530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Marco Henrie
The Figure and Unknown Places
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • Tundra   Tundra
    Acrylic & Ink on Paper
    14" x 17"
    Marco Henrie

  • Lucky Charm   Lucky Charm
    Acrylic & Ink on Paper
    14" x 17"
    Marco Henrie

  • The Great Explorers   The Great Explorers
    Acrylic & Marker on Board
    13" x 10.5"
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    Marco Henrie

  • The Legend of the Flying Dutchman   The Legend of the Flying Dutchman
    Acrylic on Canvas
    36" x 48"
    Marco Henrie

  • The Great Wide Open   The Great Wide Open
    Acrylic on Canvas
    30" x 30"
    Marco Henrie


Marco Henrie

MARCO HENRIE

The Figure and Unknown Places
July 7 – July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

The paintings of Marco Henrie’s function like pictorial rituals. Inspired by Native American communities near where he grew up, Henrie’s works invoke tribalism as much as abstraction. Working mainly with acrylic paints on different surfaces (paper, canvas, cardboard), his take on abstraction emphasizes layering, and the spontaneous formations that occur when a color is translucently placed over another.

In a work like The Great Explorers, the vastness of the North American landscape is symbolized by the melding of a bird and woman. The fact that the figures are drawn with marker gives them a primitive appearance, like an aboriginal cave image. Compounded with this is the way layers of acrylic paint have settled behind the two figures, suggesting craggy desert sand. The sparseness of detail required to render these two figures shows to what extent indigenous Native American cultures have shaped the collective psyche of North Americans. Further, the diminutive landscape drawn at the bottom of the painting is rendered like a language, as though space itself could be deciphered like a visual legend or code.