New York-based artists explore human forms in Tirana display

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 30, 2017 19:17

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  • “These artists’ works are an amazing cross-section of the deeply personal, eccentric, and culturally specific ways that we approach our creative and physical selves,” says the FAB art gallery

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FABTIRANA, March 30 – More than a dozen contemporary New York-based artists including Albania-born Alkan Nallbani and Emil Bakalli will be featured in a collective Tirana show, exploring what they call “fractured body” and human forms.

“This show is comprised primarily of living New York City artists working in a variety of media, who are all inspired by the human form. These artists have extraordinarily diverse creative approaches to this very old subject,” says the FAB gallery of Tirana’s University of Arts where the collective exhibition will remain open from April 3 to 17.

The media represented ranges from paintings to bronze casting, resin casting, video, and inkjet printing just to name a few, with the way artists representing the figure differing as dramatically as their material choices.

“These artists’ works are an amazing cross-section of the deeply personal, eccentric, and culturally specific ways that we approach our creative and physical selves,” says the FAB art gallery.

Among the participant artists, Albania-born and educated, New York-based artist Alkan Nallbani, uses oil paint and ink in energetic and fluid ways to bring to life figures that might otherwise be static.

Emil Bakalli is another Albanian artist based in New York where he also works as an arts professor that will be featured in the collective exhibition of eighteen international artists.

Artists Jane Lafarge Hamill, Eddie Chu, and Brett Rogers riff on classical portraits. But, through their idiosyncratic working methods, the resulting paintings verge on being almost completely abstract and nonrepresentational.

Artists Michael Grey and Brian Christie approach the figure from a scientific background. Grey studied genetics and Christie runs a successful scientific illustration firm. Both of these artists deconstruct the human form based on an intimate understanding of the hidden bodily systems that support and sustain our lives.

Jerry Kerns, John Jacobsmeyer, and Jason Bereswill look at the way the figure is portrayed in popular culture. Kerns takes his material from comics and pulp illustrations, Jacobsmeyer, is clearly inspired by the artificial worlds of video games, and Bereswill lifts his sources directly from the hero worship imagery of surf magazines.

Classical materials and forms are used in both Alkan Nallbani and Graham Day Guerra’s works. Guerra cobbles together references from artists such as Durer and Vesalius, and then overlaps them to make his complex webs of drawings. Michael Rees rounds out this group with sculptures that are comprised of parts of the human anatomy put together in ways that perhaps only he fully understands. He has created a private syntax of thumbs, skulls, and intestines, organizers say.

Participant Artists: Alkan Nallbani / Graham Day Guerra / Norm Paris / Jason Bereswill / Jane La Farge Hamill / Michael Joaquin Grey / Paul Jacobsen / Brett Rogers / John Jacobsmeyer / Emil Bakalli / Jonny Detiger / Bryan Christie / Nick Knight / Jamie Adams / Michael Rees / Kevin Zucker / Andrew Raftery / Eddie Chu

Where: FAB art gallery, University of Arts, Tirana

When: April 3 to 17

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 30, 2017 19:17