Vincent Arcilesi, Summer Night in Rome.
Vincent Arcilesi, Summer Night in Rome. On View at Arcilesi Retrospective.

A fully-formed surrealism permeates the figurative works of Vincent Arcilesi in his retrospective, on view from October 26-29 at the High Line Loft in Chelsea. The human figure reigns supreme in Arcilesi’s masterworks, in which various stages of life from birth to death, and various actions over the course of that life, are documented with a fine-tuned stylistic quality. Arcilesi treats his figures according to their surroundings: a warm light permeates outdoor figures while his indoor scenes display a more muted treatment of light. The flesh tones exhibit a plaintive quality: beckoning the viewer in to discover more while holding true to a sumptuous treatment of form. Throughout his works, Arcilesi demonstrates a strong knowledge of color, infusing his works with strong hues that delicately balance the composition of his works.

Detail from ”Dreamers in a Palace Square”, Vincent Arcilesi
Detail from ”Dreamers in a Palace Square”, Vincent Arcilesi, On View in Retrospective

Arcilesi’s storied career takes center stage on this exhibition, with figure studies, sketches and landscapes supplementing these rich, large-scale figurative paintings. The range of human emotions are placed in the framework, in many cases, of the classical world. Allegories and mythological references abound, as do art historical references. The multiple layers of meaning embedded in the works only serve to elevate the high quality of the artworks themselves. A pleasant marriage of form and content results.

Duane Street Loft by Vincent Arcilesi
Duane Street Loft by Vincent Arcilesi, On View at Retrospective

A visit to the Arcilesi retrospective is crucial visit for any art lover passing through New York City who admires the classical stylings which Arcilesi masterful wields. The show is on view from 12-6 pm on Saturday, Oct 28 and Sunday, Oct 29 at the High Line Loft, 508 W 26th Street #5G.

by Audra Lambert
Art Critic, Curator, Cultural Producer

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Suyeon Na Illustrates Lucid Dreams

Korean-born artist Suyeon Na's work centers on the interaction of female psychology with the fluctuating contemporary world. She uses mythological figures and symbols to create these meditative, nuanced works.

Suyeon Na Illustrates Lucid Dreams

Suyeon Na is now based in New York. She completed her BFA in Seoul and her MFA at the Pratt Institute in New York. Her mixed-media paintings and collages on paper focus on exploring powerful female archetypes and symbolic meanings of the female body in folklore. By merging her mythological imagery with patterns and colors in contemporary fashion and media, she visualizes a dreamlike, synthetic reality that incorporates art, craft and design. Her work has been widely exhibited at numerous venues throughout the US, Korea, Japan and India. She has also been awarded multiple grants and studio residencies in programs such as the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, the Vermont Studio Center and the Chashama Workspace Program.

“My work centers on the interaction of female psychology with the fluctuating contemporary world, using mythological figures and symbols. I am drawn to the transformative power of visual storytelling. By weaving my own personal mythology into my work, I investigate the psychology of self that revolves around changes in personal, social and cultural environments. The images in my work mirror dreams, fairytales and fantasies that are closely linked to our subconscious and animalistic instincts. I explore powerful female archetypes and symbolic meanings of the female body. I consider their diverse expressions in the history of art and culture from the classic to the contemporary, ranging from ancient folktales to movies, games and animation. I recreate these archetypes and the symbolism of the female form in a cryptic space filled with patterns and images on paper and textiles. By cutting, pasting and drawing, I deconstruct and reconstruct the existing images and patterns in various contexts, such as women’s clothing, upholstery and quilting fabric as well as accessory and cosmetics advertisements, which attempt to arouse consumer desires and manifest lifestyles in contemporary society. By employing these female prototypes and natural forms, which hold sway over the human psyche, with artifacts of today’s world, I examine who we have become and where we are now.”

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