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Jul 5, 2017 - Jul 25, 2017

Sensorial Realities


Agora Gallery's new group exhibition Sensorial Realities offers ten different voyages into new and challenging worlds.
Among the paintings, mixed-media works, ceramics, and sculptures included, there are stimulating explorations of landscape, narrative, abstraction, and portraiture. One painter creates outdoor scenes out of a jungle of thick, unbroken brushstrokes that pulse with the loud colors of summer in bloom. Another builds quietly intense psychological scenes out of isolated figures. A third toggles between sensual realism and an abstraction that depends simply on the perspective zooming in and out. With such thoughtful technical experimentation and flawless execution, Sensorial Realities showcases artists operating at their smartest and most provocative level.

Reception: Thursday July 6, 2017 6-8 PM

Featured Artists
Frank M. Alba  |  Caroline Degroiselle  |  Natasha Estanga  |  Corinne Garese  |  Horst Lukas  |  Susan Marx  |  Jiri Maska  |  Nora Pineda  |  Mr. Sajja Sajjakul  |  Christine Vella


Czech artist Jiri Maska creates pieces that are both majestic and visceral. Maska works with mixed media to make highly textured tableaux of narrative images. The pieces are characterized by their heavy, graphic lines and saturated colors. Frequently an image will play two contrasting shades off each other to intense, otherworldy effect. Figures are stylized but not simplified, and backgrounds are a shifting patchwork of shadows.
Most often, Maska's inspiration comes from some of the oldest and richest shared source material in the world: the epics of antiquity, such as the story of Gilgamesh or the many books of the Bible. His interests know no national or even chronological boundaries. In every piece the figures are always in motion, caught at the height of their dramatic arc. Maska does not shy away from the darker aspects of these stories, instead choosing to illuminate all facets and find the grace in every tale.
Maska was born in Razice, Czechoslovakia and has since exhibited all over the world, including in France, China, Australia, Uruguay, Holland, Canada, and the United States.



Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, NYC


From: Jul 5, 2017
To: Jul 25, 2017


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