Artist Profiles

Tags - 2009
mixed media on wood panel
18 x 54 in. (45.7 x 137 cm)
18 x 18 in. triptych (45.7 x 45.7 cm triptych

Michael Shemchuk's paintings are simple arrangements of colors, forms, lines and textures. These elements are applied and proportioned to create a surface of rhythm and balance. Shemchuk harvests memories and experiences of color and pattern observed in nature, incorporating them into his work and creating vital abstract landscapes.

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Balancing Act - 2010
aluminum and polyfiber
132h x 135 w x 7d in. (335h x 343w x 18d cm)

The simplicity of the forms created by Ferrari Rowley, elicit a time/space phenomenology concerning human relationships. Form exists as meaning with lines, planes, and volume integrating via translucency, light and shadow. Paradoxes reside in our perception of interiors and exteriors, and the yielding v. non-yielding materials of aluminum and polyfiber. Freestanding or extending off walls, the works are physically and visually almost weightless in space and possess a glowing light-box effect.

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The Old Man - 2009
oil on panel
16 x 19 in. (40.6 x 48

These narrative paintings on panel and canvas interpret expressions of human character and relationships among Russian expatriates living around Brighton Beach, NY. Miretsky's people are stylistically frozen in the 60's via their teased bouffant hairstyles, tight dresses, pants and open necked shirts. These characters are often humorous and engaging as they are caught in these selected moments of time.


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Untitled (Oakland Ca. 1962) - 1962
silver gelatin photograph
11 x 14 in. (28 x 35.5 cm

The  black and white photographs that form Putnam's project Sleep were made from 1962 to the present and show people from around the world sleeping in public places. The sleepers, found on grass, on benches, on surfaces one would not imagine sleep were possible, assume trusting and unusual postures in their universal pursuit of a moments escape from the trials of everyday life. Sleep has been published in book form in three editions, first in 1977, and subsequently in 2005 and 2007.

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No. 1677 - 2009
cut, torn, painted and pasted papers
7.5 x 5.5 in (19 x 14 cm

These collage works of cut, torn, painted and pasted papers have a small intimate scale. The rectangle both dominates and gives structure to the work with attention to the surface detail and layering. With a compositional ordering, avoiding any illusionistic references, each piece becomes a composed self-contained presence.

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