“The wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.”

 

 

Douglas Florian, Dawn Thief, oil on wood, 18 x 18 inches (image courtesy of gallery's website)

Douglas Florian, Dawn Thief, oil on wood, 18 x 18 inches (image courtesy of gallery's website)

Douglas Florian: Dawn Thieves

March 28-May 5, 2012

BravinLee

526 West 26th Street, #211

New York, New York

BravinLee’s current exhibition of Douglas Florian’s abstractions are a swift breeze of bright tones and pulsating compositions. Using several layers of oil oftentimes on wood, the work takes on a visceral chaos. A number of the images portray large blots that resemble organs such as the large intestine or stomach. The title piece illustrates an abysmal ribcage surrounded by rust and murky blues, purged of internal inhabitants. Florian’s ambiguous figures are active, juggling dispersed mentions of color with invigorated negative space.

Douglas Florian, Bothe Small and Greete, 2011, oil on wood, 15 x 32 inches

Douglas Florian, Bothe Small and Greete, 2011, oil on wood, 15 x 32 inches

 

 

Valentina Battler, In a Theater, 2011, Acrylic, gold, and silver on Yupo, 19.5 x 25.5 inches

Valentina Battler, In a Theater, 2011, Acrylic, gold, and silver on Yupo, 19.5 x 25.5 inches

Valentina Battler: Form and Fancy

April 17-June 1, 2012

fordPROJECT

57 West 57th Street, 19th and 20th floor

New York, New York

For the first time since they opened in 2011, fordPROJECT will present a single artist’s work over the course of their entire space. Valentina Battler, a self-trained artist skilled in Chinese ink, will be presenting two series of work. Drawings on Xuan paper, a soft-textured, traditional Chinese paper, narrate the interaction of yin and yang. Her other work on Yupo paper translates nature and several anonymous figures into delicate line and ingenious washes. Battler’s work is like an apparition, fluidly enmeshing the viewer in her twirls of ink that mutate on macro and micro levels.

Valentina Battler, Waterfall, 2011, Ink on Yupo paper, 19.5 x 25.5 inches.

Valentina Battler, Waterfall, 2011, Ink on Yupo paper, 19.5 x 25.5 inches.

(Title quotation by Lao Tzu)

 

 

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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