Deepening the Mystery: The Paintings of David Gista
NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work†of Chicago artist David Gista in Emerging Visions. The exhibition will open on January 21, 2017 and run through February 10, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, January 26 from 6-8 PM.
Born in Paris, France, David Gista studied drawing, painting, printing, and sculpture at the …cole des Beaux-Arts in his home city. Rather than follow trends, Gista developed a style informed by unusual visuals discovered on journeys, and by a disparate collection of artists spread across the millennia. His paintings are filled with rolling waves of color representing sky, earth, and water. They are rich and textured, with a quilt-like quality.
Gista’s paintings are explorations of humanity’s role in the universe, and more narrowly critiques of modern culture. “My attempt is to express the contradiction between hyper communication and growing solitude and alienation,” Gista says. “How appearances deceive us and keep us apart from each other, and how technology takes over our public and individual liberties.” Though we exist as a mere fraction of the tangible world, our role is to contemplate the forces that surround us. “Art does not give you answers,” Gista says. “It asks questions and deepens mystery.”
David Gista splits his time between Chicago and the French countryside. † †
Exhibition Dates: January 21, 2017 – February 10, 2017
Reception: Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Jian Jun An †| †Robert Ellison †| †David Gista †| †Roger DiCamillo †| †Ellen Burnett †| †Gabriele Golissa †| †Andrew Glass
About the Exhibition
The Possibilities of "Emerging Visions"
Opening this January, Emerging Visions is a lively group exhibition that offers fresh takes on small details and technical practices. This exhibition includes seven exceedingly thoughtful artists who work with a variety of media in innovative ways. There is the artist who assembles his pieces from recovered panels painted by other people. Is he a sculptor or a painter? There is the artist who mixes traditional flat media with found objects. Is she a collagist, sculptor, painter, or something else? These artists are interdisciplinary chameleons dedicated to their craft and loath to adhere to any rules.
Among the work on display are four approaches to landscape: an exploration of the countryside with attention to texture, a creation of water using strips of color and wide perspectives, a selection of photographs that present the sky as a living thing, and †an architect's vision of real-world buildings with a dreamy flair. There is abstraction created from minimalist layering of color as well as a wildly eclectic marriage of objects and lines. Rounding out the exhibition's impressive range is an acrylic portraitist who conjures faces out of undulating, free-form lines.
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About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves.