Flowers is pleased to announce an exhibition of three artists, Tomer Aluf, David Hornung, and Vithya Truong.
Tomer Aluf presents a group of paintings triggered from news stories, memories and false rumors. Utilizing a method of erasure instead of traditional rendering, Aluf depicts feelings of anxiety and violence in his works. Rather than enslaving the paint to his initial ideas, Aluf often makes mistakes during the creative process, thus forcing the viewer to reassess conventional standards of “good painting” and artistic beauty.
Aluf was born in Israel but currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been shown at Moti Hasson Gallery, NY; Gordon Gallery, Israel; and Hotel Pupik, Austria. He will soon exhibit at the Bronx Museum as a part of the A.I.M. program. Aluf holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art in Israel and is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant in New York.
Like backyard philosophers everywhere, David Hornung is perplexed by the mystery of fundamentals like memory, the flow of time, and the sheer enigma of existence. Domestic implements, simple structures, books, lawn ornaments, fences and the flora and fauna of the country populate his paintings in loosely knit scenarios. Hornung is compulsively drawn to iconic images that synthesize what is seen with what is known: a distillation of the visible that evokes a reality beyond appearance.
A long time professor of art, Hornung has taught painting, drawing, and color theory at a number of art schools and universities including, Indiana University, Skidmore College, Brooklyn College and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
In his recent work, Vithya Truong seeks a delicate balance between certainty and ambiguity, clarity and obscurity, reality and imagination, as well as representation and abstraction. The familiar becomes unfamiliar, leaving viewers with more questions than answers. At first glance, the predominantly grey paintings may evoke a sense of melancholy or loneliness, but upon closer inspection, the sincerity of the images reveals a mysterious yet hopeful depiction of being.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Truong now lives and works in New York City. He received a BS (1991) from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, and an MFA (2007) from the New York Academy of Art, NY.