Phantom´s Beyond the Surface

If you are in New York, be sure to visit Westbeth Gallery´s “Beyond the Surface: Constructing Destruction”! The exhibition opens 5. January, is curated by Vida Gerenmayeh, and brings together a diverse array of artists who challenge and expand the boundaries of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Among them are Gelah Penn, known for her site-responsive installations and works, where she deploys a variety of synthetic materials to invade, interpret and confound the architectural parameters of a given space.

Phantom #12 (photo By Chris Kendall) is one of several new pieces in her Phantom series from 2023, and are one of the works on display. We site from the gallery´s website:

“Beyond the Surface: Constructing Destruction” navigates the nuanced space between creation and disruption, with a focus on transformative techniques and the integral role of materials in the creative process. The exhibition recontextualizes the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture, as each artist explores the dynamic interplay of contrasting transformations. In an era marked by global challenges, the exhibition positions art as a platform for dialogue and positive change. It confronts self-censorship, extends the reach of artistic expression, and encourages viewers to investigate uncharted territories. By reexamining the familiar, these artists discover new paths within established genres, inspiring viewers to question and reconsider prevailing artistic notions. The exhibition underscores the importance of mastery of craft in achieving innovation, often leading to an expansion of artistic boundaries.

If you do not have the opportunity to visit, you may enjoy Penns works at our web site.

Westbeth Gallery,
55 Bethune Street,
NYC 10014, USA

Hours: Wed-Sun, 12–6pm & by appointment
Closing Reception: Thurs., Jan 25th, 2024, 5-7pm