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Blurred Horizons: Contemporary Landscapes, Real and Imagined

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Blurred Horizons
Contemporary Landscapes, Real and Imagined
January 18 - March 31, 2018

Art Projects International is pleased to open the gallery's 25th anniversary with Blurred Horizons: Contemporary Landscapes, Real and Imagined, a special exhibition featuring works by 12 artists: Catherine Opie, Clifford Ross, Filipe Rocha da Silva, Graham Nickson, Il Lee, James Turrell, Mary Heilmann, Myong Hi Kim, Richard Tsao, Seokmin Ko, Yojiro Imasaka and Zhang Jian-Jun.

The exhibition presents a selection of works created within the past twenty years, featuring landscapes with a strong abstract quality, abstract works evoking landscapes, and artificially-constructed landscapes. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay by Kathryn Calley Galitz that contextualizes these contemporary landscapes within the landscape tradition, with an emphasis on the sublime.

Blurred Horizons reveals the idea of landscape as a powerful force of attraction and influence that affects artist and viewer alike. In bringing together a diverse range of works by an international and multigenerational group, the exhibition allows audiences to be exposed to strong artworks in a symbiotic, thoughtful, and, at times, surprising conversation that elevates beyond theme.

James Turrell and Mary Heilmann, two of the artists featured in Blurred Horizons, are recognized trailblazers in creating abstract works that strongly evoke the natural world. The large-scale ballpoint pen works of Il Lee similarly present bold, monochromatic abstractions often suggestive of mountains, forests, and skies. In contrast, Richard Tsao's color saturated, multi-layered paintings extend beyond their supports to create relief-like terrains.

The exhibition also presents watercolors by Graham Nickson whose vibrant plein air sunrises and sunsets embrace abstraction. Myong Hi Kim's oil pastel on chalkboard landscapes depict expansive skies on an intimate scale.

Four photographers in Blurred Horizons similarly push the limits of their medium to explore abstraction. Clifford Ross, who began his career as an abstract painter and sculptor, creates monumental seascapes that seek to capture the sublime power of nature, while Catherine Opie's iconic landscapes blur toward abstraction and unrecognizability. Yojiro Imasaka's painterly photographs explore landscapes through ambiguities of scale and space, and Seokmin Ko incorporates elements of artifice in his landscape series.

The exhibition also features innovative landscapes in unique formats, including a "wool drawing" by Filipe Rocha da Silva and an ink scholars' rock by Zhang Jian-Jun.

The exhibition will be on view from January 18 to March 31, 2018, at 434 Greenwich Street, in Tribeca, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 18, 6-8pm. Many of the exhibition's participating artists will be in attendance at the opening reception. Additional programs are planned through the run of the show, including guided curator walkthrough conversations in February and March.

© 2018 Art Projects International


For more information: http://www.artprojects.com/index.php/express/blurred_horizons/

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