Chelsea's George Billis Gallery is exhibiting paintings by Kenny Harris and Sarah Williams, with sculptures by Santiago Medina. Sarah Williams' ouevre centers on her midwestern roots, featuring iconic all-American constructions like diners, roadside stalls, and carnival food attractions. "While I render my subject in a representational manner," she writes, "I like to fracture the form and accentuate the light through brushwork. I believe this approach makes these settings visually captivating and eerily mysterious at the same time. The viewer starts to unravel the mood of the painting not only with the primary area of focus, but through the combination of the secondary and even tertiary areas of focus. A viewer’s eyes must adjust so they will be able to see these subtle nuances that complete the character of the place. The artistic language applied to slightly familiar yet hauntingly isolated areas permits me to transform the common place and make the insignificant significant." Harris' paintings, on the other hand, evoke "the light and mood of architectural spaces from his travels around the world." The locales of his smaller works range from Paris to Istanbul, London to Lisbon, but for his large compositions Harris focused on Havana, Cuba. "The colorful emptiness of it’s arcades and interiors evoke a stillness charged with meaning. The Cuban people are waiting in anticipation for what is to come, and these empty spaces are emblematic of this suspense. Harris’ paintings are at once both modern and nostalgic."
Showing February 7 – March 4, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, February 9, 6 – 8 pm.
525 West 26th Street, Ground Floor
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York, NY 10001
Quotes taken from Artists' Statements on the George Billis Website