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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Concepts & Realizations: Alan J. Klawans and Andrew Werth

"Concepts Realizations"
featuring Alan J. Klawans and Andrew Werth
Sept 5 - Oct 6, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, September 7, 4-7 pm

Artists' Gallery invites you to join us at the opening reception for our September 2013 exhibition, Concepts + Realizations, featuring the work of Alan J. Klawans and Andrew Werth. The free reception will be on Saturday, September 7, from 4 - 7pm (we're located at 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ).

Alan J. Klawans
original digital print

This is the third year in a row that Klawans and Werth have exhibited together. While Alan and Andrew both conceive of their artwork through the lens of abstraction, the two realize their ideas using very different techniques.

Alan begins with photographs and digital scans of objects, textures, and colors from his travels around the world. "I think about some meaningful object or memory and then extrapolate that idea into something visually abstract," Klawans says. "For my print, Normandie, I was thinking about the colors, textures, and shapes of the most luxurious ocean liner of the art deco era." He then combines this imagery digitally with hand-drawn graphics, lines and shapes that provide structure as well as accent. The end result is a series of framed, limited edition digital prints that have both the crispness of digital creation and the visual texture of the real world.

Andrew Werth
"Arising #2"
acrylic on panel, 24 x 24

Andrew's acrylic paintings explore the interaction of color on multiple scales. His software engineering background comes in handy as he designs biomorphic compositions on the computer, often by simulating real-world biological processes and adding some artistic tweaks and twists along the way. After toning the support (this year, he's working on Dibond aluminum panels) and painting the base layers of the design, he proceeds to fill the surface with thousands of hand-painted marks of graduated color. If you've visited the gallery and wondered about Andrew's process, he recently put together a video on YouTube demonstrating the entire process from start to finish.

This show runs from September 5 through October 6, and the gallery now has extended operating hours (Thursday through Sunday from 11am - 6pm). We hope to see you there!

Artists' Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ - map & directions
Gallery hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

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