Nature and Architecture through Light & Brooklyn Nights
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Nature and Architecture through Light
by Mary Rieser Heintjes
These large oil paintings are at a crossroads of nature, architecture and intertwining emotions. The drawings and photos echo moments caught in time while searching for meaning in the city. As I observe and document the survival of trees and nature in Brooklyn and New York City, I try to become invisible so I can work undisturbed in public spaces. This has allowed me to produce intimate, fine and fragile views of life.
I am influenced by the masters' work from antiquity and contemporary innovations. It is especially important to be open to experiment and discovery. The sensuousness of natural light and mysteries of nature are ever present.
Mary Rieser Heintjes does fine art painting, drawing, glasswork and photography. Her work was recently exhibited at NOHO NY ArtWalk, the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan and Freddy's Backroom Gallery in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute and her BFA in Painting/Drawing/Stained Glass from Pratt Institute.
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by Tom Keough
I create paintings with a calm feel and a sense of quietude. Using elements of daily life, like basic street scenes, I point out the miracle of what is right before us as urban dwellers. My perspective offers a view of the city that is free from the noise and activity of rush hour. Here, the beauty of nature, though often overlooked, is close at hand.
My work is a response to the relationship between nature and modern human creation. The large painting, Webster Place Tree, shows a giant of nature- much like a huge dandelion pushing through the sidewalk in opposition to the paved environment- but also very much rooted in the concrete reality of city life.
16th Street and Sixth Avenue shows manmade and natural elements sharing space. A streetlight transforms a tree into a sculpture made of a million tiny lights. The tree no longer appears as it naturally would in the dark, and the streetlight seems different than how it would have looked in the factory. The light passes through the translucent leaves like stained glass and each leaf becomes a new organically shaped light.
Tom Keough does oil and watercolor painting, and has done pen drawings and linoleum prints in the past. His paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions at the gallery of the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment in Prospect Park, the gallery of The Interchurch Center in Manhattan and Theater for the New City in Manhattan. He has artwork in the permanent collections of the New York Life Insurance Company, the Brooklyn Hospital and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Recently, Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Washington, D.C., installed a large print of his The Hemlock in the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica, West Indies. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute.