The Carter Burden Gallery is pleased to announce two new exhibitions, Joan Mellon and Lester Rapaport, Recent Paintings and Kathy Bruce, Tapadas, Saints and Other Heroines, opening January 15, 2015 with a reception from 6 – 8 PM. The nonprofit Gallery highlights re-emerging professional artists who are increasingly being overlooked for exhibiting their work, due to age. The exhibitions run through February 5th at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm.
Joan Mellon is showing recent abstract paintings, and she describes how painting for her “is pleasure – the smell of the paint, the richness of its color, the physical act of making a painting.” Mellon’s works are driven by process, beginning with choosing a surface, size, and orientation, and then making random strokes. Each mark suggests the next, until after perhaps hundreds of applications and wiping off the paint, the surface comes alive. The numerous layers of paint build a rich and complex final surface.
Joan Mellon is originally from New York City, where she continues to live and make work. She received her B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and M.A. in liberal studies from SUNY Empire State College. Mellon has exhibited her work in New York City, nationally and internationally. Mellon’s award-winning work is in a number of private and public collections including Johnson & Johnson, the Franklin Furnace Archives at the Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Library Print Collection. She has been an adjunct mentor at SUNY Empire State College, NYC. Website: joanmellon.com
Lester Rapaport will show three of his large, 54” x 84”, abstract paintings for his first exhibition at the Carter Burden Gallery. These paintings come from a series that he began after the sudden death of a parent. In this series, Rapaport developed his visual vocabulary to grieve, with the colors reflecting the somber mood and the dripped shape and disc representing other-worldly spirit and consciousness. As the colors and title of his piece Hopefully suggest, Rapaport has moved on emotionally, while the visual vocabulary has taken on a life of its own.
Lester Rapaport is originally from Brooklyn. He attended Hunter College for both his B.F.A. and graduate school where he studied with Tony Smith, Ralph Humphrey, Doug Ohlsen, and Ray Parker. Rapaport received the William Graff Scholarship for graduate study. He lived in Toronto, Ontario where he worked with the David Mirvish Gallery and Deakin Fine Arts. Rapaport returned to Brooklyn in the mid-1970s, and continues to live and work in Williamsburg. His reading on quantum physics, relativity theory, astro-physics, and science fiction influenced his painting in the 1970s and 1980s. His meditation practice is reflected in his work since 1991. Rapaport has shown extensively in Brooklyn and New York City for over thirty years. Website: lesterrapaport.com
Kathy Bruce’s first solo show at the gallery will feature mixed media paper works. Her intimate pieces reveal her visual investigations of the physiological and emotional relationships between the human form and plant life. The female body is central to her collages, which meld structures of nature, plants, and trees with female forms, creating new anthropomorphic imagery. This series is inspired by the horticultural etchings of J.J. Granville, a French nineteenth century illustrator. In these works, Bruce questions, “What are humans if not plants and trees, themselves made up of organic material?”
Kathy Bruce is a New York City based site-specific environmental artist. She received her M.F.A. from Yale University, School of Art, and a certificate from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Bruce is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Fellowship and a Fulbright Hayes Senior Scholar Lecturing and Research grant in Puno Peru, where she taught environmental art at the University of Altiplano and researched totora reed boats on Lake Titicaca. Bruce’s work is in the collections of The Peruvian Bi-National Cultural Center, I-Park Foundation, The Fulbright Commission, Lima Peru, New Jersey Transit Port Authority Headquarters and the Land/an art site archives in The Nevada Museum Center for Art and Environment and the Franklin Olin College of Engineering. Websites: http://local-artists.org/users/kathy-bruce and www.kathybruceartist.com
Located in Chelsea, the Carter Burden Gallery is a program of the Carter Burden Center designed to give a voice to New York City’s re-emerging older professional artists. The Carter Burden Center is a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman. The mission is to promote the well-being of older adults through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. To learn more about The Carter Burden Center and its programs, visit www.carterburdencenter.org.