"To The Edge"
Featuring Jaqueline Cedar and Nate Ethier
September 9 - October 11, 2015
Opening Reception: Wed. September 9, 7-10pm
Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc.
171 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Come to the edge.
We might fall.
It’s too high!
COME TO THE EDGE!
And they came,
And we pushed,
And they flew.
Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc is pleased to present “To The Edge”, new paintings by Jaqueline Cedar and Nate Ethier. Cedar has an MFA in Painting from Columbia University and a BA in Art from UCLA. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post and New American Paintings. Nate Ethier has an MFA from Boston University College of Fine Arts and has just finished a one year Sharpe-Walentas Foundation Residency.
We stand upon a precipice, fraught with uncertainties. The world seems troubled. Each day brings new tragedies, often too many to process. Time seems as though it is speeding up, and all that has happened is happening with greater frequency and intensity. The economy is unsteady and at times erratic. Extreme weather conditions, natural disasters, war and terror are now commonplace occurrences. There is a general sense of foreboding, and yet life continues and at that moment in which collapse seems inevitable and the weight of gravity is pulling us down toward oblivion, some of us take flight.
These two young artists are soaring!
Cedar’s large-scale paintings present figures trapped inside of abstract landscapes, longing for escape. Psychologically thrilling and slightly disturbing, these paintings remind us of the torment of our own metaphorical and literal prisons that we create for ourselves.
Ethier’s geometric abstractions are intense and beautiful, and slightly askew. At first glance they seem clearly defined patterns and yet as you peruse through the layers you discover that the ostensibly solid foundation is a bit more chaotic than the surface suggests. Order and chaos are tenuously balance upon the edges of so many razors. Ethier himself describes the mood of the work as a ‘monk in a mosh-pit’.
Both artists are exploring and pushing the limits of paintings long history. There work is honest, hauntingly beautiful and challenging. At the end, we must submit and ‘COME TO THE EDGE’ with them and trust that these two artists together will provide us with the push we need, and even though we might fall… we may still fly!
‘To The Edge!’