I had the pleasure of meeting Manal Abu-Shaheen at a recent event at the A.I.R. Gallery in the DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY, where she is a current Fellowship Artist. I stopped by her studio at 28 Liberty Street in lower Manhattan where she had just moved into a studio in The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program.
Manal is a photographer born in Beirut, Lebanon and currently living in New York. There is a very close personal connection with her subject matter, whether documenting friends and family or urban landscapes. In one of her series in color titled Sleepers, she photographs friends and family asleep in their homes. The images are well composed with rich colors and Manal's sensitivity with her subjects are clearly apparent. In her studio there was a large work of her friend asleep and naked on a velvet spread bed unadorned and uninhibited. She captures a beautiful moment with the sleeping woman.
A.I.R, the first and foremost women’s collective gallery in the United States represents artists from across the country. More than 20 of the gallery artists are participating in the Governors Island exhibition with works in various media including painting, drawing, mixed media, video and sculpture. There will be several site-specific pieces both inside and outside the house. A number of these works were first seen in the recent A.I.R. exhibition curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, “In the Secret Garden”.
Participating artists are Janet Decker Yanez, d’Ann de Simone, Jenn Dierdorf, Elise Dodeles, Jacqueline Ferrante, Shannon Forrester, Melissa Furness, Maxine Henryson, Carrie Johnson, Jody Joldersma, Cynthia Karasek, Julia Kim Smith, Jayanthi Moorthy, Nancy Morrow, Catherine Mosley, Ann Schaumburger, Patty Smith, Susan Stainman, Erica Stoller, Amy Swartele, Jane Swavely, Erin Wiersma, and Joo Yeon Woo.
Anita Rogers Gallery presents a group exhibition featuring works by Carrie Johnson, Gordon Moore and Kazimira Rachfal. Collectively, the show serves as an exploration of line, of balance and of the stylistic and psychological complexity of seemingly simple spatial forms. The show is on view from July 26 through September 6, 2016 at 77 Mercer Street, Suite 2N in New York City. Untitled, the artist’s large oil on canvas piece in this show, is an interconnected mix of elegant, organic lines in muted tones with pops of color. The layered piece is ripe with detail and texture.
On the work, Johnson states:
This painting is part of a series which evolved from works on paper shown at the Drawing Center in 2001. Open natural form structures in a state of reconfiguring layered in an atmospheric background aim to evoke a feeling of confronting what was left behind and what remains.