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Agora Gallery at NY Affordable Art Fair in March 2024

Agora Gallery is thrilled to announce its return to the spring edition of Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, from March 20 to 24, 2024. Selected from its recent program, the gallery will present work by Julie Rami, Alli Gerrish, Mark Schiff, David Syre, Ludwig Mannhalter, and Sarah Shinhyo Kim. The collection includes figurative and abstract paintings, prints, and drawings. 

Julie Rami

Selected as the fair’s top director’s picks, the work of French-born painter Julie Rami weds childhood nostalgia and a gaming aesthetic. The booth will display a series of Rami’s portraits of children. The paintings are made using the Bokeh technique with oil paint, which coveys the artist’s signature bubble-like effect. 

Inspired by Pop Art and Charlie Chaplin, Rami depicts children in bold colors posing irreverently against solid-colored backgrounds. The figures in the series exhibit various moods–sulking, grimacing, displaying boredom, legs in the air, or bodies curled up. They exude rudeness and flippancy, occasionally embracing disobedience. 

Through improbable positions and attitudes, the pieces seamlessly blend reality and imagination, as the characters engage in playful and dreamlike scenarios. Their insouciant disposition serves as a homage to freshness, capriciousness, and emotional freedom.

Julie Rami, Chute en Roller, oil on wood board, 28″ x 39.5″
Julie Rami, Ruban Bleu, oil on wood board, 39.5″ x 28″
Julie Rami, Le Garçon Accroupi, oil on wood board, 31.5″ x 23.5″

Alli Gerrish

Alli Gerrish is an acrylic and digital artist based in Boulder, Colorado. The work presented at the fair delves into the theme of metamorphosis, navigating the transformative odyssey through a blend of personal narratives and visual storytelling. From Meet Me Halfway, which captures the intersection of natural and urban landscapes, to The Weight of It All, embodying the imperative release of burdens, each artwork unravels the intricacies of change and adaptation. Moving On contemplate the inevitability of change and departure, while the inaugural appearance of the iconic shape in Building With Dreams symbolizes personal identity and growth. Collectively, these pieces offer a poignant exploration of the interwoven nature of journeys and the inherent beauty in the process of transformation.

Alli Gerrish, Meet Me Halfway, acrylic on board, 40″ x 30″
Alli Gerrish, The Weight of It All, acrylic on board, 40″ x 30″
Alli Gerrish, Building With Dreams, acrylic & charcoal on board, 20″ x 16″
Alli Gerrish, The Point is Already Made, acrylic on board, 24″ x 18″

Mark Schiff

Mark Schiff, a mixed media painter based in Connecticut, draws inspiration from his extensive travels, evident in the titles of his works. The centerpiece of his collection is the signature Lilies series, where each piece encapsulates Schiff’s emotional impressions of visited cities. 

Through free-flowing patterns and vibrant color arrangements, he translates these impressions into visually captivating artworks. Schiff’s artistic vision is deeply influenced by his passions for culture, music, and yoga, allowing intuition to guide him into the “boundless ocean of creativity within.” 

Employing bold and purposeful strokes, his paintings radiate electric energy, igniting the viewer’s imagination. Each artwork sizzles with vitality, serving as a testament to Schiff’s joie de vivre, providing a vivid glimpse into the artist’s expressive and vibrant world.

Mark Schiff, Stockholm Lilies, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 48″
Mark Schiff, Florence Lilies, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″
Mark Schiff, Lausanne Lilies, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 60″

David Syre  

David Syre, a self-taught multi-disciplinary visual artist, crafts expansive acrylic paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations. Drawing inspiration from his travels, subconscious musings, and the natural world, Syre blends bold lines and vibrant colors with archetypal symbols, numbers, and words that capture the essence of the creative moment. Notably, he produces his artworks at a brisk pace, conveying the spontaneity and authenticity inherent in each expressive instance.

The booth will display Syre’s recent suite of crayons on black paper drawings. In his distinctive black paper drawings, Syre employs rapid and powerful gestures, exploring recurring themes such as the universe, landscapes, architecture, tributes to the land, and totems. 

Abstract yet evocative, the pieces suggest universes, labyrinths, totems, clowns, and mythical realms, intertwining themes of love and space. Each artwork unveils a universe constructed over decades, where lush colors and vigorous strokes break through the darkness of the paper. This collection provides a compelling glimpse into Syre’s unique world, revealing the intricate beauty forged one drawing at a time.

David Syre, Looking For Light, 2018, prisma crayon on black paper, 12″ x 9″
David Syre, A Left Turn on Maui, 2020, prisma crayon on black paper, 12″ x 9″
David Syre, An Ona’s Mosquito, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″
David Syre, Focus, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 30″

Ludwig Mannhalter

Ludwig Mannhalter is a Hungarian-born abstract painter currently residing in Germany. At the fair, we will present his series of abstract landscapes. Highly textured the pieces utilize paintings the impasto technique, utilizing thick layers of oil and acrylic paint solely with a palette knife. The impasto application is complemented by craquelure and sporadic scratch marks, adding structural depth. 

Drawing inspiration from tachiste artists like Nicolas de Staël, Mannhalter reduces shapes to blocks of colors, hinting at elemental landscapes and architectural vistas. Vibrant tones interplay with sophisticated grays and beiges, filling varying-sized rectangular chromatic fields, instil a palpable dynamism and tension. 

While influenced by Art Informel and Nietzsche’s existential philosophy, Mannhalter resists categorization, viewing art as inherently non-definable, allowing his work to transcend conventional boundaries.

Ludwig Mannhalter, No. 106, 2023, acrylic & oil on canvas, 19.5″ x 27.5″
Ludwig Mannhalter, No. 111, 2023, acrylic & oil on canvas, 19.5″ x 27.5″
Ludwig Mannhalter, No. 56, 2021, oil on canvas,
12″ x 12″
Ludwig Mannhalter, No. 105, 2023, acrylic & oil on canvas, 27.5″ x 27.5″

Sarah Shinhyo Kim

Korean-American painter Sarah Shinhyo Kim explores human communication and societal inquiries through the lens of pop imagery. At Affordable Art Fair, Kim presents Eggspression, a collection of acrylic and resin paintings. The series pairs fried eggs and emojis as signifiers of human existence and interconnectedness. 

The idea struck Kim during a routine breakfast ritual, where she observed the yolk’s serene stability in contrast to the ever-changing form of the egg whites. This mundane observation sparked a profound reflection on the intricate and mutable nature of human emotions. Mirroring the human experience, Kim’s eggs undergo transformations in shape and texture, influenced by varying degrees of heat, oil, and environmental conditions.

Elevating the seemingly mundane to profound symbolism, Kim turns eggs into emblems of nourishment, encapsulating the essence of every living being. The incorporation of emojis in her artwork further deepens the narrative, illustrating the profound interconnectedness of human beings. 

Sarah Shinhyo Kim, Eggspression #9, 2024, acrylic & resin on canvas, 10″ x 20″
Sarah Shinhyo Kim, Eggspression #1, 2023, acrylic & Resin, 8″ x 8″
Sarah Shinhyo Kim, Eggspression #5, 2024, acrylic & resin on canvas, 14″ x 14″
Sarah Shinhyo Kim, Eggspression #8, 2024, acrylic & resin on canvas, 14″ x 14″