In Metamorphosis, Claire Boren presents recent large, abstract mixed media works. The inspiration for Boren’s works often stem from her personal history; they represent her feelings and mindset as she processes each experience. In the past her artwork has served her in times stress or sadness. Entering the studio, Boren would pour everything into process, lashing at the paper, each stroke relieving unease and anger. This approach helped the artist through many challenging times. Her most recent pieces featured in Metamorphosis were created as she prepared for a move. Boren states, “In contrast to much of my earlier work, these paintings express the urgency and anxiety associated with such decisions, offset by the immediacy of our present time. These works embody my current frame of mind—a transition from one phase to the next.
Claire Boren began working with abstraction in 1995 after many years of creating realistic and figurative work. During this period in her life, her world had become contracted and isolated. Making the shift to abstract work in mixed media allowed her to translate her interior world into the exterior one through art. Her work explores abstract forms in large paintings on paper and canvas, utilizing layered applications that both obscure and transform the underpainting, creating fields of tension. She paints in an initially explosive, spontaneous manner, later developing the work more deliberately. She has studied with artists including Isaac Sawyer and Richard Diamond in addition to training at The New School, Arts Student League and Art New England Workshops. Boren has shown in New York and New Jersey in both solo and group exhibitions.
In her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery, Pauline Chernichaw, presents paintings from her series Cocoon in the exhibition Metamorphosis. Influenced and inspired by her family background, Chernichaw’s powerfully abstract work portrays her imaginings of being guardedly sheltered within a cocoonlike environment. Her artwork embraces a display of limited color, organically rooted and intuitively altered forms. The paintings are symbolic of people’s need for self-protection, security, comfort and safe refuge from the outside world.
Pauline Chernichaw was born in Ulm, Germany in 1948 and moved with her family to New York City in 1950. She studied painting at the University of Miami and Brooklyn College, then continued her studies at the International Center of Photography and New York University. Her works are included in private and permanent collections. She works and resides in the New York area where she is part of the Carter Burden Gallery art community, a member of Ceres Gallery New York, and an award-winning member of The National Association of Women Artists. Chernichaw comes from an extended family of creatives that includes painters, journalists, musicians and photographer and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
Carlos N. Molina, a paper sculptor and a digital artist, exhibits tridimentional objects of ephemeral nature created using paper in his first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery, Metamorphosis. The accessibility and malleability of the medium allows him the opportunity to play with the material. This playing with possibilities lets hidden forms reveal themselves and transforms lines and shapes into whimsical figurative and abstract objects. Molina states, “The idea of having a flat surface like a sheet of paper transform into a piece with volume is very inspiring to me, especially creating organic, soft forms, and freestyle abstracts.”
Carlos N. Molina was born in the west coast of Puerto Rico, famous for its beautiful beaches and lush mountains. He moved to New York City in 1993 after living and studying in Los Angeles, Paris, and South Korea. His work has been exhibited in Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities in the United States. Behind his fanciful creations, there is always a deeper meaning and a committed pursuit of beauty and celebration of diversity. His work tells a very personal story, of what was and what could be—a longing for an idyllic, joyful and a just world. Currently, Molina is working on taking features from his digital and paper art, and recreating them on a larger scale, while maintaining the intimate element that invites one to get close and explore his personal world.