September 22 - 25, 2011 Private Preview September 21
Please come and visit Gallery 119 at Booth B12 at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City. This is a very different exhibition geared to serious buyers of authentic artworks directly from authentic art galleries with pieces priced at $150 to $5,000.
Gallery 119 will be showing the work of it's owner and operator, Mario Alberico, in his third New York exhibtion in the last 12 months and is honored to introduce two of our artists in their first shows in New York City. Laura Morrison and Melissa Resch are two New England artists who represent a part of the charge of Gallery 119 to contextualist, eco and feminist aesthetics.
Mario G Alberico Alberico was educated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received a BA in Art History in 1983. He is also an adult survivor of pediatric cancer. Diagnosed in 1977 with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma, he began a two-year clinical trial of experimental chemotherapy and radiation treatment. He discovered that making artworks became a creative outlet to capture the emotional experience of a life with cancer. The experimental treatment resulted in a spiritual catharsis that led to a numinous experience of God while painting. He then began exploring his faith while capturing the essence of trees and crosses as metaphors for living his life as a cancer survivor. Practicing art therapy prior to its founding, he authored a paper, “Creation through Suffering”, that catalogued the painting of four self-portraits over the time of his treatment. As an adult term survivor of pediatric cancer he explores, through the act of making art, the paradox of physical and emotional suffering coupled with the magnificence of being and existence. He believes in the power of art to simultaneously confront suffering and celebrate the beauty of life. Now a professional artist and owner of Gallery 119, he exhibits his artwork throughout the United States, and donates the proceeds from the sales of his artworks, and other artists he represents in Gallery 119, to charitable organizations, primarily those that deal with cancer.
Laura Morrison Morrison is a mixed media and fiber artist who enjoys handwork and often incorporates free-form crochet, embroidery, needle felting and hand beading into her art. She has taken on a new direction in her work working with fiber in a more sculptural way, incorporating recycled wool sweaters and blankets into much of her work. Her process always begins with a question to tackle aboug whatever might be puzzling or troubling her at the moment. It could be Prejudice, Feminism, Global Warming, Suburban Sprawl, Motherhood, or Plastic Surgery. Her current body of work that will be presented at the Affordable Art Fair comes from The Nature Regeneration Series, that ponders the future of Nature with or without the presence of humanity. She has developed an oeuvre that is unique in the artworld and some of her work has a sense of both attraction and repulsion, a favorite approach of Gallery 119. She is an active member and leader of the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) and the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts, just two of her advocate roles for the arts.
Melissa Resch Resch's narrative represents images of New England landscapes and scenery in a deceptively contemporary manner. With the stroke of her brush, she presents a subtle and sublime experience that connects her with that traditional realism and also with the abstract history of American painting, descending from one of her favorite artists, Hans Hoffman. She has shown her work in solo, group and juried exhibitions throughout the United States and Australia. After four years of teaching elementary school in and residing briefly in the UK and Korea, she moved to Boston to attend Massachusetts College of Art, earning a BFA with Distinctive Honors in Painting in 1999. Between 2003 and 2008, she split her time between Provincetown and Australia and now resides full-time in Provincetown. While in Australia she was an artist in residence at two Western Australia museums and held three solo exhibitions. In 2008 she graduated with a master's degree in painting from University of Tasmania. Consistent with her variety of styles, she works in several mediums: oils, watercolors, encaustics, printmaking, textiles and found objects.
Location Across from The Empire State Building 7W New York at 7 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001 Hours Wednesday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Thursday: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Saturday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm