Same Rivers’ and ‘Other Waters’ Watercolor Today - Group Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2nd, 6-9pm August 2nd - September 3rd, 2019.
377A Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Galley Inquires: Anthony Rivale firstname.lastname@example.org
Collier West is pleased to announce the group exhibition ‘Same Rivers’ and ‘Other Waters’ - Watercolor Today On view at 377A Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, between August 2nd - September 3rd, 2019.
Featuring artists from 5 countries and more than 35 watercolor paintings, this show includes some of today's most influential contemporary watercolor artists.
There is no medium that offers more spontaneity and directness of expression than watercolor.
This exhibit demonstrates a range of expression from the traditional perceptual approach, to a more photo referenced base. This group of artists is inspired to express their message through the most challenging and intimidating medium to master.
The distinct post-war art movements have gradually broken down to where “anything goes” everything is possible to paint, one can try any materials - including digital and ephemeral media. In fact, there is still a skepticism of artwork that is made by “classical technique”. Artworks that aim to be “beautiful” and have broad appeal are looked down upon. This includes art produced utilizing traditional 19th century watercolor techniques. However, this show highlights what happens when a group of very dynamic contemporary watercolorists transform the medium making it a new tool for the contemporary expression of what is happening in their lives today.
Disregarding all these prejudices, this exhibition celebrates the skills of contemporary watercolor masters and explores how the use of the medium has developed through the 20th century to today - Together, in their own unique narrative, the watercolorist describes mundane moments as a meditative reaction to our frenetic and technological saturated life. In the face of traditionalist criticism we continue to forge extremely modern and innovative ways to use watercolor paint and paper to report and describe our authentic experiences of the early mid 21st century.
These works were produced by well-known masters Andy Evansen, Marcos Beccari, Miguel Linares Ríos, Cesc Farré, Michiyo Fukushima, Susan Weintraub, Naomi Tydeman, Marcelo Daldoce, Gonzalo Cárcamo, Joel Popadics, as well as a handful of new artists, specifically selected to complement this exhibition.
The exhibition title is inspired by the pre-socratic philosopher Heraclitus, who believed "No man ever steps in the same river twice" (Panta Rhei).” According to Heraclitus, who reasoned that everything is always changing and that this fact is fundamental to the functioning of the universe.
These artists are using the same materials and techniques of their predecessors, while stepping into “very different rivers” then those navigated by their mentors.
WORKS ON DISPLAY:
Miguel Linares Ríos