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Jim Napierala, The Modern Dance

Allen Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 5th Floor, 917-202-3206
March 13 - April 16, 2008
Reception: Thursday, March 20, 6 - 8 PM
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Allen Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Jim Napierala, The Modern Dance.

Napierala’s elegant yet expressive Flashe, aluminum leaf, and acrylic paintings on wood panel are multi-layered, both materially and metaphorically. Layers of paint and leaf veil one another, both concealing and revealing what lies beneath. The overlay of faceted color and form result in a beguiling and optically complex visual experience. A distillation of modernist strategies provides an abstract of the painting of the last 100 years. The work channels Impressionism’s retinal effects, Expressionism’s gesture, Surrealism’s automatic bio-morphism, and Minimalism’s obsession with the grid. Napierala’s work mirrors the visual cacophony that we encounter every day, while evoking the history of modernism. They are a Cubist harlequin run amok in twenty-first century New York.

The exhibition’s title, The Modern Dance, is culled from a song by the pioneering industrial-punk band Pere Ubu. The refrain goes as follows:

“our poor boy, he believes in chance, he’ll never get the modern dance”

For Napierala, the modern dance is not only the interplay of ideas and personalities that have forged our visual culture, but also the “dance” that an artist does with the work that has informed and influenced their own.
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