CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
New York City Sketchbook
June 10 - June 26, 2016
Reception: Friday, June 10th 6-9PM
Figureworks is pleased to showcase Willy Hartland’s original drawings and the trailer from his soon-to-be-released animated short film New York City Sketchbook.
Willy has been working diligently on this complex film for many years. This exhibition will feature a number of his original sketches created for the film as well as a 2-minute trailer. This is a very exciting celebration in anticipation for the films release later this year.
Willy says of his work, "In my art, most specifically my newest animation about New York City, I explore the urban experience unfiltered, with all it's beauty and it's blemishes. Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that NewYorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.
There are layers and layers of people and places in the film, some opaque, while others we see right through. Most of the characters in the film were sketched from life, often in public places, but sometimes they are friends or lovers observed privately during moments of intimacy. In this regard, the film is personal and has as many layers of interpretation.”
As It Ever Was
July 2 - July 31, 2016
Reception: Friday, July 8th 6-9PM
Figureworks is pleased to present Jessica Hargreaves’ first solo exhibition in New York. This show highlights her current series of paintings with installations of her decorative wallpaper, pillows and wearable accessories.
Jessica’s paintings focus on innocent children and their pets entwined with black and white sculptural relief elements of fighting, flirting, fornicating adults and animals. Combining these conflicting perspectives skillfully investigates many aspects of our complex psyche.
In Jessica’s installations, wallpaper and pillows represent adult self-absorbsion. Humorously cross-referencing the issues of depression and death, a nude man slumbers with a fish patterned duvet, inspired from the phrase “sleeping with the fishes”. In a complimentary piece, a woman is intimately kissing these same fish. Sculpted footwear and jewelry using precious gems and metals connect the above ideas with self-adornment, allowing one to actually wear these emotions.
The gallery provides an ideal venue for Jessica’s installation/exhibition with its intimate rooms and emphasis on the human form in all its beauty and emotions.
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Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211
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