Adjacent to Life

Defiant Flowers: Paintings by Stacy Harshman

July 19 - August 29, 2014

East Village artist Stacy Harshman paints ecstatic emanations that mirror the generative processes of nature.

While her method of gestural improvisation parallels that of the New York School Abstract-Expressionists, she complements the ponderous swagger of those earlier painters by embracing delicacy and the unapologetic pursuit of beauty as a value unto itself.

The incorporation of literal blossoms acknowledges that it “takes a lot of guts to be a flower.” To stand on display, freely offering beauty to all is a defiant show of confidence and strength, and an advocacy for the greater good.

                                                                               Curated by Mark Roth

Defiant Flowers: Paintings by Stacy Harshman is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

image: Stacy Harshman, collage, encaustic wax, paint, sand, mica powders, flowers, seeds and minerals on framed glass, 28” x 24”


Efflorescence: The Collages of Kennyray Scallon

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June 13 - July 18, 2014

East Village collage artist and graphic designer Kennyray Scallon redeploys the familiar imagery of our mediated environment to create a personal vision of a teeming world of ever-transmuting possibility. The environment depicted might be regarded as a synaptic landscape, a neural net that reveals a thought in the process of becoming.

Scallon works in an organic, intuitive manner. Images emerge like a flower unfolding. As in nature, the process is fractal, generating worlds within worlds, thoughts within thoughts until they attain the fullness of manifestation.

                                                                       Curated by Mark Roth

Efflorescence: The Collages of Kennyray Scallon is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

image: Kennyray Scallon, Diamond Dogs, collage, colored pencil and ink on board, 20” x 16”


Scenes From The Forest: Charlie Kulsziski

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May 9 – June 13, 2014


I studied sculpture and painting at the School of Visual Arts and Production Design at Purchase University. I have Art Directed for film and television including Amazon’s Alpha House, Steve McQueen’s Shame, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, David Kaplan’s Red Riding Hood, and other films and commercials.


I make scenery as artwork and use frames and boxes as prosceniums. Scenes From The Forest are montaged cut and pasted paper juxtaposing matte and gloss surfaces. They are like sets from a scary puppet show or story book. Unlike art directing, there is no script. As I work I create a world in my head that often has characters, time and place. I see creatures that look out from behind/between trees and the twilight hour makes for silhouettes with distant unknown light. I imagine being lost in these construction paper woods and finding my way through storybook nights and woodland frights.
                                                                                  

                                                                                     - Charlie Kulsziski

Scenes From The Forest resides at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B).

image: by Charlie Kulsziski, from the Scenes From The Forest series, cut paper, 16” x 24”

Curated by Mark Roth