Saturday, June 18, 2016
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Friday, May 20, 2016 - Saturday, August 27, 2016
Icebox Gallery presents New York Icons, black and white photography of two historic, celebrated landmarks by New York natives Flo Fox and Sid Kaplan.
Sid Kaplan’s work documents the changing seasons and years in images that feature the Flatiron Building. Sid Kaplan is well known for his expertise in traditional darkroom printing but his own passion for photography started when he was a young boy living in the Bronx. His work radiates out from the core – the core being New York City, his home. Kaplan has explored the streets of the city with his cameras for more than 50 years always on the look out for something special to photograph.
Flo Fox captured the naughty 1970’s and 1980’s of Times Square before the city made changes. Flo has always seen the world in 2D. She was born blind in one eye in Queens and lived in Manhattan most of her life. She got married and had a son. Artistically her career began as a tailor and stylist and things were going well until 1976 when her eyesight began to deteriorate. Eventually she was told she had multiple sclerosis. It did not take long before her vision and her marriage were all but gone and her legs began to feel numb. Flo found photography to be her lifeline. As her eyesight deteriorated she began using the first generation of self-focusing cameras. Printing black and white images in her small Greenwich Village apartment with a self-focusing enlarger. Flo would study the prints she made with magnification. This became her way of seeing the details that she would have otherwise missed. Recently her images were assembled into the book titled “When The Deuce Was Wild”.
Exhibit runs May 20, 2016 – August 27, 2016
Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Northrup King Building, #443
For more information about the exhibit go to http://www.iceboxmn.com
Art is an outlet for DC Ice because it is the safe place where she can be hurtful and cruel without feeling guilty. Because of this her illustrative characters often carry a malign or slightly dark mood. DC uses soft pastel colors to mask the suspicious character’s twisted thoughts. In other paintings, harsh scratchy line quality outlines innocent animal friends. Her art is an ongoing battle between sinister and sweet.
Onlookers will take note of race, age, and sex while viewing paintings of humans. Even how the subject dresses relays their financial status and even more. With animals, all of that disappears. DC likes creating animals with human attributes because she can capture a clearer sense of human emotion without the viewer’s vision being clouded with stereotypes or unconscious prejudices.
Evermore, Sinister but Sweet.
Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016
Oil Painter, Leslie Barlow (Studio 244), explores multiculturalism, identity and the idea of “otherness” through the uses of figure and narrative elements. View the MN Original segment on Leslie Barlow here:
Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016
Maggie Thompson was recently featured on public television’s MN Original. Thompson uses textiles to create knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes of identity and grief. Her Native American ancestry is central to much of Maggie’s work. Recent fine art works address the idea of Native authenticity and what it means in contemporary society.
Maggie Thompson is described as one of the most important Native artists making some of the strongest contemporary Native art in the nation today. Find out more about Maggie Thompson’s work at http://www.makwastudio.com