Moskowitz Gallery is pleased to announce its Inaugural Exhibition, featuring the works of its artists: Alexa Guariglia, Bill Maass, Adam Moskowitz, and Mitch Weiss. The Inaugural Exhibition questions the current state of the art world, a global culture inundated with new ideas, and yet every day becoming increasingly homogenized. From its outset, Moskowitz Gallery strives to present an alternative vision to the aesthetic typically encountered in the contemporary sphere. While the Gallery remains in line with the most forward looking art of today, it represents artists who strive to connect their visual language to a set of values inherited from the great artistic canon. Each of the four artists brings a unique approach to creating their work.
Alexa Guariglia’s paintings connect with the viewer via her relentless, almost religious practice of uncontrollable outward expression. Her intuitive vision of the human psyche guides her artistic decisions - this is clear from the agonizing sense of empathy which resonates between her work and the viewer. Using a dense language of punctilious brushwork and intense color relationships, she portrays a subject matter ranging from the sensual to the grotesque. Guariglia’s visual world is both intimately psychological and stunningly cataclysmic.
The techniques of Bill Maass present a powerful counterpoint to Guargila’s approach. Maass’ drawings bring special attention to his virtuosic ability in ink application and revel in copious acts of playful mark making. He has an allencompassing creative process; for him all lines become justified in the greater composition of the piece. His flexibility is so pronounced that virtually every work by him exhibits a cunning air of perfection, even when its origins lie in something as inconsequential as a vague line. In the artist’s words, “The process of drawing is a paradox of liberties and limitations. It is an exploratory and suspenseful space where surprises are often delightful.”
Mitch Weiss’ photography bears the hallmarks of an artist of effortless aptitude, whose talents spring from an instinctive eye. It seems the whole of the physical world willingly bends into beautiful compositions when Weiss trains his camera on it. Yet these immaculately captured moments, which manifest so readily into existence, are executed in the most controlled way. By capturing our ephemeral, fleeting world in an image – in essence transcribing the temporal into the spatial, Weiss humbly reminds us about the multi-faceted nature of humanity.
Adam Moskowitz’ work is dedicated to the use of photography in a more abstract realm. Over the last seven years, Adam has been developing various new photographic techniques, abstracting light to forge a distinct and powerful visual analogue to music. Inspired toward this relatively uncharted artistic territory by his previous training in both classical violin and sound engineering, Adam works to isolate the specific building blocks of music (i.e. harmonic construction, rhythm, counterpoint), and to use them as the vocabulary of his visual compositions. Moskowitz’ technical experiments have yielded large-scale pigment prints, noted for their unerring detail and striking resemblance to paint.
Moskowitz Gallery supports art that consciously and directly engages in human emotion. The contemporary notion of striving for something purely conceptual without considering its inherent aesthetic value has run its course. The artists represented by Moskowitz Gallery have devoted their lives to rigorous practice and share a unified desire to uphold the delicate balance between subject and form.