Open Studio

NOW Project Space 

October 5th, 12 – 5 pm

411 Monmouth Street, 07302
vikki.nyc@gmail.com

 


“Ragnarok” Vikki Michalios, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches ©2019

 

“Flowers of Hope” is the seminal work in a series of abstract works of Vikki Michalios, perhaps that best embody the artist’s affinity for Earth’s effort to renew and repair itself, and in process, affirm both life and beauty.

 

In the aftermath of the 2009 tsunami disaster, the contaminated areas of Fukushima power plant had been sown with sunflowers to absorb and neutralize the toxins in the soil. The result has been huge swaths of yellow flowers, wide fields of astonishing beauty echoing the yellow shimmer of life-giving sunlight. From this statement of hope in the midst of an unparalleled disaster, Ms. Michalios drew the inspiration for the abstract “Fukushima Daiichi”, a series of water-based screen prints that uses art to recognize the tenacity of life itself.

 

The work of Vikki Michalios is about environmental systems and is inspired by ecological events, contemporary media coverage of them, or legends related to them. Images are composed using one medium or combining methods together including drawing, painting, and a variety of printing including silk screen, dry point, etching, and mono-print.

 

Slow Art

Village West Gallery

October 4th, 6 – 9 pm

Co-curated by Diana Schmertz and Robinson Holloway 

331 Newark Avenue, 07302

 

Abstract painting of sunflowers

Today’s mode of thinking around visual imagery is closely tied to social media, advertising and instant gratification. We are conditioned to scroll, swipe and digest imagery in a flash and then move on to the next. Slow Art is an exhibition dedicated to works that intentionally slows down the senses and creates a space for contemplation. – Diana Schmertz

David Baskin, Jimbo Blachly, Sharela Bonfield, Alexandra Brock, Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Pam Cooper, Alexis Duque, Cathy Ellis, Peter Gynd, Jeanne Heifetz, Gosha Karpowicz, Anki King, Megan Klim, Jessica Maffia, Ezra Mara, Vikki Michalios, Joshua Mintz, William Pagano, David Rios Ferreira, Gail Rothschild and Rachael Wren