ANNIE SHINN, HARIF GUZMAN,
& DAVID KING REUBEN
OPENING RECEPTION: sEPTEMBER 23, FROM 7 - 9 pM
SEPTEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 3, 2014
NEW YORK, September 23, 2014—A+E Studios is pleased to present work by New York based artists Annie Shinn, Harif Guzman, and David King Reuben in our Tribeca space. Open since September 23, the exhibition marks the first for the space and showcases different approaches to painting. Though the collective body of work is stylistically diverse, reflections on and reactions to a contemporary urban existence are glimpsed via an assortment of unique abstractions.
The dynamic gestural style of Annie Shinn’s large-scale process series, made up of sections from the tarp she had been painting over in her studio for the last year, serve as a literal record of her creative process. Even when depicting figurative subjects, Shinn favors abstraction over precision, a preference apparent throughout her landscapes—an exploration of geography using unexpected colors and seen from varying perspectives.
David King Reuben similarly relies on abstraction as the vehicle for personal expression. The eldest of seven children, Reuben discovered his passion for color and texture while searching for an identity outside of his religious upbringing. His use of bold and unexpected colors paired with textures made from layered oil, acrylic, and spray-paints on canvas, work together to express Reuben’s ideas about a, “universal internal struggle between idealized beauty and the inevitability of aging."
Harif Guzman’s One of a Kind series, echoes Reuben’s somber point of view. A glance across a crowded stadium, a scan through New York City’s bustling streets, a look around your local grocery store—the series is an examination of how the individual soul shines through the pack. These paintings study the assemblage of humanity through the use of one continuous line. No two paintings like any two people could ever be the same.
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