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NOAH SOKOLOFF: The Little Death

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NOAH SOKOLOFF: The Little Death

Time: May 16, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: Kuntshalle Beacon
Street: 211 Fishkill Ave.
City/Town: Beacon, NY
Website or Map: https://www.facebook.com/even…
Phone: (212) 625 - 1250
Event Type: solo, exhibition
Organized By: Alexandra Loulias
Latest Activity: May 6, 2015

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Please join us for the opening reception of NOAH SOKOLOFF: The Little Death. Noah is a Beacon resident and this will be his first solo show in the U.S.

The Kunsthalle Beacon (KuBe) is pleased to present the first New York area solo exhibition of Noah Sokoloff, opening on May 16, 2015. “The Little Death” exhibition will showcase groundbreaking paintings that subvert contemporary knowledge of glass making and painting. Sokoloff’s works focus on texture and color fields, transforming his traditional knowledge and innovative skill onto canvas.

The title “The Little Death” is taken from the French saying “la petite mort,” an idiom for orgasm. This term has generally been interpreted to describe the post-orgasmic state of unconsciousness that can be experienced post climax. In Sokoloff’s process, he explores glass as a brush that is ‘released,’ exploding into paint covered particles which form texture and feeling upon a canvas. The finished work mirrors the ‘little death’ by revealing what is found after deconstructing the act of glassmaking. In order for glass to break through the traditional barrier between glass making and painting, glass formation and exhibition both need to be reimagined in the realm of painting.

For the last decade, Sokoloff has worked for accomplished glassmakers from all over the United States to Venice, Italy. His work has ranged from traditional goblets to solid sculptures. Glasswork is based in respecting history and technique, while building upon those principles. However, the turning point in Sokoloff’s artistry resulted from a compulsion to test the limits of glass as an object.

His current work hardly gives any interest to glass as a distinct object -- what interests him is the texture and feeling that is formed after the explosion of each brush to create these paintings. Each painting showcases traditional brush strokes in conversation with glass brush strokes. Using these two elements that do not normally complement each other, Sokoloff challenges the viewer to see the transformation between tension into energy and beauty.

May 16th, 2015

5 - 8PM

KuBe Arts Center

211 Fishkill Ave, Room 305

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