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JoAnne Artman Gallery

511 A West 22nd Street, New York
949-510-5481
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Saddle Up New Works by Billy Schenck
Nov 16-Jan 20
JoAnne Artman Gallery, Presents: Saddle Up New Works by Billy Schenck Nov 16th, 2017 January 20th, 2018 Artists Reception: Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 6-8pm Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by November 13th, 2017 JoAnne Artman Gallery 511A West 22nd St. New York, NY 10011 Contact: JoAnne Artman Telephone: 949-510-5481 E-mail: joanneartman@aol.com Website: www.joanneartmangallery.com Saddle Up Galloping horses, blood orange sunsets, dusty cowboys - you can almost feel the rising heat from the sun-warmed earth. Billy Schenck has a definitive flair for highlighting the drama, and evoking the action of classic Westerns along with their corresponding mythology. The American Frontier holds a special place in our nations history, as well as in our imaginations. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Billy Schenck, capturing the persevering nature of the myths and dreams of the Old West. Schencks work is not only cinematic in scope it is also grounded in technique and style. His iconic, reductive approach is reminiscent of the color planes used in early computer graphics, establishing a visual dialogue between the straightforward subject matter and the more nuanced space of the rendering. The textual element of the comic book-inspired word bubbles is of equal importance to the meaning of each piece, often serving to either undermine or establish the guiding ambitions of the characters psyche. In subject, Schenck goes for the iconic imagery of the Wild, Wild West - cowboys and Indians, sunsets and gunfire. Many of the scenes are a cheeky look at both the history of the American Frontier, as well as the established perceptions through the lens of contemporary popular culture, with a heavy dose of exaggerated passion and romance. The scenes pictured are at times comical, and at others, profound. Schenck plays up the ambiguity between his villains and heroes, underscoring the duality of human nature, a central theme in his work. BILLY SCHENCK b. 1947, Rural America works and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Schencks artwork is in over 48 museum collections, including Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Billy Schencks work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and youre sure to find the right artistic expression!


THE NEW FIGURATIVE Featuring America Martin
Feb 08-Mar 31
JoAnne Artman Gallery, Presents: THE NEW FIGURATIVE Featuring America Martin Winter/Spring 2018 Artists Reception: Thursday, February 8th, 2018 from 6pm-8pm Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by February 3rd, 2018 JoAnne Artman Gallery 511A West 22nd St. New York, NY 10011 Contact: JoAnne Artman Telephone: 949-510-5481 E-mail: joanneartman@aol.com Website: www.joanneartmangallery.com THE NEW FIGURATIVE America Martins compositions of poetic juxtapositions conjure a story, with the figure as a central focal point for much of the framework. Strikingly bold, the expressive lines of Martins work are an assimilation of light, color, movement and form with a unique emphasis on the narrative. The imagery is familiar and transportive, steeped in personal mythology and deeply allegorical. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work rooted in Martins unique approach in exploring the human form and its context. New York Figurative Expressionism of the 1950s laid much of the groundwork for the re-introduction of figurative painting as a predominant mode of expression. On the heels of the pure abstraction school of thought headed by Hans Hoffman, as well as the process of gestural abstraction, came a re-emergence of figurative painters. Like the still life genre in early modernism, the figure proved to be fertile ground for exploring the teachings of expressionism through color relationships, pictorial structure and spatial illusion. Martins work speaks to this legacy of utilizing the bodys formal qualities as attuned elements of precision and control, in other words a vehicle, for more visceral aspects of her artistic practice. By turns exhilaratingly fluid and densely rich, the works explore the framework of figuration, portraiture, as well as the bodys environments. New modes of expression emerge from continued internal and formal investigations, informed as well as characterized by Martins Colombian heritage with a focus on form, narrative and the symbolic. AMERICA MARTIN b. 1980, Los Angeles, CA is a Colombian American fine artist based in Los Angeles, CA. America Martins work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and youre sure to find the right artistic expression!