Two Concurrent Shows
PYRO Gallery Presents: Two Concurrent Solo Shows:
The Next Call: LetterForms
WOW: Wonderful Old Women
Keith Auerbach Ann Stewart Anderson
February 21st, 2013 through March 30th, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22nd, 2013: 6-9 PM
First Friday Trolley Hop: Friday, March 1st, 2013: 6-9 PM
On first look, the work by Keith Auerbach "The Next Call: LetterForms" and that of Ann Stewart Anderson "WOW - wonderful old women" have almost nothing in common. Although both artists work in two dimensional format, Auerbach's images exude elegance and fluid arabesques of movement; Anderson's portraits of imagined women are blatantly figurative and emotional.
However, both artists are concerned with similar concepts. Auerbach begins with original text, print, fonts, hieroglyphs, and graffiti and transforms them into intriguing abstract images.
Anderson cuts pages from art magazines employing scissors and glue to re-vision the elements to create features, clothing and jewelry for her ladies. Both artists are actively engaged in a process of masking and unmasking.The dynamics of actually cutting an image of a John Chamberlain sculpture from a magazine and pasting it on a woman's head both conceals the original work while it is revealed in its new form as a stylish hat.
For Auerbach, 15th century Latin Gutenberg script twists into fossil forms. The patinated colors of Egyptian hieroglyphs evolve into musical rhythms. A mysterious landscape slips out of a 1940's Geometry textbook. The written word echoes the printed past and is a new image altogether.
For both artists this revealing and concealing, masking and unmasking, establishes rhythmic intensity. Though the visual outcomes are different, Auerbach and Anderson work instinctively to create compositions replete with shifts in visual focus and infinite possibility.
PYRO Gallery is open 12 PM to 6 PM on Thursdays thru Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is open late during artist receptions and First Friday Trolley Hops. Admission to PYRO Gallery is FREE and open to the public.