We fragile and vulnerable beings are susceptible to many forces - natural and human-made. With its essential aesthetic and complexity, NATURE has an intensity that terrifies us, but a beauty that amazes us. We are both witnesses and players in this great performance.” To make the viewers feel like they are in the middle of this spectacle, Anna VanMatre creates paintings as dimensional as possible. She uses powerful methods such as cutting, tearing, and doubling the surfaces, to envelop the audience and bring them directly inside the scene – an enactment of life with its conflict between fury and serenity, permanence and transience. Ms. VanMatre is a Polish-born artist now living in the US. She has been praised by critics for developing techniques utilizing graphite on three-dimensional paper and "liberating" the drawing idiom. Her paintings have been presented in exhibitions throughout Europe, Israel, Africa, and the U.S.
SoHo, October, 2011
*NEW YORK, NY –– *Basak Malone LLC is pleased to announce the up-coming group exhibition “Departure” opening on October 1st at 7:00 pm at Ward Nasse Gallery.
Curator Basak Malone’s project ‘Departure’ sets 10 artists into motion questioning how to let go. “Letting go” is what we are left to reconcile with and this is where we are asked to make a leap continuously and impromptu.
Departure artists: Jennifer Contini Enderby, Knut Peter Hoffmann, Eva Buchrainer, , Martine Cyr, Maria Luisa Imperiali , Anna Kajsa Alaoui , Nino Korinteli, Marianne Liegl, Georgeta Stefanescu, Melih Ozuysal and Anna VanMatre will be on the view between October 1-30, 2011.
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“Departure from pretentiousness. Passage out of mediocracy. Good-bye to black/white-seeing. Farewell to dulled-out love. Escape from hypocrisy. Separation from bad faith. Vacation from hierarchy. Deviation from the expected. Innovation to the unknown. Shift of rules. Variation into live music. Wandering in the clouds. Outgoing for the embrace. Initial motion from slavery. Last exit to Brooklyn*. Hasta la Vista baby. Adieu mon amour. Kick the habit. Removing of the shells. Dissapear into the sunset. Point of embarkation. Winging one’s flight. Leaving the past. Exception to the norm. Avoidance as a strategy. Difference of beauty. Prevention from the inevitable. Annihilation of being. Cessation of debris. Collapse of failure. Oblivion to taste. Dying…Contrasting life. Exodus. Liberation from duality. Distinction of meaningfulness.
Departure of the artistry… ”
*In reference to ”Last Exit to Brooklyn Bridge” drama film based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr. , directed by Uli Edel and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, 1989.