Exhibitions at Contemporary Art galleries that champion dynamic new work by artists, whether emerging or established, never disappoint—the galleries we are visiting this week in New York City and Istanbul are perfect examples of why this is true. Viewers will find that the artwork in these exhibitions challenge vivid realities and visual boundaries.
Justin Bower: Panic Room will be on view on October 24 at 532 W. 24th Street, New York, NY 10011.
Unix Gallery, a Contemporary Art gallery that recently opened a New York City location earlier this year, invites viewers to look at a selection of recently completed large-scale paintings by artist Justin Bower (American). Bower’s enigmatic idol faces convey the complex realities of technology and the blurred lines of the virtual world. His magnified subjects are painted with erratic and inflated features that seem to drift between dimensions. The artist, who has an academic background in both Fine Art and philosophy, imbues his paintings with visual effects that delve into illusion, facades, and the inconsistency of man-made codes.
Karin Kneffel will be on view on October 24 at Abdi Ipekçi Caddesi No: 7/4 Nisantasi 34367, Istanbul, Turkey.
At her first exhibition in Turkey, artist Karin Kneffel (German, b.1967) will present a series of paintings that showcase her ability to render the effects of finger-drawn words on frosted windows. Kneffel, who studied under Gerhard Richter (German, b.1932), takes mundane subjects and experiments with the visual impressions of light and shadows, as well as with overlooked spatial relationships. In her latest endeavor, the role of the viewer-as-spectator is employed to highlight the palpable qualities of each composition. Present in many of the works is a quote by Bauhaus pioneer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German, 1886–1969) that reads, “I need a wall behind me” in either English or Turkish, which further emphasizes the existence of a world or space beyond the confines of the canvas.
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