MAAC ON THE MAP: Mortal Coil
Contemporary Art Exhibition Series
The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center
1050 2nd Ave, New York
Opening Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:30 PM –7:30 PM
Exhibition open to the public daily until September 30, 2017
On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 the Manhattan Art & Antiques Center will launch the third contemporary art exhibition in the MAAC on the Map series entitled “Mortal Coil”, at a stylish reception. This group show features the mastery of 12 exceptional artists including: Lawrence Aarons, Adina Andrus, Becky Bailey, Dre Beverley, Camilla Marie Dahl, Iulia-Lavinia Falcan, Victoria General, Amy Hughes, Dinora Justice, Lena Miskulin, Jeffrey Morabito and Alan Richards. This exhibition will be open daily to the public until September 30, 2017.
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the work, curated by Paul Anavian and Michaela Boruta, in the six dedicated gallery spaces at The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center. The guests are also invited to discover the wonders of the remaining 50 galleries populating the space. The artists will be on hand to discuss their works in detail with the public.
This exhibition will also feature the popular “MAAC Mini’s” where each artist participates in a discussion on their artistic process in creating their work at a “meet & greet” brunch on Sunday, September 17 between 1pm – 3pm.
The curatorial vision for MAAC on the Map: Mortal Coil embodies the place where we mirror, interact with and deconstruct the human form in all of its tumultuous bustle. It is the liminal space where our spiraling DNA becomes story. It is where we face our natures and interrogate how we communicate. It is our visceral response to the psychological, emotional and physical triggers that spark self reflection.
MAAC on the Map is a contemporary art exhibition series that aims to give a platform to emerging and established artists at The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center – one of the nation’s largest fine art and historical design centers.
MAAC on the Map is a movement to give contemporary artists a new home on the Upper East Side and an opportunity to expose their work to a different audience. The injection of these vital contemporary artists shows that the Upper East Side is a potent destination for innovation, a creative hotspot where experience meets a new breed of artistic disruptor.
The artists featured in MAAC on the Map: Mortal Coil include:
Many people have searched for their roots, their beginnings, their heritage and all of that is written in their faces. My portraits explore those hidden messages helping to answer their longing to know, their desire to be seen and their need to be remembered. Who are we? Who came before us to make us who we are?
I’ve always been fascinated by domestic spaces. Within this subject matter, I search for similarities between spaces, the idiosyncrasies of each, and the
way people are in a place they call, or don’t call, their home. The places I paint and draw are filtered through an off-putting or even eerie lens, and I often abstract interiors and disrupt the space to reflect the way the familiar can seem surreal.
Man with Match
As a figurative painter an ongoing concern is how we systematically project our own distortions and biases onto the model, in effect creating a lie. In both crafting and dissecting the lie, I aspire to depict a shifting in not only form but meaning, and to capture the temporality and equivocality implicit in the image’s state of becoming and receding in memory. With durations anywhere from two months to two years I experiment with multiple sessions as a way to filter out unnecessary emotions, either accepting the paint for what it is on the canvas or pushing through the image.
I try to tell a story with each image. My artwork is an extension of my inner feelings. It represents how I view events and people around me, things that I see that are ridiculous or inane, social trends and societal warped values, getting older, media hyperbole, and a whole host of other things irking or wonderful. My work is a mix of satirical pieces, pieces of individuals not communicating with each other, or other scenes of solitude or beauty.
Gatherings – U.S.A., 1966
All my work is centered around shared human experiences – from psychological commonalities to cultural signs and symbols throughout history that have served as means of communication. The images in my pieces purposefully provide a way for me to discover the common threads that unite us and to trigger a preverbal recollection of a collective unconscious.
No, I Don’t C
A combination of faces I’ve come across, my renditions of alternate surrealistic and futuristic realities, and occasionally my visualization of personalities I have encountered, is what gets transcribed on to the canvases when creating my art.
I implement acrylic spray paint in a majority of my work to keep me connected to my first love, graffiti.
How to start a lovely day
My paintings give a vivid impression of continuous motion of thoughts and feelings within a pleasant symphony of metamorphosed colors. With a typical tone of vitality, I like to transform the objects that are vaguely observable into wonderful breathings that are sometimes translucent or abundant and strong which transform dreams and aspirations into a gratifying and perceptible reality.
Through painting, I investigate how young women navigate their ways in a world riddled with contradictory messages, rules, and expectations regarding female sexuality. My work addresses the effects such incongruities and pressures can have on body image and one’s sense of self, and the ways in which women adapt to and cope within their given circumstances.
As I listen to her breathe
With quick and bold strokes, my work focuses on human behaviors and emotions, offering a sense of familiarity within the often unexplored urban environment. We all have a story to tell, no matter how seemingly insignificant. It is that story I strive to catch. We are all connected.
The surreal situations, subjects, objects, and environments I create are products of juxtaposing observations of the state of the external world with internal reflection. My artwork contemplates physical mortality and the transience of human existence through a lulling solace I derive from the cyclicality of our natural world. I focus often on demonstrating the parallels gathered between sciences, religions, and cultures, capacitated by their uniquely human characteristics.
Part social commentary, part autobiography, part iconic celebrations of the human form, underpinned by my obsession with depicting flesh. My work is an embodiment of the personal experienced as social. Subjective space is negotiated with, seeks out, and is violated by, the conditions of my cultural environment. In my paintings, the emotional state often appears reflective, as if drawing on recent memory.
The Portrait paintings address conscious and unconscious biases regarding traditional associations of nature with the feminine. The philosophers of the Enlightenment equated men with reason, whereas women and nature were consigned to the realm of the irrational. This idea lives on in the widely used expression Mother Nature which feminizes the environment and gives credence, by way of tradition, to the attitude that both nature and women need to be conquered, domesticated and controlled. My idea is to explore western art history for a different look at women, questioning the impact of deeply ingrained attitudes toward the female that have ramifications in the realm of ecology.
MAAC on the Map is a year long initiative featuring four contemporary art series in 2017. It is a drive to bring a stronger contemporary art presence into the surrounding neighborhood. A smaller program of “meet & greet” brunch event gives the public an opportunity to meet the artists and explore their inspiration, life and work in person. Videos of these talks will be available on the website after the event.
The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center in Midtown Manhattan, is the nation’s largest with over 50 galleries representing America’s top dealers in every category of arts and antiques. The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center is a veritable treasure trove of all that is beautiful, fascinating and unique for sale. Boasting three floors of historical design, fine art, decoration, silver, jewelry, European, Asian African art, and antiquities–this is a “must visit” for art lovers, collectors, interior decorators, or those just looking to be visually inspired. Whether you want to buy or sell, we welcome you to visit us 7 days a week.
MAAC on the Map gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:30am – 6pm and Sunday, 12pm – 6pm