Body Language Opens at Fountain Gallery

Posted on May 17, 2011

Woman Fixing Her Hair by BSpinWoman Fixing Her Hair by BSpinBody 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.

Body Language was curated by Harriet Sawyer, an artist based in the East End of Long Island. She said, “These three artists are fearless in bringing a sense of themselves to their work. Martin Cohen has married his figurative skills with his signature abstract style to create unique work. Anthony Newton has a fire within him and has transformed it into a world on canvas. BSpin’s innocent exuberance enables her to work without limits and to experiment with different ways of viewing the world.”
Sawyer continued, “They have all brought themselves to the canvas, and that is what makes a true painting.”
Stay High by Anthony Newton.jpgStay High by Anthony Newton.jpgThe artists, who are all active members of Fountain House, represent diverse backgrounds and creative visions:
  • 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.
  • Strike A Pose I by Martin CohenStrike A Pose I by Martin CohenAnthony 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."
Body Language will be on view at Fountain Gallery through June 22, 2011.
The is program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by generous support from The Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, and The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.  








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