43 8th Avenue Gallery


43 8th Avenue (cross streets Horatio & Jane), NYC 10014 

        Past Exhibits

 

Mel Smothers

FEATURED IN SOLO EXHIBITION: 

POST CARD POP

 APRIL 3 - April 20 2008

Mel Smothers was introduced to Pop art by one of movement's originators - Wayne Thiebaud. After moving to the East Coast, his Pop education has come full circle when Mel found himself being more and more influenced by the work of the prince of Pop art - Andy Warhol. Smothers' post-card pop is the ultimate homage to Mr. Warhol.


It all started innocently enough. Smothers had discovered that Warhol's Montauk estate was sold after being on the market for five years. Even though Warhol had always felt an affinity for Eothen, he never went out there much; he was afraid of the wind blowing off his hair piece. smoother transition Mr.Smothers decided to let Mr.Warhol know what he was missing out on and so post-card pop was born.

Smothers' paintings are gigantic postcards painted on canvases with cryptic messages to his audience, provoking the question; "are these real correspondences between the two artists". The "card" is addressed to Andy Warhol's Union Square Factory and the stamp is an instantly recognizable Warhol image, a can of Campbell's soup. Postmarked details are carefully painted but the text itself is obscured. The observer can make out the salutation but the remainder takes careful deciphering. That is when the guessing begins. There is no definitive answer and that is what perpetuates the mystique.

Among those paintings at the exhibit is a dual portrait of Elvis Presley from Flaming Star protected by a mute swan, the colors equally subtle and soft. In another, a red cardinal is sitting proudly perched on a can of Campbell's soup. The bird is peering cheekily at the viewer while the observer is interpreting the pale cursive words on the canvas.

Established by curator Alex Beitler, 43 8th Avenue Gallery in the West Village features emerging and mid-career artists who have come to New York City from all over the world. Mr. Beitler gives each artist a solo exhibit in NYC.

The Gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays, 11am-8pm. On Sundays the Gallery is open by appointment only.

Portfolio review is on Thursdays from 12-3.




         On Exhibit Now

 

AMERICAN GLASS

43 8th Avenue Gallery Features Christopher Mosey in Blown Glass Exhibit June 3rd – June 15th

 

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New York, NY. May 2008 – You will be intrigued and drawn in by the original look of Christopher Mosey’s Blown Glass Sculpture. You will be even more captivated when you touch them.

Known for his distinctly tactile glass art, Mosey studied ceramics and glassblowing at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. After his first glassblowing class in 1996, there was no looking back. He began exploring ways to give glass the textural and sculptural attributes that he enjoyed while working with clay, while also showcasing the unique light-reflecting properties and structural integrity of glass. The results of this exploration include pieces such as his Chrysalis series, large-scale, multi-textured sculptural works evocative of the protective shell from which butterfly’s emerge transformed.

Mosey, who recently moved into an expensive state-of-the-art studio space he designed and built in Chattanooga Tennessee, is excited to be showing his new collection in New York City: “This is the first collection I will be creating in my new studio and many of these one-of-a-kind pieces will evolve into the core of my 2009 collection. This new space allows me to create sculptures of an unconstrained size and scope.”

The glass arts community, especially in New York, is very excited about the new exhibit. “American glassblowing and sculpture has a distinctive style to that of Italy and other countries,” states Mosey, “There is an inventiveness and a newness to American Glass. Many glassblowers, such as myself, have created our own tools and techniques, as well as built spaces that allow us to work with glass in new ways.”

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'43 8th Avenue Gallery is proud of its commitment to featuring living artists from America, as well as invited guests from around the world. The American Glass exhibit features only works made in American and honors the unique cultural heritage and distinctive traditions in American glassblowing and sculpture.

Christopher Mosey is known for his original blown glass sculpture which features a unique visceral, tactile experience. 

Established by curator Alex Beitler, 43 8th Avenue Gallery in the West Village features emerging and mid-career fine artists who have come to New York City from all over the world. For more information call 212.366.1733 or email alex@yellowskyagency.com .

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Past Exhibition
Fine Artist: John Silver

FEATURED IN SOLO EXHIBITION:

Immortal Terrains”

OPENING May 8, 2008, 6-9PM


New York, NY. May 2008- “The future of the art world lies in the hands of artists”, says Mr. John Silver with conviction “...and not ultimately under the control of galleries or museum curators”, he continues. With the age of dogma and materialism coming to a close and the approach of the Aquarian Age, artists will take precedence in shaping this New Age.

Mr. Silver has been painting cityscapes since 1975. In the beginning, he would paint in the solitude of his studio, almost always from his imagination and strictly for his own consumption. When he lost his space with the rise of real estate prices, the outdoors became his studio, and as he physically initiated a communication with the outside world, so did his art.

Mr. Silver freezes places on canvas that gives them the immortality they wouldn't otherwise be granted. There is a sense of timelessness and tranquility in his art that lends nostalgia of our much cherished city of New York, and specifically, the West Village.

In his exhibition “Immortal Terrains”, his canvases are all oil paintings, some of which depict the waterfront of the Hudson river between Chelsea and the West Village; some showcase sail and fire boats, the meat packing district, and landscapes that no longer exist. He also works in pastel, from time to time.

Mr. Silver believes that any art movement is a reaction to another. “I feel that I am reacting to a certain lack of awareness that exists in the world through my art”, says Mr. Silver. We live under the laws of cause and effect, yet often people focus on the effect without examining its cause. Mr. Silver; however, reconciles that separation, by painting the often overlooked source of action, while keeping the reaction alive. “We are evolving as humans, and though things seem to generally be getting worse, some parts are actually getting better. With that duality straining our minds, I know if we learn to keep our focus, while trying to overcome the inner conflicts, we may find peace”, affirms Mr. Silver. “We need to unify all parts of our beings, in order to regain our serenity”, he continues. One entity divided against itself, would not have the strength and energy to survive; therefore, it is unity and harmony that Mr. Silver advocates.

© Juditta Salem

 Aimee Sicuro

FEATURED IN SOLO EXHIBITION:
FREE ADMISSION

It's been haunting me” laughs Aimee about her exhibition titled: Free Admission. “And when something is haunting me, I do something about it.”

Ms. Sicuro's exhibit consists of ten paintings, all set in the 1920's, united by a carnival theme. “Life is a performance," states Sicuro, "to me it's always been about Act I, Act II, and I am certainly a traveling show, constantly expected to perform.”

The construction of the exhibit is uncomplicated, revealing how we present ourselves to the world when we are battling each other and ourselves. Sicuro says, "It's all about finding that balance when you are about to lose it. To ensure one comes out on top."

Free Admission is full of symbolism, describing the intricacies in Ms. Sicuro's life at the moment; whether figuratively taming lions, or harmful thoughts, in Taming Your Thoughts or the unveiling of the mask (revealing her true self to the world), in Mindful Nesting. Aimee is trying to find balance in her life, one whimsical drawing at a time.

The magic of Aimee's work is such that everyone can relate to it. It will strike a chord with the younger people, who are still trying to figure out what they are trying to do and will be equally effective with older people, who may suddenly realize that they are in an entirely different spot from the one they'd intended originally. For Aimee, her work is her savior, which helps her “make peace with that ongoing circus in her head”.

Free Admission is the culmination of her five years in New York City. It is Ms. Sicuro's way of saying good-bye to the city, which has inspired her in more than one way. For now, as Aimee says, “it is time to take the traveling show somewhere else.”

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Miki

April 21 to May 05     2008

"Where is your happiness?", asks Miki with a fragile smile. Miki, an international Artist, from Tokyo Japan, showcased her work throughout cosmopolitan cities; including: Los Angeles, Tokyo, and New York. She Travels the world to restore happiness, and expresses emotions through animals. Miki began painting at the age of one, marking a turning point in her life, carving her path as an artist. Exploring the parallel universe of human emotion and animal wisdom, Miki merges both worlds, in search for answers.

 Her upcoming exhibition titled "Chasing Rainbows", at 43 8th Avenue Gallery, consists of twelve paintings, revealing the many colors and layers of our emotions. Miki's work is in the collections of A-list celebrities including Arnold Schwarznegger, and Sharon Stone.

"I believe we always have a choice between happiness and pain", Miki affirms, "yet I look around to find that most people choose pain and suffering over happiness". In her painting, "First Love", depicting an elephant meditating in a garden with his eyes closed, as if reminiscing of an eternal memory of a great love it once had. Though the elephant is now alone, it appears peaceful, and content carrying the wisdom of letting go gracefully, knowing that it cannot rely on another for its own joy. Miki exhumes the forgotten rainbows, beauty and purity of being in love.

Miki has painted many animals in her past exhibitions, but this is the first time she focuses on a single concept, expressed through a single animal, the elephant. In some Asian cultures, the elephant is regarded as holy; it represents beautiful emotions, meditation and wisdom. "I like to channel my energy into my art as it fills a certain void within", states Miki. "Art possesses the magic of replenishing emotional hunger, and I hope for everyone who comes across my work may experience a sense of fulfillment and joy."

In 2002, on her continual quest to find her inner voice, the inspiration to paint an elephant found her, which she believes to be the perfect symbol reflecting the kind of happiness she'd like to convey. A happiness based on reciprocation and self-awareness.

Miki's work is one we all relate to, as it poses a question that has baffled humanity for centuries; "Where is our happiness?", which leads to an even more resonant question of "Do we find more comfort in our darkness that we developed a fear of light?" Miki, and her elephants gather all the positive energy they could muster, in an attempt to remind us of the light, bringing us home; back into our center, where true rainbows reside.

© Juditta Salem

Coming in  June

Fine Artist: 

Susana Rodriguez

FEATURED IN SOLO EXHIBITION:

Shadows”

OPENING June 19 2008 6-9PM

 

"Within the fading line between reality and fantasy, in a crowded city, people morph into shadows, losing their identity in the process. I am interested in exploring their darkness, and in unveiling the emotions they seem to be hiding", reflects Ms. Rodriguez.

 

 

Here is an artist, from Argentina, who travels through the shadows of the Earth, observing real people with unreal lives. In the overpopulated streets of New York City, people are lonely, yet seldom alone. A rhetorical question triggers our lonely thoughts, that no one has a concrete answer for:

How did we get to be this far apart?

In a time with limited space, humanity has never been more separated. There is a sense of disconnection with our loved ones, our lands, our homes, our faiths, and most importantly, with ourselves. The exhibition, titled "Shadows", at 43 8th Avenue Gallery, consists of 10 paintings, that penetrate our disguise, in order to expose our shadows, and revive our dormant desires

 Ms. Suzanna Rodriguez was born an artist, and has been painting her entire life with passion, lust, and sensuality. After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Ms. Rodriguez went on to exhibit in both group and solo exhibitions, in Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, and The Dominican Republic.

The exhibition is centered around a work on canvas delineating a family of four walking side by side, casting their shadows on the solid ground they walk on, yet seem detached from both reality and each other. An invisible wall seems to have been erected between loved ones; a wall composed of different bricks; bricks of suppressed emotions, unfulfilled desires, unachieved dreams, and unspoken truths.

"When I paint, I am aware that both my conscious and subconscious parts of my mind are at full play; however, I try to keep the subconscious suppressed within the process, so that I may fully and consciously reveal the truth of human behavior as raw as it can get", expresses Ms. Rodriguez.

Susana has carved her individuality through the total awareness of her art. Her art is driven by passion; the flame of passion must never be extinguished, and here she is, sending life to its blazing fire.

© Juditta Salem