The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Gilbert Pavilion Gallery
5901 Palisade Ave, Riverdale, 718-581-1596
March 29 - June 19, 2011
Reception: Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 - 8 PM
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, Mark-Making: The Presence of Line. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery located on the Hebrew Home campus at 5901 Palisade Avenue (off of W. 261st Street) in Riverdale.
The exhibition focuses on the act of mark-making in empty space, and features the work of eight artists who utilize a linear format to explore issues of spatial arrangement. The concept draws from philosophical ideas about spatial voids, such as horror vacui and the Japanese notion of ma. Ma refers to the use of empty space as an integral compositional element most often utilized in architectural planning. Horror vacui – the fear of empty space – is exemplified by the work of folk artists, who obsessively fill entire pictorial surfaces with content, and by medieval illuminated manuscripts covered with intricate, linear decoration.
Each work featured in the exhibition explores the ways in which line and color behave on a minimalist picture plane. The presentation of a wide range of artistic interpretations and media stemming from this central concept, including lines of stitched thread, pastel on paper, painting and mixed media, provide the viewer with a unique, intangible experience, wrought from the interplay between empty space and line and color.
The show includes work by Abdolreza Aminlari, Deborah Brown, Janice Caswell, Beth Gilfilen, Jonathan Hammer, Nancy Storrow, Deborah Ugoretz and Rose Umerlik. The exhibition will be on view from March 29-June 19, 2011.
As a member of the American Association of Museums, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 19-acre campus, including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provide educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere. The Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric center serving more than 3,000 elderly persons through its resources and community service programs.