steven harvey fine arts project
Yevgeniya Baras

 

 

Liv Aanrud

 


Drawings

 

April 1-May 10, 2015
Artist reception:
Thursday, April 2, 6-8pm
Gallery hrs: Weds – Sun 12 – 6pm and by appointment

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents an exhibition of drawings by June Leaf. The show examines the artist’s drawings from the seventies through the nineties. Often made on sheets of typewriter paper, her drawings extend the conversation of her paintings and sculpture.

Figures stride and dance across the page, wrestling, fighting, holding hands, marching up and down stairs, having sex, sometimes animated by a mysterious mechanical parts, like antique hand puppets or early automatons.

Leaf draws in pencil, sometimes with ink or acrylic paint, some of Leaf’s drawings include notations related to ideas underpinning her sculptures. She will draw or paint over photographs, as in her reversals of Ovid’s Pygmalion myth, where a woman is the artist, bringing the figures in her canvases to life. Leaf has drawn on multiple copies of xerox prints to explore her sculptural preoccupations serially. Leaf’s drawings, sculptures and paintings are stagings of life as a play of the passions that divide and attract us, with the artist as a kind of inventor and director.

“It is this embrace of opposites,” The critic John Yau states, “that animates her work, as well as elevates it to…the realm of poetry.”

June Leaf was born in Chicago in 1929 where she studied at the New Bauhaus Institute of Design and at Roosevelt University in 1954. She had her first solo exhibition at Sam Bordelon Gallery in Chicago in 1948 and has lived in New York City since the early 60's. She splits her time between the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Nova Scotia. She is included in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

This exhibition is organized in cooperation with Edward Thorp Gallery, who will present an exhibition of Leaf’s paintings and sculpture in late April.

 


Paintings

 

April 1- May 10, 2015
Artist reception:
Wednesday, April 1, 6-8pm
Gallery hrs: Weds – Sun 12 – 6pm and by appointment

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents a solo exhibition of recent oil paintings by Robert Harms in our project space at 237 Eldridge Street. These paintings date from the 2013-15.

Harms’ painterly abstractions come out of the tradition of abstract expressionism. His work is based on a strong relationship to place. Harms lives in Southampton, Long Island, on the edge of a pond. His secluded, window-filled studio overlooks the water. “At the end of the day, the light just bounces off the pond and into this space. It’s like I’m living on a boat!” Harms’ thin, evanescent surfaces are suffused with this shimmering East End light.

Harms has moved away from his earlier densely painted surfaces to more delicate, almost embroidery-like color tracery surrounded by a white border of primed canvas. His new paintings evoke the same sense of specificity of place and light as his earlier work but do it with pared down means and a misty, watercolor-like transparency.

The curator and art critic Henry Geldzahler notes the resonance of the East End environment for Harms, who began painting here in the early 1980s. “Born on Long Island, in Nassau County, it seems no accident that Harms has chosen to paint in the Hamptons where in the nineteenth century John Kensett, and more recently Fairfield Porter and Willem de Kooning, have continued their exploration of the continuum between nature and art.“ Curator Klaus Kertess, addressing the relationship of Harms’ abstractions to their landscape, describes them as “more caressed by light and brush than tightly described…”

Harms attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He is the recipient of awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the National Arts Club, and his work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Parrish Art Museum.

Concurrently in our space at 208 Forsyth Street we are presenting June Leaf: Drawings. Please contact the gallery at 917-861-7312 or info@shfap.com for further information or images for both exhibitions.

Please contact the gallery at 917-861-7312 or info@shfap.com for more information.

  208 Forsyth Street New York, NY 10002 p: 917-861-7312 f: 212-281-2281 e: info@shfap.com
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