Opening Reception : “Angst & Contempt: New Painting” at Pen + Brush gallery

I am looking forward to being back in NYC and would LOVE if you can join me for the opening reception of “Angst and Contempt: New Painting” at Pen + Brush gallery! I am beyond honored and excited to have my work included in this timely exhibition.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6-8pm
Location: Pen + Brush, 29 E. 22nd St., NYC
Exhibition Dates: April 5–May 5, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 12-6pm

Angst and Contempt: New Painting
Featuring: Kharis Kennedy, Dana Kotler, Stacy Leigh, Melita Osheoitz, Sarah Sagarin

Pen + Brush is pleased to present Angst and Contempt: New Painting, an exhibition that highlights the work of five early career artists navigating the grim realities of today’s world through the context of contemporary painting.

The artists featured in Angst and Contempt put their practice as painters to the test by addressing issues of disillusionment, nihilism, and frustration in a way that demonstrates new ways of expressing the human condition and its darkest facets. They have mastered a command that revisits German Expressionist, Modernist, Surrealist, and Weimar Republic eras while employing their own authentic gestures that often reflect on personal histories and experiences. The work challenges viewers to confront a loss of innocence, or perhaps a loss of empathy, that becomes inherent in living in today’s society.

While this exhibition does not overtly explore thematic links to one particular historical movement, it is notable that much like their predecessors, these contemporary painters are also creating during a time period of extreme social and political turmoil.

 

 

art talks. April 18, 7-9pm : The artists on view in “Angst and Contempt: New Painting” in conversation with Rahsaan Gandy at Pen + Brush gallery (NYC)

art talks. The artists on view in Angst and Contempt: New Painting in conversation with Rahsaan Gandy.

Art Talks Kharis Kennedy Rahsaan Gandy

art talks. Angst and Contempt: New Painting

Wednesday, April 18th , 7-9pm

Location: Pen + Brush, 29 E. 22nd, St. NYC

RSVP: rsvp@sparkplug-pr.com

Join us as three artists – Kharis Kennedy, Stacy Leigh, and Sarah Sagarin – with work currently on view in Angst and Contempt: New Painting discuss their work with Rahsaan Gandy.

About the panelists:

Rahsaan Gandy has been leaving his indelible mark on artists, brands, and celebrities with whom he has worked. As multi-talented as he is, Mr. Gandy is best known for his ability to conceive, develop, and guide his audience through the world of multidisciplinary creatives. The artists in Angst and Contempt are all navigating the grim realities of today’s world through the context of contemporary painting and Rahsaan will take a page from his podcast, Mister Welfare to further explore their work and process.

Kharis Kennedy approaches the body and subsequent objects as sites of knowledge and repositories of awareness that can be resourced in the service of personal discovery. Kennedy describes her process as “using metaphysics and intuition to build images and reveal inner truths.” Themes found in her paintings are broad but interlaced: the depiction of animals who reflect the spirit of their owners; a satiric presentation of fashion’s role in informing individual and social identities; the turbulence of her inner world; and, in recent years, the portrayal of psychic and social relations in all the complexity of contemporary life.

Stacy Leigh paints portraits of women suspended in both time and space. The multidisciplinary artist describes these scenes as “women in thought.” She uses memories and her daily surroundings as influences to bring imagined and life-inspired portraits to fruition. Self-taught, Leigh builds up layers of paint working from darkness to light, not dissimilar to the renaissance style of glazing, which allows her to achieve a unique appearance.

Sarah Sagarin is a formalist painter who combines classical modes of painting in various ways, ultimately developing her own authentic style. With a painterly and at times gestural stroke, the artist lets her canvas speak for itself as viewers can often find graphite underdrawings as well as fingerprints still active on the finished surface of her work. Sagarin’s paintings are informed by influences ranging from Surrealism, German Expressionism, and American Regionalism to Baroque.

Exhibition : “Angst and Contempt” at Pen + Brush gallery (NYC)

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6-8pm
Location: Pen + Brush, 29 E. 22nd St., NYC
Exhibition Dates: April 5–May 5, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 12-6pm

Pony with Pleated Headdress and Smoking with Pleated Headdress

Angst and Contempt : New Painting
Featuring Kharis Kennedy, Dana Kotler, Stacy Leigh, Melita Osheoitz, Sarah Sagarin

Pen + Brush is pleased to present Angst and Contempt: New Painting, an exhibition that highlights the work of five early career artists navigating the grim realities of today’s world through the context of contemporary painting.

The artists featured in Angst and Contempt put their practice as painters to the test by addressing issues of disillusionment, nihilism, and frustration in a way that demonstrates new ways of expressing the human condition and its darkest facets. They have mastered a command that revisits German Expressionist, Modernist, Surrealist, and Weimar Republic eras while employing their own authentic gestures that often reflect on personal histories and experiences. The work challenges viewers to confront a loss of innocence, or perhaps a loss of empathy, that becomes inherent in living in today’s society.

While this exhibition does not overtly explore thematic links to one particular historical movement, it is notable that much like their predecessors, these contemporary painters are also creating during a time period of extreme social and political turmoil.

*** About Pen + Brush: For the past 124 years, Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in the literary and visual arts. Pen + Brush supports the belief that art and literature created by women deserve to be recognized and valued on their merits–not judged by the gender of their makers. In 2015, Pen + Brush Gallery moved from its original location in Greenwich Village and re-launched in its current, expanded location at 29 East 22nd Street.

Learn more at www.penandbrush.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@penbrush) and Instagram (@penandbrushnyc).

For more information please contact April Hunt (april@sparkplug-pr.com).

Press Release

Angst and Contempt Pen and Brush Gallery

 

Opening Reception, April 5th, 6-8 pm : “Angst and Contempt” at Pen + Brush gallery (NYC)

I am looking forward to being back in NYC and would LOVE if you can join me for the opening reception of Angst and Contempt: New Painting at Pen + Brush gallery! I am beyond honored and excited to have my work included in this thematically timely exhibition.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6-8pm
Location: Pen + Brush, 29 E. 22nd St., NYC
Exhibition Dates: April 5–May 5, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 12-6pm

Pony with Pleated Headdress and Smoking with Pleated Headdress

Angst and Contempt : New Painting
Featuring Kharis Kennedy, Dana Kotler, Stacy Leigh, Melita Osheoitz, Sarah Sagarin

Pen + Brush is pleased to present Angst and Contempt: New Painting, an exhibition that highlights the work of five early career artists navigating the grim realities of today’s world through the context of contemporary painting.

The artists featured in Angst and Contempt put their practice as painters to the test by addressing issues of disillusionment, nihilism, and frustration in a way that demonstrates new ways of expressing the human condition and its darkest facets. They have mastered a command that revisits German Expressionist, Modernist, Surrealist, and Weimar Republic eras while employing their own authentic gestures that often reflect on personal histories and experiences. The work challenges viewers to confront a loss of innocence, or perhaps a loss of empathy, that becomes inherent in living in today’s society.

While this exhibition does not overtly explore thematic links to one particular historical movement, it is notable that much like their predecessors, these contemporary painters are also creating during a time period of extreme social and political turmoil.

Images: Kharis Kennedy, “Pony with Pleated Headdress” and “Smoking with Pleated Headdress,” oil mixed with glue on linen, each 23 x 19 inches. Photo credit: Quiana L. Adams.

For more information : Press Release

Angst and Contempt Pen and Brush Gallery