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Upcoming Exhibition: PAINTING IMPOSSIBLE @ Life on Mars Gallery

Todd Bienvenu
atherine Bradford
Jim Herbert
Arnold Mesches
Karen Schwartz

Life on Mars Gallery
56 Bogart Street,
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Opening Reception: Friday Nov 8, 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition Dates: November 8 through December 22
Gallery Hours: Friday 3pm-8pm,
Saturday& Sunday 1pm-6pm or by Appointment

I spent hours in the studios of Todd Bienvenu, Katherine Bradford, Jim Herbert,
Arnold Mesches and Karen Schwartz, discussing their work and their commitment
to, and belief in, the continued relevancy and meaning of painting. Their bodies of
works are quite divergent, but all of these artists are relentless in locating imagery
that comes out of the way they experience life, and each of them is deeply involved
with process and materiality of painting itself.

While their work in some cases uses irony, sarcasm and humor, what separates
these painters from the first generation of Post-Modernism—and from the current
trends of Meta Painting, such as New Casualism, New Mannerism and Provisional
Painting—is that there is absolutely nothing ironic or casual about their immersion in
the act of painting, in both its process and its material matter.

I believe unabashedly in the Power of Painting to reaffirm the sanctity of the
individual in the face of new media, in this age of the Digital/Meta. I believe in
painting defined by the process of painting, for the sake of itself as a vehicle of
self-expression. Indeed, I would even say that painting has greater meaning in
these times.

– Michael David
Director & Founder; Life on Mars Gallery

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