Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the paintings and photographs of Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb, and Martin Weinstein. “The Landscape Revisited” will be on display September 6 to 27, 2013. An opening reception will take place September 12 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to all.
The works of Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb, and Martin Weinstein are meditations on the landscape, both real and imagined. Jonathan Beer combines a vision of the landscape with elements of human construction in imagined spaces that draw a parallel between cognitive functions and the workings of nature. Gottlieb’s recent black and white archival inkjet prints of the sea and sky, taken from the same third floor window in Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, are natural, unaltered and never cropped. Martin Weinstein creates his Hudson Valley inspired landscapes by layering 3-5 clear acrylic sheets into a single multilayered whole imbued with the complexities of memory. All three artists’ works combine to examine how memory works and the inherent feelings of loss that accompany reflection and remembering.
Through images that employ both the landscape and constructed forms, Jonathan Beer’s work explores how the human mind seeks to construct its own versions of reality. These large scale paintings and drawings, done between 2009 and 2012, represent a body of work that connects the idea of natural systems with the workings of the human mind.
Beer states, “Like nature, the mind is involved in acts of creation, destruction and chance. As humans, we exist as membranes between external experience and the interior world of cognition and memory. These paintings seek to explore the geography of that membrane, to observe and depict mental processes that are constantly in transition.”
Gottlieb’s “Waves in Black and White”, 2011 is a series of 30 seascapes always photographed at sunset when the light was at its most beautiful at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York. A study in black and white allows Gottlieb to explore the most basic elements of composition: contrasting light, texture and form. Even though Gottlieb was shooting in black and white, the fading light from the sunset lent a soft luminescence to the waves.
“It transforms an image into something more conceptual, deconstructing a scene and reducing it to its forms and tones,” says Gottlieb. “The intention is to explore the ever-changing sea and sky at each fleeting moment, and to invite viewers to connect to their own memories of the universal, timeless quality of the experience at the edge of the sea.”
In his current paintings, Weinstein focuses on the countryside of the North of England and the Hudson River Valley. Weinstein paints by building up several layers of poured acrylic paint and acrylic medium, sanding extensively between layers and ultimately forming a “skin” on the surface. His painting comes out of intense personal experiences, including conscious and unconscious dynamics. None of this is “coded” into the work, nor do the paintings simply embody his emotions. Rather, they visualize the process of self-revelation in a kind of internal dialogue.
“I see the artist’s role as restating the internal psychological object through a language of images that make that object relevant to humanity,” says Weinstein. “ The images themselves come from both within my imagination and from the natural and manmade environment around me.”
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