With temperatures warming up over the past week, Thursday ended up being the perfect night for a little Chelsea gallery hopping. This Thursday, February 18th, Agora Gallery’s reception was in celebration of the newest exhibition, Fragmented Reality, which features the work of 20 artists who each deal with reconstructing the visions of reality. With artists and guests from all over the world in attendance, Agora Gallery was the place to be.
We had the chance to speak with a few of the displaying artists about their artwork and how they’ve created a unique artistic style.
With paintings that focus on bringing the feminine form to life in both a natural and surreal manner, the fluid and curved strokes that Anderson uses show his appreciation of the body. “My work is about being comfortable with being human,” he says, “it’s all about the energy and a true nakedness – it’s powerful stuff.”
Having recently traveled around the world, Anderson has had the opportunity to paint a new series of works based his experiences and mentioned how “wonderful it is to see the female form” in details such as the cobblestones of an alleyway street.
A self-taught artist (and a dentist by trade), Arzate has an incredible skill for molding different materials into a variety of forms, whether they be human or beast. His work brings to life the relationship between man and nature.
“I believe that there is a duality in everything. You can find things like light and darkness and when you find the balance between the two, that is when you create that “fantastic realism.” He says, “I am drawn to nature, and I like to show the similar qualities and the mix of emotions between animals and men.”
Having grown up in the city of Lviv, Ukraine, Borovyk has always been surrounded by culture rich with architecture and art. Although he now lives in New York, he says that he believes art, particularly his own, is really a part of “where you come from, who your teachers were, and what you’ve experienced.”
Many of his works showcase streets, entryways, stair cases, and building. “Each doorway, each building, each cobblestone tells a different story,” he says. “It is all about the layers of life.”
What sets Peake’s work apart from other artists is not only his unique take on portraiture, using a birds’-eye view to gain a new perspective of the scene, but it is his way of showing the viewer each work from a variety of angles. Using his own creation, the “RoFrame,” one can actually rotate the artwork while displayed on the wall.
His interest in movable paintings was spurred by a group painting exercise where each participant adding onto one part of the paper, and then when it was complete, the group would turn the work to each side. With each turn came a new painting, and they were made aware of the “conscious attention to making art but also the unconscious decisions [that each artist made] that don’t get recognized.”
These artists and more are currently showing in Agora Gallery’s first and second floor spaces. You can see their work until March 3rd, 2016 or view their art at ARTmine.com.
Agora Gallery is open from 11 AM – 6 PM Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free.