Summer in the City
â€œSummer in the Cityâ€ in Columbia begins with HoFP Galleryâ€™s new dual exhibit showing Keith Abneyâ€™s canvases and Fran Dâ€™ Ambrosiaâ€™s sculptures. New Yorkâ€™s energy on Abneyâ€™s canvases and Dâ€™Ambrosiaâ€™s functional and decorative metal sculptures greatly complement each other by creating a mixture of Southern Europeâ€™s traditional craftsmanship and modern city scenes of NYC.
Abneyâ€™s still life and architectural images utilize a palette rich in color and texture, and an inner light seems to emanate from deep within his paintings. This richness is a result of his application technique, with each painting evolving in layers. This is his third time exhibiting at HoFP and for a limited time his new works will be shown and sold here.
His city scenes like the â€œBig Apple,â€ the largest painting at the show, is a multi-media canvas collaborating small rectangular pieces and screws as well as the Abneyâ€™s usual thick layers of paint. Abneyâ€™s still life pieces often depict bouquets of flowers to symbolize feelings, actions and dreams. His blue rose-like flower titled â€œLady Love,â€ the huge red bouquets of roses titled â€œArranging our Future,â€ and the larger yellow bouquet called â€œRandom Encountersâ€ are just a few examples of Abneyâ€™s complex works using his signature style of layers and colors. Abney perfected his layering-technique to such a degree that the layers become the petals of the flowers, creating the illusion of three dimensional details.
Fran Dâ€™Ambrosio is a multi-media artist whose works are also featured at the â€œSummer in the Cityâ€ show. Dâ€™Ambrosio collects architectural leftovers, or as he calls it â€œjunkâ€ to assemble his art. Most of his metal sculptures are also functional pieces, like a piece of furniture or weathervanes. Currently exhibiting at HoFP Gallery are his smaller, movable pieces that can be part of indoor or outdoor decorations.
â€œI buy architectural junk mostly from Southern Europe. [That] raw material is the essence of my work,â€ Dâ€™Ambrosio says. â€œThe mostly iron pieces I buy cannot be used for their original architectural or decoration purpose anymore, but they still beautifully depict the craftsmanship of the region I bought it from, which I can collaborate into my work.â€
To view the â€œSummer in the Cityâ€ visit Divine Streetâ€™s HoFP Gallery until June 21. To learn more about the gallery and the artists visit www.hofpgallery.com.