Sydnei SmithJordan: Essential Facets of Humanity
NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Californian artist Sydnei Smithjordan in Portals of Perception. The exhibition opens March 10, 2017 and runs through March 30, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 16 from 6-8 pm.
Rising up from a tumultuous childhood, Sydnei Smithjordan has channeled her pain and strife into a powerful and imaginative art form. In a distinctive style brimming with technical prowess, Smith Jordan’s paintings deal with the essential facets of humanity such as religion, culture, sex, and politics, exploring how they relate to and define the individual. Employing a limited palette, her works provide an immediacy of expression, while beckoning the viewer to examine them deeper. Figures and faces confront the audience, peering out to unabashedly display their fundamental character. With the same rigor that she investigates society, Smith Jordan daringly delves into the inner regions of herself. “I reach deep into all that is true in myself and my unconscious mind; be they experience, dreamscapes or past.” Also known for her illustrative work, Smith Jordan studied Fine Art at the College of Design, Art, and Architecture at Santa Monica College and earned her Master’s Degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in California.
Exhibition Dates: March 10, 2017 – March 30, 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Portals of Perception
Colin Grant | Sydnei SmithJordan | Ron Turner | Nancy Holleran | Shabnam Yousefian | Tanja Skytte
About the Exhibition
Portals of Perception: Deep Thoughts in Painting
Five painters of remarkable sensitivity come together for Portals of Perception, a new group exhibition presented this March by Agora Gallery. This small, concentrated group represents the many ways of paying attention to detail - in portraiture, in landscape, even in non-representational works. Three of the included artists are interested in setting the scene for us. One paints the terrain from a traditional distant viewpoint, but his images are gauzy and stylized: one city skyline appears as pure black on gray, looming through a fog, while another has buildings that resemble a family of brightly colored giants. The other two landscape painters give us street-level scenes, one depicting a vibrant watercolor world of sea sides and fishermen, the other offering rich, hyper realistic urban streets in oil. In both, the essence is of the moment. The exhibit’s abstract artist creates beautiful, understated textures with her acrylic, often in monotone to make the patterns sing all the more. The mixed-media portraits are premier examples of character studies: unapologetically unique women depicted in both traditional and non-traditional contexts.
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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.