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"NURTUREart in Harlem - A Juried Group Exhibition of Works on Paper"
2001-01-10 until 2001-03-03
NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc.
New York, NY, USA United States of America

In the first of five exhibitions planned for 2001, NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. is pleased to present works of contemporary fine art by Cynthia Back, Alex deFluvia, David Lantow, Luanda Lozano, and Soraya Marcano. This is the first time NURTUREart has mounted an exhibition featuring a single medium since its founding in 1997.

The public is invited to attend a reception, Saturday, January 13, from 3-6 p.m. The exhibition may be viewed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon - 6 p.m., Thursdays 1 p.m. - 8 p.m., or by appointment by calling NURTUREart at (212) 795-5566. All artwork is available for purchase through Gallery M.

Cynthia Back intends her intaglios to invite quiet contemplation of the transitory and fragile. She works from observation - of fragments of lace, or natural forms - and from memories of fleeting moments and moods. Ms. Back’s detailed images are the product of painstaking observation of subject, and a technique notable for its use of carefree gestures; that she draws directly on copper seems not to inhibit this freedom. My work affirms the power of simplicity.

Alex de Fluvia's drawings combine contemporary graffiti-like urban symbols and the epigraphy of his Mediterranean roots, including characters of northern Iberian, Arabic, and Aramaic origin. Each drawing is infused with a hint of chaos and quicksilver - though a unique rhythm is manifest in all. De Fluvia's alchemy includes paradoxical ingredients - the intangible flavor of vertiginous urban life, and the serene, sensual materiality of the hand made Egyptian paper he prefers.

David Lantow's pencil drawings are inspired by the sense of mystery and awe he experiences when beholding forms found in the plant and animal worlds. His biomorphic figures are creations of his imagination, yet are rendered convincingly.

Luanda Lozano's talent enables her to describe things which are difficult to describe, such as time, space, the spirit, and emotions. Her prints include recognizable symbols woven into intricate compositions, full of texture and meaning. Each worldly element is somehow elevated by Lozano's use of line, color and space. In some pieces, a gentle lace-like overlay encourages the viewer to wonder what lies beyond.

Soraya Marcano's latest drawings reflect her interest in experiences that define the self. Other recent work employs memory boxes and icons to explore feelings of displacement. Through the use of sequence and repetition, she refers to episodes in the life of the individual, albeit, in this work, episodes without beginning or end. Ms. Marcano intends her work to illustrate the mystery and spirituality that attend human experience.

Cynthia Back
Crash in the Night
Oil on Linen
72 x 54

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