steven harvey fine arts project
Alison Hall

Alison Hall,
East of Blue, 2014/2015,
oil, graphite, and venetian plaster on panel

 

 

Todd Bienvenu, Clintel Steed

Todd Bienvenu,
Boys Will Be Boys, 2014,
oil on canvas
Clintel Steed,
Heaven and Hell, 2015,
oil on canvas

 


East of Blue

 

June 17- July 31, 2015
Artist reception:
Weds., June 17, 6-8 pm
Gallery hrs: Weds – Sun 12 – 6pm and by appointment

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents an exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn based artist Alison Hall, This is her first solo exhibition in New York City.

Hall’s indigo blue and black abstractions from a distance feel like rich matte monochromes.  Upon closer approach laborious graphite systems are revealed. Silvery and subtle, these rigorous drawings breathe with light as they rest on the rich surface of her dark and intuitively painted surfaces.  Hall’s paintings, though not explicitly religious, posses a mystical and at times monastic energy.

The works included in this exhibition derive their stitch-like structures and monochrome hues specifically from Giotto’s star covered ceiling and the diamond patterned floor of the Arena Chapel. The artist has distilled the intricate star-form patterns into more simplistic, elemental notions.  These patterned fields hold powerful metaphorical meaning for the artist.  From the preparation of her panels closely mirroring the object like, well crafted surfaces of 13th century Italian altarpieces, to the deftly painted minimal fields of blue and black, to the intricate geometric patterns drawn in graphite; Hall’s practice is deeply rooted in ritual and repetition. This ethic is shaped by her time spent studying Italian history, frescoes and the religious spaces of Umbria, as well as her early years growing up in a working class family in rural Virginia.  The physical and psychological devotion required of her process is a slow searching meditative discipline.

Hall’s unusual stance in looking at the deep histories of painting combined with an interest in the tradition and trajectory of geometric abstraction forms a unique perspective. Her quiet dialogue with painting as diverse as Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, Agnes Martin, Stanley Lewis, James Bishop and Blinky Palermo reflects her interest in the poetic notions of opposing dualities that weave time together in the history of painting.

Hall received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from American University in Washington, DC. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including: Clement & Schneider, Bonn, Germany, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, Kate Werble Gallery, NYC, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. Hall will execute a large-scale wall drawing at ROM HOF in Bonn, Germany this August. Her work has been discussed in ArtCritical and The New York Times, among others. Grants include The Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship in Drawing as well as the prestigious Bethesda Painting Award.

 


 

June 17- July 31, 2015
Artist reception:
Reception: Weds. June 17, 6-8 pm
Gallery hrs: Weds – Sun 12 – 6pm and by appointment

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects is proud to present a two-person exhibition of recent paintings by Todd Bienvenu and Clintel Steed. Bienvenu and Steed became close friends while attending the New York Studio School together. Stylistically they are both quintessential painterly painters, working with a rough broad facture that is very free.

Bienvenu was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and received his MFA from the New York Studio School in 2007. His paintings ironically expose the dark underbelly of American pop culture: sex, butts, drinking, babes, tattooed rockers, professional wrestling, motorcycles and apocalyptic zombies. Bienvenu’s work is driven by an intense investigation of the way painting works and a deep engagement with the art of his contemporaries as well as art history. Bienvenu is currently represented by Life on Mars Gallery in Bushwick. His work has also been included in numerous exhibitions in galleries across the country such as Centotto, Valentine, Novella, Outlet, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Sideshow and Ethan Pettit. Bienvenu has taught painting and drawing at Louisiana State University.

Clintel Steed was raised in a religious Pentecostal community in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his MFA from Indiana University in 2001 and the New York Studio School in 2007. Steed’s bright, thickly layered paintings and deft, expressive handing of the figure call to mind Auerbach, Soutine and Picasso. Characterized by exuberant collage-like compositions, his broken-up space and fractured forms result in unusual and complex rhythms, alluding to the tumultuous complexity that prevails over our current reality.

Steed’s political subject matter is an important component of his work. His images are drawn from the recent Baltimore uprisings, the war in Afghanistan and a host of other charged political events. Steed’s paintings explore and expose the oppressive power structures that constrict his America, considering socioeconomic immobility, racial prejudice and the experience of being black in this country. As he puts it, reflecting on his childhood and upbringing, “the battle between good and evil, heaven and hell was preached all the time. This struggle is still within me, the lust for money and the battle for power. Painting these ideas and icons, in a way, helps me meditate upon the emotions they conjure in a more contemplative way.”

In 2015 Steed received the John Koch Award at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at Knapp Gallery, PA, Borghi Fine Art, Phillips Church, Harlem and the National Academy. Please contact the gallery for further information or photographs.

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