The exhibition consists in 7 drawings by Michael Hilsman and 10 by Chris Russell. These will be priced ranging from $175-$375. The wexhibition will run until February 28th.
In addition to the use of figurative painting and drawing, Chris Russell and Michael Hilsman’s work have shared elements of humanism, fragmentation, and present the relationship between the immaterial and the physical world. In different ways, both artists’ work explore the transient aspects of the physical state, and highlight the sentient characteristics of objects and environments. The title of the exhibition is taken from a work by the 8th century Chinese poet Li Bai, who allegedly drowned while trying to embrace the moon’s reflection in a river. Russell and Hilsman met when the latter picked up the former while hitchhiking in 2003, and their artistic dialogue has continued ever since. The two have had their share of adventures together including nearly being swept away in a dangerous current in the Gan River, China, and wandering lost on the Khumbu glacier near the Mount Everest base camp.
Michael Hilsman was born in Burbank, CA, in 1984 and currently lives and works in New York. His work has been included in numerous periodicals including Modern Painters, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Le Point (France), Arte Mondadori (Italy), New American Paintings, The Boston Globe as well as the forthcoming book, Nature Morte: Contemporary Artist Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition, published by Thames and Hudson. He has exhibited internationally, including two recent solo exhibitions, Big Little Man at GalleriaGlance, Turin, Italy and The Opposite of Love at Louis B. James, New York. His upcoming projects include a group exhibition, Cabinets de Curiosites, at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland, and a solo presentation at the Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City. You can visit www.michaelhilsman.com to learn mora about his work.
Chris Russell was born in Palo Alto, CA, in 1982, and currently lives and works as a special educator in New York. He is the contributor illustrator for Stonecutter: A Journal of Art and Literature, and his work has also been featured in Washington Square Review and the 92Y’s online literary magazine Podium. His recent projects include illustrations for short fiction by Matthew Thomas Russell, and an original tarot card deck for the record Carpal Tunnel Vision Quest by Cash Pony. He is currently preparing for a solo exhibition of his 75-foot miniature subway landscape drawings in Brooklyn.
See you at the show.