transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of “Larger than LIFE” on Saturday, March 5th.
With over 75 guests, we were delighted to see many new and familiar faces in attendance. Aside from the artwork, guests enjoyed great food provided by Eastchester Fish Gourmet and musical entertainment by Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.
The outstanding work of Sonne Hernandez, aka SJ Riley and Michael Thornton-Smith was further enhanced by their commentary on their artwork and creative process. Andreas Messis (Co-Founder) and Kara O’Neill (Art Gallery Director), opened the presentation by explaining transFORM Gallery’s innovative concept. Kara’s thought-provoking talk was centered around our artists’ ability to paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.
Sonne Hernandez approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings, evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process the paintings. Sonne explains it best, “having to come very close to the recognize the objects while everything around it disappears produces a feeling of larger than life.”
Michael Thornton-Smith spoke about his exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously – I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers.”
The Dandelion flower became his jumping off point into create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors.
A big transFORM thank you goes out to our two artist – Sonne and Michael.
We’d also like to say a huge thank to those who joined us in launching “Larger than LIFE”.
If you missed the Opening Reception there’s still time to see this collection. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase, now through May 15, 2016.
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