may. 6, 2011 – jun. 25, 2011 The Orchestra of the Damned
The variety of the exhibited works reflects the 60-year period spanning the artist’s early paintings (dated 1951) to a recently created series of collages and mixed media on wood and paper.
In his paintings in oil paint and mixed media, Hart visually forges a concretized world of highly personal mythologies.
The central platform of the exhibition is Hart’s recent series of oil paintings, “The Orchestra of the Damned”, in which he creates a compelling metaphor on an anti-war theme, one engaging a contrapuntal collision between the beauty of music and the brutality of war. The figurative musicians in the paintings are all veterans of foreign wars. Much of his work represents complex reformulations through collage; these are deeply personal and symbolically relevant images on wood and paper. The artist has also created three-dimensional works on wood using collage and mixed media on various objects. Besides these paintings in oil and mixed media, Hart engages in book art; here he utilizes a style resonant of Gothic imagery and the visual power of medieval illustrated manuscripts.
may. 6, 2011 – may. 28, 2011 Gatekeepers of the Cycle
The inter-penetrating layers of symbolism, misticism, and narrative in my work constitute a timeless world of ancient rituals and divinatory rites.
In synthesizing techniques of the old masters, ancient mystical teaching, and contemporary science, my work focuses on the uniqueness and universality of inner landscapes and transcendent experience.
– Chris Sedgwick
jun. 3, 2011 – jun. 25, 2011 Autofiction
I paint the world in flesh and bones. Day after day, I write the living autobiography of my vision of the world. I seek to trigger the visual insurrection of an image, to reverse its point of view. Iconoclastic, vitalist, I seek to animate and to report, to expose the inner vision of that which surrounds and encompasses me, and expose it to the outside. I consider nothing or no one as “important” subject matter; but see only “small” characters in my republic
– Thibaud Thiercelin
sep. 2, 2011 – oct. 15, 2011 The Spiral
The Spiral, a title of the Iskhakov’s new show at Dalet Gallery, is used by the artist as an allegory for enhanced dimensionality of his paintings. This increase of depth of layers and meanings does not result in any significant shift from Valera’s trademark hedonistic style as much as it results in addition of new stylistic and emotional dimensions. By analogy to a curve which revolves around a central point but in the same time gets progressively father away from it, his essential visual vocabulary remains unchanged (sensual female bodies, or sill life with rhythmical patterns on the background), but a viewer can see how different in spirit his latest paintings are from the retrospective works, exhibited nearby.
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.
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.
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.
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
oct. 21, 2011 – nov. 26, 2011 Go Live Your Own Life
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
dec. 2, 2011 – jan. 14, 2012 Life Colored In
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
dec. 2, 2011 – jan. 14, 2012 Color on the Edge
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
jan. 21, 2012 – feb. 25, 2012 Lunar Arrangements
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.