Buster Levi is pleased to present a group exhibition by gallery artists in December 2016 at 121 Main Street in Cold Spring, New York. The show will run from December 2 through December 31, 2016. The opening for the show will be on Friday December 2 2016 from 6-8pm.  Gallery artists included in the show are Vincent Baldassano, Eric Erickson, Bill Kooistra, Martee Levi, Maria Pia Marrella and Ursula Schneider. For some of the artists, the show will highlight new directions for their work and for others, directions taken in the past that offer potential for future development.

Vincent Baldassano will be showing work that had been previously exhibited in the Hudson Valley at Collaborative Concepts and the Garrison Art Center. These paintings display some of Baldassano’s current interest in architecture though in a far more expressionist and to some extent ‘playful’ manner. The handing of paint is energetic and the color is bold. Eric Erickson will be showing a larger painting along with a related smaller work. Erickson’s work has long been involved with erasure and unexpected compositional or spatial elements. There is an illogical logic to his work, balanced but teetering on falling apart.  Placement often seems arbitrary and spatial positioning is always ambiguous through the partial covering or sanding of images that elsewhere are in sharp focus within the painting.  Bill Kooistra will also be showing a painting and a related smaller work. Both works are part of a current series of abstract paintings that attempt to juxtapose multiple textures and surfaces.

Maria Pia Marrella is also showing new work. Though they are landscapes, a subject she has been working with for a while, her approach to these works differs. Marrella characterizes these paintings as: “being influenced by themes of aggression, moods of dislocation in an ironic painterly, expressive style.” Space is compressed in these paintings, one feels as if they are in the midst of the landscape and the equal attention paid to each part of the canvas makes it difficult to focus and get oriented. The paint application is varied and along with the colors, pushes forward rather than receding in space. Martee Levi on the other hand will be exhibiting a pair of earlier works. Both paintings are related to her current collage/paintings though different in their inclusion of drawn lines and marks. The compositions are asymmetrically irregular, painted aggressively, and the drawing either defines similar shapes as the collage elements or toning areas with color shapes. Ursula Schneider will be showing a pair of woodcut prints that address her interest in experimentation with process and the relationship of; “Nature Human Nature”.  In the print Circle Split, Schneider created an image with random marks that were printed once and then again upside down for the second layer.

Buster Levi Gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 12-6 pm.

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