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Ghosts of the Natural World: The Paintings of Elena Gastón Nicolás

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Elena Gastón in Encounters: Nature and Culture. The exhibition opens March 13, 2018 and runs through April 3,  2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 15 from 6-8 pm.

Using the plastic, almost sculptural pigments of acrylics, as well as the more old-masterly medium of oils, Elena Gastón Nicolás portrays worlds within worlds, as details come to include within themselves the contextual wholes from whence they derive. Often focusing on spiritual or mystical themes, her paintings of spiritual processes have come to mark a radical departure in her oeuvre. Rather than depend wholly on established symbologies to allude to the representative value of her figures, she simply depicts a particular object in all its ever-ramifying ambiguity. As a result, what we understand by the word “spirit” takes on a more developmental meaning, signaling the vital processes that permeate our planetary existence as a whole.


In Camino de Baldosas Amarillas II and Camino de Baldosas Amarillas III the specificity of a natural setting takes on an uncanny universality, mirroring the rhythms and symmetries ordinarily reserved for more abstract paintings. A sort of yellow winding path snakes through the center of the composition, setting off the more verdant greens, browns, and blues that surround it. This contrasting blend of colors traces out a dynamic movement which the ordinarily static qualities of paint on canvas can rarely articulate.


Exhibition Dates: March 13 - April 3, 2018

Reception: Thursday March 15, 2018 6-8 PM

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY

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Featured Artists:

Ellen Cuylaerts | Elena Gastón Nicolás | Daniel Loveridge | Zie Otto | Michael Victor ª MVR | Franck Sastre


About the Exhibition

Encounters: Nature and Culture

Encounters: Nature and Culture features six artists whose works highlight the underlying presence of subjectivity in all objective understanding. Starting with the depiction of realistic figures — be these painted or photographed — each work shows us how the hand of the artist ineluctably deviates from purely factual descriptionsFree Articles, delineating a world of imagined truth.

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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. 

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