Friday, June 21, 2013

Meet the artist/ Cara Enteles

Friends and Supporters,

Please join Cara Enteles for refreshments and conversation in the gallery on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Her exhibition, Sheen, is up for another week and if you haven't yet had a chance to see it, this would be a great opportunity. On Saturday, June 29th, Hang (behind the Suki Zuki parking lot) will also be having an opening reception, Beyond Pigment, from 6 - 8 p.m. 

Cara Enteles aims to subtly point out situations where human activity threatens the environment while still conveying the beauty found in nature. The works are organized in thematic series based on specific environmental issues. Of particular concern to Enteles recently have been Colony Collapse Disorder, the mysterious disappearance of honey bees, and the 2010 oil spill in the gulf, as well as other threats to water pollution such as fracking and nuclear power. Though the works are meant to bring about awareness of these controversial subjects, they are neither sententious nor moralistic. In fact, the casual observer will find a collection of beautiful paintings of plants and animals, albeit with an unusual sheen in the surrounding water or an emphasis on "alternative pollinators" should the honey bees become extinct. 
 Because she works on industrial supports, aluminum sheets and layers of Plexiglas, which are often bolted to the wall, Enteles' work contains an inherent tension between the painterly, organic subject matter depicted and the materials with which she constructs them. Birds, butterflies, bees and flowers set against a backdrop of reflective Plexiglas literally hold a mirror up to nature, while gold-toned Plexiglas backings on her bee paintings evoke pollen. The transparency that Plexiglas affords provides a means for three- dimensional representation -Enteles paints on both sides of the Plexiglas- further reinforcing the realistic and imperative nature of her concerns, while also nodding to the implicit contradiction that Plexiglas itself is a petroleum product.
Enteles received her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She has had solo shows at numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally and has participated in group shows at The Islip Art Museum, The Alexandria Museum of Art, The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and Wave Hill. Her work is held in several public collections. For more information or images please contact Sara Nightingale at The show will run through July 4th.