First Look Collectors & Press Preview | Wednesday, Sep 8, 11am - 5pm
Collectors Preview Day (Extended) | Thursday, Sep 9, 11am - 5pm
VIP Preview Nights | Wednesday, Sep 8 & Thursday, Sep 9, 5pm - 9pm
Regular Show Days | Friday, Sep 10 - Monday, Sep 13, 11am - 8pm
CHRISTINE PARK GALLERY is pleased to return to SPRING/BREAK Art Show New York for its HEARSAY:HERESY 2021 exhibition. For our second year participating in the fair, we will present a curated project entitled Mystical Visions featuring artists Nick Archer, Vangelis Pliarides, Jenny Pockley and Wei Xiaoguang. The paintings in our presentation will explore the theme of “mysticism”, whose foundations can be traced back to early Medieval times. Derived from the Greek word μύω (to conceal), the term indicates the belief that absolute truth and spiritual awakening can be reached through contemplation. By immersing themselves into the worlds portrayed by our artists, we invite our viewers to challenge the limits between reality and illusion, and dive deeper into the layers of meaning embedded within the paintings.
In Nick Archer’s paintings, the enchanted landscapes and isolated figurative elements, such as the abandoned car featured in White Car, are dominated by a thriving nature that refuses to stop. The layering paint technique used by the artist enhances the idea of tension originating from the presence of simultaneous visions of beauty and crisis.
Influenced by the artist’s adventures and travels around the world, Vangelis Pliarides’s The Bandaged Shoulder is a journey into the unconscious. In the diptych, a large head set against an ocean background is paired with a bunch of red flowers, combining elements from different painting traditions in order to allow us into the inner world of the artist. The use of Surrealist elements offers a glimpse into the surreal character of reality.
The paintings of clouds and mountains executed by Jenny Pockley initiate the viewers to another kind of journey, characterized by silence and reverence. Her works show us the majesty and unattainability of nature. The eternal character of mountains and clouds inevitability contrasts with our human nature and encourages us to admire the beauty of getting lost in the things that are immortal.
Wei Xiaoguang’s paintings bring us back to the shapes, opacity and beauty of Medieval stained glasswork. At the same time, the careful execution of light presents his canvases with an immediacy that is rare to find in non-figurative works. The visual language of his paintings plays with symbols and applies unexpected elements to abstract representations.