Denise Bibro Fine Art

Gallery I: Tom Sime, Recent Works: New Works in Resin and Wax / Gallery II & III:  Mark Hadjipateras "Works on Paper" / Space 4:  John Hrehov "Drawings and Paintings"

Gallery I: Tom Sime, Recent Works: New Works in Resin and Wax / Gallery II & III:  Mark Hadjipateras "Works on Paper" / Space 4:  John Hrehov "Drawings and Paintings"

after the flood by john hrehov

John Hrehov

After the Flood, 2002

section 5 by tom sime

Tom Sime

Section 5, 2004

Thursday, December 9, 2004Saturday, January 15, 2005


Tom Sime: New Works in Resin and Wax
December 9, 2004 – January 15, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, Dec 9, 6-8 pm

Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4W, Chelsea, New York is pleased to announce the artist’s third solo exhibition. Sime continues to progress following the success of his previous show, where he was lauded as one of the up and coming artists to watch by several prominent Texas publications such as the Dallas Morning News and D Magazine.

In the past Sime has worked mostly with encaustics by dragging molten wax across surface with a brush. It is a demanding technique that requires a strong knowledge of the materials and their properties. The brittle nature of beeswax, and especially paraffin, while incomparable in their visual effect, restricts the size in which an artist can work. As a result, Sime has continued to work on small panels and in series. This work has taken on an experimental feel as a result, as if each of his finished pieces were a highly evolved sketch from an encaustic artist’s notebook.

Sime’s is interested in the translucence of wax and it’s ability to rest on top a surface and to partially obscure it. His ongoing body of work has continued to develop around this phenomenon. He often lays a thick layer of wax over a relief of geometrically governed networks, forming structures that are only partially available to the viewer and suggest a continuation of the incomplete motif.

In this recent work, Sime looks to new materials to carry out this visual transformation. It features both his familiar waxen panels as well as larger, polyurethane compositions. This transition has allowed him to explore new directions both in terms of the size and effect of his imagery. The new work triumphs with subtle reserve, looking to minimalist and op-art precedents to create a subdued but enduring visual experience.

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Mark Hadjipateras: Works on Paper
December 9, 2004 – January 15, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, Dec 9, 6-8 pm

Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4th floor, Chelsea, NYC, is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition of New York artist, Mark Hadjipateras. This exhibition will be on view from Thursday, December 9, 2004 through Thursday, January 15, 2005.

Featuring works on paper, this show will take on themes and subject matter we observed in his first solo show at Denise Bibro Fine Art in 2003. Hadjipateras will reveal a new cast of individuals, equal parts carbon, silicon, and imagination.

Mark Hadjipateras’s work is always examining the energized space between opposing forces in art: brutish but elegant; pop but personal; figural but abstract. While gracefully reconciling these seeming contradictions, Hadjipateras creates a collection of signs and symbols that are uniquely his own. Like Phillip Guston, Tom Otterness, Peter Saul and others working in this realm, the best thing you can say about Hadjipateras is that you always know a piece is his despite not being able to recognize why - even if it’s a completely different syle – you just know.

Aside from his unique visual language, Hadjipateras’s work is active and approachable. His playful coloration and solid, geometrically informed objects, even in their abstraction, speak a recognizable visual language. It is a language that avoids alienating the viewer without being facile; playfully searching and never labored.

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John Hrehov: Recent Paintings
December 9, 2004 – January 15, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, Dec 9, 6-8 pm

Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, NYC is pleased to announce John Hrehov’s fourth solo exhibition, Recent Paintings, in our Chelsea gallery, December 9-January 15, 2005.

Hrehov continues to expand his pictorial language that has guided his work for years. Hrehov’s technical savvy flirts with virtuosity as he continues to look to consult the Flemish masters for painterly guidance. However, the significance of Hrehov’s art stretches far beyond his technical accomplishments.

Art critic Donald Kuspit once described John Hrehov as a “New American Scene painter” in the tradition of Grant Wood, belonging “to the same world of experience.” Beyond a world of common experience, Wood and Hrehov share and likeminded perspective about this particular world.

Indeed, John Hrehov’s, crisp rendering, bold color, and familiar subject are reminiscent of Wood and other regionalist’s work. Hrehov’s work also imbues this subject matter with a transcendental import by carefully arranging, and establishing a balanced and discrete point of entry into his compositions. As a result, the imagery takes on a symbolic and surreal presence. And in this respect, Hrehov continues an even longer American tradition of transcendental thinking that finds inspiration in the understated, the intuitive, and the personal.

A catalogue, with support provided by Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), is available with a poignant essay by Donald Kuspit.