CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
September 12 - October 9, 2015
Figureworks is pleased to introduce artist Royal Young in his premier exhibition. Young was introduced to the gallery through artist Cathrine Westergaard, one of Figureworks earliest Williamsburg artists. Sadly this year, we lost Cathrine to cancer. This exhibition is dedicated to Cathrine Westergaard, who loved the arts and championed young talent.
Royal Young was raised on the Lower East Side in the early '90s by a father whose mosaic murals decorated subway stations commissioned by the MTA. Young grew up amidst artists, junkies, prostitutes and dreamers, often indistinguishable from one another.
In Lush Doom, Young's paintings evoke the vibrantly colored street murals he saw in the gorgeous, derelict downtown of his youth. Updated with a Pop Art sensibility, he is inspired by vintage Playboys, noir movie stars, desperate characters and lost decadence. Young paints fantasy figures of femme fatales. Through dynamic, bold visuals, Lush Doom explores a mysterious, enticing world that is doomed to crumble.
Royal Young is author of the cult classic memoir Fame Shark. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Post and Interview Magazine. He majored in visual art at LaGuardia.
October 17 - November 15, 2015
RECEPTION- Sunday afternoon October 18th from 1-3PM
Figureworks is pleased to showcase Burdened Women - three artists who have created a body of work around unconventional beauty. Painters Donna Festa and Audrey Rhoda address the aging process, while sculptor Janice Mauro’s wooden totems accentuate the strength and grace of the supportive female.
“We all have them. Those heavy burdens that we carry with us making our shoulders droop. We push them down, far away from the surface. Bury them with food, drink, pills. Meanwhile, they make our hips wider, our hair greyer, our worry lines deeper. But we manage. Just manage.”
“Being venerable is part of being human, the empowered one being traditionally male. These charming wooden totems have reversed roles, although the attitude and gesture of the figures leave the viewer with wide open interpretation.”
“In this series, Imperfect Women in Landscape with Attitude, I take a tongue-in-cheek look at what I call the beauty-myth industry. Our society has become obsessed with finding ways to remove the signs of ageing without any reference to the importance of working on your mind. Ageing is an inevitable process and with it comes wisdom and insight into the human condition. These women in my paintings have embraced the ageing process with confidence. In painting this ongoing series, I am having a lot of fun, discovering each imperfect yet individual persona as she appears in the landscape on my canvas, living her truth.”
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