Tobey's "Abstract Imaginaries 2012" at Pleiades Gallery Feature All New Paintings and a New Perspective

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In his exhibition opening Saturday May 19th at Pleiades Gallery in New York, artist David Tobey sets off in a new direction, combining "synthesis" with "reduction" in his new paintings, all created earlier this year. His new welded sculptures still always contain central elements recycled from forms of aesthetic interest that would otherwise have been destroyed.

More than fifteen completely new paintings created this year plus many new welded steel sculptures will be in David Tobey’s solo show “Abstract imaginaries 2012” at Pleiades Gallery, 530 West 25th Street in New York from May 15th through June 9th. The opening reception for the show is Saturday May 19th from 3 to 6 p.m., with live entertainment by noted keyboard artist Kirk Ehrenreich and complimentary refreshments. All are invited to attend.

In Tobey’s own words, the paintings in this show are a departure from most of his previous art over the past ten years: “Evolution is a life process. My artistic journey has taken me to a place of both ‘reductionism’ — the hunt for the smallest building blocks of more complex organisms — and a ‘synthesis’ of past artistic endeavors. . . . . Many miniature paintings exist in the details of my more complicated compositions, and in working with many of the same formal elements I also had visions of Asian calligraphy — ‘saying more with less’. . . .My newest paintings, the ‘Imaginaries’ are Rorschach tests for the viewer”.

Tobey is a Juilliard graduate and professional musician as well as a visual artist with an MA art degree, and this is his sixth annual solo exhibition at this gallery, founded in 1974 as one of New York’s first strictly juried artists’ co-ops.

His work has been commented upon in reviews as “a synaesthetic relationship between abstraction and music . . . the connection between linear and musical rhythms” (NY Times, 3/14/04); “. . .human drama, subconscious imagery, and a playful imagination, all coalesce in paintings and sculpture” (Art in America, 9/07); his sculpture as having “ . . .a unique draftsmanly fluidity in metal, surpassing even that of [Julio] Gonzalez” (Gallery & Studio), 1/07).

“Through his use of vibrant color and his innate musical talents, David stimulates his viewer's senses by allowing them to experience a psychedelic ‘mind-manifesting’ interpretation of his subject,” (Kathleen Masterson, Curator, the White Plains Museum, solo show 3/30/11 - 6/15/11); and “. . .each of his canvases carries his distinctive sense of musicality and visual dynamics. He was a natural selection for ‘Contemporary Rhythms,’ [a group exhibition of work by artists designed to be particularly of interest to interior designers & corporate art consultants], currently on view at Horizon in Fleetwood, NY” (Kathleen Reckling, ArtsWestchester Gallery Director (3/13 - 6/15).

Tobey, a resident of Westchester County, NY had his most recent solo exhibitions in 2011 at the White Plains Museum, (3/30-6/15) followed by a show of his sculpture at Rye Town Park, (10/22-11/9). This year his art was in group shows with the New Rochelle Council on The Arts (3/11-3/28); currently also at Horizon in Fleetwood, NY (3/13-6/15) and in in the Blue Door Artists’ Association 4th Juried Group Show in Yonkers, NY (3/14-4/21), as well as in the CAG (Contemporary Artists’ Guild) group show at in the gallery at the office of the Manhattan Borough President in New York City (4/3-4/27).

Tobey’s bio, photos of his work and information on events in which he has participated can be found on his website at http://www.davidtobey.com and he can be contacted directly by email to david(at)davidtobey(dot)com or by phoning (914) 632-8226.

Pianist Kirk Ehrenreich, who will be performing at the event, is the founder and President of KirkMusic Productions of Westchester. All are invited to see Tobey’s art, to enjoy the live music and to take part in interesting conversation with people in the worlds of music, art and arts education. the show will run at Pleiades Gallery through June 9th. For gallery hours call (646) 230-0056.

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