Brian Rutenberg:Clear Seeing Spaces
Opening Friday, April 28 | April 28 – June 4
Well-known New York painter Brian Rutenberg’s bold chromatically intense oil paintings are on display at LewAllen Galleries in a show entitled Clear Seeing Place.
For more than 30 years, the artist’s response to the natural world has melded together the seen and the imagined. Inspired by a profound personal connection with the beauty of landscape, Rutenberg extracts its structures, supports, colors and fields, and reassembles them into a unique architecture of place and its experience. His vibrant, painterly abstractions are singular in that they push beyond charm and colorful loveliness; they instead assert themselves with a distinctive muscularity that vividly echoes the grandeur of the American land.
Portals to Invisible Worlds | March 31 – May 8
This exhibit showcases Cawein's recent paintings of orchids, peonies and gardenias: meditations on space, light, and perspective that intentionally blur the boundaries between still life and landscape, realism and abstraction.
With carefully arranged planes of soft focus and sharp, meticulous detail, these elegant canvases of mingling floral blossoms, light and glass create a sense of quiet transcendence. The natural world is Cawein's subject, but also apparent is the artist's interest in the effects of perspective on perception - his 'scenes' are witnessed through air, through glass, or as through the lens of a camera.
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