Ruth Bachofner Gallery presents Margaret Lazzari,“Energy, Matter and Light” (image right). Her abstract paintings have a rich palette, delicate line work and thick bursts of viscous paint. Lazzari states: “Rich color and complex surfaces are important in these paintings. I like spaces that are somewhat familiar – there may be sky, horizon, and land – but they’re also fabulous and strange because we have never been here before… In the history of landscape art, works like Ansel Adams’ photographs, paintings from the Hudson River School or the American luminist paintings of the late 1800s convey a sense of transcendence. These landscapes do more than just record surface features – they also point to large ideas, attitudes of the times and human emotion reactions.”
Runs thru 6/4/16.
“CIRCA TRILOGY” by conceptual artist Mary Kelly at Susanne Vielmetter Projects features three large works: Circa 1968 (2004), Circa 1940 (2015) and Circa 2011 (2016). In each work, Kelly appropriates and reinterprets an iconic archival image through the lens of generational memory. The images, which represent moments from The Blitz, student uprisings of 1968 and the Arab Spring, often encapsulate wider historical narratives in the way specific aesthetics communicate the image environment of the time. Additionally, there is a smaller series of lint works that reference the covers of 7 Days, a short-lived weekly newspaper founded by an alliance of women engaged in feminist politics and men in the self-styled ‘revolutionary left.’ They aimed to establish parity in the production process and give full support to the Women’s Liberation Movement. Launched in October 1971, 7 Days ran until May 1972. During that time, Kelly contributed articles and illustrations to several issues. These images and headlines present a far more specific and mundane chronicle of the events that defined the early years of women’s liberation in contrast to the archetypal images presented in the larger works. Runs thru 5/28/16.
“Midnight Sun” is an exhibition of work by Lily Simonson at CB1 Gallery. This body of work comes from an expedition to Antarctica and includes paintings and an accompanying video installation. Runs thru 5/29/16.