Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Catch William Holman Gallery, Rebecca Bird's SYMMETRY Wednesday, September 16, from 6 to 8pm Exhibition on view from September 9 - October 10, 2015

Rebecca Bird: SYMMETRY   
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16, from 6 to 8pm  
Exhibition on view from September 9  -  October 10, 2015  

William Holman Gallery | 65 Ludlow Street | New York |  
Rebecca Bird, Helix, 2015, marbling, acrylic and oil on canvas, 50 x 30 inches
NEW YORK, August 11, 2015 -William Holman Gallery is pleased to present a second major exhibition of Rebecca Bird's new paintings and watercolors which explore the aesthetic ideal of symmetry in abstract forms, landscapes, floating geographies and waterscapes. 

The works in Symmetry challenge our visual understanding of landscape and space as images that impose rationality (North is up) and subjectivity (foreground/background) on nature.  Bird has twisted the visual language of the landscape using 'double' and 'mirror' images to evoke mystical imagery and scenes from memory, cultural traces of Niagara Falls, and vast imaginary floating islands. The remarkable realism of her draughtsmanship renders many of the works as readable 'places' but they are also unsettling, surreal and reveal traces of anxiety.  The viewer becomes completely engaged in composition and detail - but is never completely secure about where she 'stands' in relationship to the work.

Rebecca Bird, Descent, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 72 x 72 inches
Descent, (72 x 72 inches) is an exquisite and surreal landscape painting in which hundreds of gaudily colored discarded shoes spill over the dusty walls of a crumbing Egyptian building in a composition based on Rembrandt's Descent from the Cross.  The sumptuary painting of the shoes suggests the brief life of consumer goods, while the indistinct urban setting suggests the obscure final destination of discarded products.  The missing half of the story appears in Sour Grapes, 2015; a New York storefront full of plastic fruit, packaging and display

William Holman Gallery                           Subways: 
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