NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Michael Victor ▪ MVR in On Earth and Elsewhere. The exhibition opens January 4 and runs through January 24, 2019 with an opening reception on Thursday, January 10 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
The largest of Michael Victor ▪ MVR’s digital paintings, derived from artworks he paints with hard pastels and then scans, recall Post-Impressionism. But instead of small markings of paint, MVR's landscapes develop from 'found pixels' that make up 'rasterized' art work.
Lucent textured-color effects, which arise from distinctive hand-drawn patterns of pastel pigments, serve as 'raw material' for painting. Throughout MVR's 'pixel painting' with it, a magnetic psychic quality binds intricate tessellations together; in his most advanced works, vast interrelated elements render them spatially eloquent.
While some works recall Degas and others Seurat, the artist engages his pixels, colors, and the spatial breadths of his landscapes on their own terms, confronting his paintings with questions to be answered through his process of close-up investigation, discovery, and interpretation of 'captured' pixels. The result is an organic response to the incessant stream of pixels delivered by 21st century mass media; a priori realities saturated with natural, often fantastic textures and colors to simulate familiar landscape environments.
Via the above, the atmosphere in MVR’s work goes electric with amplified vitality – felt from works' broad, sweeping strokes down to minute pixel configurations – reminiscent of Seurat. The difference is -- owing to variations in landscapes, times of year, light conditions, and hand-rendering techniques – as MVR claims, “source pixels have such tremendous variety in configurations to yield dozens of fresh artistic effects.” Equipped with new, efficient means of digital assembly, such numbers of innovative works from him may very well be on the horizon.
Exhibition Dates: January 4 – January 24, 2019
Reception: Thursday, January 10, 2019 6-8 PM
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY
Jerry Anderson | Travis Ballantyne | Miss C | John Herzberg | Clare Holzer | Oleg Kirnos | Ethan Lam | Gabriella Mirabelli | Maggie G. Moran | David Pallua | Michael Victor ▪ MVR | Shinozaki Yuko
About the Exhibition
On Earth and Elsewhere unpacks the ramifications of human influence on the earth. Comprising ten artists, each work displays an image of humanity’s place in the surrounding cosmos. Taking as its point of departure different images humanity has had of itself across history, the exhibition offers something like a timeline of what humanity has accomplished, as well as what it stands to lose in the face of pressing realities like climate change.
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.