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Reinventing Landscape

February 17 - March 30, 2012

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Naoto Nakagawa
Earth Wave VIII, 2011 (detail)
Courtesy of Feature Inc., NewYork
Photo: John Berens

Baruch College presents the exhibition, Reinventing Landscape, at the Mishkin Gallery from Friday, February 17 to March 30, 2012. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 16, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition includes paintings by artists:

  • Jake Berthot
  • Rimer Cardillo
  • Naoto Nakagawa
  • Alexis Rockman
  • Mark Tansey
  • Hai Tao
  • Ryo Toyonaga
  • John Torreano
  • and sculpture by Mel Kendrick

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Mark Tansey
Study for Valley of Doubt, 1986-1990

Modern and post-modern artists have continually challenged the nature of reality. With Cubism, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque reinvented the way we visualize natural objects in the early 20th century. By midcentury, Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell had obliterated most objects in their paintings and left the viewer searching for fragments of the landscape. In the late 20th and early 21th centuries, some post-modern artists like Mark Tansey considered landscape painting to be purely metaphorical. Tansey often disrupts the reality of the landscape, posing questions that demand a consideration of multiple realities.

Reinventing Landscape challenges our view of landscape and poses a panorama of alternate possibilities. All of the artists in this exhibition approach the landscape from unique perspectives, using metaphorical rather than literal translations of nature. Although painters like Jake Berthot, Naoto Nakagawa, and Ryo Toyonaga may acknowledge artistic precedents such as abstract art or Pop Art, these artists challenge traditional representations of landscape. Sculptor Mel Kendrick reconsiders the physical world. After slicing an actual tree to create his sculpture X + Y, Kendrick proceeds to reconstruct nature. John Torreano incorporates objects such as acrylic gemstones in his canvases to tie his paintings to the physical world. Others, such as Alexis Rockman, use natural history as a point of departure.

Combining landscape details from his native Uruguay with imagery from upstate New York, Rimer Cardillo invents his own geography. Hai Tao, on the other hand, avoids specific geography. He creates a universal vision, not a narrative or a local view, which bridges the tenets of East and West. Regardless of their reference points, all of the artists in this exhibition raise questions or present narratives that reshape the viewer's perception of the exterior world.

This exhibition is organized by Dr. Sandra Kraskin, Director of the Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College.

Opening Reception:
February 16, 6 to 8 P.M.

The Sidney Mishkin Gallery is located at:
Baruch College
135 East 22nd Street
New York City

Gallery hours are:
Tuesday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 12 noon – 7 p.m.
All exhibitions at the gallery are free and open to the public.

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