Archive for the ‘Palm Beach Art Scene’ Category
Tomorrow night, Saturday, May 25, 2013, a one-woman exhibit of the work of Palm Beach-based artist Elle Schorr will be on view from 7 till 11 pm at Project Fine Art by Helium Creative in the FAT arts district in Fort Lauderdale. For more info visit www.projectfineart.com or call 954-333-8900.
Schorr is an artist I have a great deal of respect and admiration for. I’ve written about her work before. I met her in 2011 when she organized a photography exhibit at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach and I wrote about the exhibit and her work for Palm Beach ArtsPaper.
I mentioned her again in the Palm Beach 2013 season preview for art that I wrote for the paper back in the fall because she runs these wonderful art salons, also at the Armory. There are two different salons. The Mixed / Multi Media Salon is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. The other is the Art, Women and Culture Salon, which is held on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 till 8:30pm. They explore artists who have been influential and inspirational, and discuss participants’ own contemporary art practices. Schorr has lectured on her photography, and organized several group presentations. (Read more about Schorr’s salons here: http://www.armoryart.org/ArtSalons )
My admiration for Schorr is the result of both her talent and her commitment to art in South Florida. She’s the most in-the-know-about-art person I know here. Not only does she organize the salons, but she supports all of the major art events and exhibits by other artists in the county at galleries and museums. If I want to know about interesting art events happening anywhere in between Palm Beach and Miami, I know that Schorr is the right person to ask.
Her commitment to art is complemented by the fact that she supports others. She gives back to the artistic community and I admire that. Her salons give many local artists the opportunity to showcase their talent and their expertise and that’s something that was really needed here in Palm Beach before she began. So, she’s also helping to shape a supportive community for artists, and even art writers like myself.
And her work is excellent. She’s an extremely talented photographer who sees the world in her own unique way and brings that vision to her viewer. Her photographs look like collages, but they are not. Rather, they are reflections of images in windows and those images are often full of interesting people and objects, color and composition. In many ways, Schorr’s work reminds me of the photo-realist paintings that Richard Estes did in the 60s. Yet, Schorr attributes her use of reflections to being spurred by an exhibit she saw of the work of Lee Friedlander, who also did many photos of reflections in his car’s rear-view window.
Schorr also references Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott and Diane Arbus as artists that have influenced her. What makes her work so unique is her penchant for capturing a reflection at precisely the moment when there’s something very interesting happening. Often, you’ll think she’s incorporated multiple images into the work when it’s really just one reflection that was caught at a moment when the light shone a certain way to creative multiple reflected images. Schorr says that she’s fascinated by the interplay of light and shadows and watching, “…different things emerge and disappear.”
An artist is always showing the viewer their viewpoint, but when what is being shown is a reflection the work takes on multiple layers of intrigue and that’s what I find most captivating about Schorr’s imagery. I find myself creating narratives in my mind about what I’m seeing reflected back at me and those narratives likely say more about me and my associations than they do about Schorr’s intention, and that’s another layer.
You can see more of Schorr’s work and learn more about her on her website: http://elleschorrphotography.com/presentations.php
I caught a great show last week on my second visit to Palm Beach’s Liman Gallery. This time it showcased work by a young artist named Gaelin Rosenwaks. I was as equally impressed by this show as I was by the Emily Zuch show I’d seen there a few weeks prior. I’m a bit surprised to find such cutting-edge art at a gallery in Palm Beach. I expect to see work of this caliber and creativity in Miami, but not necessarily in SoFla’s sleepiest and most exclusive enclave. Here, I guess, the stereotypical notions I hold in my mind make me think I’ll find pretty seascapes and pictures of Palm trees and hibiscus flowers, not a socio-commentary on the ills and ravages of over-fishing.
But that’s what I found at Rosenwaks exhibit, “Global Catch: Portraits of a Precious Resource.” My friend Elle Schorr was with me. She’s an accomplished and innovative fine art photographer. So, I greatly value her opinion and as soon as we entered the small gallery space, she told me she was impressed. What we saw in front of us, on all of the gallery walls, and hung salon-style cascading up towards the ceiling, were photographs of fish and fish markets. This is how the Liman Gallery’s press release described Rosenwaks’ work:
“As a marine scientist focusing a majority of her academic career on fisheries, Gaelin Rosenwaks
personally witnessed the tremendous declines in fish populations and the devastation happening to
our oceans. Because of this, she set out to document the diversity of fish and how different cultures
approach their consumption of fish and other marine resources. The Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations reports that 47% of major fish stocks in the world are considered
fully exploited, 18% are considered over-exploited and 10% are considered depleted. In total 75% of
the world’s fish stocks are harvested either to their maximum or beyond, an alarming statistic as we
move into the future. However what Rosenwaks found in her quest to document this consumption is
that many of the largest consumers of seafood appreciate the resource in a way she could have never
imagined. The fish are treated as precious jewels, carefully handled and displayed in vivid colors.”
There was a lot to take in, but the photographs told a story and I felt compelled by that story, even though it’s one that I had no knowledge about, or even interest in, until I saw this exhibit. After I stopped marveling at the photos, I began to marvel at the fact that Rosenwaks is a Duke-educated marine scientist. So her art is an extension and expression of her work and studies. It’s admirable that she found a way to use her creativity and intelligence to make a statement about something she clearly feels very passionate about. She’s definitely an artist to watch. She also has created a very interesting company. Please visit Global Ocean Explorations to learn more about her and to watch videos and see more photos.
Last week, I trekked up to Palm Beach — and I mean way up beyond Worth Avenue to near where The Breakers is — to review a show of work by Emily Zuch at the Liman Gallery. I’m so glad I did. I really fell in love with this gallery, which occupies one large gallery space at the corner of the Paramount Building and another smaller exhibition space a few storefronts down.
In both of these spaces, Ellen Liman has created a charming venue for art that includes a nook area for out-of-print and rare art books, as well as ample exhibitions space that is teeming with art work from some very well-known artists, but everything is so jam-packed that if you don’t look closely and take your time, you’ll miss some real gems.
For example, what made this visit even more of a delight, Liman had a work by one of my favorite artists, who I also wrote my senior thesis about, Miriam Schapiro. Schapiro emerged in significance during the 70s when she was recognized as part of a group of feminist artists that included Judy Chicago who helped elevate traditional female crafts, such as needlepoint and quilting, to “high art” status.
Liman has a great eye and is also very well-connected in the art world. She attends all the major fairs in the US and Europe and she’s bringing cutting edge and interesting contemporary art to Palm Beach. Her gallery is not to be missed if you’re visiting or even if you live here and have never been.
I also enjoyed Zuch’s exhibit, “The Land of Fake Nature.” Zuch, who is 27, created large-scale oil paintings done on sheets of paper that are colorful and imaginative, as well as smaller drawings that bring to mind the work of Edward Gorey. You can read more about her in my review of the show for the Palm Beach ArtsPaper.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Ellen Roberts, the new Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art for the Palm Beach ArtsPaper (click to read the interview). I think she’s terrific and I was impressed by her enthusiasm and knowledge. When I met with her, she’d been at her post less than two weeks and she already knew the museum’s collection like she’d been there for years. In the photo I took above (that unfortunately came out very dark) she stands between Edward Hopper’s August in the City (1945) and Charles Sheeler’s Shadow and Substance (1950).
I’m finally writing again after more than a month of not feeling well. The fog is slowly lifting as I sort through everything that got neglected and I’m still not quite 100 percent. However, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see an exhibit from an artist that works in my favorite region of the world, the Hudson River Valley. I was born there. I lived on the Hudson River for 10 years. My window faced the Tappan Zee Bridge.
I miss it every day. Wait, let me say that again. I miss it every single day.
So, I was not going to miss seeing Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Landscape and Trees, which opened at the Norton Museum of Art this past weekend. I attended the preview on Thursday with curator Cheryl Brutvan and on Sunday I attended a public event with Cheryl and Sylvia.
I got teary eyed while looking at Plimack Mangold’s paintings of the Maple, Elm, Locust and Pin Oak trees that surround her studio in Washingtonville, NY, also the hometown to NY’s oldest winery, Brotherhood. It also happens to lie in between Goshen and Middletown, areas I drove to often as a kid with my parents when we’d pick up and return my beloved, and now departed stepbrother Greg. So, this is a place that really has a special place in my heart. Plus, it’s less than 50 miles south of the Catskills where Thomas Cole worked.
I liked the exhibit very much. I’m a tad more emotional in my approach to the subliminal beauty of the region, however, than Plimack Mangold, who emerges from the Minimalist tradition. But no matter how analytical and heady one may be, it’s hard not to capture the essence of what makes the Hudson Valley so beautiful when you’re painting its landscapes and trees.
I submitted my review to the Palm Beach ArtsPaper yesterday, but I only had 800 words, which was a challenge because Brutvan provided many references and information in the exhibit’s accompanying catalog. And, despite the subject matter, Plimack Mangold’s work is complex and requires both context and explanation to really fully “get” it.
Up next: I’m now reading through books given to me by Andrew Stevovich, one of my favorite American painters and my next subject, and then want to contact an Italian photographer named Mauro D’Agati….
Italian Modern and Contemporary Art – Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach
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