Body Language: Figurative Works by BSpin, Martin Cohen, and Anthony Newton opened at Fountain Gallery on Friday, May 13. The group show features these three distinct artists’ take on the human form and spotlights works in mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on paper, oil and charcoal on paper, and collage. An enthusiastic crowd of more than 75 attended the opening reception.
- BSpin is a self-taught artist who uses various media to compare collective social views with individual views, especially as they relate to race and sex. Her works include colorful, figurative small works on found or reused objects, medium scale mixed media paintings, collage, and acrylic paintings.
- Martin received a B.F.A. degree from SUNY Purchase and studied at the Studio School of New York. He was awarded an M.F.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon. Martin incorporates mixed media, including photographic cutouts and found objects, into his abstract expressionist oil paintings and paper pieces introducing a textural quality into his work and exploring elements of American popular culture.
- Anthony studied at the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and also studied illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology. He describes his work as “primarily a study of hip-hop culture via portraiture, and vivid color study with figurative and surrealistic overtones often focused on African-American males, with the intention of changing America's perception of them."