Mulherin + Pollard is pleased to present Sailor's Diary, a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Brian Novatny. Novatny's artworks explore the tempestuous storm-tossed seas of historical tumult and of war and disasters both private and public in a manner that simultaneously reflects the full sweep and powerful grandeur of their subject matter. These works reveal intricately rendered gradations of his stark palette, mostly comprised of a rich tonal fluctuation of black, white, and quiet grays, as well as muted earth tones. His figures are like fragments of the past and present struggling to remain whole against the devouring waves and foreboding atmospheres exploding forth at the compositional centers of his pictures, themselves surrounded by the uncertainty of a blank white void. His solemn portraits of human fragility at times recall the spectral disquiet and mystery of 19th century photography or the peace and profound silence of an undisturbed sea torn asunder in paroxysms of exploded, and explosive, catharsis. His pictures depict a floating, gravitation-less fictive space where his subjects exist as lost, dislocated figures caught in forgotten human dramas at once distant yet universal and hauntingly familiar- a place where the fervent echoes and shadows of time resound over the immensity and vast stretches of a dark and mute sea. Novatny was born in Wadsworth, OH in 1964. He earned his BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH in 1987 and his MFA at the Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT in 1990. His work has appeared widely in solo and group shows in galleries and museums from New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles to Berlin and Beijing. His work is in numerous museum collections including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Knoxville Museum of Arts, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Robert Otto Epstein was educated at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA and the University of Durham in Durham, England. He is a writer turned artist with an interest in post-post-postmodern deconstructionism. He is currently the artist-in-residence at his house where he lives with his girlfriend and golden retriever.
new work by Eric Sall, Robert Otto Epstein, Sarah Bednarek Jared Clark, Pinkney Herbert, Tom Condon & Sandra Luckett
Mulherin + Pollard is pleased to present a vivid group exhibition of seven artists whose work share a sense of bold color, with varying individualistic and idiosyncratic approaches to pattern, repetition, and design that emphasize the role of the human hand in their making.
Mulherin + Pollard is proud to announce our solo exhibit of drawings by Ukranian born artist Alex Kvares. Marked by a staggering amount of detail and an impossible amount of lines, Alex Kvares drawings radiate a quietness and an equally hypnotic power. In one series of works, Kvares uses an old book of graph paper, working grid by tiny grid to make what appear to be intricate maps or blueprints of some magnificent, cosmic creation. there's a system within these beautiful works, which seems adhered to and subsequently ignored, each careful decision can be felt, as well as the hours spent creating them. Another series, like the work pictured above, feature creatures, hikers, campers drawn with his signature delicate touch. Freed from the confines of the graph paper, these imaginative, figurative drawings combine dark humor and fantasy while retaining the awe and beauty of the grids. Another new series, Kvares presents brightly colored tri-cornered hat wearing soldiers mingling with nature, celebrating, sharing banal, comradely moments while in others soldiers seem to be suffering something more sinister. Drawn with a much sketchier, immediate style, these satirical, comical drawings revel in the nonsense found in ceremony, politics, life and war. Alex Kvares received his BFA from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and an MFA from the University of Texas in Austin. His work has been exhibited at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Josee Bienvenu Gallery and Mulherin + Pollard in New York, Steven Zevitas Gallery and Judi Rotenburg in Boston, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, the Minsk Museum of Modern Art in Belarus and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and others, and He's been included in several issues of New American Paintings. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute, NY and lives in Brooklyn.