Opening Reception: Friday, May 11 @ 6:30pm
Exhibition Duration: May 11 – June 6
Curator: Kathryn Mecca
Reaching from the historical “salon” style exhibition, Spaces Occupied provides local artists with a chance to simultaneously unveil their recent works to both their contemporaries and the public. Since opening its doors in 2008, Alfa has held these biannual Art Salons. Each juried exhibition features new artists and celebrates their exchange of ideas. Central to this group is the careful consideration of space, and the figures, forms and narratives that inhabit it.
Alaine Becker’s pastels on oversized paper deal with damaged people. The psychological drawings combine with pure color to create deeply vulnerable and intimate portraits. Heavy layers and transparencies reflect the subject’s fragility and leave the surface textured with complexities. We are at once familiar with and alienated by these personal vignettes. And with the subject’s identity always undisclosed, the viewer is given the freedom to create their own narrative. Alaine Becker received her BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1981. She recently completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has been exhibited extensively throughout the Northeast Coast.
Alyce Gottesman received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in and has been painting for over 30 years. She captures a unique organic essence in her work by focusing on formal issues, such as space and dimension. Her abstract paintings appear atmospheric. Forms inhabit the space, and a clever play with perspective gives the illusion of spacial depth. In combination with her heavy use of drawing, and subtle yet bold color choices, the viewer becomes absorbed into an imaginary world. The works capture the spirit of nature on an energetic level, by using abstractions to communicate vital messages. Alyce Gottesman lives and works in Montclair, NJ. She currently teaches Art at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey and is a member of the Young Scholars Program of Newark, NJ.
Carole Krinsky is a self taught artist working primarily in pointillism. Her dot and circle filled acrylic paintings exercise bold color choices and intricate arrangements. Finding inspiration from the aboriginal works native to Australia, her paintings offer universal messages which are powerful and primitive. These confident works convey a broad range of themes, often spiritual and personal in nature. And, each theme is provoked by and changes with the artist’s daily life experiences. Carole Krinsky lives and works in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a full time business owner, mother of three, and a student of the Highland Park Academy of Art.
Jonathan Horowitz is both a writer and painter. His heavily conceptual but vibrant paintings combine abstractions with familiar cultural references. Their composition is carefully designed so that movement radiates throughout the canvas. His paintings are the result of countless preparatory sketches, a process which allows him to hone his shapes and designs. Emotion is provoked by his choice of tone, and a dramatic effect is achieved by his use of loud, complementary colors. Jonathan Horowitz lives and works in Highland Park, and has exhibited extensively throughout the area.
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