• Ilona Szwarc’s “American Girls” and Val Britton’s “Cosmology” to open at Foley Gallery

    Ilona Szwarc’s  “American Girls” June 5th- July 3rd 

    Opening reception: June 5th, 6-8pm

    Ilona Szwarc's  "American Girls"
    Ilona Szwarc’s “American Girls”

    “The American Girls doll series speak to the ideals, dreams and opportunities liberating young American girls helping to define them as young women. “

    Foley is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of photographer Ilona Szwarc.

    Ilona Szwarc’s ‘American Girls’, is a classically stylized portraiture series identifying varied juvenile personalities across our country. Young girls are accompanied by a customized version of themselves, a modern ‘American Girl’ doll shown helping them along in their early growth.

    The dynamics of the series’ content guides the viewer into the guileless aesthetics of childhood. In response to her subjects, Szwarc posits an utterance of unrest in her imagery. These pictures reveal that the American Girl doll can also give an illusion of choice, a catalyst for fantasies of distinction. Each doll can be customized and treated to look exactly like its owner, yet all of them have the same origins and beneath their costume they bear the same form.

    The relationship between the girls and their dolls embellish privileges of first-world childhood while addressing problems in euro-centric gender ideology. The feminist values inherent to Szwarc’s work draw from the source of what contributes to shaping a young woman’s virtues while celebrating the history of being a young lady growing up today, and the performativity American culture encourages. Dolls supplement girlhood through fun, enchanting play, where the power of youth and the inimitable innocence is affirmed as totally unique. Szwarc captures the desire for individuality and the liberating influence having a doll so similar to oneself can have for a young girls imagination and ultimately her world-view.

    Szwarc is an award-winning photographer, who lives and works in New York City. She was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. She has had a solo exhibition at Claude Samuel gallery in Paris and Maison de la Photographie in Lille, France. Her work has been featured in numerous publications worldwide including The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New Yorker and The UK SundayTimes Magazine.  “American Girls” has received worldwide recognition, having been highlighted in The New York Times Lens Blog, MSNBC Today.com and The Huffington Post, among others.

    American Girls will remain on view through July 3rd.  FOLEY is open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6PM

    .  To request images, please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or info@foleygallery.com

    Val Britton’s “Cosmology” June 5th- July 3rd

    Opening reception: June 5th, 6-8pm

    Val Britton's "Cosmology"
    Val Britton’s “Cosmology”

    “Metaphysical cosmology seeks to draw intuitive conclusions about the nature of the universe, man, a supernatural creator, and/or their relationships based on the extension of some set of presumed facts borrowed from spiritual experience and/or observation.” – Wikipedia

    Foley is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of mixed-media artist Val Britton.

    Letting go of figurative icons and utilizing the language of abstraction to explore emotional and psychological space, Val Britton’s new series, Cosmology maps thefeatures of a theoretical universe.

    Creating a world beyond perception and regular logic, Britton models a personal cosmology, visually diagramming the physical and psychological in the space of her medium. Each work represents her identification of formal aesthetic issues of composition, abstraction, process, and material relationships.

    Beginning from an intuitive exploration of the paper, she cultivates abstract space to create a pliable structure, connecting fragments of paper together while removing others with the character of a line drawing.  Each piece speaks the language of personal cartography.

    Assembling the physicality of unexplored territories, Briton discovers and realizes her manifold vision. Cosmology becomes a metaphor for the fluidity of remembering, mimicking the geologic layers that constitute memories. With the handmade element of craft allowing for the beauty of uncertainty, Britton suggests clairvoyance visualized with the science of mapping the unknown into her complex and intuitive practice.

    Val Britton received her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Her work has been commissioned all over the country including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and the San Francisco International Airport. In 2014, she will be a resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

    Cosmology will remain on view through July 3rd, 2013.  FOLEY is open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6PM.  To request images, please contact the gallery at 212,244.9081 or info@foleygallery.com






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