“The Universe, How Vast, How Small”
A group exhibition featuring six artists from Areté Venue and Gallery Flat File Program: Caroline Blum, Paula Cahill, Goldie Gross, Jeong Hur, Joe Piscopia and Katrina Slavik. Curated by Fay Ku.
April 19-May 12, 2019
Opening reception Friday, April 19, 6-9pm
How do we recreate the universe within ourselves? What are its building blocks? “The Universe, How Vast, How Small” group exhibition brings together six artists from Areté Venue and Gallery’s Flat File Program whose intimate works on paper, paintings and photographs construct worlds in microcosm, their small scale concentrating largeness of vision, like light intensifying as its focus narrows to a laser beam.
Caroline Blum’s two paintings resemble the hypnotic abstract designs found in Paleolithic cave paintings. Both Seed Book and Winter’s End were inspired by works of art themselves (Musa Mayer’s Night Studio and George Braques, respectively); Blum’s seed-like marks are alphabetic, her own composed sentences, testament to the germinative powers of art.
Paula Cahill’s Current I and Current II are kinesthetic charts, the translation of ephemeral phenomenon onto a two-dimensional surface. Cahill’s works on paper are lyrical attempts to penetrate the inscrutable logic underlying the movements of the nature.
Goldie Gross’s Dingle, Ireland is romantic, harkens to an earlier era, of traditions long disappeared. The uninhabited rural landscape, the watercolor media and even the scale seems to belong to another era. It seems to belong altogether to another era, where the travel, history, and experience can be literally held in the palm of one’s hand.
Jeong Hur’s photographs of celestial bodies are representatives of the non anthropomorphic view of the universe. There is nothing familiar or comforting with this view of the universe. Mysterious, pitiless, Hur’s Boston to NYC 8-2 fills the viewer with cosmological, primal awe.
So meticulously, compulsively crafted, Joe Piscopia’s works seems to erase the human hand. And yet, his work is the recording of an intensely personal inner process, intuitively built, to express the fleeting emotional states of the artist.
Katrina Slavik’s whimsical, mytho-historic worlds are constructed landscapes that slip between different times and dichotomy, her “landscape pieces explore themes of displacement, migration, and co- habitation between people, animals, and plants.”
These six artists attempt to transcend history or time, and limits of personal knowledge, and created intimate-scaled works that capture the grandiose.
“The Universe, How Vast, How Small” will be on view April 19-May 12, 2019. Opening reception will be Friday, April 19, 2019, 6-9pm. Areté is participating in Greenpoint Gallery Night; please RSVP (https://www.facebook.com/events/1221942091304430/) via FaceBook Event page.