The Leo Kamen Gallery presents two exhibitions of new work by Meryl McMaster and Akira Yoshikawa. The exhibitions begin on February 19th, 2011. An official opening will be held on Saturday, February 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m. with the artists present.
Meryl McMaster SECOND SELF – Main Gallery
In considering the complex nature of identity, Meryl McMaster combines drawing and sculpture with photography. She asks various untrained individuals to draw "blind contour" self-portraits that are subsequently recreated as wire sculpture. She then photographs her subjects holding the wire contour. The end result is a multiple reinterpretation — in effect, a second self.
Akira Yoshikawa SURRENDER – Gallery 2
Akira Yoshikawa's new oil pastel drawings demonstrate a radical simplicity that is deliberately non-referential, intent on expressing spirituality, order, and contentment. The artist relies on a meditative process and works intuitively, composing soft monochromatic backgrounds with serene linear rhythmic variations. His drawings ask the viewer to pause and to focus on his or her inner peace of mind.