With gusto and energy, Agora Gallery’s exhibition Fragmented Reality boasts over one hundred artworks by twenty artists. Angela Di Bello and her team have curated a remarkable exhibition which stages an interrogation of the dynamic balance of feminine and masculine energies while eschewing both romanticism and politics. Instead it solicits contemplation of three focused concepts: the interpretation of humans and animals within a shared environment; portraiture and abstract landscapes; and opposing forces, such as happiness and sadness, pleasure and pain. Presiding over the stunning visual space, the participating artists have conjured an airy grace from an immense application of bright colors and mixed media which all come together effortlessly in this comprehensive exhibition of fine art.
Ann Drosendahl’s oil paintings are adorned with bright flourishes of reds, yellows, and oranges, which she embellishes with the use of oil sticks and rubber-tipped brushes to both add new layers and reveal underlying colors. Ayda Mansour creates vibrant layers of tone in each thick brush stroke, allowing colors to touch each other but never become muddied or dull. Cher Bettencourt’s paintings are guaranteed to bring a smile to her viewer's face, and each one of Colin Grant’s oil paintings offer the viewer a grand yet delicate mystery.
Dominic Fondé’s drill engraving technique allows him to create spectacularly detailed images and beautiful lines of text, all on the delicate medium of glass, while sculptor German Arzate is constantly experimenting with different materials and forms, seeking a way to make his pieces more poetic, original, and meaningful. Jerry Anderson’s paintings are expressions of vivacity and energy, flowing with bold colors and subtle but striking emotion. The landscape paintings of Jesús Martín appeal to lovers of both modern and classical art. In all of Margaret Vega’s works, the artist creates an engaging dialogue between the elements found in nature and her own artistic vision.
For Marianne Fernandez, art is not about following a single concept or style, her works are about the process of finding out what her materials can express. Matthew J. Peake is the rare contemporary artist who has found a completely new take on portraiture. Nora Nourmohammadi creates images so full of symbols and significance that her paintings resemble modern-day hieroglyphics, as each object and figure contains its own message. Osvaldo Bacman’s studies have led him to work with watercolor pencils, a method that has leant itself well to his vibrant, multi-colored, and geometrically complex works. PABELLO draws his inspiration from the world around him, translating music, movies, and cities into his own visual language.
An outdoor photographer as well as a painter, RenéeRose uses wood as both a material to paint on and a tool with which to apply her paints, letting her “special connection with trees” influence every aspect of her work. American bronze sculptor Richard Light incorporates mass-produced items to elucidate themes and ideas in modern consumer culture, in his recent Totems Series. Steven Anggrek’s sharp eye for color and ability to expressively juxtapose light and shadow add to that dynamic sense of contrast, and powerfully draw in the viewer. Susan Berg depicts oceans, mountains, fields, and skies in small slices, focusing on a single farmstead or a pair of swans in flight. Taras Borovyk’s work is often highly saturated, smooth lines of color layering and surrounding one another in fractured views of the world. William Johnston is an abstract expressionist known for his distinct, fractal-esque style that works to “fill the mind with inspiration.”