Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Summer at Hofp

Summer in the City

    “Summer in the City” in Columbia begins with HoFP Gallery’s new dual exhibit showing Keith Abney’s canvases and Fran D’ Ambrosia’s sculptures. New York’s energy on Abney’s canvases and D’Ambrosia’s functional and decorative metal sculptures greatly complement each other by creating a mixture of Southern Europe’s traditional craftsmanship and modern city scenes of NYC.

         Abney’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 “Big Apple,” the largest painting at the show, is a multi-media canvas collaborating small rectangular pieces and screws as well as the Abney’s usual thick layers of paint. Abney’s still life pieces often depict bouquets of flowers to symbolize feelings, actions and dreams.  His blue rose-like flower titled “Lady Love,” the huge red bouquets of roses titled “Arranging our Future,” and the larger yellow bouquet called “Random Encounters” are just a few examples of Abney’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 D’Ambrosio is a multi-media artist whose works are also featured at the “Summer in the City” show.  D’Ambrosio collects architectural leftovers, or as he calls it “junk” 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.
     “I buy architectural junk mostly from Southern Europe. [That] raw material is the essence of my work,” D’Ambrosio says. “The 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.”
To view the “Summer in the City” visit Divine Street’s HoFP Gallery until June 21. To learn more about the gallery and the artists visit www.hofpgallery.com.

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