Summer is noted as the time when the gallery scene slows down and boards up for the season. The lazy dog days of the temperature-busting climate leave everyone wanting in the quiet days before Labor Day weekend. Shows are riding it out placidly then close with a wisp of faint fond memories in anticipation for the fall openers. A recently opened gallery on Ludlow Street (yes there are other streets with art on the LES) decided to have a Summer Show that featured seven artists that are new to their stable. William Holman Gallery simply touted its Summer Show: New Artists with an opening last June 19th and AF came for some visual heat.
Not at all thematic and just a great preview of what this gallery will be presenting with these seven bonafide talents in upcoming exhibitions: Richard Barnet(watercolor/ink), Rebecca Bird (watercolor), Robert Clark (woodblock prints), Gail Goldsmith (stoneware clay sculptures), Rosa Lasaosa (abstract paintings), Liv Mette Larsen (paintings), and Ernestine Ruben (photographic images on paper). The common thread for all of them is the high caliber craftsmanship.
Weaving our way through the packed opening really made the temperatures rise as each work was definitely a visual feast. As art lovers milled about and enjoyed drinks and refreshments for the occasion, we were fortunate to bump into some of the artists. Rebecca Bird (who invited AF to the show) delighted with her watercolors that are powerful and intense. It takes solid control and skills to make this most unpredictable of mediums appear graphically rich in its tone. The choice to have a more saturated background instead of the traditional white gave it weight and heft that totally blew it out of the “water” where it eschewed the dainty impression of this art genre. Another piece that caught our attention was the erotic feel of photographic images on paper swirling and morphing insidiously which turned out to be the work of Ernestine Ruben. A vibrant artist herself and calling us “sharp” but most likely the compliment would best describe her work also. Sharp, stark, and teeming with the right kind of eroticism. It definitely upped the atmospheric temperature a few more degrees that evening.
In general, the gallery with its choice of artists made a searing impression of what it has in store for the upcoming months. No way it is quiet or laid back in its programming as it has proven with this group show. It is not merely a flash point but a steady burn where it aims to sear into memory all these hot property.
Summer Show: New Artists / On View: June 19 – July 19, 20132
Gallery Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday (10:30 am – 6:00 pm)
William Holman Gallery. 65 Ludlow Street (corner of Grand Street). NYC, NY 10002
art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
select images from William Holman Gallery courtesy of the artists
event photography by: Deukyun Hwang