YIGAL OZERI // EUGENE LEMAY
Opening: Thursday, June 22 2017 at 7.00 p.m.
Duration of the Exhibition: June 23 to September 10, 2017
With brushwork and color as symbols of the internal self, Lemay allows the paint to escape beyond the boundaries of the figure, but only enough to preserve the legibility of form. Each portrait is slightly haunting, very raw, and substantially aggressive, as if one's mind, spirit, and senses have bursted beyond the body's capacity to contain the masses.
Dual Tones stands as one collective metaphor for beauty, with beauty as the spawn of inner and outer elements - an amalgam of what coexists in the self and the other. Instead of underscoring breadth in contemporary portraiture, Lemay and Ozeri arrive at the same conclusion about the self through their own practices; one examines the outside presentation of the self, the other is introspective. Here, difference creates wholeness.
The contrasts in texture, brushwork, and forms urge separation, yet the artists find ways to dissolve differences - bridge their artistic subjects and spirituality together. In this case, it is by blending ideas of internal and external beauty. To find beauty in nature is to find the sublime as it exists as a harmonious blend between the seen and the felt.
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