Ricochet / Christina Ray Gallery NY



NEW YORK – April 22, 2011 – CHRISTINA RAY is pleased to present Ricochet, the gallery’s second solo exhibition for Valencia, Spain-based artist Roberto Mollá. A new series of paintings, marking the first major presentation in the US of the artist's works on canvas, will be exhibited alongside large-scale drawings on graph paper. The exhibition opens on May 12th and runs through June 12th. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 12th, 7–9pm at CHRISTINA RAY, located at 30 Grand Street, New York.

Mollá's vibrant and lyrical lines express his constant search for the perfect balance between organic and geometric forms. In a new body of work, Mollá pushes his dynamic structures to the extreme in abstract, geometric compositions with a tightly limited color palette of grey and black. Of major influence for the artist in this series is early 20th century American graphic designer Edward McKnight Kauffer, best known for his posters for the London Underground. Mollá's clusters of intersecting triangles, inspired by Kauffer, operate as abstract explosions or, as the artist describes them, "vorticist blasts."


Roberto Mollá. Dear Kauffer (1 & 2). 2011

Mollá deftly remixes historical iconography in his work to create a style uniquely his own. Sharp, futuristic lines cut straight through playfully narrative shapes and forms reminiscent of classic cartoon characters, taking on curves as they warp the picture plane. In an article for Whitewall Magazine, writer Lily Alexander illuminated this concept of warping in the artist's work: “Time is flexible in Mollá’s work, and different time periods and styles exist simultaneously. We enter the graph as a multi-dimensional world – which allows our minds to grasp what time might look like if it is layered rather than linear, or how space might appear if dimensions existed one upon the other.”

Mollá's stylistic endeavor creates a polarizing effect - an almost magnetic push-pull sensibility. As artist Shepard Fairey, a collector of Mollá's work, has written, “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.”

For the artist, "Paradoxically the drawing process has been more playful because I worked on most of the drawings without a previous sketch, drawing lines automatically, lines that collide and ricochet off the paper's edge. The collection also includes six small acrylic paintings - this is also a change of medium from my usual oils and I see the work becoming more flat and matte. So the work as a whole is a kind of ricochet, or change of direction."



Opening Reception: Thursday, May 12, 7–9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 12–June 12, 2011
Location: 30 Grand Street, Ground Floor . Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Directions: A/C/E to Canal Street or 1 to Canal Street; gallery is located between Thompson Street and 6th Avenue.


Roberto Mollá. Katsura. 2011


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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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