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"The Odyssey Within, The Color of Wild, Enlightenment and Reflected Consciousness"
2006-04-15 until 2006-05-06
Agora Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

The upcoming collective exhibition at Agora Gallery, 530 W. 25th St. in Chelsea, NY, comprises four parts: The Odyssey Within, The Color of Wild, Enlightenment and Reflected Consciousness. Exhibition opens April 15 – May 6, Tues-Sat 11am-6pm. Reception April 20 6-8 PM. Admittance is open to the public and free of charge. The participating artists hail from England, Morocco, Kenya, Iran, Colombia, the USA, Greece, Japan and Croatia.  

The Odyssey Within presents Daisy Cohen, Cariya Breeman, Kiran Chugani and Cos Gerolemou. Cohen’s elegant watercolor-like paintings, created with acrylic paint on plexiglass, capture the moment of washy paint dispersion. Influenced by Greek myths, Cos Gerolemou’s bronze, marble and wood sculptures blend history with modern imagination. By reducing images to their simplest forms, Chugani is successful in painting the true heart of her subject. Cariya Breemen’s paintings, often works of pure texture, possess a religiosity recalling the color intensive mood constructions of Mark Rothko.

The Color of Wild features Alexandra Spyratos. Spyratos uses rich and heavily layered fluorescent paints and thick oils to recreate the physicality of African wildlife.

Enlightenment displays Elena Chirdaris, Ximena Hormaza Delgado, F. Scott Meier, and L. Zarei. Chirdaris creates vividly metaphoric paintings reminiscent of Edvard Munch, with its swirling paint and dark, unexpected perspective. Delgado marries imagery with a textural buildup of paint and color that intensifies the landscape’s organic quality and more perfectly describes its unpredictable beauty. Iranian artist L. Zarei crafts wonderful, psycho-sensual magic-realist works teeming with animals, Egyptian ankhs, human faces, vehicles of flight, religious prophets, ever-present eyes, and man-animals. Frank S. Meier uses a cut and paste collage technique juxtaposed with heavy brushstrokes to illustrate heartfelt biblical imagery.

Reflected Consciousness exhibits Hiromasa Ishii and Boris Posavec. Ishii’s works are visual wonders with arresting, contrasting imagery crashing against its elements and building a coherent, striking whole—at once reminiscent of both video games and conceptual, post-modern cornucopias. The impressionistic qualities of Boris Posavec’s paintings portray raw emotion in a natural style stemming directly from personal feelings and interpretations.

Elena Chirdaris
Guiding Verve
Oil on Canvas
20" x 39"

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