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Ralph Gabriner


Bronx Rock Crusher

Bronx Rock Crusher

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Bronx Tire Shop

Bronx Tire Shop

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Broadway and 238th St.

Broadway and 238th St.

Pigment Inkjet Print
18” x 12”
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20” x 13”

Coney Island

Coney Island

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Metro North Bronx NY

Metro North Bronx NY

Pigment Inkjet Print
18” x 12”
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20” x 13”

 

Ralph Gabriner-headshot“These photographs are no act of imagination. They exist only as the accidental result of shoe leather meeting subject matter. This is my way of saying at the outset that I approach without preconception.  Anyway, life is much stranger than I could ever imagine.  It is an odd fact, but for me the act of stumbling around is more effective as a method for taking pictures (even though it’s a tiresome process) than it would be to hire some actors and stage a play for the camera.

For example, I would never have the imagination to blow life into a line of laundry as it was drying on a windy day.  And, it would never occur to me to devise a giant machine that crushes rock and then place a man on top of this machine wearing a bandana while the mirage of a new car floats in the sky behind him.  Only the greatest theatrical talent could imagine such a thing, and then to stage it, why it would cost a fortune!  It’s better to stroll around the Bronx where such things are known to take place, free of charge.  And, even if you had the money to squander on such a project how would you ever train birds to fly in formation beneath an overhead pipeline?

No, I’ve thought about this awhile now, and I’ve come to this conclusion:  There is no concept born in my brain that could ever be as vital as the interweaving of elements that occurs every day without my even saying a word or issuing a command.  One just has to get out and “be there.”  In case you don’t have the time for that, I’ve done it for you.”

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Tracy Helgeson


Bound By Shadows

Bound By Shadows

Oil on Wood Panel
24” x 30” x 2”

Divided

Divided

Oil on Wood Panel
9” x 18” x 1”

Surrounding Hills

Surrounding Hills

Oil on Wood Panel
18” x 18” x 1”
SOLD

Sweet Corn at Sundown

Sweet Corn at Sundown

Oil on Wood Panel
16” x 18” x 1”

The Big Pink (Barn)

The Big Pink (Barn)

Oil on Wood Panel
30” x 40” x 2”

Dark Barn with Sheep

Dark Barn with Sheep

Oil on Wood Panel
18” x 14” x 1”
$1,200

Sheep Study #838

Sheep Study #838

Oil on Wood Panel
5” x 7” x 1”
SOLD

Sheep Study #839

Sheep Study #839

Oil on Wood Panel
6” x 6” x 1”

Sheep Study #840

Sheep Study #840

Oil on Wood Panel
6” x 6” x 1”
SOLD

Barn Study #827

Barn Study #827

Oil on Wood Panel
6” x 6” x 1”

Red Dress

Red Dress

Oil on Wood Panel
48" x 36" x 2"

 

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Artist Tracy Helgeson paints the classic subject of America’s rural culture and agricultural community, capturing an era once forgotten, yet preserved at the same time. There is a modern, otherworldly take on her subjects and locations.

Tracy explains it best, “In creating a painting, my intent is to capture an evocative feeling and an essence of a landscape, structure or person that I feel a connection to. The images that I choose usually have a basis in reality, but I often alter composition, color and light to more accurately express my feelings about how and what I see.

I truly appreciate the process of painting; the texture of the surfaces that I prepare, the richness of the colors and glazes that I choose, the softness of a brush, the smell of the paint, medium and solvent and the excitement of creating an image.”

Charlotta Janssen


Agricultural Abundance, Do Not Spindle: Cow

Agricultural Abundance, Do Not Spindle: Cow

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
52" x 72"

Two Boxers

Two Boxers

Acrylic & Iron Oxide Onto Paper
20" x 30"

The Fabric of Lincoln

The Fabric of Lincoln

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
24" x 36"

Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo Soldier

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
24" x 72"

Man and Machine: Flight (Clifford Harmon before the Crash)

Man and Machine: Flight (Clifford Harmon before the Crash)

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
48" x 48"

Man and Invention: Coxey’s Lifesavers & Water Wings

Man and Invention: Coxey’s Lifesavers & Water Wings

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
48" x 72"

I Want To Thank Bank of America For My Adjustable Rate Mortgage

I Want To Thank Bank of America For My Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Oil, Acrylic, Iron Oxide & Collage Onto Canvas
48" x 72"

 

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“I work in a subject matter of portraiture, politics, and banality. I’m a figurative painter, though to me it’s so abstract, that it’s concrete: I just like having a figurative excuse to distribute paint unevenly onto a canvas. My medium is acrylic, oil, iron oxide (rust) and collage. The color spectrum is narrow on the cusp of black and white and color: core tones are black, white, teal and rust.

I am strongly influenced by the great void of Americana, classic portraiture, my German roots and my life in Brooklyn which to me is the tactility of the now: t a lot of urban decay which I often express in collage onto the painted work. I’m awestruck by Romare Bearden for his great use of collage and composition, Jacob Lawrence for his use of simple materials (cheap paints and lined pages) to make great work, Francis Bacon for his fearless exposure of the un-pretty human shape as well as Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper for his almost effortless depiction of the void and Norman Rockwell for his courageous depiction of kitsch. Photographers such as Ingrid Maier, Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange inspire me for their stark light and strong composition of people in every day settings as well as Disfarmer for his awkward portraiture.

I love the human stench with all its faults and beauty. I love painting it into what I call augmented portraiture: a portrait /painting with collage and retro-collage, giving you the tactility and possibly of glance at the person’s or persons’ “now” and “story”. It’s a way of bringing in sound bites, textures, abstract shapes and color into the composition.”

Jeff Schneider


Red Target

Red Target

Oil & Acrylic on Linen
48” x 36”

Hit or Miss

Hit or Miss

Oil & Acrylic on Linen
46” x 34”

Exercise One

Exercise One

Oil & Acrylic on Linen
46” x 34”

Three Riders

Three Riders

Oil & Acrylic on Linen
40” x 34”

Sundown

Sundown

Oil & Acrylic on Linen
48” x 36”

Four Lemons

Four Lemons

Oil & Acrylic on Linen
42” x 72”

Duel in the Sun

Duel in the Sun

Oil & Acrylic on Linen
46” x 72”

 

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Artist Jeff Schneider’s take on the West brings in overlapping themes of nature and persona that question both the nature and possibility of unity.

“I consider these paintings randomly narrative. They work by association, making unlikely connections between different types of images, languages and signs. It is my intention to leave the viewer puzzled as to where and how meaning lies between relationships. To question the nature and possibility of unity through representational and abstract concepts.”

Irish Times Art Critic, Aidan Dunne, commented, “Cowboys in saddles, smoking models, posed fruit and drapery are given room and strength to claim their own identity within a single canvas.  In Schneider’s paintings, independent fields of unlikely imagery pulsate.  Foreground and background vibrate off each other, switching roles.  Sophisticatedly staged, the artist utilizes color to create frictional, fictional, interchangeable relationships among the paintings components.  Schneider’s colors separate and engage elements of his paintings in active play for presence, dominance and the favor of the crowd’s eye”.

Americana Art Opening


“I would like to give a big shout out of thanks to the 500 artists, friends, guests and supporters of transFORM’s Art Gallery and custom cabinetry for making our February 5th, “Americana” Art Opening such a spectacular success.

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The evening had a sense of camaraderie and warmth on a cold winter night, both within our walls and at the adjoining 7th Floor showrooms. It’s safe to say this collection of artists has taken the Gallery to the next level by showing their exemplary use of color, imagery and technique. Their works have shown internationally and are recognized as great investments.

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I am happy to walk you through the Gallery or feel free to come check it out yourself – whatever works for you.” The exhibit is on display till May 3rd, 2015.

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Charlotta Janssen featured in The New York Times


Charlotta Janssen, one of transFORM Galleries current exhibiting artists and part of our “Americana” show was featured in The New York Times. Critically acclaimed artist, model, and restaurant owner, Charlotta Janssen discusses the revamp of Chez Oskar, in the historic district of Fort Greene. Using “the best assets she had: her skills as a painter”, Charlotta’s original canvases and murals cover the walls of her French Bar and Bistro. Just like her artwork, Chez Oskar “has remained relevant by staying true to it’s original aesthetic.”

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As a figurative painter Charlotta has exhibited in countless shows. The excitement generated by her talent was reflected in our very successful “Americana” art opening, which had over 500 guests in attendance. Not only are we excited to see her acknowledged in The Times but are excited to have her as an artist in our showroom. Congratulations, Charlotta!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/nyregion/fort-greene-changes-chez-oskar-doesnt.html

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