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March 6, 2009 - March 23, 2009
Long Island City, NY Š This March, AES Gallery is pleased to present a special exhibition of works by Brooklyn artist, Howard Lerner. The exhibition will feature several large sculptures, curated by Sam Farnswoth from Repetti Gallery.
Working with found materials, and drawing on a variety of spiritual traditions, Howard gives new life to ancient icons. His stated goal is to recreate the Biblical stories of God and man from both image and word. Using the discarded remnants of our civilization for sculptural material, he weaves Holy Scripture into the individual works. This act of re-creation connects the artist (and perhaps the viewer) with the Divinity, and allows the ancient stories to come alive in the present day.
The work isn't bound to a specific religious context, but instead seeks to depict stories that mingle between traditions. A large standing figure, Kunda-Shekina-Aherah brings into one form several traditional representations of the Divine Feminine Principle. Known in Judaism as the Shekinah, in Yoga as the Kundalini Shakti and in the Ancient Near and Middle Eastern religions as the Asherah, the goddess here rises from the artistÕs vision of The Ark of the Covenant. The goddess, twisting and turning like a serpent, also invokes the Tree of Life, which alludes to what Wikipedia calls, 'the interconnectedness of all life on our planet.'
Breathing a more whimsical air into these mystical wonderings is a series of small, playful constructions inspired by folk art and antique toys. Planes and fish figure prominently, providing a more light-hearted glimpse into the artist's visual exploration of mysterious worlds.
Noah's Ark II
44-02 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11- 5 pm or by appointment
Directions: Trains N - W to Queensboro Plaza. #7 train to 45th Rd- Court House
Sq. or the E - V to
23rd St - Ely Ave . Three blocks south of the 59th Street Bridge in LIC.
This exhibition is presented by Modern Art Foundry and RT Restorations:
Modernartfoundry.com / Rtrestorations.com
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