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Red Balloon (I Wish I Was A)

Rooster Gallery
190 Orchard Street, between Houston and Stanton, 212-230-1370
East Village / Lower East Side
November 27, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Reception: Thursday, December 2, 6 - 8 PM
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Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art announces its second exhibition and first solo exhibition by one of its represented artists – Erik Sommer: Red Balloon (I Wish I Was A) – opening on Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm.

The latest canvases of this NewYork-based painter are a mix of oil paint, cement, plaster and spackle on multiple layers that react, de facto, to each other. The reactions born from the use of these materials and Sommer’s control of this process enable the works to assume the effect of decayed urban structures. Sommer’s works, therefore, reference the issue of physical abandonment as a metaphor for human loneliness.

Rooster Gallery provides a non-traditional exhibition statement consisting of a poem by the subway poet Donald Green, a technical list of the reasons paint may peel off a surface, and an essay by the psychiatrist Acacia Lea Micieres on the degradation of the human psyche. This material provides a number of perches from which to approach Sommer’s works.
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