Rehs Contemporary is pleased to present ARC Select 2017: Contemporary Figures, an exhibition focusing on the stylistic variations of representing the human form in contemporary art. The subject of the human form and its depiction is a perennial theme, historically speaking… but are representational treatments of the figure still meaningful? Perhaps, it is the only form that retains its significance.
The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 28th from 2-8 PM at Rehs Contemporary Galleries, 5 East 57th Street 8th Floor, and will remain on view through November 17th, 2017. In conjunction with the Art Renewal Center, Contemporary Figures unites an impressive and diverse roster around some of the finest and most unique figurative artists producing work today. More than 25 paintings and drawings in all, will be on display by a group that includes: Emanuele Dascanio, Daniel Gerhartz, Vanessa Lemen, Sergio Lopez, Tim Rees, and Marc Scheff.
Contemporary Figures aims to highlight just a fragment of the expansive genre, while showcasing works that demonstrate immense talent and creativity. From the painstakingly precise, and near photographic charcoal and graphite renderings by Emanuele Dascanio, to the mesmerizing mixed media resin blocks by Marc Scheff, the exhibition displays a range of approaches and techniques in service of the figure. Daniel Gerhartz keeps his attention on the female form, with a strong foundation in the work of nineteenth century masters, most notably French and American Impressionist painters ranging from John Singer Sargent to Alphonse Mucha. Similarly, Sergio Lopez highlights the female form but takes the subject in a vastly different direction – influenced by the Golden Age Illustrators and graffiti writers. Tim Rees stresses compositional beauty, preferring to allow the composition to tell the story – the work is all about technique and using a thoughtful and logical approach to producing an idea. On the other hand, Vanessa Lemen credits her inspiration to moments of personal adversity and resilience – a concept that is further embodied by her organic process and the work itself; seemingly chaotic yet peaceful and elegant.
Each artist reveals not only a personal vision of the human figure, but a commentary on what he or she believes is important in our current environment – what is meaningful and what is significant.
Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational foundation, hosts the largest online museum dedicated to realist art and includes works by the Old Masters, 19th Century, and Contemporary Realists as well as articles, letters and other online resources. The ARC is the foremost and only vetting service for realist art schools, ensuring that the teaching curricula and quality of teacher and student work meet the strict standards to become ARC Approved™. The ARC offers an annual scholarship competition where $30,000 is awarded to students attending these institutions to further their studies. The ARC also runs the International ARC Salon Competition, the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, with nine categories and thousands of works competing, culminating in a traveling live exhibition of many of the winning works. The International ARC Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence. The ARC coordinates with other ARC Allied Organizations™, artist groups, museums and publications to become a central news hub for the Contemporary Realist Movement of Post Contemporary Art.