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Mario Roncaccia’s Trompe L’oeil Symbolist Paintings

Mario Roncaccia is an Italian painter who is deeply invested in historical iconography and symbolism.
By utilizing his acute observational skills, Roncaccia harnesses the academic amplification of shadow and light to effortlessly transform paint into something …

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440 Gallery Presents Coloratura, Gail Flanery Works on Paper

August 18, 2014 – 4:20 pm | Comments Off

Brooklyn, NY – Coloratura, literally “coloring” in Italian, is a term that refers to elaborate operatic melody. Gail Flanery’s solo exhibition at 440 Gallery exemplifies both those senses of the word.

Gail Flanery Winds, 16"x21", monotype and chine colle on handmade paper, 2014

Gail Flanery Winds, 16″x21″, monotype and chine colle on handmade paper, 2014

This new collection of works on paper sings with the exuberance of a virtuoso. Flanery’s forte is color: rich and nuanced, reveling in bold contrasts or subtle juxtapositions. Primarily a printmaker, the artist creates one-of-a-kind monotypes by manipulating the inks and printing plates and later adding pastel or pencil to the print. In her recent work she has also added elements of Chine-collé and collage, usually strips of handmade paper. Coloratura, Gail Flanery Works on Paper, will run from Thursday, September 18 through October 19, 2014, with an opening reception on Friday, September 19, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Flanery’s work seduces with an initial impression of simplicity and formal purity. Yet it holds our interest with a depth that tugs beneath the surface. The artist has cited her yearly painting and fishing trips to Montana as a source of inspiration and we sense the vast, desolate beauty of western skies in the work. Yet, the tilted horizons and intense colors infuse the landscapes with an energy that is rooted in an urban sensibility. Flanery has stated “I believe all art forms are found in nature. My artwork is inherently suggestive of landscape, although the geography is not specific.” The work is not a literal rendering but is instead the emotional impression of earth and sky, a sensory memory of a landscape.

An artist with a consistent practice and exhibition history over several decades, Flanery was a denizen of the 1970′s downtown art scene when Soho was the rough and tumble Bushwick of its day. The then low rent district was rife with struggling artists, and Flanery gained an invaluable education in the intrigues of the art world. Her agent suggested she try printmaking in order to meet the demands of a booming ’80s art market. Hooked on the medium, she eventually became entranced with the process of creating unique monotypes as opposed to the creation of many reproductions of a single image.

Flanery is a graduate of Cooper Union where she was influenced by the painter and colorist Wolf Kahn. She has worked with a number of master printers and presently works at the shop of Master Printer Kathy Caraccio. Flanery’s work is in dozens of private and corporate collections and in the permanent collection of the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Flanery has exhibited extensively with several published reviews to her credit, including in The New York Times.

The 440 Gallery is located at 440 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, between 9th and 10th Streets, and is convenient to the F, G, and R subways. The gallery is open on Thursday and Friday, 4-7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm, or by appointment.

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Marcin Ryczek’s Elegant Philosophical Black and White Photographs

August 15, 2014 – 8:15 am | Comments Off
Marcin Ryczek-Liberation

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Dreamland Summer

August 15, 2014 – 7:57 am | Comments Off
Dreamland Summer

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Relics Group Show

August 15, 2014 – 7:53 am | Comments Off
Victoria Mara Heilweil

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Maria Jose Vicuna: Color, Concept, Abstraction

August 12, 2014 – 8:12 am | Comments Off
Maria Jose Vicuna

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Mark Lloyd’s Confident Philosophical Musings on Canvas

August 12, 2014 – 8:03 am | Comments Off
Mark Lloyd-The Third Pill

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Leyla Cardenas Exhibition

August 1, 2014 – 10:53 am | Comments Off
Leyla Cardenas

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For her installation, Cárdenas will incorporate materials based on momentous architecture …

2014 Annual ICA Silent and Live Auction and Exhibition

August 1, 2014 – 10:48 am | Comments Off

Now in its 34th year, the 2014 Annual Auction Exhibition provides unique opportunities for art enthusiasts and collectors to view and purchase artwork by rising stars and celebrated artists whose work reflects the scope of …

440 Gallery Presents Food for Thought, Annual Theme Show

July 22, 2014 – 8:12 am | Comments Off
Dani Stelle

Brooklyn, NY– Ever since our ancestors depicted the hunt for dinner on the walls of caves, cuisine and its culture have always met in the visual arts. 440 Gallery hosts their annual summer theme show …

Dayton Ohio Artist to Unveil Sculpture in Local/International Arena

July 20, 2014 – 8:01 am | Comments Off
Taylor bronze bust by artist Virginia Krause Hess

Dayton-Area Sculptor Virginia Krause Hess is to unveil her most-recent public display sculpture at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, an International tourist attraction, on Monday, July 21 at 10 AM.
The sculpture, a …

Sera Kodama Creates Paintings of Whimsy and Wonder

July 18, 2014 – 2:18 pm | Comments Off
Sera Kodama-Basic Rhythm

Filled with a purity of emotion and an elegant sensitivity to color and form, Sera Kodama’s paintings celebrate the act of discovery and creation with an emphasis on happiness and harmony.
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