Jeremy Comins, “Climbers”; David Herman, “People/Places”June 10 - July 17, 2010
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Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to present two concurrent solo exhibitions—Jeremy Comins: Climbers, and David Herman: People/Places—on view June 10 through July 17, 2010.
Jeremy Comins’ fluid, organic sculpture, deftly carved from rich woods-with the occasional addition of bronze-explores humanity’s relationship to nature, as well as the complexities of human psychology. Inspired by observing rock climbers in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, imagining how a figure would climb through his own carved forms, as well as mining the metaphor of returning home to safety, the series encompasses free-standing and wall-mounted works.
As Roberta Smith noted in her New York Times review of Comins’ work, it invokes an “easy sophistication and palpable integrity and an almost infallible sense of touch, scale and composition.” His use of cherry, pine and mahogany wood is complimented by his master craftsmanship. Each piece presents a perfectly sanded smooth surface, possessing a human skin-like quality to the touch. Smith concludes that Comin’s works “would do any museum proud.”
Comins has had numerous solo and group shows, including a recent collaborative project of the Sculptors’ Guild and the Drawing Center presented on Governor’s Island; the Interchurch Center; Bodley Gallery; the Staten Island Museum; the National Academy of Design; the Gallery at Lincoln Center; and the Museum of Modern Art; all in New York City. Denise Bibro Fine Art has featured his work in art fairs such as Art Miami, and Red Dot Miami, New York, and London. Other exhibition venues include the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Art Cologne in Germany.
David Herman’s intensely hued suite of acrylics on canvas was inspired by his travels in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and beyond. Turning perspective on its head, space is flattened, architectonic forms are abstracted, and the human figure is rendered in silhouette.
In stark contrast to the artist’s last series of paintings, executed almost entirely in black, white and grays, the new work conveys a sense of optimism and joy. Rife with pulsating color, vernacular architecture is celebrated with animated geometry, while the figure is isolated in an iconic manner, lending the most humble task-like the preparation of sugarcane-a sense of reverence.
Herman has had solo shows at Caelum Gallery, Gallery Swan, and Nexus Gallery, all in New York City; Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ; Gallery Emanuel, Kings Point, NY; and Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions including the Albright-Knox Collector’s Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; and the Great Neck Art Center, Great Neck, NY. Herman’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Gallery and Studio Magazine, and The New York Art World.
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