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"Just Rewards: Steffi Greenbaum, Jon King, John A. LeBlanc, Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest"
2001-03-03 until 2001-03-24
Maine Artists Space, Danforth Gallery
Portland, ME, USA United States of America

The exhibiton features four artists that were chosen from the 2000 MAS members. Focusing on different media, Steffi Greenbaum works shown are acrylic on canvas and sculpture. Jon King's and Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest's photography is presented along with John A. LeBlanc work in soft pastels. As a non-profit artistsí space on the cutting edge, Maine Artist Space creates a free zone which provides artists with opportunities to express their ideas without the pressure of commercial rewards or social approval.

John LeBlanc:
The Pastel paintings that will be showing at the Danforth Gallery are characterized by an animated style somewhere between abstraction and realism. Vibrant colors, and tapestry like texture give the pieces dynamism. Within these paintings, architectural elements become organic, hills and trees echo human form and people fuse into rhythmical connection to their surroundings. The artistic intent is to transform everyday scenes into the mystical and exotic.

Steffi Greenbaum:
My plan is to show primarily figurative sculptures and several related paintings. My forms are representational but invented. Strength of design is important to me - as is meticulous attention to anatomical detail and finish. My emphasis is on balancing weighty masses with a feeling of lightness. This paradox is a challenge, and it is fun. Some of my sculptures have painted skins of skies, rivers and mountains - another paradox in art - here dealing with a perception of mass in conflict with an illusion of space.

Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest:
Jan Pieter will show Black and White Photographs from his new series Tuscan Dreams. As the title of the series implies, you may expect a combination of images from landscapes, cityscapes, to gardens, people and art-making.

Jon King:
My work is about sex and curves and angles, Satanic mind control conspiracies perpetrated by the King of Mozambique, roads and gateways to Hell, destruction and decay, imaginary crimes against inbred reptiles, secrets, desire, Pagan lust, ghosts who want to perform fellatio on disemboweled mannequins, dirty underwear fetishes, religion, and excessive use of the word butt. There once was a man from Nantucket whose backyard was full of demons, pistol shells, and empty Budweiser tall-boys, who wanted to have a pet vampire-goat. The show is about to open in the inner tent. Step right up folks and see a wonder that will give you nightmares for a month! Tickets only fifty cents! Step right up! Step right up! Only a few seats left! Step right up!


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