East Meets West
September 1 ‐ September 29, 2010
This exhibition showcased the work of important and emerging artists from the Middle East, Turkey, Europe and the U.S. "East Meets West on the East End" explored the artists’ synergies and differences with a look at beauty and tranquility. Feature painting, sculpture and video, these contemporary artist; Roya Akhavan, Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi, Reza Derakshani, William Hillman, Nir Hod, Rachel Hovnanian, Peter Hristoff, Alexis Laurent, Arnaud Rivieren, Martin Saar, Elizabeth Thompson and Negar Akhami, came together through art and expression in the exhibition on the East End.
Among the highlights from the exhibition, was a work from Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi’s Silence Series, 2007-2008, which incorporated painting and video to create a moving painting. Carefully filmed abstract images of natural landscapes were projected onto a canvas depicting a painted landscape. The moving image was superimposed on the painted canvas, and the subtle movements of wind and water suddenly brought the flat surface to life, imparting an element of real time onto an otherwise frozen moment.
New York City-based Negar Ahkami created several works specifically for the exhibition. Her paintings negotiate two cultures, reflecting the first-generation American experience through Persian influences of color, pattern, ceramic textures and symbolism, often with a satirical, political voice.
In monumental form, New York-based Israeli artist Nir Hod’s photorealistic paintings explore themes of beauty, love, loss, and pain. His recent work, Dreams Don’t Come Easy, 2009, were included in the exhibition.
From a close vantage point, Elizabeth Thompson’s luscious paintings of flora seek to reveal the sublimity of the natural world. Often inspired by the Florida Everglades, she completed an artist residency in the National Park. She has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Europe since 1974 and has completed more than 20 mural commissions.
East Meets West on the East End also included a number of sculptures: Rachael Hovnanian’s Body Armor, 2009, in cold cast marble, offers a woman’s one piece bathing suit as though it is being worn by an invisible female form. Paris-born, San Francisco-based artist Alexis Laurent presents a riff on Faberge eggs with his large sculpture L’Oeuf, 2010.
Acrylic and glitter on gessoed panel
14 x 11 inches
Untitled (from the Ego series), 2005-2007
Mixed media on canvas panel
20 x 10 inches
Trophy V, 2009
Stainless steel and steel, unique
53 1/8 x 15 x 7 inches
Dreams Don't Come Easy, 2009
Oil on canvas
71 x 94 1/2 inches
Body Armor, 2009
Cold cast marble, reinforced fiberglass and lacquer
55 x 28 x 20 inches
Untitled (two nudes), 2007
Watercolor on paper
22 x 18 inches
Untitled I-VII, 2007
Watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches
Stainless steel and steel
44 x 55 inches