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"Beautiful Minds" 

AHA Valentine's Day Pop Up Show 2018

Opening: Monday, February 12th, 6-9pm

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 LOCATION: VINTRY WINE & WHISKEY, “The Cellar”
57 STONE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10004

 

 



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"Time Being" - A Holiday Pop Up - One Night Only

Reception: Friday, December 22, 2017 from 6-9pm

LOCATION: VINTRY WINE & WHISKEY, "The Cellar"
57 STONE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10004

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Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present Time Being, a group Holiday show featuring works by

Vincent Arcilesi, Violet Baxter, Nicholas Busigo, John Breiner, Victor Cox, Maria Dimanshtein, Rachel Fucheck, Jordan Hollender, Laura Murray, Suyeon Na, Roger Nelson, Margaret Roleke, Nola Romano, Jesse Scaturro & Adam Taye.

As 2017 comes to an end, we may find our morals in question, our civilities exhausted and our empathy towards one another in limbo. It is during these times of great query, that our inner child is awakened. We take pleasure viewing the bombastic, the whimsical, the fantastical and the comedic, enabling us to elevate and circumvent ourselves to another place or time, feeling child like and free of affliction. Through painting, sculpture and photography we are in the Time Being.

Subway Directions: 2/3 & 4/5 to Wall Street, J/Z to Broad Street & R/W to Rector Street


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Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm
On View: Friday, October 27 – October 29 | 12 – 6 pm
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Francesca Arcilesi and Norma Homberg, in collaboration with Vincent Arcilesi, are pleased to present Vincent Arcilesi’s Retrospective. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 26th from 6-9 PM at The Highline Loft at 508 West 26th Street, Loft# 5G inManhattan, NY. The exhibition features a unique array of work including mural-esque large scale figurative paintings, medium size figurative and landscape paintings, drawings, lithographs, and one watercolor. The show begins with the artist’s first ever oil on canvas entitled Scenes from the Life of Christ. This work was created at age fifteen at the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, where Arcilesi and his brother, Richard, were placed at ages two and four after their mother died and their father, Vincenzo Proia Arcilesi went blind. Connecting the influences of his religious upbringing to his mid-career and contemporary work, the show then segues into figurative and landscape painting, reflecting his profound investigation of the body and themes of the sublime within nature. The works on view undoubtedly call attention to Arcilesi’s technique and the valorousness of his subject matter.

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Arcilesi’s Artist and Models, 1972 (above left), depicts arrangements of models and Arcilesi facing his wife, cradling his one year old son, Piero in his studio in Chicago. Arcilesi explores visual patterns and movement that the light creates on the still bodies. The tableau of figures evoke feelings of elation, sensuality and sadness, as the models are seemingly part of the family unit. The reclining figure is suggested by Theodore Gericault’s figures of Raft of the Medusa, 1818. Instead, Arcilesi emphasizes the sensuality of the pose rather than it’s brutality. The woman seductively reclining, hair fanned across the floor, cascades dramatically across the canvas. Pushed to the foreground, a larger-than-life female model stands boldly astride. Arcilesi captures nuanced emotions with realism, leaving the viewer with resonating ambiguity. Arcilesi’s models are often drawn with inspiration from the divine. Shown left is Arcilesi’s classical drawing, Study for Venus in Villa Medici, 2009, which depicts the model in a Botticelli-like pose, exploring and emphasizing her sensual statuesque beauty.



VA Retrospective PS Image 3Summer Day in Agrigento, 1994 (right) completes the show as Arcilesi presents his beloved mother Lucia Anderson Burnett, as he remembers her before her early death at age thirty-six. Rendered in a dream- like sequence, beautifully adorned in a wedding dress, she is enigmatically placed amongst the verdant Sicilian landscape. Keeping with his theme, lovers canoodle in the foreground as a Gauguinesque figure offers a flower as the sky recedes back to the classical Greek Temple in Agrigento, Sicily.

Arcilesi attended Furman University in Greenville, SC. Receiving a BFA in Design at the University of Oklahoma, he eventually moved to Chicago to achieve a BFA and MFA in Drawing and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which is where he met his wife Nan Chapin Arcilesi. Arcilesi has exhibited in NYC and internationally extensively since 1966, within solo shows and museum shows including The Whitney Biennial, the Brooklyn Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio), the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Verona, Italy. His work is included in a number of books and publications and he is also represented in collections both public and private, including the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL and The Art Institute of Chicago, IL. He retired in 2015 as full professor at FIT, where he taught life drawing and painting.

Arcilesi is nothing less than a humble master, translating the beautiful spirits that emanate from nature through his paintings, feeding the souls of humanity and celebrating existence. The artist’s travels and muses have inspired his truly prolific paintings, which reach out and touch the viewer through elegant provocation. Edward Lucie-Smith fittingly describes Arcilesi as a fiercely independent artist in his book American Realism.  
“Seduction of the viewer has always been foremost in the art of Vincent Arcilesi.”- Ed McMcCormack, Gallery & Studio Magazine.

A special remembrance to Sherli Evans who has written and edited Vincent Arcilesi’s work until her death in August 17, 2016.

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OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 21, 2017, 6-9pm @ 15 Orchard Street, NYC

Arcilesi|Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present “I’m The Map,” a group show opening Friday, July 21st from 6 - 9pm at 15 Orchard Street, New York, NY. The show is a compilation of paintings, collage, sculpture, photography, and mixed media from 18 artists. The inner map or “way finding,” as it has been connoted, is the way in which people and animals orient themselves in their own physical space navigating from place to place. ”Way finding” is as innate as one’s moral and directional compass. It is an instinct that is learned, but becomes as natural as knowing right from wrong. The works on view respond to the artists’ observation and interpretation of the global and the human landscape, sometimes examining the entanglement of memory, recalling landmarks and visual configurations. Thus, we felt it deeming and appropriate to bring to the walls of this exhibit the artists whom have gallantly shared their personal maps through their work.

 

Arlene Rush was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. During her visits to the doctor, Arlene RushArlene asked the technicians for a handful of colorful stickers that were used to mark her nipples prior to radiology imaging. She wondered if the stickers were purposefully bright and cheery, as to distract from these kinds of procedures and it’s possibilities of having a dire outcome. Rush then began to paste the dots on her breasts as the techs had done at the radiology center. But instead of simply marking the nipple, the exercise was more akin to sculpting. The stickers become a means to map the artist’s own body. Her photograph, Days After, evocatively diagrams of this journey (shown left: Days After II, Arlene Rush).

 

 

 

Jose ArenasJose Arenas’s work (shown right: Paseo, Jose Arenas) explores dual identities, personal ritual, migration, and the displaced feeling that occurs from growing up in two countries. Born in San Jose, California, Arenas spent much of his childhood traveling between Northern California and Guadalajara, Mexico. His experiences navigating two worlds along with its complex process of integration and assimilation has informed his work in a variety of ways. By combining decorative patterns, culturally assigned symbols, and familiar abstract forms, he creates an emotionally resonant narrative that remains open to interpretation.

 

 

 

Jeffrey Allen PriceJeffrey Allen Price creates assemblages of recycled materials out of sponges for his maps (Manhattan Effigy, shown left). “The cartographic iconography is derived from geographical locations that I am familiar with, and are immediately recognizable locations.”- Jeffrey Allen Price. Price directly comments on personal and global consumption by using the materials that surround us in our daily lives.

 

 

 

 

Nola Romano uses directional signs, maps and iconic images in her work Turn, Rotate, Float (shown right) that relate to her neighborhoods and the people who surround her. Incorporating maps in a personally, Romano offers solace and encouragement in her Nola Romanoquirky and whimsical characters. Providing an outlet for life’s day to day obstacles, “Her characters represent a personal iconography comprised of multiple identities…” –Mary Tang; her twin daughters, her husband, and people of her past. Representing one’s interpersonal documentation of the faces and situations that we maybe timid to show the world Romano is ¬“mapping” a world full of mishaps and dilemmas. Instinctively, we all crave structure. People are innately drawn to habits, places and people that may conjure a sense of control over situations that can otherwise leave them feeling adrift from where they envision themselves to be. At the same time people also break their automaticity by changing their physical mind states, feeling drawn to the unknown maps and invisible grids that lie within.

 

 

Other artists featured are: Vincent Arcilesi, John Breiner, Maria Dimanshtein, India Evans, Kathleen Griffin, Alexis Hilliard, Roger Nelson, Keun Young Park, Margaret Roleke, Jesse Scaturro, Gigi Spratley & Jack Waltrip, Margaret Withers and Evan Venegas.

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The exhibition runs from July 21st - July 23rd, 2017

 

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On View: Dec 7, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

LOCATION: SPRING STREET NATURAL RESTAURANT, Lower Level
98 KENMARE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10012 (Bet. Mulberry & Center Street)

 


 

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OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday December 7, 2016, 6-9pm

 

Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present “No Strings Attached” featuring works by Lauren Bettini, Julia Buccieri and Gemma Burgio, with an opening reception on December 7, 2016, 6-9pm.

The works on view explore gender roles, interpersonal relationships, self-identity, and voyeurism. These three artists use a combination of collage, embroidery, sculpture, painting, and photography as a vehicle to convey the inner conflicts that reside in emotional and physical connections and experiences, acknowledging the delicate and tenuous nature of human relationships.

“Amy” (shown upper left), Lauren Bettini depicts a woman slightly leaning over, arms crossed and eyes closed. Contrasting between deep and flat space, gestural overlapping lines and shapes create special divides within the piece, revealing the isolation of the figure. Exploring different mediums, Bettini’s body of work depicts physical and mental abuse towards women, creating a dialogue about internal and external battering, exposing a painful hidden truth of many peoples’ lives.

In “Girl with Stockings"(shown above middle), Julia Buccieri integrates different media: china marker (grease pencil), graphite and charcoal with oils, allowing the viewer to peek through to the under drawings, emphasizing the urgency of the drawn line. Buccieri’s Suspension series depicts the act of puppetry: being “perpetually at the mercy of the hand of another,” straddling the contrasting experiences of domination and submissiveness. By keeping the women’s features unrecognizable, Buccieri’s muse is accessible and relatable to many audiences, as to not restrict her to any one social or political system. “I like to think of this body of work as being beautifully morbid; it is dark and oppressive because it attempts to mimic the political climate and social injustices that women have endured for centuries.”- Julia Buccieri. Buccieri’s expressive use of lines and contorted poses recall the angst of the Viennese artist, Egon Schiele.

Gemma Burgio, is a licensed Art Therapist working with various populations dealing with trauma and emotional turmoil. Deeply impacted by and often identifying with her clients’ emotional experiences, her work includes a range of creative processes. Burgio’s use of various media focuses on the externalization of interpersonal relationships and experiences of self and other, “ ...permitting room for subconscious content to be brought to the surface in a very organic manner.”- Gemma Burgio. In “Untitled” (shown above right) a female is covering one side of her face in the midst of lush foliage, growing out of and around her, suggesting an inner conflict, similarly expressed in the work by Buccieri and Bettini. It serves as a reminder that beautiful things can still grow out of difficult and painful experiences.

 

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On View: Dec 7, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

LOCATION: SPRING STREET NATURAL RESTAURANT, Lower Level
98 KENMARE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10012 (Bet. Mulberry & Center Street)

 


 

PHOTOS: The best of Fountain Art Fair – a showcase for NYC emerging artists

Be afraid, be very afraid… for your child’s future.

That’s one of the key takeaways I gleaned from this year’s Fountain Art Fair, an annual showcase of emerging artists held in Manhattan’s historic 69th Regiment Armory.

Fountain is a fun, offbeat fair and is less stuffy than its Armory Arts Week counterparts, the Armory Show and Volta. Visitors stroll the aisles sipping cocktails in plastic cups, snapping cell-phone pics and chatting with artists. It’s a unique opportunity to get close to emerging artists in a major Manhattan venue.

After spending five hours at the Fountain Art Fair press preview on Friday– every time I tried to leave, I ended up speaking with another artist whose work stopped me dead in my tracks– a clear theme emerged. Mainly, the future is bleak for the next generation of kids. Internet porn, vanishing resources and even scary clowns contribute to their questionable fate.

Read on for highlights of this year’s Fountain show.

10 Reasons to Fear for Today’s Youth: Predictions from Fountain Art Fair
 
 

#8. Internet Obsession Will Keep Kids Glued to Screens

You don’t have to be a parent to notice that children are obsessed with Internet-connected devices. We’ve all heard about the epidemic of toddlers trying to swipe the pages of a magazine or stationary TVs like they are iPads. Even elementary school children now own cell phones, and can’t fathom a life without a blazing fast Internet connection. Brooklyn artist Lori Nelson comments on this screen addiction with a massive and ever-evolving mural, which she was painting at the Fountain Art Fair on Friday.

Using quick drying oil paint, Nelson has created a dreamlike landscape of children who have been hypnotized by the Internet. Like moths to a flame, they huddle around brightly lit mobile devices and are drawn to a strong Internet signal emanating from the center of the piece. Although peppered with fantastical elements the setting of Nelson’s work looks a lot like New York City and even features the Brooklyn Bridge.


 

It’s clear that the Internet is the new opiate for the masses, as dazed children ignore their environment in order to focus exclusively on their screens. (Plus, you can’t miss the giant mushroom at the center of the painting). This art work is ever-changing, as Nelson exclusively works on it during art fairs; she started creating the piece last summer at Governor’s Island and adds a panel or two every time she paints at an event.

 

 

In the ultimate irony, I couldn’t wait to snap photos of the work with my iPhone– a digital screen I am hopelessly addicted to. I captured this shot of curator Krista Saunders viewing Nelson’s work through her own lens at the Arcilesi|Homberg booth.


 

#4. Mutant, Cyborg Baby Dolls… ‘Nuff Said

Clowns have always been creepy, but what could be more innocent than a little child’s doll? For generations, children have sought comfort in dolls and stuffed animals… until now. With children exploring their newfound independence– thanks to the Internet and mobile phones– it only seems appropriate that their baby dolls take on adult characteristics too.

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This figurine at the Arcilesi/Homberg booth caught my eye but I didn’t get a close look until I checked out my photos after the fair. As a result, I don’t have any artist info on this one. However, I’m guessing this is the work of someone who lives in an old Victorian mansion, collects porcelain dolls and has a secret S&M collection in the attic. The doll’s head is encased in a netted mask, while its body has the contours of a grown woman. This isn’t a baby doll you’d want to cuddle at night for a sense of security.

 

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"Once Bitten, Twice Shy" - AHA Halloween Group Show

RECEPTION: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 6-8pm

On View: October 27th - November 23, 11AM - 11PM

LOCATION: SPRING STREET NATURAL RESTAURANT, Lower Level
98 KENMARE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10012 (Bet. Mulberry & Center Street)

 

 

RECEPTION: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 6-8pm

On View: October 27th - November 23, 11AM - 11PM

 

LOCATION: SPRING STREET NATURAL RESTAURANT, Lower Level
98 KENMARE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10012 (Bet. Mulberry & Center Street)

 


 

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"LOST IN RHYTHM"by George W. W. Brewster and Evan Venegas

 

Reception: Thursday, April 7th, 2016 6-8pm

On View: April 7th - April 28th, 2016

Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present Lost in Rhythm, a two person show featuring works by Evan Venegas and George W. W. Brewster. The show runs from April 7 – April 28, 2016 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 7 from 6-8 PM at 139 Eldridge Street, New York, NY. The show will feature abstract paintings consisting of acrylic paint on panel and oil paint on canvas.

Although their work draws from different inspirations, Venegas’s and Brewster’s work reference the indefinite rhythms recorded by their memory and interpretations of interior spaces, urban settings and elements in nature that coalesce through a controlled and intemperate approach to painting. "The grid itself leaves nothing to question: it is symbolic of things in life that are absolute – breath, gravity and light." - Evan Venegas. Both Venegas and Brewster express their emotional data and inspirations by manipulating their work with defined palettes and lines, sometimes mimicking rhythms and sound patterns of music. For Brewster, "The palettes range like the seasons and tides and abstract subjects reflect his surroundings."- Ivan Brewster (grandson of George W. W. Brewster)

 

seawardGeorge W.W. Brewster (1907 - 1981)

Born in the Boston area, George W.W. Brewster graduated from Harvard’s School of Design where he studied both painting and architecture. Known for his distinctive semi-abstract style, Brewster predominantly portrays landscapes combining the elements of land, shore, water and sky. He began his career in architecture, even gaining a commendation by Frank Lloyd Wright. Brewster returned to his love of painting in 1960 and closed his architectural firm. He studied under Barbara Swann in Boston and developed a distinctive semi-abstract style, predominantly portraying landscapes that combine elements of land, shore, water    and sky. His paintings reside in the Farnsworth Museum, Portland Museum, and Harvard University as well as in many private collections in the United States. MOMA featured a kitchen designed by Brewster in homage to the Frankfurt Kitchen. Brewster is represented by Peyton Fey Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. His work was also featured in two solo shows in Boston at Boris Mirsky Gallery and two solo show in New York at Bodley Gallery.

 

Evan Venegas (born 1975)Lost Grid - Evan Venegas

New York based painter, Evan Venegas studied painting at Parsons School of Design in New York as well as the San Francisco Art Institute. Venegas seeks to create an experience or a state of mind that inspires a change in perception or a focused consciousness. The constant fine tuning and exploration of shape, color, and scale are what best allow for this experience. The shapes in my work are individual pieces of a puzzle, laid out for the viewers imagination to create and assemble an experience that is unique and personal. For Evan Venegas Human anatomy, car parts, faces, tea cups, architectural elements, and letters are all objects that have been described as being seen in his work. Ultimately, Venegas asserts, there is no right or wrong answer, as they are open to wide interpretation.

 

 

 

 

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You're Beautiful When You're Angry by Kathleen Griffin

On Exhibit: February 20th - March 20, 2016
Reception: Saturday February 20th, 6-8pm

AHA Fine Art is pleased to present You're Beautiful when You're Angry, Kathleen Griffin's first solo exhibit opening Saturday, February 20th from 6-8pm at 139 Eldridge St., NYC. You're Beautiful when You're Angry is a compilation of sculptures and mixed media drawings. Similarly, Griffin’s three bodies of work: Vulture Drawings, The Mysteries of Space, and the horse series, explore loss, resistance, and transitioning from one state into another.embryo

"I started to see white horses, the symbol of freedom and romance changing into everyday objects, sinks, tubs and shower parts as seen in Embryo (shown right), domesticated and transformed by the desires inherent in those objects, hygiene, security and comfort, a creature becoming the traps it built for itself. I no longer wanted to make work about chasing desire but instead, work about the attainment of those desires and the transformations they impose." - Kathleen Griffin

In the Mysteries of Space drawings, Kathleen Griffin examines part of a larger mystery of space by layering her celestial drawings on top of hand written formulas. The physicists involved in this project investigate theories of space, such as The Black Hole and The Strategic Defense Initiative, a missile defense system intended to protect America from strategic nuclear weapons attacks, eventually nicknamed Star Wars. Griffin’s graphite depictions of beams of sunlight juxtaposed with clouds and stormy weather, envelop scientific instruments, still allowing the viewer to see the mathmatical inspiration in the background layers, alluding to the connection of science and spirituality, -the larger enigma of space.

While traveling in Cambodia along side a conservation biologist who tracked vultures, Griffin also began to study their inhabitants and gradual disappearance. Griffin remarks that in many cultures vultures are seen as transitional creatures that symbolize both death and rebirth. Through her graphite and silver leafing depictions of vultures (shown left), Griffin highlights their stark beauty that is often overlooked.

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The materials in Griffin's sculptures include homemade sculpted candy, porcelain, fiberglass, and brass. Griffin describes candy as being its own language of overwhelming desire, evoking overpowering emotion, beauty and desire. The porcelain sculptures were created during Griffin’s residency at the San Bao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China.

Kathleen Griffin is a painter and sculptor from upstate New York. She completed her BFA in Experimental Studio Art at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT and her MFA in Sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown throughout the US and Internationally in Prague, Berlin, and China. Griffin participated in several residencies including Kohler Company and San Bao Ceramic Institute. Her work resides in several collections, such as The Rhode Island School of Design Collection, Providence Kohler Library Company, and the State Collection Jingdezhen, San Bao Institute.


 

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 Opening Reception: Saturday January 9th, 2016 from 6-8pm

On View: Jan 9th - Feb 7th, 2016

Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present Margaret Roleke’s solo show UNCONTROLLED, opening January 9th, 6-8pm at 139 Eldridge Street, New York, NY, 10002.  This show explores sensationalism, consumerism and the contradictions and relationships that develop when popular culture mixes with war and religion. The show consists of a hanging sculpture, wall reliefs, lenticular collage pieces on wood and sticker collage abstractions.

UNTRONTROLLED Margaret Roleke

 

Numerous small toys are utilized in the conversation, which allows these serious issues of consumption, consumerism, war, violence and religious extremism to be presented in a playful manner.  Actual bullet casings and brass transform into jewel like abstractions as in Abstraction/Princesses. Multitudes of toys are painted in a monochromatic palette, which allow them to be read as minimalist painting.  The lenticulars are a new series in which “found object imagery” is rearranged in dramatic relationships.

This is Margaret Roleke’s first solo show at AHA Fine Art.  Five percent of all sales will go to The Coalition to End Gun Violence.  Roleke has been working in this manner for many years.  Her work has been widely exhibited in the North East including a recent solo show entitled Happy War at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Her work will be featured in a group exhibit at Norwalk Community College Norwalk, CT opening January 21st 2016.  Roleke will also be featured in a group show called Brural: The Freedom for Irregularity at Gallery 105 at Temporary Storage in Bushwick, Brooklyn opening in February.

 

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"AHA Holiday Show" 

December 20th, 2015 - January 6th, 2016

 

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Central Park | Athens | Santorini | Naples:

 

New Paintings and Drawings by Vincent Arcilesi

Vincent Arcilesi, Vesuvius 2014, Oil on canvas, 16x20 

 

Reception: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Show Dates: Nov. 14 – Dec. 13, 2015

 

Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present new work by Vincent Arcilesi. The show continues the artist’s in-depth, on-site study of the arts and culture of Greece and its environs with 12 paintings that explore the relationship between the past and the present. Rounding out the show are 5 drawings fittingly named for Greek deities. All of the paintings are oil on canvas; the drawings, which are 24” x 18,” are in conte crayon and pastel on paper.

The largest painting in the show, “Aphrodite, Eros, and Attendants” (91 x 78”) depicts what appears to be a group of dancers rehearsing outdoors in a verdant valley overlooked by the Acropolis and the Parthenon, (possibly the most awesome rehearsal space ever!) Another large painting (68 x 78”) that is closer to home, is ”Dancers in Central Park” with eleven nude bi-racial figures gathered near the Bethesda Fountain.

In this show are 12 small paintings. It’s difficult to pick a favorite because each is a little gem with a special quality of its own. “The Bay of Naples” is lovely; but so is “Neapolitan Love Song.” Also Santorini I and ll, and the Acropolis and Vesuvius.  

Arcilesi has exhibited extensively since 1966 in many New York exhibitions, as well as in a number of important museum shows, including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Verona, Italy, the Brooklyn Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio), the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. His work is included in a number of books and other publications and he is represented in numerous collections both public and private, including the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. He is a professor at FIT, where he teaches life drawing and painting.

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On View: Nov. 14th - Dec. 13th, 2015 

 

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October 17th – November 13, 2015

Reception: Saturday, October 17 from 6-9PM

 

Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present Artpocalypse. JALLEN’s (aka Jon Allen) second solo show in New York City. This exhibit features intensely detailed ink drawings, paintings, and prints commenting on the status quo and his “satirical vision of a world unraveling.” - JALLEN

Provocative and politically charged, JALLEN confronts the viewer to assess the current state of our surroundings. “Our homes, our liberties, our freedoms, our planet are all under peril. How we choose to live, mass consumption and production threaten the planet we live on. Our homes are also where we raise our families, where we choose to live our lives as how we see fit, and we have all seen these liberties come under threat.” – JALLEN

In his acrylic on canvas entitled Monsanto’s (above left), JALLEN riffs on Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can, exposing some of the sobering, life threatening harm that the company, Monsanto, (one of the first companies to apply biotechnology to American agriculture and to produce food additives), inflicts on the human race. Instead of the flavors of soup, as depicted in Warhol’s prints and paintings, JALLEN exemplifies the mass production, greed and power of the agrochemical company, Monsanto by spelling out “GMO” with the word “Gout” (the disease of the “elite”) under it. Also in JALLEN’S large 5 x 5’ monochromatic meticulously obsessive in-depth black India ink on paper, Engine of Chaos, he forces the viewer to explore the hierarchy of living. JALLEN states, “unbridled power driving humanity into an abyss. On top of the mass of shanty towns, trailer parks, and ambiguous prison like buildings is the turbine of 'progress,' siphoning off the rest of society, depleting all resources and autonomy.”

JALLEN, frustrated with politics states “If my art even attempted to depict it all literally I would probably appear insane because most things we have been taught are lies...” His art takes on a fantastical approach using it as a vice to shield himself from the frustration of understanding the epic state of severity our world is truly in and more recently a blatant approach as well, appropriating pop art and various propaganda to suit the messages he wishes to share. JALLEN uses animals and nature as metaphors for the “criminal psychopaths destroying this world.” - JALLEN

       

 

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On View: Oct 17th - Nov 13th, 2015 

 

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Extant Fables, Bedel Tiscareño

Show Dates: September 12th - October 11th, 2015

Reception: Saturday September 12th, 6-9pm

Henrv. Bedel TiscarenoPlease join us for Bedel Tiscareño's first solo exhibition with AHA fine Art. Extant Fables, opening Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 6-9pm at AHA Fine Art, 139 Eldridge St., NYC. Extant Fables is a compilation of sculpture groupings, solitary sculptures and paintings. "The figures in this exhibition, incorporating elements of disparate sources ranging from African minkisi figures (Central African power figures) to Spanish polychrome religious sculpture, are the imagined actors of nonexistent stories. While the absence of a clear narrative for such colorful characters as Henry (shown left) appears counterintuitive, the void created by this lack of structure allows for the viewer’s intuitive compass to create compositions made from all of the associations and assumptions that have slowly and silently accreted to the mind.”

As in Tlaloc (shown right) Tiscareño uses “the human figure as a framework of infinite possibilities for Tlaloc, Bedel Tiscarenocontent and narrative that is viscerally connected to each of us" The well-established tradition of figurative sculpture in almost all ethnic cultures throughout the world, connects us to a dialogue that demands contribution and adamantly opposes resolution. Often times, the piece developed as a lone sculpture will find its way into a composition consisting of multiple figures.

The content of his work is conjured by historical and ahistorical, non-linear narratives that examine the evolution of the status quo and our explicit or implicit compliance in upholding its institutions. Much of the content is generated by a combination of world history and an intuitive work process, with a portion of it, namely the autobiographical component, being responsible for any discernible levity, albeit filtered through a dark lens. By taking standard historical archetypes and grafting onto them the contemporary mythologies generated by today’s media blitz, his work creates compositions that comment on as well as criticize today’s social mores.

The materials in Tiscareño’s work derive from various sources and are used either to inform the content of the work or to resolve aesthetic or compositional issues. As he generically labels the materials in his work as “mixed media,” the actual materials include, but are not limited to: parts of stuffed animals, epoxy resin, polyurethane resin, wood, porcelain, found objects (fabrics), and various types of surface paint (e.g. acrylic, oil, paint, nail polish, flash cement, etc.)

Tiscareño is a painter and sculptor from Las Vegas, Nevada. His undergraduate studies began at Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, which later led to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and then to the School of Visual Arts (“SVA”) in New York, NY where, in 1998, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting. After graduating from SVA, Tiscareño was employed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he served as the supervising technician for its largest curatorial department, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. While there, Tiscareño further developed his aesthetic sensibilities as his occupation at the Met placed him in close proximity to some of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Tiscareño later went on to pursue an advanced degree in law at the City University of New York School of Law. In February of 2014, after passing the New York bar exam, he was admitted to practice law in the Second Judicial Department of the State of New York. Tiscareño has had 4 solo shows prior to Extant Fables in NYC, most recently at Broadway Gallery, NYC and consistently exhibits with AHA Fine Art. Tiscareño currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and four year old son.

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DUSK TILL DAWN

Show Dates: extended through August 31st, 2015


Reception: Thursday, June 18th from 6-10PM

Please join us for Andrea von Bujdoss’s AKA Queen Andrea's solo exhibition, Dusk Till Dawn, opening Thursday, June 18th, 2015 from 6-9pm at AHA Fine Art at 139 Eldridge Street, NYC. Queen Andrea’s solo exhibition Dusk Till Dawn features new paintings inspired by her endless love of geometry, typography and New York City’s horizon.

 

Red High by Queen AndreaAlong with her typography pieces, this exhibition presents her recent forays into a complex and colorful world of dynamic geometry, as in her piece Red High (shown left), acrylic on canvas. The paintings on display share a common theme of vibrant color and detailed geometric gradations that evoke the subtle, but dramatic color of the sky, transitioning from dawn and dusk and vice-versa. Queen Andrea's use of a multifaceted and innovative color palette is a growing theme in her new compositions, Expressed through her boisterous, yet perfectly calculated interplay of color and geometry, her work is reminiscent of 1980's pop art graphics and patterns.

Queen Andrea’s new typography paintings feature chiseled and geometric letters spelling out popular hip-hop and pop culture phrases, such as Hustle Hard (shown below), projecting both positivity and personal empowerment.

Queen Andrea is building a reputation as an extremely dedicated and innovative typographist and visual artist. Her recent projects include large-scale murals commissioned by mural programs such as, The LISA Project, Wall Therapy, O'nou Tahiti Graffiti Festival, JMZ Walls, Jersey City Beautification Project, and more. Additionally, Queen Andrea was selected for the prestigious Bonnaroo Music Festival and the historic 191st Street Tunnel Beautification Project in collaboration with The City of New York and the MTA (Mass Transit Authority).

 

Hustle Hard by Queen AndreaThis is Queen Andrea’s second solo exhibition with AHA Fine Art and her fifth solo exhibit in NYC. Queen Andrea is a native New Yorker, raised in SoHo, Manhattan. Queen Andrea has been deeply inspired by the urban landscape from an early age. She paints with some of the most prolific “old school” graffiti writers and actively taught herself graffiti by painting on the streets, on canvas and on paper. Queen Andrea has consistently pursued, for almost twenty years, her graffiti and typography skill-set, which has evolved her graphic style into fine art and a vivid visual vocabulary.

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Press Release May 9, 2015

"MUSING" featuring Vincent Arcilesi & Katelyn Alain 

May 9th - June 12, 2015  -  Opening Reception: Saturday May 5th, 6 – 10 PM 

Arcilesi | Homberg is pleased to present "Musing" a two-person show featuring works by Vincent Arcilesi and Katelyn Alain. The title of the exhibit posits that painting, like poetry, is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings that originate in emotion recollected in tranquility. The works on exhibit here prove the point handily.

AHA Show MUSING

Vincent Arcilesi is showing some nine pieces including two works on paper and small canvases, all with figures both clothed and unclothed. “Model in Front of White Curtain” 72x60” painted in 1972 is a striking example of the latter; and “Piazza Del Campidoglio at Dusk” 48x34” from 2012, of the former. There is also a 1977 self-portrait standing at a canvas he’s working on with a drawing of one of his signature nudes on the wall behind him.  

Like Vincent Arcilesi, Katelyn Alain is also a realist artist with nine paintings on display. Alain says her painting process “combines the emotive powers of portraiture with the distorton of memory,” which might also be said of Arcilesi. Both artists draw the viewer into their process, making the work more understandable and enigmatic at the same time.

The pairing of these works by two seemingly disparate artists is a boon to the viewer. The latter has the advantage of looking at the show from, at the very least, two vantage points, and in all probability, many more, limited only by his/her own imagination.

 

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"LEFTOVERS"

A Group Show about our trash  -  On View April 2 - May 3, 2015

 

Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of their new show, Leftovers. The work shown ranges from video installations in portholes to micro-mini hyper realistic paintings pinned onto the wall. The subjects dealt with promote environmetal awareness by encouraging a re-thinking of our daily patterns. Leftovers contributes to the ongoing commentary and debate surrounding the problems of garbage disposal, and/or recycling such as where and when we recycle, and just who has access to recycling. 

 

AHA Groupn Show  

 

The New Town Creek Armada, consisting of Sarah Nelson Wright, Laura Chipley, and Nathan Kensinger, combines multi-media with film footage to a powerfully communicative affect by investigating and exposing illegal dumping in various bodies of water and other sites. Also, Christina Freeman addresses related issues with her installation of a participatory work which employs an open suitcase. Gallery visitors are invited to bring in and exchange anything from an item of clothing to knickknacks to food. 

Scott Sjobakken and Rachel Grobstein similarly call attention to the problems of  recycling and trash disposal by painting in a hyper-realistic fashion. Both artists depict more than realistic renditions of literal trash such as cigarette butts and garbage bags, both playing with puns.  Rachel Grobstein creates smaller-than-small, three-dimensional, pieces hand-painted on paper that seem to float on the wall. The piece de resistance here, and perhaps of the entire show, is a Liliputian roll of toilet paper 1/8” in diameter.

Reception: Thursday, April 2nd from 6-9PM

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