CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
June 8 - July 29, 2018
Reception: June 8th 6-9PM
Figureworks is pleased to introduce Michael Sorgatz’ latest series of paintings at Figureworks. This is Michael’s third solo exhibition at Figureworks.
A Brooklyn-based artist, Michael's new series features a collection of paintings inspired from figures in his urban environment. He continually explores this theme in his work, though, as we have seen throughout his career, he explores new directions to execute them, while retaining his signature style and vibrant color choices.
Michael has always masterfully combined brush and palette knife throughout his paintings. Still using this technique, he has additionally poured paint directly into areas of these compositions and allowed it to drip and pool throughout. It has abstracted the figures even more and given another layer of depth to the compositions.
Michael says of his work, "These works combine vibrant color with an assortment of painting techniques to create highly textured and dynamic surfaces. There’s a wide variety of subjects in the paintings, from mythological creatures and legendary quests to urban landscapes. All of these influences reflect off one another and recombine, forming a kaleidoscopic display".
Concurrently, showcased in the center exhibition space is an ongoing body work by Shelley Himmelstein.
Soccerscapes: FIFA World Cup Series
June 8 - July 29, 2018
Special Event & Artist Reception: July 15th from 11AM - 2PM
Shelley says of this work: "This project started over 20 years ago when, caught up by the pageantry and excitement of the FIFA World Cup, I made a series of drawings from the 1994 games as a springboard for paintings. Subsequently, every four years I’ve continued to explore the rich visual dynamics of these soccer matches with the constraint that each composition be realized during a live TV broadcast. Someday, I hope to stage an exhibition that invites people to witness the evolution of a new series while enjoying the broadcasts; by the final, the walls will be filled with past and present compositions.”
Figureworks is pleased to offer this exhibition to Shelley. Though only able to highlight a small, varied selection of works from these many series, it is also with great anticipation that we can witness her creating this years watercolor series live during the final playoffs on July 15th.
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