March 22 – April 26, 2015
Van der Plas Gallery is pleased to present Interior Conversation, a group exhibition that brings together the paintings of Judith Simonian, KK Kozik, Nancy Grimes, Fedele Spadafora, and Vincent Zambrano. The artwork on view portrays distinctive spaces for memory and reflection. These interior spaces are emblematic in their representation, laden as they are with associations.
JUDITH SIMONIAN was born in Los Angeles and lives and works in New York City. In 2014 she was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Simonian’s intuitive and mercurial compositions incorporate images selected from a variety of sources, including sketches made from direct observation, the artist’s own travel photos, and found material such as vacation brochures and magazines. Through her rich and vibrant surfaces, physical objects and locations are incessantly interrupted or even decimated by the introduction of light and color. Her work removes the distinctions between the internal and external realms, real and imagined spaces, and creates a radiant but fractured world. She is represented in New York City by Edward Thorp Gallery and in Hudson, NY by John Davis gallery. “Courtesy of Edward Thorp Gallery”
KK KOZIK is an artist and writer who lives and works in Sharon, CT and Brooklyn, NY. Her paintings have followed many odysseys over the years but interiors have been a constant. Her concern with space and geometry, perhaps derived from her years as an architecture student, is always evident, though frequently tempered with mood, mystery, and a sense of play. She is currently included in New Narrative, at Storefront Ten Eyck in Bushwick. She has exhibited broadly in the United States and abroad, is included in numerous public and private collections, and has been reviewed extensively including currently in the blog ‘Two Coats of Paint.’
NANCY GRIMES lives and works in New York City. She teaches painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and has written numerous reviews and articles for periodicals such as ARTnews and Art in America. Her current work is about familial relationships.
VINCENT ZAMBRANO was born in Manta, Ecuador. The vivid colors of South America continue to inspired Zambrano’s visual impressions and creativity. Zambrano grew up in Queens, NY. He studied Fine Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology and film directing at The School of Visual Arts. His broad approach to style and subject in his paintings challenges himself as well as the viewer. With painting, photography, and film the artist focuses on portraying the human condition. His films have been presented at the HBO International New York Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. Recent group shows of paintings include Contemporanea University of Connecticut, Hutchins Gallery, and C.W. Campus Long Island.
FEDELE SPADAFORA is currently based in New York City. After studying art at Michigan State University in his native Lansing, Spadafora headed to Prague, which was just shaking off 45 years of communist groupthink. He spent six exciting years there, painting and co-founding an alternative publishing company, Twisted Spoon Press. His painting, titled ‘The Conversation’, presents a chat between two old Czech women sitting on a park bench in Prague. Drawing upon his experiences, Spadafora blends tradition and modernity to create the painting’s heavier and darker atmosphere, which calls to mind the graphic works of Bruno Schultz.