LUSH - Gary Cruz, Court Lurie, Melanie Parke and Sophie Treppendahl

November 16 - December 22, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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For New York artist Gary Cruz, the creative process begins with the camera on his phone. The Wholesalers series is based on images taken while wandering the garment and flower districts of New York City. The photographs have their origins in the dizzying abundance of offerings spilling over onto sidewalks, crowded into storefronts and overflowing shops, and on the urban landscape reflected in their glass windows. In stark contrast to the immediacy and spontaneity of a camera phone, the work in the studio is a slow and deliberate editing process. Each image is digitally manipulated; its forms and colors are pushed, pulled, fragmented, swirled and swiped using an array of computer programs and applications. Trained as an architect and designer, Cruz has a particular interest in creating and conflating depth within the pictorial plane. The final images compress space; back is front, outside is inside. Past, present and future coexist simultaneously, space is ambiguous. The works embody the duality of contemporary photographic techniques and the tradition of gestural painting.

Cruz earned a degree in architecture from University of Texas, Austin, TX, attended Bronx Museum of the Arts, AIM Program, Bronx, NY. The artist is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and Robert Rauschenberg Change Inc. Grant. A native of Texas, he now lives and works in New York City.


Working large, Court Lurie’s paintings read as a narrative tableau, a rich visual journey. Each oil painting is an exploration of the painted surface, spatial relations and gestural drawing. The immersive canvases, some as large as 8.5 feet long, invite the viewer to spend time moving from calm swaths of pale paint to energetic patches of soft, geometric activity. Lurie effectively nourishes us visually and emotionally with her engaging and generous work.

Lurie earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA. The artist has been featured in many design and lifestyle magazines, on television, in films and in several industry publications. Lurie’s work is in many private and public collections including The Westin Hotel, Austin, TX, The Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, TX. She was awarded artist residencies at Jentel Artist Residencies, Banner, WY, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Nebraska, NE and The Rensing Center, Pickins, SC. Court is also a trauma sensitive yin yoga instructor, Reiki Master and spiritual guide. She lives and works in Austin, TX.


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M E L A N I E  P A R K E

Melanie Parke filters and reconstructs pastoral and bucolic still life settings that emerge from her own life through the ideology of memory. Flowers bind the artist to friendships and the women in her life, that sentiment propels her to paint compositions which reference lush clusters of time. Parke’s painting is a pleasure seeking process, the artist arranges the pictorial space intuitively, in broad and textured gestures, then pieces together arrangements that compose a homespun narrative. Specific interiors, botanical species and landscapes are often implied. By shifting the emphasis to pattern, texture and tone, she works to destabilize notions of exacting representation in an effort to build on a sensation of memory which conjures both comfort and longing.

Parke’s paintings have been exhibited widely throughout the United States. Melanie Parkes lives and work in Michigan.


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S O P H I E  T R E P P E N D A H L

Sophie Treppendahl’s paintings investigate enchantment in the ordinary, capturing and contemplating unexpected moments of bliss where everyday life seems filled with ephemeral perfection. Summer swimmers lounging and luxuriating in enticing pools evoke our collective memories of peaceful warm weather pastimes. The nostalgia implicit within the subject matter of her paintings allows Treppendahl to explore the association of these reminiscent moments and how they bring us together.

Treppendahl holds a BA in Painting and Printmaking from the College of Charleston. Her paintings have been shown at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (Charleston, SC), 1019 Gallery and Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery at SUNY Purchase College of Art and Design (Purchase, NY), and the Visual Art Center of Richmond (Richmond, VA).


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