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Nyehaus Presents Peter Alexander New Resin Works

Pink Signage for Peter Alexander Show
This Sign Says: Peter Alexander New Resin Works (All Photos By Gail, Click on any Image to Enlarge)

Nyehaus Gallery, located in a gorgeous restored brownstone on West 20th Street, has launched an exciting exhibition of new resin works by pioneering California-based Light and Space artist, Peter Alexander. This exhibit was a delightful companion piece to the Keith Sonnier exhibit I saw at Mary Boone last month, being all about minimalism, color and the interaction of light and art.

Red Square By Peter Alexander

Red and Green Perspective By Peter Alexander

Alexander described these works – in which fields of what initially appears to be one color vary in their gradation and degree of saturation – as being, “Like what water does on coastlines when you fly above it, that movement from saturated color to transparency where it fades and becomes part of the sand. I’m interested in addressing that moment with this work, when the whole piece becomes part of a greater thing, part of the air. It addresses the room it’s in. It wants to become a part of the room by disappearing into it.”

Pale Pink Square By Richard Alexander

Based on impressions I got from perusing Nyehaus’s Online Catalog of Alexander’s resin works (way worth checking out at that link, by the way), I was expecting a greater number of pieces in this exhibit. Sadly, there is only a fraction of the works on display throughout Nyehaus’s three floors of gallery space. Still, it is worth a trip for fans of color and minimalism.

What I love about Alexander’s work is how it challenges the viewer’s ways of seeing. In contrast to traditional paint on canvas, resin affords these works endless ability to play with the light of the rooms in which they are displayed. It’s challenging to capture the subtleties with a point and shoot camera, but very much in evidence when experiencing the artworks in person. I’ve tried to show the contrast in the shots below:

Blue Square Perspective By Peter Alexander

Blue Square Viewed from Hallway Outside Gallery

Blue Square By Peter Alexander

Blue Square Viewed from Close Up

Blue Square Detail By Peter Alexander

Blue Square Edge Detail

Beverages

Another fun and inviting aspect of any opening reception at Nyehaus is the fact that they always serve a selection of delicious Latin dishes, prepared fresh in the Nyehaus open kitchen. These days, many galleries have even cut back on serving wine at openings, so to have a full meal prepared for you is simply unheard of on the Chelsea gallery scene.

Pita and DipsServing food also boosts the social aspect of these gatherings, breaks down walls and brings people together. It’s such a great idea and so generous of Nyehaus.

Chicken Skewers

Latin Food

New Resin Works by Peter Alexander will be on Display at Nyehaus, located at 358 West 20th Street (just East of 9th Avenue) until April 20th, 2013. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Six Rod Array

Pink and Green Rod

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Damien Echols to Exhibit Original Artwork at NYC's Sacred Gallery

Damien Echols Banner

Sacred Gallery NYC is pleased to announce: Damien Echols’ Moving Forward; Looking Back

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 2013 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Artist Statement:
These pieces of art are all things I created from my cell on death row, where I spent 18 years for a crime I did not commit. During that time, I had to scavenge for any supplies I got, often bartering for them in the prison underground.

I eventually received ordination in the Rinzai tradition of Japanese Buddhism. This is the same tradition that trained the samurai in ancient Japan. It was this background which was the driving force behind much of my artwork. Most of it was the result of me attempting to turn my cell into a shrine, where I would practice meditation from 5 to 7 hours a day.

Most of the pieces I created over the years were either given to friends as gifts of gratitude or destroyed by vindictive prison guards. These pieces are all that remain of my 18 years in Hell.

This collection will showcase a series of drawings, collage works and a set of craft items Damien made while in prison. Both originals and prints will be available for purchase.

About Damien Echols:
Damien Echols is best known as part of the wrongfully imprisoned West Memphis Three. Echols has been well-documented in books, films, songs and more. After his release in August of 2011, after 18 years on death row, Echols got the chance to document it himself in his just-released memoir, Life After Death: a frustrating, honest and surprisingly joyful account of a life lived under trying circumstances.

This Exhibition’s opening reception is not open to the public. Visit Brown Paper Tickets to purchase tickets for $10.00 each. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project.

About Dharma Friends Prison Outreach:
Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project is under the umbrella of our non-profit foundation, COMPASSION WORKS FOR ALL which helps to support and promote those efforts that benefit the most forgotten and most disenfranchised in our world. All of our projects support the teaching and development of compassion as the most effective tool to bring healing to the world. More info on Dharma Friends can be found at. http://dharmafriendsprisonoutreachproject.com/