A Hero's Journey
September 13, 2017 5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Yard - Columbus Circle I 33 W 60th St New York
Exhibition: Sept 13 - Nov 30, 2017
SARAHCROWN is pleased to present “A Hero’s Journey”, a two-person exhibition conceived for the public spaces of The Yard–Columbus Circle featuring works by Jake Himovitz and Dov Talpaz.
Joseph Campbell describes the Hero as one “who ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” And so does the Hero in Dov Talpaz’s paintings, drawings, and collages. His Hero travels through the sea and the city, and ultimately into his own self, revealing the different stages of such a journey: the departure, the initiation, the trial, the meeting with the self, and the return. Talpaz’s stylistic and chromatic choices—the juxtaposition of strong colors or the lack of color—emphasize and distill each work's unique narrative elements and psychological or emotional state.
Himovitz’s recent collection of works features, instead, imagery of the cowboy Hero and western landscapes drawn from films, cartoons, and Western comics. Like many children, he was always enthralled by the cowboy lifestyle and stories of the vaquerro, the Mexican word for cowboy that translates directly to “gentleman.” His works limit the view to the very surface of the narrative, told through various well-known and often specific symbols and images. Similar to a sequence of film slides, his paintings offer distinct glimpses into a specific world while leaving the interpretation of the story to the viewer. The works convey a mix of irony and nostalgia, tinged with a sense of regret, perhaps for the loss of personal fulfillment in the march towards progress in the 21st century.
The exhibition will span three floors and will be open until November 30, 2017.
(Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm and by appointment)
"Can One Speak of Jewish Art?"
By Brigitte Sion, University Professor
New York Studio School Alumni Exhibition
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY JULY 27 2017, 6PM
LOCATION: 8 W 8TH ST, New York, New York
The New York Studio School Alumni Association is pleased to announce its 2017 Alumni Exhibition, on view July 27 to August 27, 2017. This year’s exhibition has been juried and then curated by Florence Lynch of Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Anders Bergstrom of Hauser & Wirth, Steven Harvey of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects and Jennifer Samet of Eric Firestone Gallery. The exhibition will commence with an opening reception and awards night on July 27, from 6PM-8PM at the New York Studio School (NYSS) located at 8 W. 8th St, New York, NY.
DANGEROUS PROFESSORS / group exhibition at Triumph Gallery, Chicago
May 13 – July 1, 2017
Reception: Saturday, May 13, 6pm to 10pm
2055 W Cermak, Chicago, IL
Breathing / at Slag Gallery
Feb. 10 - March 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 10, 6-9PM
56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, New York 11206
Press Release / February 2017
Slag Gallery is pleased to present Dov Talpaz’s solo exhibition, Breathing. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery.
"God breathes through us so completely... so gently we hardly feel it... yet, it is our everything."
Dov Talpaz is best known for his sense of meditative and romantic storytelling in his work. Delving deep into the complexities of human emotion, Breathing focuses on the connection between music and painting in their composition, energy, and broad spectrum of emotional narratives. Several paintings focus on the figure -- isolated in a state of harsh reflection or a soft sense of longing, while others are directly based off of music and musical instruments.
Complementing the composition of music, Talpaz’s work follows a harmony of form, line, color, and tone. Inspired by the structural philosophy of abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann, Talpaz’s paintings breathe through shapes which create a push and pull effect, creating tension between colors and enabling the experience of depth in flat surfaces. Within these shapes, he harks back to the lyrical and color sensibilities of Wassily Kandinsky, regarding the importance that color becomes object and objects returns to abstract color.
A recurring motif found in several paintings in the series is the trumpet, showcasing the energy through which it plays, as well as the dynamism of the structure itself. “In painting this motif, I wanted to convey through colors, shapes, shadows, reflections, and background fields, the sound the trumpet generates,” Talpaz explains. “Although the musician is absent here, it is his/her rhythmic breathing that merge object and body to create new life. In a way the trumpet becomes a figure: the musician as well as the instrument.”
Dec 8 - Jan. 7, 2017
Leigh Morse Gallery, NYC
RECENT PAINTINGS at EGMS Studio
September - October 2016
Curated by: Fiona Felicitas Eltz
Engelstein & Grünberger and Mermelstein & Schwarzthal Studio, Vienna
PRESS RELEASE / September, 2016
“Recent Paintings” by Dov Talpaz is an exhibition curated by Fiona Felicitas Eltz for The Engelstein, Grünberger, Mermelstein and Schwarzstahl Studio in Vienna, Austria, where Talpaz presents paintings and drawings that are derived from texts, and reveal his deep fascination with stories and the lives reflected in them.
Taken from or inspired by classical stories, ranging from Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, to Isaac Babel's Red Calvary, to popular movies such as Indiana Jones and The Never Ending Story, the figures that appear in Talpaz’s canvases are reinvigorated to generate new narratives—ones that are created through layers of evolution and inspired by the artist’s personal experiences and encounters.
As an artist, Talpaz utilizes his medium to create images that connect us to our own intimate struggles and achievements. In his own words, “Being connected to something is not about the thing; it is about connecting to that which you are drawing/painting, and trying to really be present with that experience.” His work is a reminder that it is always possible to create new stories, but that we can never forget our histories.
Brooklyn-based artist Dov Talpaz was born in 1977 in Bryan, Texas, and grew up in both Israel and the U.S. He studied painting at The New York Studio School, where he received numerous Merit awards and grants. His works are presented in the U.S. and Israel, and are included in public and private collections across the globe.
Engelstein & Grünberger und Mermelstein & Schwarzthal Studio
Praterstraße 15 —entrance Große Mohrengasse 8
1020 Vienna, Austria