Opening Reception: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6 – 8 pm
Horizon - the visual line that represents where earth and sky meet and where they separate. It has a loaded, significant, and pinpointed presence. Within the separation there is a convergence of two vast spaces. It is weighted, grounded, light, and disparate at the same time. This space gives solace to one’s connection to the earth and expands on the collective freedom that exists everywhere. The three artists in this exhibition, Russell Sharon, Jeff Muhs, and Bradley Narduzzi Rex, all investigate divergence of space and the significance of different elements coexisting harmoniously.
Sharon’s textured color field paintings delve deeply into the subject of the horizon. Layers of rich whites, soft blues, and deep tones saturate the surface. His repeated focus on the horizon line becomes a meditation, gaining strength and depth with each new journey. Muhs’ beautiful large-scale paintings muse on the play of color and shapes on the surface over an expanse of space, like the solidity of reflections on water. Muhs is often inspired by masses of water, their light, illusion, and pattern. His use of color pushes these investigations into an abstracted realm, a new world. Narduzzi Rex brings together bold forms that rest together, at times splicing various colors, subjects, and patterns to rest side by side in his multi panel arrangements. His landscapes incorporate hovering playful enigmas resident in vast spatial hosts.
Russell Sharon’s first solo exhibition was in New York in 1984 where he was an important part of the SoHo art scene, and his work has been included in many more exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, and South America. His solo exhibitions include Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY; Great River Art Gallery, Minnesota; Art Center South Florida and Swenson Gallery, Miami; Piknik Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard; and Gallery Molacorto, Girona, Spain. His work is in many public and private collections including JP Morgan Chase, American Express, and Neiman Marcus. His work was featured at Art Basel, Miami and Art Houston. He spends his time between his studio in South Florida and his farm in Minnesota.
Jeff Muhs received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1988. His work is in collections at the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, Time Warner, Inc, New York, NY, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hunter Museum, Tennessee and Ward Museum, Maryland. He has been included in numerous exhibitions including shows in New York, California, Colorado, and Texas. Most recently he was included in the Young Masters Art Exhibition in London at Sphinx Fine Art and Gallery 27. He lives and works in Southampton, NY.
Bradley Narduzzi Rex graduated in 1991 with a degree in Architecture from Columbia University. In 1992 he received a Fellowship Grant from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Venice Program. In 2001 he received the Artist Award from the New York Council on the Arts and in 2003 he received the "Young Artist Award" from the Art Students League of New York City. Solo exhibitions include Fototeca National of Cuba, Havana, Cuba; Galería de Arte, Avandaro, México; Borghi Gallery, New York City; Traeger & Pinto, México. He currently lives and works in the Centro Histórico of DF.