Un-Adult-Erated Escapism Through Art: New Show Opens Oct 15 at Studio Gallery 64 in Park Slope

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A small and utterly charming exhibit, "Of Singing Frogs, Sandy Rox, and Blood Red Skies," opens Saturday, October 15, at 4-8pm, at the STUDIO/GALLERY 64 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In this two artist show, stylized cutout figures and fanciful landscapes by Alexandra Corbin and vibrant, richly-detailed illustrations by Roxanne Bohana transport viewers to places where they can indulge, if only briefly, in un-adult-erated escapism.

(PRWEB) September 22, 2005 – "Of Singing Frogs, Sandy Rox, and Blood Red Skies," is a small and utterly charming exhibit opening Saturday, October 15, at 4-8pm, at the STUDIO/GALLERY 64 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In this two artist show, stylized cutout figures and fanciful landscapes by Alexandra Corbin and vibrant, richly-detailed illustrations by Roxanne Bohana transport viewers to places where they can indulge, if only briefly, in un-adult-erated escapism.

Alexandra Corbin, a native New Yorker who resides in Carroll Gardens, is an established artist and illustrator. Her work is included in the fine arts collections of the Corcoran Gallery and the Museum of Natural History, among others. Currently, she produces an award-winning interactive cartoon website while continuing to create works on paper. In this exhibit, Corbin shares her series of roguish 'critters,'a small selection of which were recently displayed at the Diesel Gallery in Red Hook. This time, she invites us even more intimately into her "pure and unadulterated mischief" by including many more of her chimeras, along with alternative landscapes of painstakingly hand-constructed paper intarsia where they, and we, are free to roam.

Corbin explains, "I love the process of cutting things out; it's as close to being an artist-artisan as I can get...and I respect artisans enormously. And, I love taking chances with presentation. I like making choices I can't change..I believe creativity is about mischief. It's really fun rearranging the world and throwing in a couple of visual left hooks."

In Corbin’s phantasmagorical universe, rocks appear like clouds and clouds like canyons. Her odd chimerical creatures peek out from craggy branches the color of sky, and these branches, in turn, reach toward other-worldly heavens the unlikeliest shades of scarlet and blood red. Is that formation at the bottom of a chasm a creature, you may wonder..""of course," she cries,"isn't that what you're supposed to discover at the bottom of some cleft in the earth?!" Ms. Corbin also loves to reverse the levels, the appearance, of sea, land and sky " just to get us thinking, "to reconsider just what everyday phenomena are, and to take them less for granted. It stretches us to think about our world differently."

The show also features the work of Brooklynite Roxanne Bohana, an accomplished painter and printmaker generally known for her color- and light-splashed abstracts and fine portraiture. Bohana, who is also a professional singer, refined her printmaking skills with such notable masters as Dan Weldon. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New York City and are part of many private collections. Most recently, she's been gaining notoriety for her cheeky, smart t-shirt designs, including what many consider the "First Official Red Hook t-shirt," which can be found for sale at such venues as Artz'n on Atlantic Avenue and Hope and Anchor on Van Brunt.

In this exhibit, Bohana, presents finely -rendered fusions of fantasy and realism. Magical elements, such as a singing frog king and fancifully- attired insects and fairies enjoy an outdoor evening concert in the forest, alongside a young princess and her friends. The charming combination of rational and irrational elements form "places that contain enough detail, that are articulated enough, so that the viewer can actually escape into these imaginary world and be a part of it," says Bohana. "I want it to feel familiar and friendly-- to be accessible--to allow us, as adults, to reach back to our own childhood impressions and give them free reign."

These imaginary landscapes and wonderful creatures can be seen beginning Oct 7, at Studio Gallery 64. The show officially opens on Saturday, October 15, 4-8pm, at Studio/Gallery 64, at 64 St Mark’s Ave, off Flatbush and 6th Ave, in Park Slope.

The show, curated by Hannah Brooks, will feature live music and refreshments, and is an open invitation to let the imagination free and enjoy the gift of fantasy, if only for a little while. "Of Singing Frogs, Sandy Rox, and Blood-Red Skies," runs through Oct 30. Studio/Gallery 64 hours are Sat-Sun 1-8pm, or by appt.

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