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4 x 4 opens at Barbara Archer Gallery / Friday, May 17th

Posted in Barbara Archer Gallery, i-45 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by i45art
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Left to Right: Benjamin JonesLe Reveil Qui Sonne, 1985-1991, mixed media on paper; Lydia WallsBurt Reynolds, 2013, gouache and graphite on panel; Linda HallHollow Dogs, 2013, mixed media; Joseph KurhajecShaman, n.d., unique collograph


Join us for the opening of 4 x 4
Friday, May 17th from 7-9pm
featuring the work of
Benjamin Jones, Lydia Walls, Linda Hall & Joseph Kurhajec

 4 x 4 features the work of 4 artists and 4 compelling series.  Though each artist is unique, their common visual threads are raw and bold, weaving the work together. 


Benjamin Jones, a notoriously reclusive artist, is ready to reveal the inner voices and thoughts behind his iconic drawings by opening the pages of his visual journals.  HISTORY, Jones’ title for this series, includes journals from 1985 to the present, allowing viewers to handle and explore 15 of the intricate books for themselves.

Though a few were previously shown at Freight + Volume Gallery in New York, and the Whitney Museum of Art owns two, the artist never intended for so many of his intimate journals to be seen by the public.  But now is the time since they mark an end of a chapter.  Jones says he is “on the verge of introducing a completely new drawing style.”

Each page is a deliberate composition designed to get every element just right before starting larger finished drawings.  The pages become individual treasures in themselves, mixing poetic text and bold imagery.

Benjamin Jones Bio  


Lydia Walls’, powerful portraits honor 100 SOUTHERNERS who have shaped the culture in which she was raised.

Walls always loved portraits but “didn’t have the confidence to paint people,” she says.  After visiting Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, his crude yet riveting portraits set her free.  It’s important to Walls that the series of 6”x 6” paintings are accessible to everyone.  Enjoy these delightful portraits, steeped in nostalgia, celebrating Johnny Cash, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mayor Ivan Allen, Helen Keller, B.B. King, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Mitchell, Little Richard, James Brown, two famous southern animals – Willie B the gorilla and Uga the dog – and many more.

Lydia Walls Bio


Linda Hall’s HOLLOW DOGS AND OTHER HOLY REMNANTS blends the feminine craft of quilt-making with the traditionally masculine sport of hunting.  Handmade quilts collected from friends are sewn around life size taxidermy forms made of Styrofoam.  Her other-worldly creatures are embellished with layers of paint and beads.  According to Hall, once the shape is set, the form is removed leaving hollow “containers for the spirit.”  Included are a full grown grizzly bear, raccoons, dogs, coyotes and deer, displayed in a tradition similar to 19th century trophy rooms.  The artist seeks to re-ignite our universal connection to wilderness and a wild side in all of us that is in danger of being lost.

Linda Hall Bio


Joseph Kurhajec is a world traveler who currently lives in Merida, Mexico, Paris and upstate New York.  His collographs – relief printed from plates enhanced with paint, fur, reptile skins, human hair and cloth – are one-of-a-kind images.  Deeply influenced by African fetishes and ritual objects from prehistoric cultures, his work seems to come from another place and time.  SPIRITUAL MYSTERIES presents Kurhajec’s powerful and intriguing unique prints.

Joseph Kurhajec Bio

Whitespace Gallery

Posted in i-45, Whitespace Gallery with tags , , , on September 4, 2010 by i45art

Softcore War

New works by Ann-Marie Manker

Whitespace is pleased to present an exhibition by Ann-Marie Manker.  Her new works explore psychological narratives through the representation of figurative imagery within fantasy landscapes.  Softcore War focuses on the daydreams of a young female would-be suicide bomber.  The imagery supposes the loss of childhood innocence and the longing for an idealized afterlife through suggestive acts or claims of violence.  Manker emasculates the war with her flirtatious subjects and chooses her own symbols for destruction including ammunition that is comprised of birthday candles and balloons, masks made of panties, dishcloths or fur and destroyed cars that melt like ice cream cakes in pale pink or turquoise environments. It is the coming of age where a sweet 16 turns salty or deadly in a sugarcoated world that remains isolated and disconnected from the true realities of war.  Manker also employs her use of animal imagery portraying swans and lambs both metaphorically and symbolically in the dual role of victim and accomplice.

Exhibition Dates: September 10 – October 9

Opening reception: Friday, September 10,  7 – 10 pm

Softcore War

Whitespace Gallery

Posted in Whitespace Gallery with tags , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by i45art

“Seepages” curated by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel

On June 25th, our next exhibit Seepages will open. Curated by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Seepages is a collaborative project by artists whose works are a response to inhabiting and navigating contemporary urban and suburban environments. Their work explores the idea that urban, suburban, and natural realms are not separate entities, but rather permeable, fluid spaces that connect and seep into each other.

Participating Artists: Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Arden Bendler Browning, Van Stiefel, Thomas Vance, John Otte, Kate Stewart & Ward Davenny.

Exhibit Dates: June 25-July 31
Opening Reception: Friday, June 25 | 7 – 10
Conversation with the Artists: Saturday, June 26th @ 3pm