The Carter Burden Gallery is pleased to announce three new exhibitions, Into the Corporal, Ford Crull, Recent Paintings, Francie Lyshak, and On the Wall, Stephen Spiller opening April 30, 2015 with a reception from 6 – 8 PM. The nonprofit Gallery highlights re-emerging professional artists who are increasingly overlooked for exhibiting their work, due to age. The exhibitions run through May 21st at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm.
Ford Crull is exhibiting recent paintings for his first exhibition at the Carter Burden Gallery. His paintings explore the intrinsic power and mystery that symbols possess in his richly colored canvases. Crull’s imagery ranges from hearts and text to less identifiable symbols. These symbols coexist in a psychic atmosphere in which they overlap, dissolve, and reappear with a kind of furious insistence. Historical symbols are particularly fascinating to Crull, because they have been used throughout humanity in vastly different cultures and contexts with very different meanings. Crull’s vibrant paintings invite the viewer to draw on his or her own interpretations from experiences, to decode the deeper layers of reality. In a wider sense, these paintings constitute a kind of intensive search to wrest meaning from an anarchy of feeling. As meditations on emotional chaos, they enter into a world of competing impulses and simultaneous transmissions, seeking a resolution that is both cathartic and mysterious.
Ford Crull received his B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Additionally, he studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Ford Crull has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Recently, Crull has exhibited his work in Shanghai, London, and Milan. His work is represented in the following collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), Dayton Art Institute, as well as many corporate and private collections such as Coca Cola, IBM Corporation, J.P. Morgan & Co., Mobil Oil Corporation, among others. Recently he has executed live art performances in shanghai, Seattle, and the Woodstock Film Festival.
Francie Lyshak is exhibiting recent paintings for her first exhibition at the Carter Burden Gallery. Each of Lyshak’s paintings is a color field with a simple line to suggest open, luminous space. The common thread of her work is the examination and representation of internal experience. Lyshak’s color field paintings provide viewers with a setting to engage in the universal experience of self-examination and meditation. Lyshak’s quest in encouraging viewers to meditate while in front of her paintings is inspired by Socrates’ observation that an unexamined life is not worth living.
Francie Lyshak is a New York City based painter and photographer. She received her masters in art therapy and creativity development from Pratt Institute and her B.F.A. from Wayne State University. Lyshak’s early career was deeply influenced by her artists’ community, a group of anti-establishment visual artists, musicians and writers in the East Village, including David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Gary Indiana, Bill Rice and John Lurie. Lyshak designed and led two grant-funded community art service programs in post-Katrina New Orleans. Lyshak has exhibited extensively solo and group exhibitions in New York. Her paintings have been selected for juried exhibitions by: Alice Neel, Barbara Ess, Paterson Sims, Barbara Haskell, and Paulina Pobocha. Lyshak’s work is in the Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center and Cabrini Hospital collections, in addition to numerous private collections in the United States and Great Britain.
For his first show at the Gallery, Stephen Spiller will be featured in the installation space, On the Wall. Spiller will be exhibition four images printed on unstretched canvas. Spiller's work explores social, political, and cultural commentary on how contemporary life is shaped and lived. The pieces on exhibit are part of Spiller's larger project "Beauty is the Cruelest Drug" a/k/a Fashion is Murder. Spiller states his task "is to reimagine, through art, the concept of beauty; to present the idea of it as no more than one's individual perception."
About the Carter Burden Gallery
Located in Chelsea, the Carter Burden Gallery is a program of The Carter Burden Center for the Aging 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.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm