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Portrait of a Soul

September 23 October 24, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday September 23, 7-9PM

Press preview: 6pm

Curated by Jay Pluck

Featured artists: Zoe Nelson, Julian Osti, Rachel Reese and Milton Resnick.

Portrait of a Soul presented visual artworks concerned with the transmission of spiritual energy by arranging a handful of works so as to form a “portrait” or description of that transmission. This exhibition asserted that the transparent and generous natures of contemporary art can more solidly and articulately lay bare the lyrical moment where god and artist are engaged in the same creative act. There were no traditional portraits in this group show; instead, the show itself was a portrait – in it, a vivid, trenchant spiritual resonance is rendered through subtle or dramatic means.

Julian Osti uses only the most essential objects in Memorial, as he wonders openly about how to best assert his sense of justice – highly aware of consequences both expected and mysterious – and in doing so is accessing a high level of compassion.

Rachel Reese’s works rise from deep unconscious memories and shared experience – she is interested in uniting the floating pasts of disparate viewers into a single non-exclusive image.

The elimination of content in Milton Resnick’s work succeeds in the most enlightened way: the viewer is the creator but also the void. Resnick’s continued, daily attempts at the same subject matter show the driven energy of a craftsman aided by a higher power.

In contrast, Zoe Nelson cuts away to eliminate / enrich and turns inward to make works about herself with a humility that prevents her from speaking for humanity, with explicit and purposeful mark-making that make her works portraits of herself as a painter.

Special thanks to Cheim & Read.

Featured Image: Rachel Reese, Untitled, black and white photocopy, 2009.

Milton Resnick courtesy of Cheim & Read

Milton Resnick, Veil of Isis 10, oil paint, 1985.

Portrait of a Soul

"Portrait of a Soul" Opening Reception

Julian Osti

Julian Osti, Memorial, silkscreen and synthetic flowers, 2008

Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson, Gone Fishing, oil paint, stretcher bars, canvas, string, staples, holes, 2011.