My Hero is a new art exhibit focusing on superheroes in today’s contemporary art. The exhibit will open on January 27 and run through March 31.
From the days of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses through today’s X-Men, Dynamic Duos, Fantastic Four and many others, we are captivated by the Superhero (male and female). Is it their superhuman strength and power? Or their seeming selflessness to put the greater needs of others ahead of their own wants and desires? They captivate, engage and inspire us in print, on the big screen, under the Broadway lights…and now in contemporary art.
In the latest Elisa Contemporary Art exhibit, see the influences of Pop Art from the 1960s and explore how five contemporary artists bring modern heroes to life in a whole new way.
Undulating, architectural paintings of (New Orleans born and now California) artist Don Morris are seen in the series “Our Heroes,” inspired by the Pop Art of the 60s. Using comic books as his medium, Don creates canvases which at a distance appear to be an interplay of colors and textures, but upon closer examination come to life with comic book superheroes who fly, struggle, and climb before us in small fragments and vignettes.
The energetic and complex mixed media paintings of Water Mill resident Oliver Peterson draw their inspiration and sources from graffiti, structural decay, literature, Victorian era medicine and the pages of comic books.
Emerging artist Jerome Walford combines Pop Art with Asian print-making styles to create fluid illustrations of his own new heroic characters. See his latest series here.
The mosaic and mixed media paintings by Easthampton New York artist Peter Buchman pull from a range sources that span the cultural spectrum, and often tackle the differences between men and women, religion, film, music and American machismo. According to Peter, “My art is really serious business with a sense of humor.”
Houston artist Mitch McGee bridges the space between painting and sculpture. In this latest series, he illustrates, cuts, paints and stains layers of birch to create highly dimensional scenes and characters.
• Opening Reception on Saturday, January 28 from 4-6 pm with artist Mitch McGee
• Valentine’s Day Toast to your favorite hero on Saturday, February 11 from 5-7 pm
• Two Art Workshops for Children (age 5+). Each workshop will be led and inspired by the work of one artist.
•Saturday, February 25 from 1-3 pm Super hero collage paintings with Oliver Peterson. (ages 5+)
•Sunday March 25 from 1-3 pm. Super hero in action illustrations with Jerome Walford (ages 8+)
What: My Hero, Superheroes in Contemporary Art at Elisa Contemporary Art
When: January 27 through March 31, 2012
Where: Elisa Contemporary Art, 5622 Mosholu Avenue (near 256th Street), Riverdale NY 10471.
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 am – 6 pm (Sunday, March 25, 12-5 pm) and by appointment