AUDART, The Anti-Gallery

60 Broad St., New York NY

Urban Frontier

It is one thing to open an art gallery in the Lower Manhattan financial district and quite another to take, what used to be a bank, fill its twelve rooms with beautiful art and open New York city's fist "anti-gallery" to a packed house. Over eight hundred people came dowtown to see Audrey Regan and Neil London's Audart Gallery and it's "Urban Frontier" exhibition at #60 Broad Street on Thursday, February 29th, 1996.

The architectural configurations of the Audart Gallery, the eclectic works of art in the "Urban Frontier" exhibition and the careful attention to lighting, have created an adventure, where excitement mounts the further one ventures into the show. And there is also the music, a forty year mix of exciting, beautiful music that is "comfortably" experienced.

Alice Burton, a Canadian painter and brilliant colorist, combines life drawings of nudes with paint and Japanese paper, often carrying the painting over onto the frame itself. She speaks of isolation and loneliness and the fragmentation of human life in the urban environment.

Large scale drawings are superimposed over mechanical grids by painter Marlaina Deppe, whose work presents the conflict between nature and technology.

Lance Horenbein lines the walls with his sepia- toned photographs ... his statement on youth and the celebration of life.

A large installation of bolted aluminum sheeting by "constructionist" sculptor, David Hatchett both startles and amuses the viewer.

Kenta Furusho's seven and a half foot tall "Invisible Man" is draped in the fabrics of his life ... neckties, army fatigues, the American flag and even gossamer gowns. A "black" gallery glows with the paintings in light boxes by Roz Dimon.

Eight sculptures of Harold Sclar grace the show ... from the powerfull "Flying with the Moon" to "Budding", a feminine, angelic sweep of steel.

The serenity of Suzyo Saito's wood and marble columns and her "egg" with its intricately carved marble skirt, provide a cool contrast to sculptor John Kay's bold steel pieces, several of which pay tribute to the great musicians he has played with in the past.

Painter, Murray Hochman, an expert in commercial finishes, mounts common air conditioning vents onto canvas and paints them in breathtaking colors.

Images of Ann Sexton and Andy Warhol haunt the canvasses of Jon Singer, who carves the common paint roller, loads it with pigment and allows the painting to "happen".

Beyond the four traditional white rooms of the Audart Gallery, there is a feeling that one has entered the art-lined hallway of an old mansion ... that this could never have been the bright, flourescent corridor of a working bank.


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