Adjacent to Life

Traces: Paintings and Prints by Kaitlin Pomerantz

August 29 - October 10, 2014

Absence fills Kaitlin Pomerantz’s paintings, implying tales, lives and loves removed, relocated or forgotten. What remains is an arena of opaque nostalgia that also reveals a witty parallel narrative of Painting’s resilience.  With earnest irony, Pomerantz’s act of painting a vacated picture asserts Painting’s continued, albeit problematized, mysterious power: absence becomes a presence.

Kaitlin Pomerantz is a Philadelphia-based artist with roots in the East Village, where she was born and raised. Featured paintings and prints were made in the artist’s studio and at San Francisco’s Crown Point Press.

                                                                         Curated by Mark Roth

Traces: Paintings and Prints by Kaitlin Pomerantz 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: Kaitlin Pomerantz, Untitled (Mirror), Oil on wood panel, 42” x 32”


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”