NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Samantha Messias in Life is But a Dream. The exhibition opens May 22, 2018 and runs through June 12, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.
About the Artist
Upon first glance, the drawings of Samantha Messias appear to be photographs captured with astounding clarity. However, each one of Messias’ works is entirely constructed with pencil and charcoal. Messias’ hyperrealistic drawings are as laden with stunning visual dexterity as they are with emotional meaning. Having endured a traumatic childhood, Messias turned to art as a healing mechanism. After graduating university in 2012, the artist discovered Hyperrealism and has since rendered the world around her in piercing detail.
Focusing predominantly on portraiture, Messias pushes her subjects to the foreground of the composition, thus inviting the viewer to observe the microscopic clarity that comprises every plane of her drawings. In works such as The Alchemist (2017), a weathered, bearded man gazes fixedly towards the viewer. One can observe the deep crevices of wrinkles and clusters of sunspots, stray hairs, and various idiosyncrasies imbedded in his skin with exceptional detail; Messias leaves no stone unturned as she presents this man as absolute and extraordinarily unique. By unapologetically displaying the various nuances in each one of her subjects, Messias finds perfection in the imperfect.
Exhibition Dates: May 22-June 12, 2018
Reception: Thursday May 24, 2018 6-8 PM
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY
toNI Altenstrasser | Maria José Cabral | Margret Carde | Benny De Grove | GLIL | Paciel González | Olga Loschinina | Samantha Messias | Jennifer Morrow | Svetlana Nelson | Olivia O'Keeffe | Gottfried Roemer | Jutta Schulte | Ifat Shatzky | Amber Warren | Satoco Yamamoto | Katja Yoon
About the Exhibition
Life is But a Dream is a group show that explores the surreality of memory and identity in a world too often constructed to resemble a mere product on the shelf of popular culture. Comprising 17 artists, the primary link joining them together is how memory can be reshaped by the imagination. These artists all share in examining the content of what they remember, with social and familial life acting as a lens through which they reexamine recollected moments.
About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.