IN TIME: OLD MEETS NEW
wORKS BY IDA FLOREAK, ASHTON SHAW DESPOT, RAYNE HOUSEY BORIES & CHARLES RUELLO
Claire Elizabeth Gallery is pleased to present In Time, a group exhibition, Sept. 7th – Oct. 28, 2018 with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 15th from 6-9pm. The exhibition features artwork by four Southern creators –Rayne Bories, Ashton Shaw Despot, Ida Floreak & Charles Ruello – working with images & relics of the past presented in a new, modern way.
“History repeats itself” is an old adage heard time and again. In art as in life, relics of the past can be made new by a modern hand. As we celebrate 300 years of history in New Orleans, the connections between past and present have come forth in a striking way. In Time is an analysis of how old meets new through visuals.
In the paintings of Ida Floreak, an artist trained as an archeological illustrator, we see modern, painted arrangements of taxidermy, elements of nature & relics similar to those found from ancient cultures. For Ashton Shaw Despot, the past meets present is a style of painting, “contemporary impressionism”, presented through her soft, but striking landscapes. Classic portraits by Rayne Bories are painted in the mode of European/early American painters with an added whimsical element of sliced citrus fruits obscuring the figure – a humorous spin in the mode of “Pop Art”. Last but not least, In Time includes historical architectural renderings created by artist Charles Ruello, an architect for over 40 years, Ruello has spent years analyzing blue prints and architectural plans to recreate historic buildings with a modern hand.
In Time is an exhibition of a variety of media with the common thread of reinterpretation of the past. Works on display range from large scale works on panel & canvas to limited edition mylar prints. Claire Elizabeth Gallery invites viewers to experience this showcase of “old meets new” in a creative way.