Mystical Forces – January 25th, 2018

Gallery Open & Hours: January 25 – February 25, 2018
By appointment – 212-966-1997

Emillions Art, in association with Salomon Arts presents Six artists delve into the space between hesitation and effect, giving this moment form. French Neo-Cubist Alain Beraud, abstractionist MM Ciciovan, illusionist Barbara Rachko, sculptor and painter Shray, minimalist Lynn Charveriat and humorist Christopher Charveriat share their vision of the mystical forces that compel us to motion.

Each of these artists have shown in many solo and group shows, internationally and Stateside. They are all masters in their own fields: Alain Beraud chooses to work in Neo-Cubism because of the influence the great Cubists have on him. “Cubism marked the history of contemporary painting and yet has not found many successors. Today, I wish to bring this intellectual dimension to Neo-Cubism.” Shray has been one of the foremost American sculptors working in the subtractionist method, where material is purposefully removed from a block of clay instead of adding material to it. Barbara Rachko has sought new techniques in painting with the use of pastels and sandpaper that brings an utterly original perspective that has not been seen before. MM Ciciovan’s abstract work has earned her a place as one of the leading figures in the contemporary art landscape in Quebec. Lynn and Christopher Charveriat, a husband-and-wife creative duo, live in Sag Harbor and each are artists in their own right. Christopher injects a wry humor into his art pieces, immediately drawing to mind an amalgam of Warhol and Magritte and turning Warhol’s idea of symbol and simulation on its head. Lynn’s vision is in the strength of how minimalism can hold multitudes. Her paintings have been inspired by emotions, reflections, shadows, and natural landscapes that suggest rhythmic undertones questioning darkness and materialism. Each of these artists have staked a claim in their respective genres and to bring them all together in one show is to see the influences of the masters crystallized in contemporary culture. In this show, you see the genes of Caravaggio, Picasso, Braque, Rodin, Magritte and more recent modernists, Rothko and Stella, and yet each artist for Mystical Forces forges their own undeniable path.

Mystical Forces reveals the forces at play between thought and action. Six artists delve into the space between hesitation and effect, giving this moment form. French Neo-Cubist Alain Beraud, abstractionist MM Ciciovan, illusionist Barbara Rachko, sculptor and painter Shray, minimalist Lynn Charveriat and humorist Christopher Charveriat share their vision of the mystical forces that compel us to the motion.

Neo-Cubist painter, ALAIN BERAUD, dissects and reconstructs quotidian scenes into intriguing, geometric realities that call into question what is at hand. Each tableau is distorted to reveal stark planes and angles. The result is a broken kaleidoscope of musings where perspective and dimension are re-interpreted and re-imagined. “There is, in Cubism, an almost mathematical approach to the ‘destructuring’ of thing,” observes Beraud. “Everything is questioned, and so everything is allowed.” From his familiarity with filmmaking to his vivid travels to African and Latin countries, Beraud’s distinct vision takes in all: the almost frame-by-frame method of telling a story via a strip of film; the attention to bodily forms recalls African figurative sculpture. Most recently, Beraud’s work was featured at Asia Contemporary in Hong Kong and in renowned galleries in Monaco, France, and Spain.

MM CICIOVAN’S skill as an abstractionist is in outlining the moments in between. Very adeptly, she illustrates the space between a thought and a glance, a secret kept hidden and revealed, a fleeting memory that lingers in the mind like a faint scent. Ciciovan’s new White Series depicts oil on cast acrylic sheets and is a homage to the great masters, including Michaelangelo and Rodin and the human need for celebration and light. Based in Montreal, MM Ciciovan is one of the leading figures of contemporary Canadian art. Her work has appeared in galleries and collections throughout Canada and abroad, including New York, Boston, Miami, Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Bucharest, among others.

BARBARA RACHKO is drawn to Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects—masks, carved wooden animals, and paper mâché figures—for reasons similar to those of Man Ray and the modernists, who in their case were drawn to African art.