Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Press release for the new exhibit opening @ ArtLab78


MICHAEL TORLEN : Selections from Seamarks 
February  1 – 21, 2014
Artist in attendance: Saturdays,February 1-8-15 , 3–6 pm

New York, NY – ArtLab78, is pleased to present  Selections from Seamarks, recent works by Michael Torlen, in February 2014. The exhibition will be open to the public in presence of the artist on three consecutive Saturdays February 1, 8, and 15 from 3-6 PM. In Addition, on February 8 there will be a conversation with the artist and Julian Kreimer, painter and critic for Art in America at 4 PM. Seamarks includes paintings, watercolors, monotypes, and editions inspired by his family's history and his experiences as a boy aboard ship with his Norwegian-born father and as a crewmember on a commercial tuna boat.
Easy To Love ( from Sanger Fra Mor Dancers), 2010, oil and water-based ink monotype with stencil and wood and linoleum blocks, 2010

Michael Torlen is Professor Emeritus, School of Art+Design, Purchase College, SUNY. Mr. Torlen’s work is in numerous museums, corporate, and private collections.
Carl Little, art critic and author, has said of the artist’s work: “Torlen invites his viewers to explore layers of memory and mediums, and to join him in creating a narrative out of the ‘seamarks’ of life and art.” Mr. Torlen’s work has been reviewed in Art in America and Artforum and appears in Little’s 2006 book, Paintings of Maine. 
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Intimate in scale, ArtLab78 is a young, experimental project space overlooking the East River that features the work of noted contemporary artists. Inspired by Alfred Stieglitz’ 291 Gallery, as well as the visionary collector Roy Neuberger, the gallery is located in a landmark Beaux Arts building designed by Henry Atterbury Smith that opened in 1909 as the Shively Sanitary Tenements under the sponsorship of Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. Note: There is no elevator in the building and access is via stairs. At the entry gate, call 914 4266160 and we will buzz you in.
For more information or images, please contact Laurence Neron-Bancel 
516 East 78th Street #3N, New York, NY 10075 (between York Ave. and the East River)
Hours: Saturdays February 1, 8, and 15 from 3-6 PM
Private viewing by appointment.1 914 4266160

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