Between the lines in Minowa / Glowlab Gallery. NY



Glowlab Announces Between the Lines in Minowa a Solo Exhibition by Artist Roberto Mollá

 

New York, NY (April 25, 2009) – Glowlab is pleased to present Between the Lines in Minowa, a solo exhibition by Spanish artist Roberto Mollá featuring a dozen new works on grid-paper and a large-scale wall-drawing. Glowlab will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, May 7th from 7 to 9pm.

Mollá’s captivating new body of work samples from a variety of cultures to depict a strange and beautiful “floating” world reminiscent of the ukiyo-e genre of Japanese paintings and prints. The subject of these traditional scenes was city life, specifically activities from the entertainment district of Minowa. In Mollá’s modern day ukiyo-e, sinewy koi fish mingle with reclining geisha courtesans and manga characters within labyrinths of folding screens, simultaneously inviting and obscuring the viewer’s gaze.

Grounding Mollá’s lyrical compositions is a hard-edged, gridded field that undermines our assumptions of space and flattens it out. The artist draws exclusively on graph paper – a formal nod to artists of the 1960’s and 70’s whose work incorporated the grid and revolved around its freedom and limitations. Manuel Barbadillo and Julio Le Parc, Joseph Albers and El Lissitzky, Agnes Martin and Sol Lewitt, are all artists who explored the implications of space and composition through formally rigid work. Mollá’s use of flat, geometric patterning, along with the grid, references his historical predecessors in a sophisticated appeal that combines with his lithe silhouettes to create a rich language that is entirely his own. In this way, Molla finds his place in a long and rich contemporary tradition of artists working with non-perspectival space and the tensions of the surface of their chosen medium.

A focal point of the exhibition is a group of emakimono (picture scrolls) with Japanese koi fish swimming between electric wires. The pieces, created in Mollá’s signature palette of sand, crimson, sumi ink and graphite, are inspired by the prints of Hiroshige, the Japanese artist best known for his delicate renderings of fish and sea life, and the kites that populate the skies of Japan in the spring.

Shepard Fairey, street artist and creator of the Andre-the-Giant “Obey” icon, adeptly summed this up on his blog in a recent post. He wrote of Molla’s work that “The tension between all these elements is fascinating. At a glance they are graphically powerful, but then they also have this meticulous subtlety which is just beautiful.”

Roberto Mollá (b. 1966, Valencia, Spain) first exhibited his work in 1994 in Tokyo. His work has since been presented in Japan in nine group exhibitions and seven solo exhibitions in galleries including Kobo Chika Gallery and Tozai Bunka Center. He has received grants from both the Japanese and Spanish governments which have allowed him to spend time creating work in Japan.

Mollá has participated in group exhibitions in the US organized by Glowlab (New York), POST Gallery and Roberts & Tilton Gallery (Los Angeles) and Geoffrey Young Gallery (Massachusetts). In Spain, he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions including Gallery Nuble (Santander), the Universidad Politécnica (Valencia), Club Diario Levante (Valencia), Sala Naranja (Valencia), Galería Moriarty (Madrid), Galería Sala de eStar (Seville), Galería Bacelos (Vigo), Galería Cánem (Castellón), Galería Muelle27 (Madrid) and Galería Tercer Espacio (Madrid) and he has participated in art fairs such as Foro Sur, Arte Santander and the Lisbon Art Fair. His work has been exhibited at Observatori 2005–Valencia Science Museum, Oviedo Biennale and in the travel-ing show Pieza a Pieza organised by the Instituto Cervantes. Mollá’s work is included in private and public collections including the DKV (Deutsche Krankenversi-cherung AG) Collection (Germany), Club Diario Levante (Valencia), the Embassy of Spain in Tokyo, Jiménez-Arellano Foundation (Valladolid), AG Rosen Collection (Massachusetts), UNED (Madrid), Marunuma Founda-tion (Asaka) and the Miró Foundation (Palma de Mallorca).

Glowlab is an innovative art gallery and creative catalyst located in New York, collaborating with and presenting the work of artists exploring the convergence of art, technology and the urban environment. For further information please contact gallery Director Christina Ray: 718.388.5911 or info@glowlab.com.
 

Contact: Glowlab Director Christina Ray
Phone: 718.388.5911
Email: info @ glowlab.com
Exhibition dates: May 07–June 07, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 07 . 7–9pm
Admission: free
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday . 12-6pm
Location: 30 Grand Street between Thompson St. and 6th Ave. . Travel info: A/C/E train to Canal Street
Event link: http://www.glowlab.com/glowlab/roberto-molla-2009/

 

 




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Fountain Art Fair New York 2012 / Kesting Ray Gallery



KESTING / RAY is pleased to return to Fountain New York for the 2012 edition and 7th annual fair in NY. With Fountain’s move to the 69th Regiment Armory, a well known icon with historic context in the American Art Scene, KESTING / RAY will unveil a collection of artworks from; Brian Leo, Beka Goedde, Swoon, Ben Wolf, Alyssa Dennis, Stephanie Dotson and Roberto Molla.

Fountain Art Fair opens this Friday, March 9th, unleashing an unparallelled platform of nearly 60 exhibitors, artist projects, performance artists and musical guests for its 7th annual New York exhibition. Fountain in thrilled to be taking place at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and 25th st, location of the original 1913 Armory Show, and the venue where Marcel Duchamp exhibited the notorious ready-made namesake of the fair, Fountain.

Fountain, brainchild of Lincoln Capla, David Kesting, and John Leo, held its inaugural New York exhibition in 2005 as an attempt to gain leverage for young, independent galleries with strong, aggressive campaigns. This first show featured a mere three Brooklyn-based galleries, and boasted a fresh DIY attitude that catered to a yet untouched niche of the art fair scene. As Fountain continues to expand, the fair maintains at its heart a raw, unfettered spirit that distinguishes it from other art fairs.

Fountain remains true to its Brooklyn roots with a heavy contingency of exhibitors and sponsors from that creatively booming borough.


Roberto Mollá. The enemy wants to know what you know (keep it under your Stetson) 3 y 4. 2011
Lápiz, gouache y tinta sobre papel milimetrado
58 x 41 cm


About Fountain Art Fair

Fountain is an exhibition of avant garde artwork in New York during Armory week, Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach and Los Angeles during Pacific Standard Time weekend.

Location:

69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street
March 9 - March 11, 2012
View directions here

Hours & Special Events:

Friday, March 9, 1pm–7pm – VIP & Press Preview
Friday, March 9, 7pm–11pm – Artlog presents: Public Opening Night Reception, Fab 5 Freddy (DJ set)
Saturday, March 10, 7–11pm – Art For Progress presents: Saturday Night Party and a night of multimedia art
General Hours: Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 1pm–7pm

Tickets:

$10 day pass / $15 weekend pass at the door
buy discounted tickets online!






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