The Standard Motors Building in Long Island City is home to a spacious lobby gallery, organized and maintained by Deborah Freedman and Marjorie VanDyke. Freedman and VanDyke, printmakers who operate VanDeb Editions in the same building as the gallery, invited Joe Haske to curate a show, and he assembled “A Symposium,” a congenial exhibition featuring some of his colleagues at Parsons, on view through October 28.
A painter himself, Haske’s interest lies not in image, but surface, which he believes is a complex phenomenon akin to memory. “The transparent skein of paint offers passage from this to that other world, where we give ourselves over to the symbol and illusion made with marks and colors.”
The show offers a convivial dialogue between the diverse approaches of these seasoned artists, all of whom know how to tease a tantalizing surface out of a gritty pigment and a bit of binder. One of the remarkable things about NYC is that even exhibitions mounted in lobby spaces are outstanding.
“A Symposium: Salvatore Federico, Joseph Haske, Roger Loft, Jim Osman, Don Porcaro, and Mark Saltz,” curated by Joseph Haske. The Standard Motors Building, Long Island City, Queens, NY. Through October 28, 2016.
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