Eozen Agopian – Persistent Dichotomies / Beverly Miller Orthwein – Beyond Botancials

Fox Gallery NYC is proud to present our current exhibit of work by Eozen Agopian and Beverly Miller Orthwein. Passionate about their subjects and scrupulous about execution, both artists offer us a feast of engaging provocative and sensory images.

Eozen Agopian

Multimedia artist Agopian offers us a full menu of mixed media art from which to taste recent history, philosophy, emotions, connection and loss. Originally from Greece, of Armenian heritage, she has lived and worked in NY for decades. Her work involves two parallel investigations: Paintings in oil and/or acrylic on canvas, and assemblages with threads and fabrics that invoke a third dimension. Agopian creates visual parallels between rational and cosmological works through processes of constructing and deconstructing, layering and cutting, scraping and marking, unraveling and reconnecting.

The loose armatures of her sensuous thread-on-canvas works provide dimension and fluidity, musical movement and an embrace of a deeply felt narrative between the artist’s personal history as an outsider straddling three cultures, her material and the viewer.

Her paintings from 2011-2016 provide us with an understanding of her evolution. In Connecting Flight, we are held by transparent black grid and muted gray/white ground. The drawing and the veil of color transform into large, flat planes of color upon which float independent biomorphic or stacked quasi-geometric shapes in End of October an On Love from 2016.

Comparing her different painting techniques, Michael Walls* says “Agopian’s use of passages of grid-like, “allover” compositional structure, often contrasted with smaller or larger areas of interlocking, shard-like and/or curvilinear forms produces an arresting–and often–virtuosic–dialog between the two contrasting vocabularies. Her ability to fully orchestrate these two seeming dichotomies within an individual work produces that which the artist herself terms ”continuity and interruption”.”

EOZEN AGOPIAN is an artist of Armenian descent born in Athens, Greece. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hunter College, New York, NY. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group shows in public and private venues in Greece, France, Italy, Germany, China and the United States, such us, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery (Athens), Lesley Heller Workspace (New York) , Shiva Gallery of the John Jay college (New York), Michael Walls Gallery, (New York), Hellenic American Union (Athens), AAW Gallery, (Beijing), Museum of Contemporary Art Crete (Crete). She has been an invited resident artist at the Triangle Arts in Dumbo, Brooklyn. She currently divides her time between living and working in New York and Athens.

Michael Walls, “Traverse” Gallery Eleftheria Tseliou, Athens, Greece, 2015

www.eozen-agopian.com/eozen

Beverly Miller Orthwein – Beyond Botanicals

The beauty and power of the natural world and the accomplishments of highly literate and civilized cultures are celebrated in Beverly Miller Orthwein’s sophisticated watercolors. Her blend of vintage woodblock prints, antique texts and vintage sutras* provide us with a rich and delightful viewing experience.

Artist, gardener and beekeeper, Miller Orthwein’s lifelong passion for European botanical art evolved through her travels to the Far East, which led her to study Oriental brush painting technique and then to watercolor painting. After visiting a New York exhibit of Robert Kushner’s work in 2015, she was inspired to combine her botanical painting with collage elements that created a bridge between East and West, Old and New.

Beverly Miller Orthwein has exhibited at the Hammond Art Museum, North Salem, NY, the Greenwich Garden Education Center, Greenwich, CT and has had a one woman exhibit at the Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT and at The Peck School, Morristown NJ.

bmoboys@gmail.com

*A rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature, or a set of these on grammar or Hindu law or philosophy.