Winston Wachter Fine Art
530 W 25th St, Ground Fl, New York
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Tracy Rocca: Public Lands
Sep 06-Oct 20
Opening Reception with the artist
Thursday, September 6th, 6-8 pm
Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York is excited to announce Public Lands, its third solo exhibition by painter Tracy Rocca. The ethereal, abstract works are based on landscapes, and are composed of blended moments around a central point of misty white light. Through these dreamy, large-scale paintings, Rocca draws the viewer in to a meditative focus on nature.
Rocca bases her most recent work on family visits to National Parks with her husband and children. Each painting is based on photographic source images, from which Rocca pulls color themes and basic composition. She reflects on a specific time and place over a period of several months in her studio in New Mexico, bathed in natural sunlight. Employing slow-drying natural pigments and materials, Rocca constructs her paintings through many thin glazes of color. These layers create a sense of depth, and an impressionistic, glowing light. Even as the works blur toward abstraction, they often maintain a clear horizon line, and convey meditative memories of nature.
Public Lands explores National Parks as the incredible, planned spaces that they are. Created to preserve and portray the beauty in nature, every hike at a National Park is designed to lead someplace incredible. They are wildly popular destinations, yet Rocca’s work strips away the human involvement. In these paintings, Rocca reflects not just on majestic places in nature, but on personal moments with family. She encourages mindfulness, and hopes that these works inspire preservation and care for these spaces for future generations. At its core, Public Lands is about presence, and invites viewers to reflect on their own quiet moments in beautiful places.
Tracy Rocca currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. Rocca received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and her Post Baccalaureate from the California College of the Arts Extended Education. She has shown her work internationally and is represented in many private and public collections.
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Zaria Forman: Overview
Oct 25-Dec 21
Opening Reception with the artist
Thursday, October 25th, 6-8 pm
Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York is excited to announce Overview, an exhibition of new large-scale pastel drawings by Zaria Forman. Her latest work is an aerial exploration of some of the most rapidly changing places on our planet. Over the past two years Zaria has travelled with NASA’s science missions to track shifting ice, producing a collection that faithfully captures the range of ephemeral landscapes she observed while flying just hundreds of feet over Antarctica and the Arctic.
While her previous drawings are often recognizable as icebergs and glaciers, Zaria’s proximity to NASA scientists inspired work that is highly precise in its technical execution and yet visually more abstract. With an eye toward communicating the alarming rate that our polar regions are melting, Zaria portrays the vulnerability of thinning ice and heat-absorbing inkiness of the seas with profound detail and inherent drama. Each piece is rich in nuance, imbuing this series with great variation and thematic cohesion. In the sharpness of these birds-eye views drawn in her characteristic large-scale format, Zaria has created deeply intimate portraits of the environments we stand to lose.
Like orbiting astronauts who are overcome by Earth’s fragility and moved to protect it, viewers are invited to witness a perspective on our planet that is connected to both the exacting beauty of science and the terrifying urgency of climate change.
Zaria Forman documents climate change with pastel drawings. She travels to remote regions of the world to collect images and inspiration for her work, which is exhibited worldwide. She has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland, and Arctic Canada. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and PBS. She delivered a TEDTalk, and spoke at Amazon, Google, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, exhibited in Banksy’s Dismaland, and was the artist-in-residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica. Her works have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and the Smithsonian Magazine. Forman currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY.