Every day we are bombarded with an army of sensory stimulations, the majority visual, which we in turn process almost automatically. Rarely do we pause to give thought to the mechanism of how we react to certain cues and filter the constant influx of surrounding information. We are thus lucky to have five New York artists take on this daunting task for us.
In the aptly titled ReVision exhibition, curator D. Dominick Lombardi brings together the explorative work of artists Paul Gagner, Stacy Greene, Eric Ramos Guerrero, Bill Gusky and Jeanne Tremel to showcase their diverse personal experiences and histories as interpreted through individually chosen subject matter, media, and other artistic choices. Within the close quarters of Galerie Protégé’s exhibition space, we see different narratives unfold and converge as each artist attempts to express outwardly what he or she perceives internally.
Eric Ramos Guerrero specifically overlays the digital with the actual in his color bomb prints that show the power of pigment in representing the intensity of human emotion. Paul Gagner sticks to the more traditional medium of oil paint but his paintings flaunt a nontraditional sense of humor, as they picture eccentric takes on the everyday situations we might encounter in our lives. Bill Gusky conversely presents us with colorful dreamscapes that force our mind to wander away from the everyday into nonsense and make-believe. Jeane Tremel’s whimsical mixed media installations also feature a convergence of reality and non, as she uses commonplace found objects like yarn and pins to create new, fanciful structures. Last but not least, Stacy Greene mixes media in her own way in her collage series Searching for Pierre Loti. The hodgepodge of visual imagery within Greene’s work moves our eyes and mind along in our own search for an answer behind her choice of tessellations.
ReVision is on view until the end of the year December 31st, 2015 at Galerie Protégé, 197 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 100011.
Writing by Lisa Marsova
Photographs provided by the gallery and Arte Fuse