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July 22 - August 20, 2022

Worlds Apart

A Group Show by Hernan Murno, Amy Sabrin, Michelle Simoneau and Rosa Vera

Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 6:00-9:00pm

Artist Talks: Saturday, July 23, 2:00pm

'Night Watch,' by Amy Sabrin, Acrylics and Oil Pastel, 18 x 18 inches

Amy Sabrin
Night Watch
Acrylics and Oil Pastel
18 x 18 inches

'Lotus Fields III,' by Rosa Vera, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 inches, 31.5 x 37.5 framed

Rosa Vera
Lotus Fields III
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 36 inches, 31.5 x 37.5 framed

'Fertile Lands, Humid Pampa,' by Hernan Murno, Mixed Media, two panels of 12 x 36 inches, total dimension 24 x 36 inches

Hernan Murno
Fertile Lands, Humid Pampa
Mixed Media
Two panels of 12 x 36 inches, total dimension 24 x 36 inches

'Elysium III,' by Michelle Simoneau, Mixed Media, 36 x 36 inches

Michelle Simoneau
Elysium III
Mixed Media
36 x 36 inches

Worlds Apart

A group show by Hernan Murno, Amy Sabrin, Michelle Simoneau and Rosa Vera

These four artists create diverse abstract and semi-representational work springing from the same impulse: the landscape, whether the natural or built environment. Each takes a dramatically different approach to extracting and abstracting the essence of a landscape, but all hope to provoke an emotional response in the viewer.

Their work answers the question, what does landscape-inspired art have to offer in an age when technology permits us to minutely map not only the world we can see, but also what lies beneath the surface of the earth and what can be seen from outer space? As critic Barry Schwabsky explained, “A landscape painting is not necessarily a representation of a landscape, but rather something that, in being constructed out of pieces of representation, or possibly just echoes of former representations, kindles an experience of its own – one that, as those fragments of resemblance suggest, is somehow like an experience of nature.”

To this end, Hernan Murno’s art reduces the natural landscape to its geometric essence while using colors and forms that evoke a specific locale, often in his native Argentina. Amy Sabrin’s paintings deploy a rich maze of complex surfaces and mosaic-like patterns to conjure the emotional essence of spaces and capture the feeling of wandering (perhaps lost) between spaces, down city streets, or into dead-end alleys, only to make unanticipated discoveries. Michelle Simoneau’s intense focus on her intuitive process produces self-contained universes of light and movement that both delight and disturb. And Rosa Vera’s work springs from her emotional experience of a particular landscape, and expresses her concern that our natural world is evaporating due to climate change and other human interventions.

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