November 26th to December 31st, 2016
“Festive Expression” describes well our December 2016 exhibition at Van Der Plas Gallery. On view now until Sunday December 4th. Entitled “Good Spirit”, the show includes Shalom Neuman’s Amerika Series which was inspired by Franz Kafka’s novel, the paintings of people and animals caught up in a rapidly-spinning world by Thomas Cox, the colorful and fanciful outsider craft work by Konstantin Bokov, the realistic primitive still life paintings of Charles Wehringer, and the dynamic and dramatic abstractions by Leonardo Barreto.
Shalom Neuman has been a multi-sensory artist for over 45 years. His artwork seamlessly combines any and all media including but not limited to painting, sculpture, light, sound and movement/action. In 2013 Shalom received the Galileo 2000 Prize for Art in Florence, Italy for his concept of Fusionism – the fusing of all artistic media.
The paintings and drawings of Thomas Cox may call to mind contemporary international political and human rights concerns, but there is no polemical statement attached. The viewer is left to draw his own conclusions, or better yet, make an investigation. The artist’s source material includes images of the aftermath of bombings and tunnels used to smuggle into Gaza.
The passion of Konstantin Bokov is to create art that transcends genre—“I live from my imagination”, is his common refrain. Unthreatened by conventions constructed by society, he revels in moments of vulnerability, subverts the relationship between the artist and muse, and uses raw and provoking content, resulting in a piece filled with multiple dimensions.
Charles Wehringer likes to paint on wood, like the old masters. His colorful paintings of farm scenes and fruit and vegetable still life’s are inspired by childhood memories. Painted in a realistic primitive style, they have been exhibited and sold at the Museum of American Folk Art.
The abstract expressionist paintings of Leonardo Barreto strike a balance between chaos and order, where his creative force manifests as color explosions on canvas. The bright, vivid streaks he creates are reminiscent of the lush tropical landscape he calls home. Barreto is Nicaraguan-born and now based in San Jose, Costa Rica.