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McDaris Fine Art presents
KATIE MERZ | MORE THAN BLUE
JICKY SCHNEE | INNERSCAPES
Image: Untitled (detail), 2014, mixed media on paper, 14” h x 11 inches (unframed)
Jicky Schnee’s innerscapes are packed with emotional potency as well as child-like ebullience. In some, warm palettes appear to convey elation, unavoidable desire, generosity of spirit. Dimensional blues in others seem to evoke soulful liaisons in a private, universe. In combination, these palettes may underscore an abiding equanimity, perhaps the rare product that only a love match can create. Overlays of the letters “x” and “o” belie the depth of the matter at hand, and darkness is, indeed, a presence - shadows of uncertainty, swirls of insecurity, fear of a looming forever (or its disappearance). Like a concerto with separate movements, each work acknowledges love’s complexity by manifesting opposing, attendant emotions. With an expressionist mode of great originality, Schnee celebrates love’s history as an artistic subject - for example, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Watteau’s The Lesson of Love, and more to the point, Klimt’s The Kiss - while exalting love’s primordial universality.
Image: The Summer of the Cicadas (detail), 2013, mixed media on canvas, 82” h x 128” w
Like her line, representing an absolute point moving in time, Katie Merz’s drawings in More than Blue capture a concentrated mind’s absolute presentness during the time each drawing begins and ends, mapping feelings and sounds within this unique span of time. This mapping attempts to bring harmony to the dialogue between an initial impulse, and an attempt to organize it. Reprising the traditional sense of the Abstract Expressionists’ view of creating non-representational painting with expressionist emotional value through a spontaneous and physical process, non-representational shapes, lines and forms here express spiritual and emotional truths in a direct and non-linear way. Through her suggestion of line mapping feelings and sounds, one thinks back to Kandinsky, the taproot of modern abstraction. Listening to music he saw colors, associating musical timbre with color tone, musical pitch with hue, and the saturation of color with the volume of sound. Throughout these drawings, shapes and forms of color express feeling, the drawings’ scale creates intimacy, and line is an endless expression of architecture, gesture and sound within desire for the sublime. - John Gavin, Curator
McDaris Fine Art & Advisory
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Opening , ! // Exhibition "Paintings, Et Cetera" by Jack Walls on view in Basilica Back Gallery
OPENING W. EYE TO EYE SCREENING, READING + PERFORMANCE:
Friday, July 17, 6 – 8 pm
CLOSING W. DISCUSSION BETWEEN JACK WALLS + SEAN OSBORNE:
Saturday, Aug. 1, 6 – 8 pm
EXHIBITION ON VIEW IN BASILICA's BACK GALLERY:
July 17 – August 2. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon – 4 pm, or by appointment.
Le Roi, painting by Jack Walls.
Paintings, Et Cetera features vibrant paintings and selected ephemera by the legendary artist, Jack Walls. Mr. Walls has been a fixture on the New York creative scene since the early 1980s, working primarily in collage and painting. In addition to his visual work, he is also an established poet and author, most notably for The Ebony Prick of the White Rose's Thorn (aka T. E. P. W. R. T) which he will read from on opening night.
The opening on Friday, July 17 will include a screening of EYE TO EYE (Isabel Hegner, First Run/Icarus Films, 1989, 18 min.), a documentary film about Robert Mapplethorpe, Walls’ longtime partner and fellow artist who is known for his controversial, erotic, and highly stylized black and white photographs. After the screening, a reading from The Ebony Prick of the White Rose’s Thorn (aka T. E. P. W. R. T.) will take place with musical accompaniment by Harbour (Jonas Bers and Damien Patrick Cleary).
The closing party on Saturday, August 1 will feature a conversation with Jack Walls and Sean Osborne on the artist’s work, life and times from 6 – 8 pm.
The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, August 2. Gallery hours for the show are Saturday and Sunday, between noon and 4 pm, or by appointment.
ANNOUNCING THE 2015 BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE INITIAL LINE-UP
Perfume Genius, Haxan Cloak, Wolf Eyes, HEALTH, ACTRESS, Jenny Hval, Viet Cong, Weyes Blood, Circuit des Yeux + more...
in HUDSON, NY
// $60 Weekend Pass Available Until // //
The New York Times has the scoop! We're part of the micro-festival movement according to SPIN, and the perfect counterpart to big-tent fests like Governors Ball.
For the fourth straight year, Basilica Hudson’s Founders and Creative Directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone are working in collaboration with Pitchfork Managing Editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management to program Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated two-day event that's been called "the anti-festival" by various publications for offering of a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature.
Last year, the Village Voice ran a headline on a story about BSS that read: "Burn Your Boring Indie Rock Records and Head to Basilica Soundscape." And, for their part, The New York Times wrote, "More festivals should explicitly be this way: a declaration and a creative act, in which a lot of different kinds of musical and literary sensibilities, low-key or oblique or confrontational, barely out of the egg or middle-aged and experienced, can be made memorable by juxtaposition and setting."
Now we are proud to announce BSS 2015, taking place this , 12 and 13, again at Basilica Hudson, a reclaimed 1880’s factory on the Hudson waterfront with a limited capacity. We suggest you reserve your tickets as soon as possible.
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