Starting at the lower portion of the right wall are the representational works including:
Tara de la Garza's layered, moody, gritty subway pieces; Marisa DeMarco's black-and-white retro ladies superimposed with brightly colored modern gadgets; Ayca Koseogullari's shadowy, devilish figures; Winston Chmielinski's lush and mysterious portraits; Kate Shaw's dreamy, sherbet-colored landscape; and Sirikul Pattachote's colorful nature scenes. Scanning your gaze upwards you find the abstract works gradually lead into the minimalists — Kenneth Park's raw, energetic canvases; Meghan Keane's vibrant swirls; Chelsea Hotel summer resident, Susan Olmetti's vigorous, lively, large-scale oil painting; Darren Wardle's richly saturated small-scale canvases; Koji Shimizu's sweet and whimsical ode to his cat; and Felicity Faulkner's stunning, fluid shapes and forms.
The iconic Chelsea Hotel refurbished a guestroom, The Gallery Suite, with a small, separate room serving as a unique exhibition space. Lucky guests who reserve The Gallery Suite get to "live" with the paintings during their stay! Much like the hotel, The Gallery Suite, situated on the 10th floor in Room 1019, possesses a rich, artistic history of its own. Artist Alfred Russell lived in Room 1019 with his wife Joan for thirty years. Alfred was an accomplished abstract painter whose work was featured in seven Whitney Annuals (from 1949-1955), in MoMA's major abstract show in 1951, and alongside Pollock's and de Kooning's at the Vehemences Confrontees exhibition in Paris in 1951. Russell renounced avant-garde abstraction as "The Bourgeoisation of Modern Art" in 1953, and painted mainly in unfashionable figurative styles, rarely exhibiting his work, until his death in 2007. Fittingly, Russell's studio was located in the room currently exhibiting the possibility of a painting. Starting off his career in abstract painting, moving on to figurative, and ultimately combining the styles, Russell truly explored the possibilities of painting.
A black-and-white photo book, hotel chelsea — room 1019, is available during the exhibition. It documents The Gallery Suite's former incarnation as Alfred and Joan Russell's home. Photographed by Gillian Bostock two weeks after Joan's death in 2008, with text written by the Russells' nephew Peter Feld, hotel chelsea — room 1019 reveals an intimate peek into the couple's home and lives.
Learn more at 2onetwo.com/blog. Open Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 on the following dates: March 11, 25; April 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27; or by appointment.
~Clockwise from top left: Kate Shaw (landscape); Winston Chmielinski (2 small portraits and large portrait in center w/ white background); Marisa DeMarco (3 black-and-white faces); and Tara de la Garza (large-scale piece on bottom right and center left)
View of some paintings on ceiling ~Clockwise from top left: Meghan Keane (colorful circles on beige background); Felicity Faulkner (multi-colored straight lines and wavy lines); Kenneth Park (blue, pink and grey abstracts); and Meghan Keane (orange abstract, lower right)
Another view of some paintings on ceiling ~Clockwise from top left: Felicity Faulkner (multi-colored circles and lines); a bit of Meghan Keane's abstract (circles on beige background); Sirikul Pattachote (small, green piece); Darren Wardle (2 small multi-colored pieces); a bit of Susan Olmetti's canvas (bottom left); and Koji Shimizu (4-part cat piece)
Clockwise from top left: Susan Olmetti; 2 of Kenneth Park's abstracts; 2 nature/flower paintings by Sirikul Pattachote; and a portrait by Winston Chmielinksi