MORPH Art Vernissage Opens November 14th
Exhibition: MORPH, Nov. 14 – Dec. 16, 2018
244 Madison Avenue, Suite PHE, New York, NY 1016
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From climate change to the #MeToo movement to the Trump Era, we are experiencing seismic shifts in our environment, society and political arena. The growing concerns and issues surrounding these changes all play a role into our collective consciousness, for better or worse. Change can destabilize, cause unease and generally erode public confidence and hence challenge our beliefs, ideas, and moral attitudes–the very force within society that unifies us. However, change is a constant and an essential part of progress.
MORPH presents an artist collaboration between New York-based artists, Laurent Elie Badessi, a fourth-generation photographer from France and David Paul Kay, a painter-muralist born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. While embracing each artist’s dramatically different artistic practices, the show highlights their shared interest in exploring different manifestations of ‘change’ as it relates to metamorphosis, transformation and temporality through their respective use of materials, process and subject matter.
Laurent Elie Badessi is keenly aware of the fact that all things in life are temporary. As such he is interested in exploring this truth by experimenting with light and reflection. Featured are photographs from his highly acclaimed ‘Innocence’ series where the artist embraces the butterfly, a universal symbol for endurance, change, hope and life. Surrounded by butterflies throughout his childhood, Badessi was deeply inspired by their ephemeral presence, rapidly appearing and disappearing before him. Additionally, the insect represents timelessness and permanence, strength and fragility, as well as movement and lightness, all contrasting concepts that are essential to Badessi’s work and are reminiscent of the work of John Chamberlain, Arman and César.
By applying the laws of physics, he applies an extremely delicate process which he captures with his camera with the intention to freeze time—one of the most important characteristics of photography. This quality, specific to the medium, allows for the subject to transform from an ephemeral state to a permanent one. In addition, Badessi uses a physical reaction to light through the use of aluminum, thereby creating a fragile yet evanescent image that cannot be repeated. Through his unique process, the artist is able to achieve endless innovative combinations of colors and shapes.
David Paul Kay sees space and energy in a constant state of transformation. He aims to translate those experiences throughout his ‘Encounters’ series featured in the exhibition where each Escher-like painting is a personal reflection of a moment or interaction experienced by the artist. He subsciously morphs images through interconnected lines based on a flow of energy derived from that experience. Using his signature black line, he converts surfaces such as canvas, paper, fabric, and building walls into dynamic kinetic images that envelope and mesmerize the viewer.
Additionally, Kay’s work also explores scale where he has created numerous large-scale murals throughout New York including “HK52” which went viral on social media. [Kay’s site-specific mural commission specifically for the exhibition is entitled ____ . It is at once captivating and awe-inspiring and embodies the essence of New York City, a city in constant motion and transformation.. ] (- i’ll re-write this once it’s complete) Kay’s artistic process is influenced by Surrealism as well as Optical Art where he masterfully delves into his subconscious and plays with imagery and illusion in space.
–Heidi Lee Komaromi, Curator
LAURENT ELIE BADESSI
Badessi is a fourth-generation French photographer based in New York City. He frequently uses symbolism, mythology, and historical and cultural references in his work. Solo and group shows of his work have taken place around the world in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, London, Milan, Rome, Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Kuwait City, Beijing, Monaco, and Dubai. Badessi’s work is included in major private and museum collections such as The Elton John Collection, Barry Diller, Le Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Louvre.
DAVID PAUL KAY
Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Kay is a New York City-based American contemporary artist and muralist. He is known for his signature black and white style as well as for his large-scale mural work including collaborations with Equinox, PayPal, Cadillac and MontBlanc. His mural piece titled, “HK52” instantly went viral on social media which lead to a major 5,000 sf commission in Chelsea, NY at G Lounge. Other commissioned projects include the rooftop mural, TWO12, the 100 Gates Project mural on Lower East Side, Stage158 rooftop mural in Harlem, and East Side Orgy mural at Ideal Glass Gallery in the East Village. Kay’s work is represented by Galerie-Kontakthof in Paris and Visual Artists Group in Los Angeles.
ABOUT PRIMED PROJECTS
HLK Art Group’s new artist space, Primed Projects is a shared space for artists who are invited to create and exhibit works as an extension of their studio practice. Primed is run by Heidi Lee Komaromi, a NY-based art advisor and curator who is a deeply passionate advocate for the arts. After conducting a survey of 150 artists to understand what their main needs are she was surprised to find that most artists simply need more space to create, collaborate and show their work. “I wanted to provide a convenient and welcoming place for creativity and inspiration to happen for both artists and art collectors,” she says.