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CONGRATULATIONS PHOENIX GALLERY, 56 YEARS AND MORE TO COME


THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE PHOENIX GALLERY IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE GALLERY'S NEW LOCATION:

548 WEST 28th STREET SUITE 528
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10001


OUR FIRST EXHIBIT: JOSEPH BROWN & LOUISE WEINBERG


October 29-November 22, 2014
RECEPTION: THURSDAY. OCTOBER 30, 6-8 PM


JOSEPH BROWN: RESUSCITATION...RESPIRATION...


4 untitled sculptures, latex, fan, led lights, electronics control 2014

In 1967, while a Master of Fine Arts student at the University of Minnesota, I was making a series of clay boxes which often blew up or cracked in my gas kiln. I decided to make a latex mold of one of the pieces so that if there were problems in the firing, I could easily duplicate them. I discovered that I actually liked the inverted latex mold better than the clay pieces. To enable the latex form to keep its shape, I would stuff it with various materials. Not being satisfied with the results, I tried to inflate it to see if that worked better. In the process of blowing it up, I discovered that I liked the process of its being inflated and deflated. It had become a breathing piece. I found that a squirrel cage fan worked well for blowing air into the piece and a small clock motor with an attached piece of cutout tile worked to partially block the air, thus allowing some of the air to escape the piece. An incandescent bulb, supplied illumination. Mounting the latex piece on a stand in which to conceal the motors, wiring and bulb, resulted in what appeared to be a self contained, lighted and breathing sculpture.

The latex sculptures in this show are an expanded and updated version of one of those original pieces. The incandescent bulbs have been replaced with LED lights, "muffin fans", of the type used in today's computers, have replaced the squirrel cage fans. The small motors with the cut rotating tiles, to control the flow of air, have been replaced with microcontroller boards and relays which I have programed using my computer.

LOUISE WEINBERG: GAMES FISH PLAY


Oil & Mixed Media on Polymar 30" x 40"

My work addresses the issue of containment -- the very human desire for the safety of enclosure and structure vs. the terror of possible entrapment. The images of containers in my abstract paintings -- spheres, eggs, buildings, grids, bowls, bottles, jugs -- have all implied that containers can protect, imprison or do both. The Fish Series began in 2013, the year I became the grandmother of two grandsons, one born very prematurely and at great risk. Abstract images gave way to a desire to paint more realistically. One day a fish unexpectedly jumped into one of my paintings, and I was compelled to discover and understand its meaning, especially because I usually find fish repulsive.

I learned that the fish is sacred in many cultures, that it represents fertility, femininity, creativity, good luck, prophecy and wisdom, change and transformation. Water suggests the womb and the unconscious mind. Feeling compelled and repelled at the same time, I, nevertheless, decided that a door had just opened, so I accepted the invitation to step over its threshold into a new realm. I have continued to paint the fish in various dreamlike interior spaces. I hope the viewers of this series will make up their own narratives about what is going on inside of them.

EXECUTIVE BOARD:

CHRISTA TOOLE, PRESIDENT
PAMELA FLYNN, VICE PRESIDENT
HARRIET SOBIE GOLDSTEIN, SECRETARY
LOUISE WEINBERG, TREASURER
GRETL BAUER
PATTY NEAL
WINN REA
HONORARY BOARD MEMBER, PAM ADER