the Academy, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, was doing the same. The two joined forces and took turns lavishing upon Wendy, in her very small apartment, great kindness and support.
Recently, prominent Boston architect and talented landscape painter Jeremiah Eck came to Russ Gerard’s gallery to look upon the work of Wendy Artin. He reminisced about one of his first great teachers at Columbia who had been a major influence. Russ said “but here he is!” and presented him with his former professor Alec Purves, who had just written the brilliant introduction to the show’s catalogue.

As chance may have it, these six artists’ encounters have now provided us with this exhibition, NINE BY SIX.


ADNAN CHARARA - THE ARTIST AND HIS PROTOTYPES

September 24 - October 24, 2010

Gurari Collections’is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures and drawings by the artist Adnan Charara. Entitled The ARTIST AND HIS PROTOTYPES, the exhibition explores the reconfiguration of reclaimed and found artifacts from everyday life into humorous and poignant figurative assemblages. Whimsy and delight are currents that continue to be expressed in Charara’s work. This, notwithstanding, is juxtaposed by the social and cultural histories that the reclaimed objects exemplify. By presenting his sculptures as “personalities” Charara’s work “suggests narratives that speak of the human condition”.

Drawing upon his international background, Adnan Charara has evolved his uniquely descriptive point of view as a fine artist. Always seemingly playful at first sight, his work resonates with topical issues suggesting narratives that explore injustice, fear and anxiety, as well as resilience, adaptability and growth.. The reclaimed objects and bronze sculptures act as models or prototypes that provides the audience with new perspectives for reinterpretation. His drawings, based upon these artifacts, further these notions by juxtaposing his use of humor to make powerful statements with his art.

Adnan Charara has been recognized and collected by museums, institutional and corporate collections as well as private collections. His artwork has been written about in international and nationally acclaimed journals and magazines.


SCOTT TULAY - DIMENSIONAL/TRANSPARENCIES

May 7 - 30, 2010

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an exhibition of work-on-paper by the artist Scott Tulay. Entitled DIMENSIONAL/TRANSPARENCIES, the exhibition investigates the ambiguity of space. Whether inspired by built form or natural context his art is constructed by an armature of light. Light is engaged in defining space, which also possesses a transmission quality – movement of light in space. Scott Tulay is especially attuned to exploring this relationship. With training and practice in fine art and architecture he tries to push his work, rendering up imagined graphic geometries of the manmade, yet, applying the deftness of a painter’s sensibility. Employing perspective skillfully, Tulay engages us by layering the dimensional space ambiguously. Prismatic and hurried light beckons us to read the work cinematically. Conversely, a haunting almost ghosting sensation pervades other work where one can hear a silence of space.

VICO FABBRIS

April 2 - May 2, 2010

Gurari Collections is pleased to present an exhibition of watercolor paintings and work-on-paper by the artist Vico Fabbris. Entitled FLORALIES, the exhibition continues the artist’s exploration of fantasy botanicals. In an era where environmental concerns are paramount, Vico Fabbris is especially attuned to the loss of nature and it’s delicate species – flowers. He attempts to replace the lost habitat with botanical “flights of fantasy”. In so doing, he delights the eye by creating the “almost real” as well as the satirical and absurd. Whether engaged by an imagined context, by a supporting story, or alone in mid-air suspension, his artwork is exuberant and a celebration of the inventive mind.

FLORALIES presents us new species of plant life with an artist created latin genus for each. Inferences of historical antecedents are implied in the watercolors and work-on-paper reminding us that discoveries of exotic flora and fauna were delighting nobility and informing scientific inquiry during the centuries of continental exploration. As if drawing his sources from the medieval through the baroque to the present, Vico Fabbris creates his botanical world with attention to detail and the flourish of the brush. His work exemplifies the loss of our natural habitat by engaging us with the pleasure of his fancy.


WENDY ARTIN

COLUMNAE - watercolor paintings

November 24 - December 20, 2009

COLUMNAE, Artin’s upcoming show of watercolors at Gurari Collections, features 60 paintings of architectural columns and landscapes from Rome’s ancient history, a selection of sanguine nudes both male and female, statuary, as well as still life watercolor paintings - birds, lemons and more.

Regarding the title of this exhibition, COLUMNAE, according to Marcus Vitruvius Pollo, (80 –15 BC.), in De Architectura,

“All these should possess strength, utility, and beauty. Strength arises from carrying down the foundations to a good solid bottom, and from making a proper choice of materials without parsimony. Utility arises from a judicious distribution of the parts, so that their purposes be duly answered, and that each have its proper situation. Beauty is produced by the pleasing appearance and good taste of the whole, and by the dimensions of all the parts being duly proportioned to each other”.

If strength and utility are absolutes in the built form, then beauty is the result of these conditions creating, defining and participating in context. Wendy Artin has been living, breathing in, and painting in Rome and the Campagna over the last fifteen years. In so doing, she has experienced her art in the pulsations of light, shade, and shadow that this city, and this country of civilization, renders. Living daily with the sites, the sounds and all the senses at play, she paints a history in the present that transcends time.

As Wendy Artin observes in the following thoughts –

“ Hot stones, sounds of crickets, great stillness, sun revealing forms and shadows like puddles of clear watercolor. A gust of wind brings gentle wafts of sun-baked plants, the same wind that for centuries has gradually worn away and rounded off the architectural shapes that seem eternal, in their great immobility. This is what stimulated me, the current magic world of architecture created in an ancient past.” Wendy Artin, 2009

Whether inert as in architecture, or in the movement of the live figure, Wendy Artin deftly captures the essence of its being through mastery of the painter’s hand and the timelessness that her innate ability conveys.

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T. KELLY WILSON

INQUIRIES - Recent Work - Oil Painting, Graphite Drawing. After many years of plein air painting INQUIRIES has brought the artist into the studio to study, to deconstruct, to obtain space, light, and color from an honored begonia plant. As the exhibition will demonstrate, Kelly Wilson is facile in the analytic and expressive in the nature of painting. Wilson's work resonates with the color coding of space and the making of dimensional planer surfaces that are warped by the life and age of this plant. Since his inquiry covered a lengthy time span, the investigation measures the begonia's own changes and morphology. The subsequent paintings and drawings reveal, and pleasure the senses.


MOLLIE GOLDSTROM

In her chosen mediums of intaglio and drawings, Mollie Goldstrom attempts to portray the “ambiguous space between opposing states of existence”. Referenced sources are popular folklore, personal myth, current events and environmental issues. Her work conveys a sense of whimsy while contending with allegorical, socio-political, and metaphysical challenges.

LEON STEINMETZ

STEINMETZ held solo shows at Gurari Collections in 2004 and 2006. His latest solo exhibit was at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in
Moscow, Russia (December 2009—January 2010.)

http://leonsteinmetz.com/ContemplatingGogol/Pushkin_MFA_Moscow_Russia/

Steinmetz’ works are in the permanent collections of many renowned museums: The British Museum in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia, among others. His artist books are in the rare books collections of New York and Boston public libraries, in rare books libraries of Harvard, Princeton and Columbia Universities, and in numerous rare books libraries across the country.

For more information, visit: http://www.leonsteinmetz.com

Collections in this category: Mitsushige Nishiwaki | Wendy Artin | Mollie Goldstrom | Lotta Olsson | Leon Steinmetz |