Opening 9/4/14: Off the Wall / Fresco Painting @ The Hudson Guild Gallery

August 10, 2014


Off the Wall / Fresco Painting 
Hudson Guild Gallery
441 West 26th Street, NY, NY 10001
September 4 – November 29, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, September 4, 6- 8pm
Nadia Ayari
Michael Biddle
Daniel Bozhkov Christopher Carroll
Sean Glover
Elizabeth Mooney
Carrie Moyer
Walter O’Neill
Gabriel Pionkowski
Barbara Sullivan
Maria Walker

The exhibits presents a selection of contemporary artists who adhere to as well as push the limits of traditional fresco painting. Fresco is primarily a mural technique, but in the 20th century artists started experimenting with using the technique on easel-size portable frames independent of the wall.  Jose Clemente Orozco create portable frescoes in the 1930’s. In later decades, artists studying fresco at Skowhegan School in Maine explored a variety of formats to create frescos that were not on the wall.  These include methods originally developed to remove damaged frescoes from the wall.  Using a variant of the strappo method of attaching burlap to the wall to remove a fresco. artists invented a way to paint on the burlap. Other Artists have experimented with painting on a wide range of surfaces.

The artists choose to work in fresco not only for its historic connections but because of the unique challenges and specific surface.  Fresco painting requires the artist to paint with pure pigments on the freshly laid plaster before it dries.  One must use a delicate but sure hand. Because the color is bound directly into the surface, when it dries a crystalline surface forms over the color creating the unique quality of light and color.
Gallery hours: Tues – Fri 10am – 7pm, Saturdays 1pm – 4pm