The non-profit Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) was established 16 years ago to establish and encourage the arts on Roosevelt Island. Mirroring the diversity of the Island, RIVAA artists hail from the United States, Romania, Germany, Japan, Korea, Australia, Poland, and beyond.
The organization’s newest group show, Black & White 2, on exhibit at Gallery RIVAA, evokes the uniqueness of the artists’ styles in a cohesive, calming atmosphere. The result is a beautiful blend of contrast and unity, abstraction and realism, no matter whether the medium is painting, sculpture, or photography.
Francesca O’Malley helps set the show’s tone with her typographic installation in the gallery’s window and her meticulous graphite work, Eclipse, within.
Laura Hussey’s Adriana carefully captures her model’s features – her focused look and her subtle smile – while Popiou’s on-loan Shadows, in a slight departure from his more typical style, reflects a more ephemeral depth and distance. Enjoy Life Period, by new member Rick Byrd, is blunt in its simplicity and message.
Connie Tanner exhibits her whimsical personalities with some color. Her sculpture Me, for example, offers humor and discombobulation. Jim Pignetti also offers a celebration of color with his abstract and semi-abstract new art, sometimes reminiscent of Hans Hofmann. Dan Nistor shows his talent for realism, fashion, and abstraction.
Also on view are the works of several photographers including Akira Ruiz’s Freedom Tower and Nikola Veljic’s Trapped. There is also Victoria Thorson’s masterly ceramic sculpture Black, White and Turquoise.
One unique installation is Spencer Moore’s The Museum of Roosevelt Island. He is asking the Roosevelt Island community to engage and make suggestions for his project related to reminiscences and memories.
There are also many other worthy artists to explore. Georgette Sinclair’s monotype Haystacks, for example, is a poetic contrast to her other vibrant and colorful pastels, which will be featured in her solo show Reflections of Night and Day opening on October 14, at the Octagon Gallery at 888 Main Street.
Black & White 2 will be on display through October 29. Gallery RIVAA is located at 527 Main Street, near Good Shepherd’s Plaza, and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Go to www.rivaa.com for more information.