Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The gallery will be open by appointment only through January 8. Please call 614-291-2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit. Thank you.
Ori Gersht - current exhibition in the Short North Gallery on view through January 8.
We are thrilled to announce that the Columbus Museum of Art has acquired a work by Ori Gersht 'Drown' from the series 'Falling Bird'.
Our exhibition is well received with a review in Sunday's Columbus Dispatch.
Review in the Columbus Dispatch - click here
Heimir Björgúlfsson is included in an exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum:
"New Acquisitions 2006 – 2010"
Reykjavik Art Museum - Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland
November 20, 2010 - January 23, 2011
We are also excited to announce that the Columbus Museum of Art has also acquired works by Laura Sanders and Michael Reafsnyder.
Girls and Plastic Floating
2010 Oil on canvas
41 x 65 inches
2007 Acrylic on linen
30 x 30 inches
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Ori Gersht's work has been described as capturing the 'optical unconsciousness,' or the infinite changes that exist in between what the brain and naked eye register with human consciousness. Gersht employs cutting-edge photographic technology to accomplish the eternal desire to suspend time. Rendering time plastic, Gersht creates ethereal works, pregnant with narrative. The photographs in the current exhibition come from his Falling Bird series and Pomegranate series, and play on the classical still life painting. As with other photographs from these series and his photographs from earlier series, those in the upcoming exhibition elicit dialogue between the temporal and the physical, with time the invisible hand imbuing the physical with import. Gersht’s photographs both compresses and expand time. In contrast to still life paintings, his scenes are captured quickly through photography. Time is thereby compressed when compared to the classical still life painting, which seems to depict one moment even though significant time would have elapsed during the painting process and changes to the scene would therefore have occurred. Gersht also expands time by dissecting it. Each photograph represents an exact moment in time. As his photographs implicitly recognize, though, time is subject to infinite dissection. While his photographic process reveals fleeting realities that otherwise would elude human consciousness, since time can never be broken down completely it will always to obscure as well as reveal. Like Russian dolls, within every moment lies another.
Lush and painterly in feel, the photographs in the upcoming exhibition depict objects typical from still life paintings, such as fruit, sliced open to reveal latent life, or recently hunted game patiently awaiting its dressing. As the classical still life painters suspended time and refocused our eyes through the meditative stillness in their scenes, Gersht uses photographic technology to dissect time by the millisecond. Time is both implicit subject matter and the brush Gersht uses. Each temporal fragment and accompanying physical permutation is captured through high speed photography. In one large photograph in the upcoming exhibition a duck hangs suspended by twine above water, a brightly colored orange resting nearby. Subsequent photographs in the Falling Bird series show the duck descending and slowly being enveloped by the water, with jewel-like droplets suspended in the air around its neck. In another photograph in the upcoming exhibition we see pooled water with carefully arranged grapes resting on an adjacent ledge. Closer inspection reveals that the wall behind has been splashed with the water, an implicit event that the photograph does not reveal. In the photograph from the Pomegranate series, which is based on a 17th Century still life and Degerton's famous photograph of a bullet that has just burst through an apple and emerged on the other side. In the pomegranate photograph from the upcoming exhibition, a pomegranate suspended by string has just been exploded by a bullet. Nearby are vegetables and sliced-open fruit peacefully resting. Other photographs from the Pomengranate series show the pomengrante further expanding and tearing open from the violent shock.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
On view in the Rebecca Ibel Gallery @ Miranova
2 Miranova Place, Suite 150, Columbus OH 43215
Exhibition open December 1 – 30
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6-8 pm
Sarah Fairchild Cabbage and Crabgrass, 2010 Acrylic and flocking on paper, 52 x 72”
The Rebecca Ibel Gallery is pleased to present Holiday 2010, a group exhibition featuring new works by Laura Bidwa, Tom Chapin, Sarah Fairchild, Linda Gall, Robert Harms, Laura Sanders and Billy Sullivan.
Laura Bidwa is represented with a group of 3 recent works on panel with colored pencil landscape drawing and painting, which are faint and obscured. One must focus in and allow these quiet and elegant paintings to reveal themselves.
Tom Chapin participates with a work in Mahogany. His Microcosm is a wonderful example of the artists wood carving technical deftness. The form exudes life and visually defies the weight of the material.
New to the gallery, Columbus artist Sarah Fairchild participates with the painting Crabgrass. This large work of acrylic on paper depicts the natural world in a sharply defined, graphic style that is reminiscent of the famous wallpaper designs produced by Victorian artist William Morris, yet infused with intense iridescent color.
Linda Gall is included with a recent still life ‘Dead Flowers #3’. This study exemplifies the artists skill in watercolor and her quirky sensibility.
Known for the ‘rustic lyricism’ emerging in his recent paintings, Robert Harms draws inspiration from the changing seasons and explores the continuum between art and nature. In ‘August’, the New York artist abstractly depicts the convergence of change and color outside his woodland studio in Southampton.
Columbus artist Laura Sanders has garnered attention with her paintings of children playing in and enveloped by water, through which she explores this mysteriously elemental but potentially threatening interaction. While her paintings are nearly photorealistic on first glance, closer inspection reveals fluid, nearly abstract brush strokes that wed form with content. In ‘Reflective Pond’ Sanders depicts a boy and young man in the layered, shimmering water of a lake, their shoulders rising just above its surface.
Known for his elegantly intimate portraits of artists and friends who inhabit the art scene, New York artist Billy Sullivan is included with a recent pastel of artist Stephen Mueller. This large pastel portrait is derived from a photograph taken in the 1970’s of fellow artist and long-time friend Stephen Mueller. Stylishly bundled against the cool weather, the subject gazes meditatively into the distance.
Ori Gersht: Selected Works
On view in the Rebecca Ibel Gallery in the Short North
1055 North High Street, Columbus OH 43201
Exhibition open: December 1 – January 8
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 4, 6-8 pm
Ori Gersht Of Balance, 2009 LVT print mounted on aluminum, numbered 2/6, framed 14 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches
The Rebecca Ibel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs from the internationally acclaimed Israeli artist Ori Gersht. Based in London, Gersht has been an important voice in contemporary art for more than a decade.
The exhibition features still life works from the Falling Bird, Pomegranate, and Time after Time: Exploding Flowers series. The artist plays with the classic still life and literally breaks it apart. Lush and painterly in feel, the photographs in the upcoming exhibition are inspired by Old Master paintings, from the 18th C French painter Chardin to the 17th C Spanish artist Juan Sanches Cotan, to Dutch and French still life painting traditions. The artist restages these scenes and then uses high-tech devices to add his own twist to the narrative.
As is most of his works, the artist investigates the connecting notions of beauty and death. As the traditional still life is meant to be a reflection of human frailty and the passage of time. Gersht pushes the limits of photography and film to underscore ideas of time and the visual experience. His work has been described as capturing the 'optical unconsciousness,' or the infinite changes that exist in between what the brain and naked eye register with human consciousness. Gersht employs cutting-edge photographic technology to accomplish the eternal desire to suspend time. Rendering time plastic, Gersht creates ethereal works, pregnant with narrative.
Gersht’s photographs both compresses and expand time. In contrast to still life paintings, his scenes are captured quickly through photography. Time is thereby compressed when compared to the classical still life painting, which seems to depict one moment even though significant time would have elapsed during the painting process and changes to the scene would therefore have occurred. Gersht also expands time by dissecting it. Each photograph represents an exact moment in time. As his photographs implicitly recognize, though, time is subject to infinite dissection. While his photographic process reveals fleeting realities that otherwise would elude human consciousness, since time can never be broken down completely it will always to obscure as well as reveal. Like Russian dolls, within every moment lies another.
Ori Gersht Imbalances, 2008 Lambda print mounted on aluminum, numbered 1/6, 47 1/4 x 59 inches
Originally from Tel Aviv, Gersht currently lives and works in London. He received his BA from the University of Westminister and his MFA from the Royal College of Art, both in London. Over the past 20 years, his works have been widely exhibited internationally and are included in numerous museum collections including: The Tate, SF Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tom Chapin - installation shot and new photo of Chain and Growth Cage.
The exhibition is open through November - don't miss it!
Billy Sullivan has a show up in Detroit at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery. Beautiful paintings and drawings, check it out at http://www.susannehilberrygallery.com/
Almond Zigmund is in a show at BoxoFFICE:
Crafting Concept: Oppositions, Connections and the Nature of Form
October 2 - November 20, 2010
Zigmund created a bold installation for the exhibition, as well as a limited set of wall works. Her works are boldly colored, highly patterned interventions using industrial materials.
Almond Zigmund was born in California, raised in Brooklyn, and now lives in East Hampton, NY. She received an undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design in NY and Paris and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Almond has exhibited her work for over 15 years in galleries across the US and in Europe and has created site-specific installations for The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY and The Las Vegas Art Museum. Almond makes installations, sculpture and related images that examine perceptions of space. "My work is a series of reactions to space, a mark-making which interjects a counter rhythm to existing structures. This reappraisal of one's place within a space is meant to call into question existing parameters and boundaries and forces us to experience the physical and psychological and our place in it, anew."
Matt Magee is getting great press for his Knoedler show.
Roberta Smith in the NY Times, Friday, November 12, 2010:
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Opening this Friday, November 5, 6-8 pm in the Short North gallery, an exhibition of new sculpture by Tom Chapin. The show will be open through the month of November.
The artist is known for his modest scales works in a variety of materials, from granite to bronze to marble, and in this show the focus is on a small selection of works in mahogany and rosewood. Chapin’s inspiration comes from diverse sources including the natural world, ancient philosophies and the human condition. While his work is not representational, it is not all together abstract either. Working in an intuitive manner, the artist creates forms, which describe experiences or basic elemental truths as he sees them. There is an energy and action evident in this group, suggesting perhaps genetic or biological growth or atomic reaction.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Tom Chapin became curious at the age of 19 and traveled around North and Central America. After a period of exploring architecture and carpentry, he turned to sculpture, where he has kept his focus for the past 25 years. His work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. He is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner grant and the London Chelsea Art Council’s Portobello Prize. This is his second exhibition with the Rebecca Ibel Gallery.
for more images and information visit our website - rebeccaibel.com.
Press Preview for the exhibition can be found in this weeks Columbus Alive - click here.
Congratulations to Melissa Meyer who has been honored as one of 18 newly elected members into the The National Academy Museum and School. In the 185-year old institution, academicians are elected by peer artists and architects who are members of the Academy. The 2010 new members are: Janine Antoni, Adam Anuszkiewicz, Willard Boepple, Donna Dennis, Carroll Dunham, Garth Evans, Nancy Friese, Ann Gale, Ann Hamilton, Glenn Ligon, Melissa Meyer, Dana Schutz, Shahzia Sikander, Amy Sillman, Lee Tribe, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, and Don Voisine.
Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art, was Honorary Master of Ceremonies of the induction ceremony, which was held on October 13, 2010.
Wexner Center turns 21!
They are celebrating with a big opening celebration on Saturday, November 6 and a host of events and exhibitions.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I am happy to report that ArtBo, an international art fair in Bogota, Columbia was a great adventure and success. The fair itself was fairly small and offered high quality works by mostly Latin American galleries and artists. (photos of the entrance of the fair during set up; pictures of my booth; MagnanMetz Gallery with an installation of Alejandro Almanza Pereda and Horrach Moya gallerist with a Jorge Mayet sculpture.)
The organizers of the fair were tremendous hosts and the art community came together and welcomed us with open arms. Everyday was full of visiting private collections, touring the city's museums and cultural centers, along with dinners and parties in the most fun and dynamic places. A particularly fun evening was dinner and dancing at Andres Carne de rez in Chio, which was crazy fun entertainment, dancing and delicious food. (photo of my trusted assistant Camilla on the balcony of a collector's home; dancing at Andres Carne)
The art scene is also very strong. There is a large group of fantastic young artists, some favorites include Milar Lagos, Esteban Pena, Sair Garcia. Along with the Columbians were great Mexican and Argentinian artists Alejandro Almanza Pereda and Luis Teran who were there for the fair.
Overall, I hope to go back next year and recommend it to anyone to join me.
(Security is fine if one plays by the rules and pays attention, no worries.)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I am beyond excited to participate at an art fair in Bogota Columbia!
I am taking a small selection of new works to the fair by:
Dion Johnson, Charles LaBelle, Kurt Lightner, Melissa Meyer, Laura Sanders, Billy Sullivan and Rob Wynne.
for images of new works visit our website - www.rebeccaibel.com
Dion Johnson has a new body of work which we will debut in Bogota. This new series has a catalog and fantastic essay by David Pagel. (call the gallery to order!)
Charles LaBelle will be represented with a giant compound photograph from his Sunset at Dawn series. A show of new drawings is scheduled in the gallery for early 2011.
Kurt Lightner is represented with a group of small paintings from the new 'Sinking House' series. These nature-inspired abstract paintings loosely relate to the plight of the loss of the American farm and explore the power of natural forces on man-made structures. The imagery of these destroyed structures reveal the impermanence of the perceived permanence we believe these structures possess.
A gallery exhibition of works from this series is forthcoming.
Melissa Meyer is represented with a group of watercolors from the Bogliasco series. These small works on paper convey the lyrical abstactionist qualities for which she is known.
Laura Sanders is present with 'Cloud Cover' a stunning larger painting from the figures in water series.
I was able to pick up a stunning new watercolor by Billy Sullivan on my last NYC visit. These new works show the artist supreme drawing skills and his striking colors.
Rob Wynne has created two small pieces from his 'Exhale' series, aptly titled 'Bogota' and 'Medellin' for the fair. Apart from being exceedingly portable, they are among his most celebrated glass work.
Overall, I thank these artists for helping me take exceptional work and making it as easy as possible to transport internationally. Looking forward to the adventure!
Check out our facebook page for updates during the week!
for ArtBo info - click here
Friday, September 24, 2010
On view in the Rebecca Ibel Gallery at Miranova
2 Miranova Place, Suite 150, Columbus OH 43215
October 1 – November 12, 2010
Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, October 1, 5-8 pm
The Rebecca Ibel Gallery is excited to present new work by Jonathan Hammer. The exhibition will include a double-sided leather panel, pastel drawings and a suite of etchings. Inspired both intellectually and aesthetically by Surrealism and Dada, Jonathan Hammer utilizes historic, religious, and artistic events as a crucible for exploring and tracing the filaments of the human condition. Three different bodies of work are represented in the exhibition: Genesis, Ubu Roi, and Kovno. While they have diverse historic underpinnings, the works share the same deep conceptual roots and strong aesthetic appeal.
Reminiscent in its construction of ancient religious texts ‘Genesis’ is a double panel, made of hand-tooled exotic skins, that reinterprets specific biblical narratives. The recto side is a complex, highly symbolic narrative that explores what Hammer describes as two tangential themes related to the burial of Sara, and the various ancient legends that arose in connection with the themes. The verso side addresses the relationship between Abraham and his servant Ezekiel, particularly the religious and human implications in manner in which the oath is taken, as Hammer views the incident.
In seven pastels Hammer portrays Ubu King, a persona invented by the Dadaist Alfred Jarry. In the pastels Ubu King appears in an anguished state, imagined variously as a dethroned king, a clown, and a vulnerable artist. Hammer’s focus on duality is particularly evident in the Ubu King series, which depicts a once powerful leader who has been sapped of power and now appears to be no more than an empty toy. Like his Dadaist predecessor, Hammer plays on absurdities and contradictions inherent in everyday life, which have greater political implications.
In a suite of twelve etchings entitled ‘Kovno’, Hammer explores the circumstances surrounding atrocities that occurred in a Lithuanian town during World War II. Tens of thousands of Jewish residents were expelled from their homes and sent to a ghetto before ultimately being impounded under German orders. After the fall of Soviet rule, Jews living in the area were openly slaughtered en masse. Amidst this exhibition of the human capacity for extreme and remorseless violence, an unlikely ally intervened on behalf of those being persecuted. Against direct orders a Japanese diplomat named Chiune Sugihara issued some 2,100 visas to refugees, enabling them to escape to Japan. The Simon Wiesenthal Center estimates that approximately 40,000 descendents of the Jewish refugees are alive due to the actions of Sugihara. In 1984 Israel’s official Holocaust memorial named Sugihara one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ in recognition of his humanitarian actions during the war.
The Kovno suite originated as Hammer was preparing for an exhibition of his work at the Lithuanian Art Museum. During his preparations Hammer learned that his Jewish grandparents were from the area, and he shared this discovery with the museum. Evidently shamed by the atrocities that had occurred during World War II, the museum abruptly cancelled the exhibition and severed contact with Hammer. After delving into the history surrounding the atrocities and Sugihara’s actions, Hammer created the Kovno etchings, a body of work that is both intensely personal and unmistakably universal in its import.
Jonathan Hammer was born in Chicago in 1960. He graduated from Bard College and studied bookbinding at the London College of Printing with Romilly Saumerez Smith and Monique Lallier. For 20 years, his work has been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions around the world and has been the subject of more than 35 solo. His works are included in many private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City; and the Caldic Collection, Rotterdam. Hammer recently completed a cycle of large sculptures in porcelain with the Bernardaud Foundation in Limoges, France. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including the Swiss Arts Council, Zurich; Art Matters, New York; and Miro Foundation, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Hammer lives and works in Barcelona and San Francisco. He has been exhibiting with the Rebecca Ibel Gallery since 1996.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
'Rust Belt Rococo' aptly describes her new body of work, as the review title claims in the Columbus Dispatch,
Review in the Columbus Dispatch - click here
To the left is a pan of the Monkey Band pieces that hang as a grouping on the wall. The monkeys play in an old building in Zanesville, that was once a pottery factory. As the factory is in a constant state of decay, the monkeys continue their mischievous ways and dance the nights away.
The show will be on view through September 30.
To see more images visit us on line or call 291-2555 for more information.
Almond Zigmund currently has work on view in two galleries. 'Plane Suite' is an installation at the Harris Art Gallery of the University of La Verne, which has been extended through December. An essay by David Pagel accompanies the show.
Crafting Concept: Oppositions, Connections and the Nature of Form, October 2 - November 20, 2010, at BoxoFFICE. This is a two artist exhibition presenting work that spans the continental USA as well as a wide area of artistic practice.
for more info visit http://boxofficeprojects.com/Home.html
Zigmund will have an exhibition with the Rebecca Ibel Gallery opening in November.
Matt Magee has an exhibition of new paintings at the Knoedler Project Space. The show will be on view through November 13, 2010.
for further information click here
Stephen Mueller has an exhibition this fall with Lennon Weinburg Gallery which is already gaining critical attention.
This preview excerpt is from blogger Stephanie Buhmann in the Villager.
The solo exhibition of New York abstract painter Stephen Mueller (Oct. 21 – Nov. 27 at Lennon, Weinberg — 514 W. 25th St.) should not be missed. While Mueller has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad since the 1980s, this will be his first local solo show in four years — and his first with this gallery. A vibrant palette and iconic forms that are seemingly floating within infinite spheres characterize his work. Here, structure and focus are carefully balanced to ponder themes of universality and limitlessness. Cosmology, Eastern spiritualism, an interest in symbolism and the color psychology propagated by 19th century Romantics, have had an impact on Mueller’s oeuvre — and yet, his personal synthesis of such influences makes for a unique blend. At first glance, Mueller’s shapes can look flawless, their edges as cut and clear as that of graphic ornaments. Upon close inspection, however, one finds the artist’s hand in each. In many ways, Mueller’s work aims to simplify without looking simple — offering a meditative code to existential riddles. for more - click here
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The gallery is excited to welcome new faces to the gallery.
Georgia Ruch ~ Administrative Assistant
Matthew Keida ~ Preparator
Jessica Gordon ~ Gallery Assistant.
New Fall Hours
Please note the gallery is now open later - until 7 during the week.
The Miranova gallery is open Tuesday - Friday noon - 7 pm and by appointment.
The Short North gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5 and by appointment.
ARTIST TALK - Thursday, September 9, 12:30-1 pm
Linda Gall will be giving a tour of the exhibition and talking about her new paintings.
Join us at Miranova!
Opening October 1
Mark your calendar and join us for the artist's reception on Friday, October 1, 6-8 pm. The exhibition will feature a new leather panel piece, pastel drawings and a suite of etchings.
Starting Saturday October 2 - Short North Gallery Hop - Collector's Preview - 3-6pm
The first Saturday of every month the Rebecca Ibel Gallery, along with other Short North galleries, will host a 'Collector's Preview', a special event for the art enthusiasts. Join us to meet with artists, enjoying a beverage and preview the exhibition before the crowds of gallery hop descend.
ArtBo 2011, October 21 - 25, Bogota
The gallery is excited to participate in an art fair in Bogota Columbia and will be featuring new work by Rob Wynne, Dion Johnson, Laura Sanders and Kurt Lightner.
Opening November 5 - Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin will be exhibiting a new group of sculpture in our Short North Gallery. The pieces are carved out of rosewood and mahogany and have a dynamic energy.
'On Display 10' - Schumacher Gallery at Capital University, Opening November 12
The gallery will be participating in an art fair style exhibition, along with Keny Galleries, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Art Access Gallery and Brian H. Roberts Galleries.
There is an article about this forthcoming exhibition in the current issue of Columbus City Scene.
Columbus City Scene article on the exhibition - click here
Linda Gall and Julie Taggart will have new work in 'Shared Space', the faculty show of the Columbus College of Art and Design, opening Wednesday, September 8, 5-8 pm.
for more info: http://www.ccad.edu/events-2010/faculty-biennial?sms_ss=gmail
Billy Sullivan is in an exhibition 'In the company of...Andy Warhol' opening September 9 at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. Jeremy Kost and Rashad Newsome are also featured in this show, open through October 15, 2010.
Robert Harms is in an exhibition curated by Klaus Kertess 'Pastoral' opening Tuesday, September 14, 6-8 pm. The show also includes work by Peter Cain, Carroll Dunham, Susan Hartnett, Dona Nelson, Alexander Ross and Richard Van Buren and will be on view through October 16, 2010.
Karla Wozniak is an an exhibition 'Rhyme, Not Reason' curated by John Yau opening Saturday, September 10, 7-9 pm, at the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn. The show also includes work by Marilyn Lerner, Laura Newman, David Rhodes and Sherman Sam and is open through October 10.
for information on this show - click here
to view work in the gallery by Wozniak, visit our website - here
Sush Machida Gaikotsu is featured on the website of collector Jean Pigozzi. He has a collection of contemporary Japanese art and is on view at: http://www.japigozzicollection.com/pigozzi-artist.php?i=Gaikotsu-Sush&m=24
for images of this artist on our website - click here
Saturday, August 21, 2010
NEW IN THE GALLERY: LINDA GALL
opening Saturday, August 28th, 4-6 pm
We have been privileged to work with Linda Gall for many years, so we are pleased that Linda has a solo exhibition at the gallery starting on August 24th and running through September 30th. The exhibition, entitled 'Wanton Surrender', will consist of new paintings and works on paper, and will be at our Miranova gallery. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 4pm to 6pm.
Linda Gall combines images from her Zanesville neighborhood with antique porcelain figurines, creating playful yet layered narratives that question our relationship with our environment. Gall photographs time-ravaged buildings, many of which are scheduled to or have now been razed. These buildings, which are organically deconstructing themselves, form the stage onto which Gall introduces her delicately rendered porcelain figurines, whose strange presence draws the viewer into an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ like world.
While drawing inspiration from the local, Gall ultimately transcends it through a complex visual dialogue that has social, environmental, and human implications. Decomposing buildings and objects, typically from the industrial era, loom behind genteel porcelain figurines that might have graced Victorian mantelpieces. A porcelain samurai seemingly stands guard before an abandoned industrial quarry that is beautifully patinaed with rust. Two seeming lovers, rooted to their porcelain base, whisper to one another before an abandoned trailer tangled in shadow, its paint worn and muted by years in the elements. The figurines in ‘Wanton Surrender’ immediately strike the viewer as incongruous with their surroundings. In contrast to the beautifully rusted metal or peeling paint that surrounds them, the figurines seem impervious to time. They appear to be visitors from an earlier time moving through our own, simultaneously connected to and disconnected from what surrounds them. The figurines evoke both human connection to and alienation from their environments, and entangle our contemporary era with one that has faded into history. Finding beauty and import in these buildings, which come alive in some sense through the changes involved in their slow decomposition, Gall memorializes them before they are swept away forever.
Ohio native Linda Gall received her BFA and MFA from Rutgers University. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the Midwest. She has been represented by the Rebecca Ibel Gallery since 1997 and currently lives and works in Zanesville, Ohio, a city known for its pottery tradition.
For images and information visit our website: rebeccaibel.com
CMH Magazine 'Studio Visit' with Linda Gall and Laura Sanders
Linda recently was featured in CMH Magazine, where she was interviewed by fellow artist Laura Sanders about her artistic process. The interview from the CMH 'Studio Visits' article along with its accompanying photographs of Linda working in her studio are available at:
CMH Magazine website
THE FRENCH CONNECTION: JONATHAN HAMMER
In addition to his other recent exhibitions in Europe, Jonathan Hammer recently exhibited new sculptures at the Correze Art Center in France. Former French president Jacques Chirac and his wife attended the exhibition and kindly hosted a luncheon afterwards. Above are photographs from the Correze exhibition, including one of Jonathan avec President Chirac.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: JONATHAN HAMMER
From October 1st to November 12th we will be presenting a solo exhibition of Jonathan Hammer's new works on paper and exotic leathers, with an artist talk and reception from 5pm to 8pm on October 1st. Although we can not promise that any former presidents will be on hand, it promises to be a fascinating exhibition by this important voice in contemporary art. Further information on the exhibition will be available on our website rebeccaibel.com shortly.
IN THE PRESS: LAURA SANDERS
Laura Sanders and her paintings continue to garner media attention. Laura recently was featured in two articles. Along with the 'Studio Visit' article where she appeared in CMH Magazine along with fellow artist Linda Gall (see above), Laura also was recently the subject of an article in City Scene Magazine. In the interview Laura discusses the artistic process that results in her mesmerizing paintings and the role that her family plays in that process. You can read more on the City Scene website - click here.
IN THE PRESS: HEIMIR BJORGULFSSON
Shortly before his solo exhibition at our gallery concluded Heimir had his exhibition at the Western Project gallery in Los Angles reviewed by the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post article discusses Heimir's diverse cultural influences and his ability to see and make seen what often remains unnoticed by others, particularly in the physical environment of Los Angles, where he now resides. The article can be viewed on the Huffinton Post website - click here.
ADDITIONS: PATRICK WILSON
We are pleased to report that Los Angeles artist Patrick Wilson has joined the New York gallery of Ameringer McEnery Yohe, where his work recently was featured in their group exhibition 'Summer Selections.' You can view images from that show - click here - and his work on our wesite - click here.
Also featured in the 'Summer Selectons' exhibition was fellow Los Angles artist Michael Reafsnyder, whose solo exhibition at our gallery recently concluded. You can view his work on our webite - click here.
ADDITIONS: DION JOHNSON
We are also pleased to report that Dion Johnson recently has officially joined the Western Project gallery in Los Angeles.
ON THE ROAD: ARTBO COLUMBIA
For the first time, our gallery will be participating in Artbo, the Bogota International Art Fair. Artbo, which draws approximately 20,000 people each year, takes place October 20th through October 25th.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Heimir Bjorgulfsson and his wife Marvella were here this week for the opening of his exhibition 'No End To It' at the Miranova gallery. The show looks fabulous and the response has been great. Check out the article in the Columbus Alive:
More Artist news:
Jonathan Hammer continues to have a busy year. Along with an exhibition scheduled with our gallery this September, Hammer had successful show in New York and Paris and just opened a group show "steps into the arcane" at the Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Ittingen, Switzerland. Next week he will open an exhibition of his porcelain sculptures and related works on paper at the Correze Art Center (home of Madame Chirac!). In a combination purchase/collector donation, the Whitney Museum has acquired four new pieces to add to its already existing holdings of Jonathan's work. (photo of Jonathan Hammer with his porcelain sculpture and the press in Paris)
Linda Gall is preparing for her gallery show in the Miranova gallery opening early August. Together with Laura Sanders, Gall will be featured in a forthcoming CMH Magazine series 'Studio Visit'. Shown here in her Zanesville studio with Sarah and photographer Nicholas Hinsch.
for a preview of the exhibition visit our website at: http://www.rebeccaibel.com/pages/artists/gall/Gall.html
Billy Sullivan is featured in Joe Fig's new book 'Inside the Painter's Studio' where he visits leading artists in and around New York including: Chuck Close, Mary Heilmann, Julie Mehretu, Alexis Rockman, Dana Schutz and Amy Sillman. The book offers and insight into the artistic practice and reveals the individuals behind their work. Subsequently, Fig makes paintings and sculptures of the studios (see image below).