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James Biederman - 'sculpture 2018/19' | Bill Weiss - 'dream windows'

James Biederman, sculpture 2018/2019

Elizabeth Harris is pleased to exhibit sculpture 2018/19 by James Biederman. This will be the artists second exhibition with the gallery at 529 West 20th Street. The show opens February 16th and runs through March 23rd. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11- 6 pm.

In writing about his work Biederman states: “Gingerly perched on the wall, these wall sculptures twist and turn unto themselves. The organic forms are found without a fixed plan. The curves envelop the interior of splayed and contained space, revealing the mechanics of the intuitive. Layering, bleeding, absorbing, demarcating, defining, altering and luring, color lives within the sculpture. The structure holds the color, the color holds the structure, they speak sculpture.”

James Biederman is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Grant, Pollock- Krasner Grant (2), Rauschenberg Foundation Grant, NYFA Grant and two NEA Grants. Biederman’s monochromatic wall sculptures were included in Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany in 1982. He studied sculpture at SUNY New Paltz, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Yale University.

James Biederman’s work is included in the permanent public collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Everson Art Museum, Hayden Gallery, MIT, Hirshhorn Museum, Kroller-Mueller Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, National Gallery of Australia, Vero Beach Museum and the Wadesworth Athenaeum. James Biederman is a current artist resident at the Sharpe- Walentas Foundation Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY.




Bill Weiss, dream windows

The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition titled dream windows by Bill Weiss. This exhibition will be his sixth with the gallery. Saul Ostrow wrote the following essay about Bill Weiss’ recent work:

"By engaging painting's ability to depict a unique image-world of its own, Bill Weiss has adopted a vocabulary that melds together his formal and iconic concerns. To this end he has produced paintings of generically delineated landscapes marked by inexplicable events, or populated by eccentric architecture-like geometries. Weiss's understated, stripped-down images radiate a sense of pensiveness and mystification.

Occupying a small area of the painting's surface, Weiss's image-events appear as if they are being seen from a great distance. This allows the image-forms to hover between the familiar and the archetypal. Their enigmatic and intimate quality is also due to the manner in which Weiss intermixes the literalness of figural painting with the virtuality inherent in abstraction. In the recent work Weiss employs a dark color palette, which evokes twilight or night to enforce their poetic aesthetic. He has also taken to shaping the wooden panels he now paints on. The resulting eccentric form might be thought of as windows or portals, carefully cut out to reveal some vast dreamscape.

With forethought, his modest landscapes are realized with a sense of humor and economy. They dissolve the distinction between the real and the fictitious, turning the paintings into metaphors for intimacy, fragility, and mystery." - Bill Weiss: Building Metaphors – by Saul Ostrow

Bill Weiss was born in Irvington, NJ. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in zoology. After college he traveled extensively throughout Europe for the purpose of studying western art. During that trip he began to draw and to consider devoting his time to painting. Weiss is an autodidact in as much that he never attended an art college. His art is informed by a deep study of philosophy with an emphasis on Eastern religious philosophy, specifically Zen Buddhism and Taoism. Weiss moved to New York in 1989 for the purpose of deepening his knowledge of contemporary art and to create paintings from within the New York cultural community. He currently lives in Brooklyn and maintains a studio in Manhattan.

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Date

Feb 16 - Mar 23, 2019

Contact

info@elizabethharris.com >

Photos

Installation view of James Biederman - 'sculpture 2018/19' | Bill Weiss - 'dream windows'

Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York

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Installation view of James Biederman - 'sculpture 2018/19' | Bill Weiss - 'dream windows'

Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York

Artworks

Bill Weiss > <

November 28, 2018

October 22, 2018

October 8, 2018

September 26, 2018

September 20, 2018

September 6, 2018

August 18, 2018

James Biederman > <

Blue Boy (Thomas Gainsborough)

The letter (Thomas Hardy)

Angels (Fra Angelica)

The Marriage (Jan van Eyck)

Mars (Sun Ra)

Modern Dance (Martha Graham)

Olympia (Edouard Manet)

Bill Weiss > <

November 28, 2018

October 22, 2018

October 8, 2018

September 26, 2018

September 20, 2018

September 6, 2018

August 18, 2018

James Biederman > <

Blue Boy (Thomas Gainsborough)

The letter (Thomas Hardy)

Angels (Fra Angelica)

The Marriage (Jan van Eyck)

Mars (Sun Ra)

Modern Dance (Martha Graham)

Olympia (Edouard Manet)

Artists

Bill Weiss

New York