Like The Spice Gallery

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  • 224 Roebling St

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Bennett Morris: Climate Untamed
January 22th- February 14th, 2010
Opening Reception:
Friday January 22th, 2010 6:30-10pm
Artist??s Dinner:
February 5th, 2010 8pm ?? 10pm RSVP
Required

Like the Spice is pleased to announce Bennett Morris: Climate Untamed. This will be the artist's first solo show in New York highlighting twelve photographs made between 2006-2009 that diagram Morris's
unique examination on beauty, fear, politics, and the sublime.

Steeped in the visual language of Romanticism, Morris's photographs examine the intimate relationship between beauty and fear while playing on the diluted modern politics of "Shock and awe." Re-examining classical thresholds like harmony and unity, Bennett follows in the path of painters like Salvatore Rosa who was drawn to the foreboding beauty of the Pyrenees when the term "awesome" was still weighted by a near-religious awe. The result of Bennett's exploration
into this godlike fear and beauty creates a show that is more about climate than atmosphere, releasing singular moments to a vast array of emotions.

For Bennett, the photograph becomes a means to an end as he begins his process by constructing large-scale dioramas within water tanks using fragments from fallen architectural structures, wax, model building parts, and other found materials. These post-human controlled environments are built for ruin; as he fills his tank with water what took many months to build disassembles in minutes. While paint pigments are added with perfect control, Bennett has only minutes to capture with his digital camera these transcendent yet ever ephemeral color reactions. He infuses these underwater landscapes with elements from the German Romantics and the Hudson River School, and then steeps them with Gothic Revival. What comes from this is sculpture forced into false scales and a strange, terror-stricken beauty born from a
luminiferous aether made ??simply?? from water and paint. Balancing between beauty and terror in this design, one is able to look through this cloud to see the deception and recognize beauty.

Born in Portland, Maine in 1978 Bennett Morris earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 2001 and his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the Maine College of Art in 2007. He is a recipient of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture fellowship. Mr. Morris's work has been exhibited extensively in group shows across the US. Mr. Morris will also be featured in Skowhegan at 92YTribeca: An Alumni Exhibition running concurrently with this exhibition. Bennett is an Assistant Professor at the Maine College of Art.

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Bennett Morris: Climate Untamed
January 22th- February 14th, 2010
Opening Reception:
Friday January 22th, 2010 6:30-10pm
Artist??s Dinner:
February 5th, 2010 8pm ?? 10pm RSVP
Required

Like the Spice is pleased to announce Bennett Morris: Climate Untamed. This will be the artist's first solo show in New York highlighting twelve photographs made between 2006-2009 that diagram Morris's
unique examination on beauty, fear, politics, and the sublime.

Steeped in the visual language of Romanticism, Morris's photographs examine the intimate relationship between beauty and fear while playing on the diluted modern politics of "Shock and awe." Re-examining classical thresholds like harmony and unity, Bennett follows in the path of painters like Salvatore Rosa who was drawn to the foreboding beauty of the Pyrenees when the term "awesome" was still weighted by a near-religious awe. The result of Bennett's exploration
into this godlike fear and beauty creates a show that is more about climate than atmosphere, releasing singular moments to a vast array of emotions.

For Bennett, the photograph becomes a means to an end as he begins his process by constructing large-scale dioramas within water tanks using fragments from fallen architectural structures, wax, model building parts, and other found materials. These post-human controlled environments are built for ruin; as he fills his tank with water what took many months to build disassembles in minutes. While paint pigments are added with perfect control, Bennett has only minutes to capture with his digital camera these transcendent yet ever ephemeral color reactions. He infuses these underwater landscapes with elements from the German Romantics and the Hudson River School, and then steeps them with Gothic Revival. What comes from this is sculpture forced into false scales and a strange, terror-stricken beauty born from a
luminiferous aether made ??simply?? from water and paint. Balancing between beauty and terror in this design, one is able to look through this cloud to see the deception and recognize beauty.

Born in Portland, Maine in 1978 Bennett Morris earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 2001 and his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the Maine College of Art in 2007. He is a recipient of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture fellowship. Mr. Morris's work has been exhibited extensively in group shows across the US. Mr. Morris will also be featured in Skowhegan at 92YTribeca: An Alumni Exhibition running concurrently with this exhibition. Bennett is an Assistant Professor at the Maine College of Art.

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Sept 11th ?? October 5th 2009
Opening Reception Friday September 11th 6:30-10:00pm

Like the Spice is proud to present Fade, its second solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Eric LoPresti. The works in Fade are predominated by the soft colors of the desert steppe ?? grays, ochres, pinks and dark blues. In contrast, the imagery is dramatic in scope and subject, including vast aerial views of fractured desert landscapes, nuclear test sites in Nevada, and explosions from undisclosed arid locations, many of which are based on photographs LoPresti took himself from the windows of chartered planes.

LoPresti??s work is about conflict. The works in Fade investigate the traumatic side effects of contemporary war through landscapes that are the sites of weapons tests, reactors, and munitions dumps. Building off of his previous diptychs which juxtaposed sites of violent conflict with colored gradient fields, LoPresti??s new works convey a post-cold-war zeitgeist with a confident hand and genuine devotion to the aesthetics of the austere. The new works seamlessly incorporates landscapes and gradients, opening up contemplative possibilities and heightening the effect of the vast spaces they depict. Rather than polemicize, LoPresti??s works provide space to encounter the drama and vastness of forces both within and beyond human control..

Eric LoPresti, born 1971, holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the recipient of the Faber Birren/Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation Award and the Miami Young Painters, William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Against Nature (2005) at Jan Larsen Fine Art, New Thought New Work (2006), at Miami University, Force Against Force (2008) at Like the Spice, and Test Sites (2008) at the New York Public Library. LoPresti lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Sept 11th ?? October 5th 2009
Opening Reception Friday September 11th 6:30-10:00pm

Like the Spice is proud to present Fade, its second solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Eric LoPresti. The works in Fade are predominated by the soft colors of the desert steppe ?? grays, ochres, pinks and dark blues. In contrast, the imagery is dramatic in scope and subject, including vast aerial views of fractured desert landscapes, nuclear test sites in Nevada, and explosions from undisclosed arid locations, many of which are based on photographs LoPresti took himself from the windows of chartered planes.

LoPresti??s work is about conflict. The works in Fade investigate the traumatic side effects of contemporary war through landscapes that are the sites of weapons tests, reactors, and munitions dumps. Building off of his previous diptychs which juxtaposed sites of violent conflict with colored gradient fields, LoPresti??s new works convey a post-cold-war zeitgeist with a confident hand and genuine devotion to the aesthetics of the austere. The new works seamlessly incorporates landscapes and gradients, opening up contemplative possibilities and heightening the effect of the vast spaces they depict. Rather than polemicize, LoPresti??s works provide space to encounter the drama and vastness of forces both within and beyond human control..

Eric LoPresti, born 1971, holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the recipient of the Faber Birren/Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation Award and the Miami Young Painters, William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Against Nature (2005) at Jan Larsen Fine Art, New Thought New Work (2006), at Miami University, Force Against Force (2008) at Like the Spice, and Test Sites (2008) at the New York Public Library. LoPresti lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Force Against Force: Eric LoPresti
May 16th ? June 8th 2008
Opening Reception Friday May 16th 6:30-10:00pm

Like The Spice is proud to present Force Against Force featuring Eric LoPresti?s eloquent diptychs composed of photorealistic renderings and airbrushed gradients. Each binary pairing, executed in either graphite or oil and acrylic, alludes to uncontrollable forces and the universality of conflict and catastrophic loss. The precisely realized images of destruction, danger and chaos on one panel are set against the contemplative psychological space of color field painting, thereby combining two schools of painting historically seen as antagonistic to each other.

Based on dramatic and sometimes harrowing photographs of contemporary battlegrounds in Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as sites of danger and turmoil --- shark filled waters, melting icebergs and refugee camps --- these paintings and drawings express the inadequacy of human perception to grasp the vast, shapeless complexities of powerful forces.

Opposing each landscape is an abstract gradient, where multiple colors or tones fade into one another in atmospheric, emotionally charged fields. With no indication of scale and lacking any solid form, the gradients provide open space into which the viewer can project their reactions and emotions.

About the diptychs, ?I think of them as visual equations, where the resulting experience is very different than the sum of the parts. Each side transforms the other by its proximity,? says Eric.

Born in 1971, Eric LoPresti grew up in the remote desert of southeastern Washington State. He received his BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester in 1993, and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at Jan Larson Fine Art and Miami University. This will be his first solo show at Like the Spice.

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★★★★★

Force Against Force: Eric LoPresti
May 16th ? June 8th 2008
Opening Reception Friday May 16th 6:30-10:00pm

Like The Spice is proud to present Force Against Force featuring Eric LoPresti?s eloquent diptychs composed of photorealistic renderings and airbrushed gradients. Each binary pairing, executed in either graphite or oil and acrylic, alludes to uncontrollable forces and the universality of conflict and catastrophic loss. The precisely realized images of destruction, danger and chaos on one panel are set against the contemplative psychological space of color field painting, thereby combining two schools of painting historically seen as antagonistic to each other.

Based on dramatic and sometimes harrowing photographs of contemporary battlegrounds in Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as sites of danger and turmoil --- shark filled waters, melting icebergs and refugee camps --- these paintings and drawings express the inadequacy of human perception to grasp the vast, shapeless complexities of powerful forces.

Opposing each landscape is an abstract gradient, where multiple colors or tones fade into one another in atmospheric, emotionally charged fields. With no indication of scale and lacking any solid form, the gradients provide open space into which the viewer can project their reactions and emotions.

About the diptychs, ?I think of them as visual equations, where the resulting experience is very different than the sum of the parts. Each side transforms the other by its proximity,? says Eric.

Born in 1971, Eric LoPresti grew up in the remote desert of southeastern Washington State. He received his BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester in 1993, and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at Jan Larson Fine Art and Miami University. This will be his first solo show at Like the Spice.

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Like the Spice is a place for art aficionado and the average Joe. After taking in the art at the gallery take one of their workshop's, lectures or classes. They offer everything from classes in drawing, digital and graphic artistry and so much more. A cool place to take someone on a cool not your average lunch date.

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★★★★☆

Like the Spice is a place for art aficionado and the average Joe. After taking in the art at the gallery take one of their workshop's, lectures or classes. They offer everything from classes in drawing, digital and graphic artistry and so much more. A cool place to take someone on a cool not your average lunch date.

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Like the Spice, a contemporary gallery in the burgeoning neighborhood of Williamsburg Brooklyn. Exhibiting digital media as well as traditional methods, our artists push their medium: our paintings are fresh and our digital art is not just about the pixels. Also an art instructional epicenter LTS, Located at: 224 Roebling St, has a studio complete with classes teaching graphics, digital photo & video, drawing and more.

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