Bowery Gallery is very pleased to present a solo show by artist Dena Schutzer. The show titled “Wash and Fold” is up Feb 27 – March 24. It is her third solo show at the gallery.
About the show Schutzer writes, “ The subject of much of the work is of moments observed in a Yonkers Laundromat… a place to watch for action that I could twist into a composition. I was attracted to the intimate displays of basic struggle to maintain order and dignity. The handling of fabrics that we cover, dry, and wrap our bodies in is private yet becomes shared in public.”
Laundry – Blue and Yellow, 2017, oil on canvas, 20×24
In an essay about the show Simon Carr makes reference to “street painting”. He says, “When Lennart Anderson turned to the streets of Brooklyn, the artist saw scenes by Piero Della Francesca as a filter, a pause that allowed for narrative…
Man on Soda Bottle, 2016, oil on board, 34×36
Carr continues, “Anderson’s epic quest to…paint a figure in mid air falling into a Brooklyn street, finds here a counterpoint: paintings that enter through a glimpse not an epic. The brush settles and then unsettles, holds for a description then dances away. For both artists motion and chaos inspire. For one the artist’s task is to hold motion still, seek order in a rational consciousness. For the other the glimpse gives life, allows for air and breath, transparency and form, but a form that is evanescent, toying and teasing time itself”.
Red Folding, 2017, oil on board, 16×20
Carr writes, “Here we even have a chance to consider the timeless in a figure folding laundry. Through Schutzer’s brush we are absorbed in the event, the poignant moment that the artist gives, without losing the knowledge it will disappear…. Schutzer doesn’t require the epic to touch on great themes ”.
Man Folding, 2017, oil on canvas, 24×30
“In Man Folding the lightly layered surface acts as a ground for a whole series of events, a series of “lookings”. Diagonal slashes move repeated through the composition, unifying the events and leading the eye back and forth from figure to environment…” The sense of balance achieved is intimately connected to the clear horizontal and vertical, the circles and triangles in the composition. A painting like this is a “looking” tutorial…intimate, and generous.
Pushups, 2017, oil on board, 12×16
Girl On Yellow Chairs, 2017, oil on canvas, 24×30
All of Schutzer’s paintings are distinguished by her mark making: active, expressive, essential.
Carr states, ” We see, feel, and touch through Schutzer’s paintings. In her glimpses through chaos we find clarity and a fragile stability”
The Bowery show features Dena Schutzer’s etchings as well as her paintings. According to Carr, Schutzer’s etchings open up another aspect of her “looking”. Printmaking allows the moment of seeing to be extended and deepened by the slow, elaborate process of etching and aquatint. It “requires the artist to see the image clearly, as a stable series of forms, something often lost in the excitement and constant possibility of painting”.
Walking with Sheet, 2017, etching, 6×8
Simon Carr lives and works in New York City. His recent paintings, drawings and prints have focused on street scenes and subway scenes in New York City. He has exhibited widely, most recently at The Painting Center, Prince Street Gallery and Long Island University’s Selena Gallery. He teaches Drawing at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of CUNY. To see work by Simon Carr go to his web site: simoncarrstudio.com
Dena Schutzer, “Wash & Fold”
February 27 – March 24, 2018
Reception, Thursday March 1, 5-8 pm
530 West 25th Street, 4th floor
NY, NY 10001
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11-6pm. For more information, call 646-230-6655