Tabla Rasa Gallery presents “POINTS of VIEW,” a broad and offbeat exhibition of interpretations of the landscape genre by ten artists: Mary Barnes, Cecile Chong, Janet Culbertson, Joergen Geerds, Sheila Goloborotko, Griselda Healy, Lara Hill, Anders Knutsson, Karen Roth and Sylvia Sleigh.
True to the spirit of their previous exhibitions, curator/directors Audrey and Joseph Anastasi selected thematically related artwork from artists with distinctly personal points of view.
Artwork ranges from meticulously rendered portraits of thousand year-old trees by Anders Knutsson, to densely textured, incised, and layered city roof-scapes by Karen Roth.
Renowned Feminist painter, Sylvia Sleigh, most noted for her groundbreaking male nudes and lovingly rendered portraiture, here applies some of her signature patterning to vast pebbled beach vistas.
Griselda Healy looks across the New York Harbor and freshly paints the tugboats in the water with masterful simplicity and respect for the pure craft of oil painting. Other works from this series were recently exhibited in a solo exhibition at the Staten Island Museum.
The mixed media sculptural works of Sheila Goloborotko are fragmented landscapes, at once abstract, urban and rural.
Janet Culbertson’s response to the worldwide environmental changes that she has witnessed, was to paint the Industrial Park Series using silver paint, pulverized iridescent pigments, and dimensional collage materials that would parallel the actual detritus of today’s industrialized, toxic environment. Her littered and glittering surfaces are a powerful depiction of urban decay.
Lara Hill explores environmental and social tragedy through her creation of mixed media collage. Her predominantly black and white images of urban architecture and anatomical parts are constructed from photo clippings found in the news, mass media, and personal photography, with areas of expressive paint and pencil.
Both Mary Barnes and Cecile Chong blend abstraction with natural elements. Using bold forms rendered with subtle grace, Ms. Barnes reaches beyond the conventional surface description of traditional landscape, creating work that speaks of a life force. Ms. Chong combines transparently layered encaustic with controlled linear renderings of childhood, transporting the viewer’s sensibilities from surface to suggestion, and back again.
With disturbing sharpness , Joergen Geerds presents oversized panoramic chromogenic prints of iconic New York City landmarks, saturated with luminosity. Using long exposures, he turns the populace into ghostly shadows (or make them completely disappear) while giving rich details in otherwise underexposed areas with thousands of sources for illumination. Panoramas draw the viewer into the grand urban landscape of New York.