Exhibition | Oct 22 - 27 2022
Fall 2022 A.I.R. Group Show
Opening reception: Saturday October 22, 2022 | 12-6pm
On view: October 23, 12-6pm | October 24 - 27, 10am-6pm
360 Court Street (main green church doors), Brooklyn NY 11231
RU is pleased to introduce 2022 resident artists Fatlum Doçi, Eduardo Lozano, Brilant Milazimi and Lisa Strassberg.
Artist residencies are generally thought of as spaces for personal development. Yet to enter an artist residency can be like migrating into a no man’s land where artists with a wide range of practices−at times diametrically opposed−are expected to immerse themselves within a pre-determined group setting. The impetus behind this group show stems from a collaborative approach where four artists from very different cultural backgrounds are looking at and selecting each other’s work.
Fatlum Doçi (Albania) works in a wide range of media. He envisions his creative process as a departure from the ordinary and an inward journey to experience what appears as obvious and what doesn’t. On view, a series of A3/A4 watercolors (a medium he excels in) where he expands his use of graphic language with typewritten images that mingle with a wide range of references taken from nature. Doçi's work is strongly connected with the origin which translates for the artist as art itself.
Eduardo Lozano (Spain) defines himself as an “emotion painter” who paints from memory and sensations with a textured, direct and spontaneous style. In his New York City landscapes series realized over the course of his residency, the artist intentionally eliminates unnecessary data and details, so that the viewers can enter the image, complete it, and make it their own.
The Kosovar artist Brilant Milazimi creates works that are visually powerful articulations of that which is oppressed; of trauma and what it means to live in Kosovo today. A realism full of dream-like fragments of memory resonates from these canvases, and the fake smile is but a symptom of an everyday life where social interaction is easily overshadowed by deeper lying tensions. (excerpt from text by Vanessa Joan Müller, “Nothing Like Home II”, LambdaLambdaLambda², Prishtina, 2022)
Locally based Lisa Strassberg conceives sculptural forms as self portraits where abstracted, organic figures morph from one expression to the next in a constant fluid state of being. They are adorned with many layers of glossy and matte glazes that detail a moment and the process of creating identity. The tactile permanence and tradition of the clay medium elevates these records of female experience to totemic like status celebrating strength and beauty.
Click below to see installation shots and images from the opening reception
This program benefits from the support of The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Fundación CAI, Porsche Zaragoza, Consulate General of Spain in New York.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.