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Saturday, July 25, 2009

VS 2: Featuring works of Ric Dragon and Jeff Leonard

"VS:2", featuring works of Ric Dragon and Jeff Leonard, 
beginning August 8 and running through September 14, 2009.
Please join us for the 
Artists' Reception
Saturday August 8th, 6-8 pm  
at Posie Kviat Gallery, 437 Warren Street, Hudson NY 

Ric Dragon

Ric Dragon was born outside of Disneyland in 1961. He currently lives and works in upstate New York in the Catskills. After studying with James McDermid at Munson Williams Proctor Institute, he continued his studies with Nicholas Marsicano at SUNY Purchase. He later developed the lithography workshop at the Woodstock School of Art where he taught stone lithography and figure drawing for several years. Dragon's work, both paintings and prints, has been shown in several galleries around the country.  The work in this show is a series of monoprints and several ink on mulberry paper collages.

Art critic Eleanor Heartney has written admiringly of these monoprints: "By rendering the experience of flesh using a vocabulary drawn from gestural abstraction, Dragon bypasses the literalism that seems to have relegated figuration to its secondary status today. He gives us, not the surfaces of bodies, but their sensuous collisions, suggesting the internal experiences that make us human." 

Jeff Leonard

Abstract painter Jeff Leonard is passionate about exploring optical and luminous space using pigmented resin as his media. His clear, tactile paintings are a choreography of overlapping gestural shapes that reflect, pulsate and shimmer rhythmically. 

Born in California, Jeff Leonard lives and works in Brooklyn,NY, having exhibited in Japan, Germany, New York and California, most recently at the SCAPE Gallery in Newport Beach, CA.  Of that show, in contrast with the internal experiences suggested by Eleanor Heartney of Ric's work, Roberta Carasso of Coast magazine wrote that the "see-through quality gives the artist's paintings the illusion of depth and space.  His colors are either subdued, having a Zen sense of quiet, or they burst out like the crackle of lively fireworks as reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and pinks explode..."

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