Opening Reception for Josette Urso – On Air

Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Jan. 6, 2018, 06:30 pm

1947 Palmer Avenue
Phone (914) 834-8077

New exhibition: January 6 – February 17, 2018
Reception: Saturday evening, January 6, 6:30 – 8:00, public invited
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:30 and by appointment

On Air: New paintings by Josette Urso

Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to open the 2018 exhibition season with a solo show featuring new oil paintings by Brooklyn artist Josette Urso.

Teetering between the urban and natural, Josette Urso makes paintings and drawings working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. Her approach involves moment-to-moment extrapolation governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color and wayward geometry. In the artist’s collages, the visual space is simultaneously highly randomized and highly ordered. The play of visual coincidence creates pleasures, just as it keys us into the generative power of chaos. In all her work, Urso’s visual contrasts and cross-fertilizations unfold and are cumulative, non-linear, free flowing and interpretive. Space becomes an ambiguous and malleable substance; its manipulation and acrobatic mark-making become a kind of gymnasium of expertly-placed color and shape.

“For me, drawing and painting parallel the act of seeing and are the most direct links to private time with the physical world. Despite the urgency of my process, as I work, time still slows down. My work becomes a record of this exploration and a reflection of my inherent energy and reason for living.” – Josette Urso, 2017

The artist is the recipient of grants from The Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation and The Pollack-Krasner Foundation and has been honored with residencies at Yaddo Foundation, UCross Foundation, Millay Foundation in the United States, as well as residencies in Spain, Germany, Ireland, Cambodia and Taiwan. Urso’s artwork has been acquired by numerous museums and private collections worldwide including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, Stadtmuseum, Schwandorf, Germany and Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, to name a few. Urso lives and works in Brooklyn.

Please contact the gallery for images and additional information or to arrange a preview of the exhibition.
We maintain an extensive inventory in our lower-level warehouse that includes a private presentation room. We always have a wide selection of paintings, drawings, prints, monoprints and photographs to offer collectors.

In-home or in-office consultations are complimentary. Artwork may be seen three day on-approval basis. Delivery and installation available.

Kenise Barnes, director: [email protected]
Lani Holloway, gallery manager: [email protected]
B. Avery Syrig, sales support and admin. assistant: [email protected]

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