Easton, PA, July 1, 2019 - For Immediate Release:
Gallery On Fourth, in collaboration with Art Legacy Planning principals Mary Dinaburg, Bryan Faller and Salvatore Shiciano, is pleased to present its premier exhibition REFLECTING THE REAL, featuring the work of Wassef Boutros-Ghali, David Craven, David Hayes, Arlene Rush, Victor Schrager, Jeanne Silverthorne and Charles Traub. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, July 28.
“I am thrilled to present the work of these artists at Gallery On Fourth,” states Director Lisa Kovacs. “Each has achieved national and international critical acclaim. Their works are held in major museums and public institutions and are highly sought after by private collectors. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for our local and regional audience to have access to such significant works of art right here in Easton. Our city truly is an arts destination.”
As the exhibition’s title suggests, REFLECTING THE REAL is a visual meditation on how diversely the “real,” be it person, place or object, is encountered, interpreted and manipulated through myriad artistic mediums. Memory and emotion inevitably affect both artist and viewer, blurring the lines between literal and figurative, eternal and ephemeral. Collectively, the works offer a diverse yet cohesive study on the overarching theme, captured in the words of Charles Traub: “There’s no history, there’s no context, no truth in the actual picture. Rather a semblance of such— there is an existential truth in the collective body of work.”
Wassef Boutros-Ghali employs simple geometric forms and flat color planes that speak to the physicality of painting, and suggest narratives based on mythology, observations of daily life and stories conjured with the simplicity of dreams. Arlene Rush reflects on the inherent challenges of sustaining herself as career woman artist, literally and figuratively transforming rejection into triumph. In Jeanne Silverthorne’s hands, flowers and insects, typical metaphors for the inevitability of decay, become symbols of hope and immortality. Victor Schrager’s work is an investigation of how context shapes the meaning of all things, recontextualizing the mundane into monumental. David Craven uses lines, dots of color and cut-out text in works that take unexpected, eccentric turns and inversions. Yet there is a formalist core to his canvases; they possess a syntax and narrative. Charles Traub’s black-and-white positive- negative photographs blur the line between photographic clarity and abstraction; and the images from his Taradiddle series are a tour-de-force of time and place that is at once specific and universal. David Hayes sourced what he saw in everyday life but has left interpretation of his welded and painted sculptures wholly to the viewer, “subject to their own unlimited fantasies.”
In addition to the main exhibition, Ms. Kovacs is offering a diverse selection of high-quality, limited-edition prints specifically geared for novice collectors and entry-level buyers.
The Gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays 5 – 8 PM, Saturdays 11 AM – 6 PM, Sundays 12 – 5 PM, and by appointment. Please direct all inquiries to email@example.com or 610-905-4627.
Image: Jeanne Silverthorne, Fantasia, 2018, platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment, 8 x 10 x 3.5 in.