Located in New York City, Agora Gallery‘s new exhibition, The Essence of Abstraction, will feature the artwork of Iceland artist Elva Hreidarsdottir. The exhibitions open on March 4, 2014 and run until March 25, 2014. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Like many Icelandic artists, Elva Hreidarsdottir says she is “inspired by nature and it feeds my work.” However, her collographs go beyond standard ways of depicting nature. The artist does not focus on the most apparent aspects of the landscapes she documents. Rather, it is the “lines and shapes that appear in crumbling hills, broken basalt columns and weathered rocks” that attract her attention. She creates a body of work with the contours of abstraction, but one that also communicates a strong feeling of air, space and the outdoors.
Drawing directly on her printing plates, Hreidarsdottir glues and varnishes each one to mimic nature, and the sense of light and of surfaces that have come into contact with the forces of nature is strong. That sense also comes from the artist’s tonally varied palette of blacks, greys and browns, and the painterly technique she uses to apply color to the plate. While intricate and detailed, that process has an open-ended spontaneity the artist says reflects the diversity of nature itself, and that gives her work its unique appeal. Click here to see and purchase Elva’s artwork.
WHEN: March 4 – 25
RECEPTION: March 6 | 6-8 PM
HOURS: Tues-Sat| 11-6
WHERE: Agora Gallery | 530 West 25th St| Chelsea, New York
Jian Jun An | Hillary Butler | Agostino Di Munno | Ulrike Fried-Heufel | Charles Goldstein | Claudia Gomez Fernandez | Elva Hreidarsdottir | Dinah Cross James | Lidiya Keiser | Dr. Albert Legault | Jane Magarigal | Christine Meyer | Hoang Ngo Duc | Russell Steven Powell | Gerd Rautert | Christopher Roberts | Juan Fernando Silva
About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.