Sunday, April 17, 2011

Openings Openings Openings + Great Chopped Salad with Chicken

At the Galleries!

Courtesy of Stux Gallery  © Ruud van Empel, 2011
As I write this issue, there is a driving, cold rain beating on my window, but for several days recently the weather has been great for a stroll through Chelsea to see what's new.

At Tria Gallery:
Keun Young Park shows off her mixed media collage series "Awakening". 

Keun Young Park creates her micro-collages out of photos taken of her, by her husband; THEN she simplifies and colors them within photoshop; THEN she tears them up into tiny 1/32 " pieces as if they have been put through a wood chipper/shredder; THEN she re-assembles them using glue to put the pieces back together on to fine art paper. The heads of her figures morph into trees and shrubs through collaged photo, ink and holes poked into the paper. The torsos end up with a texture, to me it looked like manipulated colored wax, but it is simply paper. Keun's mixed media art makes composites out of human and natural forms and to my eye are strikingly beautiful and fresh. The mini-collaged bodies are the source of my fascination with these works with elegant color, texture and tiny shadows.
Park says of her work: "...I reflect upon... the opposite sides of nature – negative and positive, construction and destruction, presence and absence, and life and death.  I believe that everything is constantly changing, either being generated or destroyed. Presence is just a state of being and the reality of an object has ambiguity in this shifting...." Keun Young Park was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She received her BFA and MFA from Seoul National University and last year was the recipient of an A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship.

All artwork is available through Tria Gallery, copyright Keun Young Park. Source: all information came from the artist at the opening and from the press release / Tria (The Suchman Bart Metheny Gallery), 531 West 25th Street, ground floor suite #5, New York, NY 10001 Phone 212.695.0021 Email <>  Website:

At Stefan Stux Gallery: The Dutch artist Ruud van Empel exhibits his hyper-real photographic, digital, compositions titled "Wonder" through May 14, 2011.

Courtesy of Stux Gallery  © Ruud van Empel, 2011
Van Empel creates photo-collages by meticulously stitching together fragments of thousands of images the artist photographed himself. No obvious traces of Photoshop are evident in his "everything-in-focus", very flat and very large photographs. Instead the viewer is drawn into van Empel’s subject matter - a comment on ethnicity and on children being grouped by their ethnicity. His world is undeniably hyper-real and the proportions are sightly off. His children have one foot in innocence and one foot in their future adulthood. 

All artwork is available through Stux Gallery, copyright Ruud van Empel. Source: All information came from the opening and from a press release / Sefan Stux Gallery, 530 W. 25th St. NYC 10001  Phone 212-352-1600 Email <> Website

At Slag Gallery:
The Brooklyn artist Janos Stone exhibits his Sheetrock Carvings through May 8, 2011.

The recent works of Janos Stone are a continuation of his sheetrock compositions which he cuts into undulating forms, sometimes digitally printed and mostly carves in bas relief as shown above. His very unusual medium is cut up to represent the mathematics of our pixilated world.

All artwork is available through Slag Gallery, copyright Janos Stone. Source: all information came from the opening and from the press release / Slag Gallery, 531 West 25th St. Ground Level #10, New York, NY 10001 Phone 212.967.9818 Website: 

At Claire Oliver Gallery: Artist Stephanie Lempert exhibits her digitally created, Nylon-based plastic sculptures, titled "Reconstructed Reliquaries" through May 7, 2011.

So Sexy rapid prototype sculpture 7 x 3.3 x 6.4 inches
Lempert explores the nature of cherished mementos and reminiscences that make them precious.  The Artist consolidated real stories from people people she interviewed and then connected them to a single inanimate object.

Black To Move (detail)  rapid prototype sculpture  4.5 x 18 x 18 inches

All artwork is available through Claire Oliver Gallery, copyright Stephanie Lemert. Source: all information came from the opening and from the press release / Claire Oliver Gallery, 513 West 26th St. Ground Level #10, New York, NY 10001 Phone 212.929.5949 Website: 

At Marlborough Gallery: Artist Arnaldo Pomodoro exhibits his architectonic sculptures, titled "Continuum" through May 14, 2011.

In an exhibition he has dedicated to the late John Updike, Pomodoro continues his characteristic physical examination of surface, form and structure through his highly evolved cast bronze works. He employs basic geometric shapes, such as spheres, columns, cones and cubes as the overall framework of the sculptures. The bronze surfaces are in places highly polished and reflective, but in other places appear torn open, cut, shattered, or turned inside-out to express the underlying and otherwise hidden forces that he sees embodied in his sculptures. Pomodoro has stated, “I have spent over fifty years exploring complex  geometrics through my work and now feel  more than ever that these geometrics include by implication the forms of abstract reason, and even of technological rationality, whereas the fissures correspond to the forms of the primitive, the unconscious, and the forces within matter itself.  As I see it, the  value to be found in these two things today lies precisely in their coexisting together side by side.”

I wanted to return to occupying myself with the important surfaces of my first marks. Going back and studying the origins of my work, the first experiences of engraving on small plates, I created a sort of infinite path with the codes and 
inventory of all my “writing.” And the writing itself is continuous: one line after another, whether it be of alphabetic writing or ideographic script. I’ve always been fascinated by the symbols of man, especially those that are archaic: the graffiti of the early Mesopotamian tablets, those made to pass on memories and stories. I have always thought these signs so simple yet so intense, unreadable 
messages in a lost language. 

Arnaldo Pomodoro was born in Mociano di Romagna in 1926 and grew up in nearby Pesaro. His first solo exhibition was in 1955 in Milan, where he currently lives and works. 

All artwork is available through Marlborough Gallery, copyright Arnaldo Pomodoro. Source: all information came from the opening and from the press release / Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th, New York, NY 10019 Phone 212.541.4900 Website: 

At The Pace Gallery: Elizabeth Murray's paintings from the '70s through April 30, 2011.

Two examples of
Elizabeth Murray's painting style.

The Pace Gallery exhibit is the first for the artist since her passing in 2007 and the 30 works include many on loan from major museums.
Elizabeth Murray
Elizabeth Murray (1941-2007) focused on painting, at a time when painting was being questioned, with her use of geometric shapes: both abstracted figurative forms and non-objective cut out colored shapes in order to build her "abstracted narrative" language. Her paintings were a personal response to the male-dominated painting styles of the 1970's. Elizabeth Murray was "An intense, unpretentious woman with vivid blue eyes and an unruly nest of prematurely white hair, Ms. Murray received a full-dress retrospective spanning her 40-year career at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006, one of handful of women to be so honored. In 1999 she was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. Ms. Murray belonged to a sprawling generation of Post-Minimal artists who spent the 1970's reversing the reductivist tendencies of Minimalism and reinvigorating art with a sense of narrative, process and personal identity." (Quotes denote a selection from Murray's obituary written by Roberta Smith, NYTimes 2007.) 

All artwork is available through The Pace Gallery, copyright the estate of Elizabeth Murray. Source: all information came from the opening, the press release and from an obituary in NYTimes  / The Pace Gallery, New York, NY Phone 212.421.8987 Website: info2@thepacegallery.

Chopped Salad
with Chicken

1/2 head iceberg lettuce in 1/2 inch dice, 5 cups, 
1 head romaine lettuce in 1/2 inch dice, 5 cups
1 small red onion, cut in half and  thinly sliced 
1/2 cup danish blue cheese crumbled, 4 ounces
3 Roma tomatoesk diced
1 poached chicken breast (3 ounces) diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced bacon, pan fried until crispy and finely chopped (or 4 ounces prosciutto, cut into 1" squares and pan fried in a little oil)
3 ounces dressing or amt. to taste

1 avocado small dice
1 teaspoon prosciutto pan fried and chopped reserved for garnish
1 tablespoon of diced red bell pepper
1 tablespoon diced chives

1 1/2 teaspoons Coleman's dry mustard 
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons white onion grated
2 tablespoons redwine vinegar  mixed with 1/4 cup white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup canola oil mixed with 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed 
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated 

Combine first 7 dressing ingredients in a food processor. Mix until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the oils, continue to blend. Pour into a mixing  bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir with a wire whisk. Store in sealed containers in refrigerator. This makes 2 quarts of dressing.

Place lettuce in large serving bowl and add all the ingredients except te garnish and mix well. Add the dressing and mix well.

Serve and top each portion with garnish.
Source: Created by combining salad recipes posted on several sites on the Internet.
Until later, 

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