Big Love, a group exhibition featuring fourteen gallery artists, is a visual response to a world that feels filled with anger, fear, and hostility where there should be love. Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, the show highlights a diverse range of mediums by Basia Goldsmith, Blossom Verlinsky, Cari Rosmarin, David Cerulli, Elisabeth Jacobsen, Jackie Shatz, Kate Missett, Katinka Mann, Kiyoshi Otsuka, Mary Rieser Heintjes, Mitchell Lewis, Olivia Beens, Sumayyah Samaha, and Susan Lisbin.
Chris Davis, in his first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery, presents masterfully intricate and multi-layered, laser-cut, painted wood works inspired by Asian, Islamic, and Western designs in the exhibition Layers of Dimension. These dynamic pieces display interplay between organic and geometric, symmetry and asymmetry, positive and negative space. Images emerge in the abstract forms that reference the linear and natural movement of branches in a tree. In reference to his process Chris Davis states, “Not being entirely in control requires that we be fully conscious and honest.” In the piece They Emerged Dancing, the design is a tree splitting in four directions. The title refers the Bodhisattvas of the Earth who exuberantly emerged from the Earth with the firm resolve to awaken human society to the greatness of the human spirit. Davis explains, “the piece went from chaos to resolution” which “demanded resolve and exuberance.”
In her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery, Vija Doks presents large-scale paintings on paper that will transform through the duration of the exhibition as she adds depictions of animals based on those that she sees on her regular walks through the Manhattan neighborhood, Chelsea. Adjacent to the evolving installation, on a field of black, images of Woolly Mammoths and a Mob of Meerkats emerge in ghostly and luminous white, creating a striking contrast between subject and background. These pieces are part of a series that showcases the diversity and beauty of animal life, and emphasizes their fragile position in our present man-made environment. Doks states, “Through these works, I hope to stir in the viewer a sense of joy and wonder and awaken them to the magic of animals. I am an environmentalist and animal lover and I hope to raise awareness of our interconnectivity through my art.”