A New Leaf is a sophisticated collection of original works celebrating the charm and beauty of one of nature’s great wonders – foliage. From atmospheric photography to glass sculpture, trompe l’oeil relief paintings and eye-popping infinity mirrors, exquisite works are cast or constructed from actual leaves while others imitate their natural counterparts. Coinciding with leaf season in the mountains, this exhibition continues at 24 N Lexington Avenue through Saturday, November 9th.
Demetra Theofanous collaborates with her partner Dean Bensen to compose arrangements of remarkably detailed, cast glass leaves into cascading, wall-mounted arrangements that appear as if they’re being blown by the wind. Trompe l’oeil master Ron Isaacs’ calls his series of small, wall-mounted works in the show Couples. Isaacs’ paired leaves constructed as all of his work is from birch plywood and painted, often appear anthropomorphic, frozen mid embrace. Artists Jo Stealey and Hillary Waters Fayle incorporate actual foliage in their works. Fayle incises and embroiderers leaves to make wonderfully intimate works, while Stealey fashions tonal wall-hangings with bold geometric patterns reminiscent of tapestries.
Other artists participating in A New Leaf include: Elizabeth Busey, printmaking; Jeri Eisenberg, photography; Linda Ethier, cast glass; Amy Gross, mixed media; Kit Paulson, lampworked glass; Sandy Rothberg, photography; Jim Sams, wood sculpture; and Tim Tate, mixed media.