Category: Exhibitions

Still Life

sep. 2, 2011 – oct. 15, 2011         Still Life

Kirill Doron’s luminous and retro-looking still life compositions initially appear simple, unpretentious: his usual theme is an arrangement of ordinary but timeless household items, or tools of artist trade in front of warm-colored walls. The palette tends to appear pastel, monochromatic at first glance. But look closer and you will be enchanted: refined elegance of lines, aristocratic richness of textures endows each and every object with delectable sensuousness, confers upon them importance and expressionistic tension.

Made in Princeton

jul. 6, 2012 – jul. 14, 2012         Made in Princeton

The Dalet Gallery, with co-curators Kate Somers and Irena Gobernik, is pleased to present two artist groups from Princeton, New Jersey, the Princeton Artist Alliance and the Princeton Photography Club. Together they prove that Princeton and its environs are thriving in the Arts. While New York City and Philadelphia may be a short train ride away, these artists do not have to travel to either city to become exposed to and inspired by great art. They have found what they need in their “collective backyard” and have banded together to nurture their creative spirits.

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Primitive Level Signals


jun. 1, 2012 – jun. 23, 2012

In his “Primitive-Level Signals” exhibit, LiQin Tan, co-director and professor of art at Rutgers University, presents two of his art series: “Brain Spirit Levels” (2012) and “Burl + 4” (2003-2004). In the former, Tan uses spirit levels as a signal to describe a natural phenomenon in humans, where human brain development is an equalized procedure. The competing concepts of the brain – whether the battle of the brain’s size versus its intellectual capacity, or of its technological versus its spiritual side–are always kept in equilibrium. In the latter art series, Tan presents himself as a digital naturalist, choosing the burl/lava as the natural art form to explore his “Digital-Primitive” theme in a multifaceted and reciprocal process: Making digital 3D images through primitive technology and materials, while also making primitive rawhide/wood/rock art through digital technology.

This exhibition of work consists of spirit-level installations alongside dozens of digital prints on metal, wood, and rawhides. There are also numerous animations projected onto suspended rawhides and LCD monitors displaying separate animations.

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Bodies and Movements


apr. 20, 2012 – may. 26, 2012
My ideas arrive in clusters and flurries. I am prepared for this occasional invasion. I know how to control them and where they will be used. My work hasn’t proceeded in a straight line. Instead each artistic branch has its own independent burst which ultimately relates to a central root.

There is a wide variety of approaches to the human body, but what is constant are the various forms of movement through which I express my passion for life.

– Ernestine Ruben

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Go Live Your Own Life

oct. 21, 2011 – nov. 26, 2011         Go Live Your Own Life

Irena Gobernik
Leo Vayn

In their first joint exhibition, Leo Vayn, a photographer, and Irena Gobernik, a wood and mixed media sculptor, both from Princeton, NJ, explore the interplay and inter-dependency of the results of their inspirations.

There is nothing unusual that one artist uses the art of the other in his works. Sculpture especially is naturally predisposed to react to the environment and to be used in a certain context. But in this case this convention is taken a step further. Irena creates objects that by her design are meant to interact with surroundings and Leo, playing a role of a demiurge, tests them, puts them in different situations, creates narratives, while advancing his concept of “survival”. The resulting curious and touching portraits of the human-like beings create a stirring effect and serve as a social commentary on our own lives.

– Jeanne Heinz

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Life Colored In

dec. 2, 2011 – jan. 14, 2012         Life Colored In

Tom Brady

I paint things that can be seen every day. I search for people, scenes and visual relationships that I like, empathize with, or at least am intrigued by. As a result, over the years I have begun to enjoy and look at a great variety of people and daily scenes.

It is my belief that for paintings to capture the thrill and wonder of life they need to be more than just realistic recordings but instead should exist as individual metaphors. My paintings are recreations of pastels I do directly on location. The pastels are thoroughly studied so that the resulting paintings are expressions and not just copies. I love color and search for colors that lie just beneath the surface. Thick oil paint conveys gesture and movement and creates an abstract painting that references the initial pastel but also elevates it to something, as Fairfield Porter would say “with a life of its own”.

Hopefully, the viewer can enjoy my work enough to make the leap to understanding my visual and emotional experience and can make it their own.

– Tom Brady

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Color on the Edge

dec. 2, 2011 – jan. 14, 2012         Color on the Edge

Dolores Poacelli

Relationship (I always say) are never easy: the relationship is a composition of the part to the part, the part of the whole and the relationship of the piece to the viewer.

With this in mind I use titles to emotionalize these abstract pieces to help communicate a connection between the individual and the universal whole. This holds true no matter what medium I use. In creating the metal pieces I use recycled aluminum printing press plates which I sand, cut and glue onto wood panels. They are about energy and light, patterns and motion, the microcosm of life forms, and occasional satire.

– Dolores Poacelli

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Lunar Arrangements

jan. 21, 2012 – feb. 25, 2012         Lunar Arrangements


Hetty Baiz
Ava Blitz
Miruna Budistianu
Leah MacDonald
Julie Miller
Sandra Milner

The title of the exhibit comes from an ancient belief that the behavior of the moon could influence the behavior of human beings, from the well-known fact that phases of the moon have impact on the ocean surface and are responsible for the disturbance of the Earth’s gravity and from the simple observation of how common things can appear different in the moonlight. The ability of the artists to see common things differently, often in unusual ways – sometimes disturbing, sometimes ecstatic or moody – their unconscious sensitivity toward Nature, transformed to an enigma presented in their art, makes it possible to assemble them into an rather exotic orchestra which plays music of mystery for which the Moon is a symbol.