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Unleashed: Lynn Stein / Serious Play: Michael Iskowitz at Union Arts Center

May 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Unleashed: Recent Paintings of Lynn Stein

Lynn Stein’s work is a celebration of movement and style. The figures in her paintings are always in motion, usually dancing. “Dance,” she says, “is a subject I return to over and over again with all its layered allusions to drama, gender, human connections, rhythm, and fashion, as well as its tribal and anthropological associations.”

From Titian to Degas to Matisse, artists have long been inspired by dance. Stein continues that tradition, but for her, it is not just dance or movement that creates meaning, but the process of integrating her own emotions and physical movements into the painting. Her recent shift to a larger scale further supports this intention, allowing her to “dance with the paint…putting [her] entire body into the painting experience.” Unleashed features Stein’s unfettered emotions, wrought in imagery instead of words, a visual journal of her feelings.

About The Artist

Lynn Stein attended Parsons School of Design and has exhibited extensively in the tri-state area. In addition to her painting practice, she is a professional jazz vocalist and the former Artistic Director of Rockland Center for the Arts. She lives and works in Rockland County, NY.Lynnstein.org

Serious Play: Michael Iskowitz

Michael Iskowitz creates colorful, seemingly playful paintings that often belie the darker, more serious ideas that inspired them. His process is somewhat spontaneous, fueled by a sense of exploration and discovery. “Once inspired by a subject,” he says, he extends it into a series, “never knowing how the next image will materialize.” Sometimes a particular object triggers a whole new direction and he runs with it. Other times, childhood memories provide a reservoir of material from which he draws inspiration.

For this show, Iskowitz presents individual portraits as well as paintings featuring toys and dolls as subjects. The Jawonio Portraits are based on clients and counselors he knows from Jawonio, a special needs services organization in New City, NY, where Iskowitz–who has a hearing impairment–is also a client. In the Toys, Nursery City War Scenes, and Wanderers series, Iskowitz places dolls and other toys in precarious and unnerving arrangements to represent the social and political dissonance at play in the world today. The color, size and lighting of the objects further heighten the dramatic effect.

About The Artist

A Rockland County native, Iskowitz studied at the Cooper Union School of Art. His work has been featured in Esopus Magazine and he has participated in numerous exhibitions in and around Rockland County.



Curated by Carole Perry


May 17, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Union Arts Center
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