Brian Harte
The artist and his family pt.2

2018
oil, crayon, photograph and cardboard on linen
210 x 165 cm
82 2/3 x 65 in
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One of the main characteristics of Harte’s paintings is his bold use of color and the indeterminate condition of the canvases’ figures, which remain in a state between the sketch-like and the finished. Though this process is already perceptible in his earlier paintings, it notably became a grander concern for Harte in his latest works. The observer’s eye travels through the richly detailed and chaotic spaces depicted in Harte’s paintings and slowly and repeatedly finds familiar elements, unnoticeable at first glance. A tile pattern in the background might recall a kitchen backsplash, for instance, whilst elsewhere you might detect the outline of something like a teacup or a knife. This identification, that requires a certain amount of time and effort to happen, is not a solid one: quickly the observer finds himself again wondering through the painting, confronting these figurative elements with the flatness of Harte’s backgrounds.

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Zachary Armstrong
Face for Keith

2017-2018
oil on paper in artist frame
107,3 x 71,75 cm
42 1/4 x 28 1/4 in
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Armstrong’s works seem to contain a coded message about the person that created them, often referring to personal aspects of the artist’s life. However, with secret references to his personal universe, his works also evoke some larger context, such as the idea of American countryside, folk art, and the grand tradition of American and European modernism. One of the most particular aspects of Armstrong’s works is the texture-full encaustic technique, which gives the works a sculptural quality.

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Larissa Bates
After Party

2019
gouache, ink, mother of pearl and 22k gold leaf on panel
50,8 x 40,64 cm
20 x 16 in
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When Bates inquires into social functions of families and the role of women in creating identities she does that from a personal point of view, but also refers to a broader cultural phenomenon. To create her vibrant, sometimes sunny, somehow dreamlike domestic scenes Bates relies on her technical minuteness, which leads her to work as attentive to detail as a manuscript illuminator. This impression is enhanced by the materials that the artist uses: not only gouache and ink, but also mother of pearl and gold leaf - on panel, not on canvas. In After Party we see all that. A floor rug, the tropical plant vase, the wicker furniture and the tile roof betray the latin scenario of this afternoon tea. Meanwhile the realism with which the human faces are painted contrasts with their ludic ornamented setting. Accepting the invitation to a closer look, one will continue to find unexpected details and surprises in this painting. Larissa Bates graduated from Hampshire College in 2003 with a degree in Studio Art. She has been the recipient of the Artadia Award and was a resident artist at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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Otto Ford
Picasso Baby

2018
digital painting
200 x 150 cm
74 3/4 x 59 in
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Preoccupied with the future of the painting medium and process he creates his digital canvases with all a broad range of data sources that catch his attention: from digital reproductions of art history subjects to NASA pictures of the space he bundles the data into a brushstroke with the help of a computer coming to a visual result that resembles - at first glance - a traditional painting. The painting process takes weeks. When the work is completed it is printed with acrylic pigment based ink on Hahnemuhle paper, mounted on aluminum and framed. Ford is a perfectionist and works with the best available materials. This work is signed and dated by the artist on the back.

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