Life On Mars Gallery is proud to present the first New York solo exhibition - Down the Rabbit Hole - of painter Karen Schwartz.
Schwartz lives and works in Atlanta and Long Island, and is represented there by The Bill Lowe Gallery, (where this December she had her second one-person exhibition), and in New York by Life On Mars Gallery. She had a one-person exhibition in Spoleto Italy, at the Spoleto Art Festival in 2012 and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.
Working furiously and fearlessly, with materials as varied as oil stick, collage, ink, oil, and acrylic paints, Schwartz draws repeatedly upon a vocabulary of images that are deeply personal, all the while maintaining a high-wire juggling act between process, narrative, and discovery.
While is there is an affinity in her work to both generations of the German Expressionists (Max Beckman, Ernst Kirchner, as well as the Post-Modern Neo-Expressionists Rainer Fetting and George Baselitz), her sense of color, light, and line recalls Matisse and the East End Long Island painters of the 1950s and 1960s. This aforementioned and unlikely combination, and her fearlessness, passion, humor, playfulness, and innate ability to draw, creates an authentic and singular voice, a voice in tune with and at the heart of today’s atemporal approach to painting.
In the catalogue for this show, Morgan writes:
Viewers may assume the deeply-layered and itinerant brushwork evident in these works . . . pertain to the manner in which Schwartz has chosen to envision freedom as a part of nature, and therefore, has chosen to paint defiantly against rational restrictions. In fact, the artist’s spectrum of joys and sorrows, amid other deeply-felt emotions, is near the core of what these paintings are attempting to reveal. Schwartz’s paintings have nothing to illustrate or to prove. She is a self-sustaining, self-willed expressionist painter, committed to resurrecting form from her personal life that transmits a tactile resonance. Her paintings . . . come close to the human soul and are capable of sending a message to those capable of receiving it, which the artist believes is a function of painting.
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Karen Schwartz - Down the Rabbit Hole - Life on Mars Gallery, April 24 – May 31st. Opening reception April 24th 6:00 – 9:00 pm.