BIANCA SFORNI STUDIO, 41 BLEECKER STREET, GROUND FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10012

February 2015 - Press release for immediate release 

ART BRUT, A GROUP EXHIBITION OF 137 ARTIST COLLECTIVE

“Art doesn’t go to sleep in the bed made for it; it would sooner runaway and say its own name: what it likes is to be incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what its name is.”

 MARCH 6 - 7 - 8     11AM – 6 PM

 Opening Reception March 5th 6-8pm

It was just a little more then half a century ago when Jean Dubuffet toghether with his artists friends created La Compagnie de l’Art Brut, with the aim to «find works of art by obscure people presenting a very special character of spontaneity and personal invention, of freedom from conventions and received ideas. To raise public attention towards these kind of works, to deveop the taste and appreciation for this art, and to encourage them.»

Richard Lau, 2014, 26 x 31 inches, oil on primed canvas, “meditation”    

Richard Lau, 2014, 26 x 31 inches, oil on primed canvas, “meditation”    

Bianca Sforni is pleased to present for the first time in her studio a selection of works by the 137 Artist Collective, including paintings by Paula Isaac, Janet Laing, Richard Lau, Uman.

In which it is written, black on white, that art can thrive in its healthiest form, when dissociated from references created by the people credited to have the monopoly of it. What Dubuffet was trying to tell us is that art in its deepest power of expresssion, in its purest form, is created by outsiders, by self taught people that like the masters that produced drawings at the very ancient Lascaux and Chauvet caves, are free from any kind of training and trends. Art is timeless and trascends us. 

“ Each generation creates art. It also discovers art. It discovers art both of the more remote past and of the very recent past which we call the present .” 

And in their own words : 

Paula Isaac, born 1960 in Trinidad lives in NYC, (Queens): “Art is what you make of it. It is sexuality, immaturity, advancement, it is a definition of how much you study life and your own feelings, of how you manage your life or self esteem. For me, it is the love of yourself and I am gonna say no more.”

Janet Laing, born 1952 in Los Angeles lives in NYC (Manhattan): “Art literally wakes me up and makes me pay attention. I try and paint what is real for me - what sparks I find in people, animals and plants. I find painting to be very nurturing, fulfilling and healing, especially when the risks I take are satisfied.”

Richard Lau, born 1957 in NYC where he lives now (Manhattan): “My art allows me to play and have fun. When I paint I live in my special world. This world has no rules. When I have crossed over to my comforting, solitary world during a painting, I feel calm and quiet. Now I am able to watch the painting and help it grow.”

Uman, born 1980 in East Africa and lives and works Upstate New York :

 

1.Jean Dubuffet, Prospectus et tous écrits suivants, Vol I, Gallimard 1967

2 Ibid. 

3 Alfred H. Barr, Jr, foreword to They Taught Themselves: American Primitive Painters of the 20th Century, Sidney Janis publisher, p. 19, The Dial Press 1942

41 BLEECKER STREET, GROUND FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10012

MARCH 6 - 7 - 8 11AM – 6 PM 

Opening reception Thursday, March 5th, 6-8pm

 

For more information or images please contact:
biancasforni@gmail.com 

Annatina Miescher:     917.977.12222     |     amiescher@gmail.com

http://www.137ac.org