9.5” x 23.5”
Archive for April 20th, 2012
Canadian artist and architect William Steinberg’s monochromatic etchings contain abundant illustrations of iconic historic landmarks and yet still manage to present a startling modernity. With a powerful juxtaposition that amalgamates vintage images with contemporary lines, the artist combines historic sites that reveal a profound modern sensibility. Adding to this impression is a compelling visual rift in time that keeps the meaning of the art mysterious. Relations between the various layers, elements, and the urban landmarks are never fully defined, but invite a sustained curiosity and suggest dramatic visions.
Classic in nature, Mr. Steinberg’s etchings reflect Frank Gehry’s philosophy that “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Delicate abstractions invoke dreamlike images in incredibly sensitive and detailed graphite compositions which metamorphose into intricate dreamscapes and conjure a fresh, contemporary spark. With his articulated, balanced lines, he breathes vibrant spirit into traditional artistic practices and his contemporary works connect to the past and to our history, thematically and formally creating a new reality.
“Times Square. Sliced Panorama”
Photo on Canvas
21″ x 63″
Contemporary Russian photographer Ivan Lebedev imbues his breathtaking works with a sense of emotion that transcends the picture plane, enveloping the viewer in the majesty of his awe-inspiring scenes. Inspired by the bold iconography of two of the world’s greatest international cities: Moscow and New York, Mr. Lebedev’s lens juxtaposes the vibrant dynamics of these great cosmopolitan capitals and creates pulsating, confident photographs. His “third eye” investigates the iconic splendor of these great metropolises with an intriguing perspective as well as with an insider’s eye.
Ivan Lebedev’s cosmopolitan compositions reveal a breathtaking scope that reflects a dynamic symphony of light and shadow. In his deep and cutting photographic work, viewers are transported to two iconic cities: New York and Moscow, with captivating images that define these cultural centers. His lens effortlessly captures the dynamism of bustling city life with these panoramic vistas of Moscow, Red Square and New York’s Time Square which are infused with the exuberant moments that occur amidst the frenzy of great metropolises. Both urban vistas showcase familiar monuments and skylines with unprecedented candidness and vulnerability and are united by a sophisticated kaleidoscope of people and places.