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Opening June 2, ‘Elijah Wheat Showroom: Petrichor’

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Elijah Wheat Showroom is daring to present landscape-like works spanning the course of Liz Nielsen’s 20-year photographic and artistic career. The title is suggestive of the subtle scent of the Earth after a light rain. Oils from plants interact with the dry rocks as an aerosol disperses into the atmosphere. Just as chemical liquid interactions mixed with light are integral to the process of photography, so is the harmony of the gentle eco-system of this terrestrial land. With petrichor, one walks into the landscape, with a keener consciousness, now surrounded by the aroma and the brighter colors of an interactive nature.

Liz Nielsen’s prolific career spans two decades and encompasses varying experiments in photography along with incredibly fluid, yet ever-changing processes. Known for her large-scale camera-less light paintings and photograms, this show departs from the expected and enters a history through the lens. Works shown here will connect the early camera shots and compositions to the more contemporary modern ab-ex photos the artist has created in the darkroom. Intermixed images will prove how the landscape and horizon often inform her imagery and where future and alien landscapes interlude to beckon a playful yet thoughtful view of shapes, forms, and perspectives often unsettling the geographic Earth as humans experience.

An early eye, first focuses on representational relationships between the landscape, shapes and subject within the ‘Cuba Series’. Yet, her shooting still holds the creative fields of life’s vibrations interacting inside the camera. The moment she chooses to allow light to enter the lens, color moves the spatial landscape in the ‘Deep Space Series’. As Nielsen’s vibrant palette slowly becomes an understood language, she shifts the viewers’ point of view; her voice becomes stronger, more uniquely forceful, as abstractions proliferate the imagery.

Please join us for a first-time walk through discovering an introspective collection of work that displays bold Earthly and far-out cosmic landscapes processes from the lens. Then notice a contrasting saturation of expressionistic abstract color after an unflinching, yet subtle rain of creative success mastering the physics of light in the darkroom. Liz Nielsen is a Brooklyn based photographic artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London and Berlin. Her photographs are printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. Each photograph is Unique, ranging in side from 70″ x 50″ to 8″ x 8″. Liz earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. Nielsen’s works have been reviewed in *The New Yorker*, *The New York Times*, *Wall Street Journal* and *ArtSlant*. Liz currently shows with Danziger Gallery in New York, NextLevel Gallerie in Paris, and SOCO Gallery in North Carolina. She has upcoming summer shows at Pallas & Sirius Art Center in Ireland, and at Horizant Gallery in conjunction with her residency at The Budapest Art Factory this fall.

BIG DRAW coming Feb 26-28

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Visit http://bigdrawbeacon.weebly.com/ for info. Coming to Catalyst Gallery Feb 26-28, 2016, The Big Draw is an affordable art show, juried by a panel of artists (not affiliated with the gallery), featuring over 100 works on paper at a 2 day show and sale.  Drawing, painting, collage, photography, mixed media, etc. All works priced at $70 each. Preview party Friday Feb 26, 6-9 pm. Gallery hours Sat and Sun, 12-6 pm. The call for submissions has closed. To see works from past years, click here.

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Photo from last year’s Big Draw show at Catalyst.

Recent Works: Sara-Jane Lee

Opening reception November 7, 6-9 pm. Gallery hours Fri-Sun, 12-6 pm, additional hours TBA and by appointment, call 914-522-8073. Open Sat Nov 14 until 9 pm. Through Nov 29.

“The range and complexity of human thought patterns and resulting facial expressions is so extraordinarily expansive. The relationships between these thoughts and expressions have fascinated me from the moment I began to draw. Through paint and pencils, I hope to confront those viewing my artwork with a direct intimacy that evokes those personal thoughts. To capture a glimpse of a feeling expressed, and convey that feeling in a way that exposes both internal and external awareness, is what I hope to accomplish.

I have developed paintings and drawings that allow viewers to place themselves in the mind of the subject of a piece. In this way, creating a subjective reaction to each piece, which allows a personal relationship with each figure. I hope to inspire a greater understanding and appreciation for the subtlety of emotions, as well as emphasizing the contrast between the feelings one gets while thinking alone, and how they differ greatly from any outward emotion presented to others.

I believe these are, as Vincent Van Gogh said, “…serious subjects, so difficult, and at the same time so beautiful, that it is indeed worth while to devote one’s life to the task of expressing the poetry hidden in them.”

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Reception Sat Oct 10 for Adam Lauricella

Reception this Saturday October 10, 6-9 pm for artist Adam Lauricella, ‘Sacred Illustrations & Occulted Pictorials’.

“A collection of folk art exploring concepts and lessons that originated centuries ago, yet are ever present in modern day constructs. Iconic imagery and occulted symbols are used in an effort to shed light on events and figures that may otherwise be left hidden.”

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