Saturday, July 03, 2004

Gabriela Morawetz :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Gabriela Morawetz :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Gabriela Morawetz is represented by Chelsea gallerist Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/ claire oliver fine art. Known for unique photomontage practices, in which she fuses photography, sculpture, sketching, and even encaustic collage, Morawetz creates figurative images in two and three dimensions. She is in total communication with the world around her, introducing us to an imaginary world which is oddly close and familiar, yet strangely peculiar. She is ultimately loyal to her desire of balancing opposing elements and maintaining harmony, thus becoming an artist who promises to experiment with both the distant and the close, as well as the individual and his place in the universe.

Carson Fox :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Carson Fox :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Chelsea gallerist Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/claire oliver fine art, represents the work of American artist Carson Fox. Fox creates sculpture inspired by memorial hair jewelry of the Victorian era. Such Victorian objects were crafted from the hair of a deceased loved one to act as a memento of the departed individual. In her most recent work, Fox investigates her own feelings of loss and remorse. Fox's works of art challenge us to make precious those things in our own life taken for granted. The artist asks us to decode the stories held within her works. Hers is a richly textured world, full of compassion, for those of us willing to take the time to look.

Ruprecht Von Kaufmann :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ruprecht Von Kaufmann :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ian Rubinstein, of Chelsea gallery COFA/ claire oliver fine art, represents the work of Ruprecht von Kaufmann. Through his skillful handling of the wet-in-wet oil painting technique, von Kaufmann creates haunting, claustrophobic spaces marked by the individual's struggle to exist. The artist uses the physical entrapment of people as a compositional device to emphasize how people can lose control of their lives to the environment. The inhabitants of his paintings are not idealized - they resemble ordinary people - compelling the viewer to relate to their discomfort and bewilderment in a tangible way. Von Kaufmann does not allow us to be passive observers: his subjects confront the viewer; their gaze meets ours and we are compelled to reach in their direction.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Ben Pederson :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ben Pederson :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Contemporary American painter Ben Pederson is represented by Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/ claire oliver fine art. This talented painter's figures are conundrums, full of mysterious purpose. Pederson prefers his works of art raise more questions than they answer; he thrives on fleshing out challenging contradictions. Pederson's compositions are firmly grounded in reality while he attempts to tap into a mythological environment full of thought-provoking oppositions. As an extension and reflection of modern living, the paintings of Ben Pederson's, featuring captivating images and strong technique, tell stories with which we all relate.

Pamela Wilson :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Pamela Wilson :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Gallerist Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/ claire oliver fine art, represents contemporary American painter Pamela Wilson. Inspired by life in the real world, Pamela Wilson's images evoke moods and memories in us. Each image becomes a playground for the viewer; we interject our personal revelations into her haunting, strange, and beguiling pictures. The narrative elements in her compositions underscore the importance of seeing Wilson's paintings as images that contain stories; the observer must view her work with some amount of imagination so as to acquire a personal connection to each work. Wilson knows the minds of her sitters and she allows us to peek at what is inside their heads-- to share in their emotions and their lives.

Peter Drake :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Peter Drake :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/ claire oliver fine art, represents American artist Peter Drake. An innovator in subtractive painting, he literally sands away at the surface of the paint to define his images. In Drake's artistic language, the image originates on the canvas and all that remains is to remove the unwanted residue. For Drake, the notion of light is equally important; it acts not only as a clarifying force, but as a principle character in his implied narratives. The artist's canvases reference both fresco painting and the camera lens: his process creates a sensual surface, suggesting fresco, and he actively paints with light, referencing the power of the lens. Drake's work provides insight into the simple moments of life, capturing details that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Josep Bofill:: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Josep Bofill:: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/ claire oliver fine art, represents the work of Spanish neo-figurative sculptor and painter Josep Bofill. It sharply critiques the fallacies of technology, suggesting that in the onslaught of progress, humans have been deprived of their ability to communicate face to face. Such a rift between individuals is highlighted in his sculpture, which generates in the viewer an intense sense of emptiness.

Begona Montalban :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Begona Montalban :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/ claire oliver fine art, represents the work of Spanish photographer Begona Montalban, whose strong feminine images invite complex interpretations. Her barely recognizable white faces and figures fade seemlessly into their surrounding space, creating uniquely disquieting photographs.

Bernardi Roig :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Bernardi Roig :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ian Rubinstein, of Claire Oliver Fine Art, represents the work of contemporary Spanish artist Bernardi Roig. His work is a passionate chronicle of life. Known for his striking sculpture of the solitary man, Roig's work is at once disarming and alluring. He affirms that we are here, struggling to achieve higher consciousness.

AES+F :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

AES+F :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/claire oliver fine art, represents the work of Russian collaborative AES+F Group, whose most recent project, “The King of the Forest” New York, examines the role of the media and its affect on impressionable youth.

Harri Larjosto :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Harri Larjosto :: Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City

Ian Rubinstein, of COFA/ claire oliver fine art, represents the work of contemporary artist Harri Larjosto, whose series of photographs and videos address subjects at once intriguing and bewildering. Characterized by black humor and surprise, his photographs are sure to touch any viewer willing to take the time to look.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City Art Gallery

Claire Oliver Fine Art (COFA) :: New York City Art Gallery

Gallerist Ian Rubinstein is the co-director of COFA/ Claire Oliver Fine Art.

Ian Rubinstein

Chelsea dealers Ian Rubinstein and Claire Oliver represent contemporary artists such as Bernardi Roig, Pamela Wilson, Judith Schaechter, Harri Larjosto, AES+F Group, and more.