On a recent trip to New York I visited Anna Zorina Gallery to see their inaugural exhibit Heart of Art NY, an annual exhibition to celebrate the resilience and creativity of New York. An interview and photos of that exhibit (which remains on display until October 19, 2013) will be up soon.
Their next exhibit is, as noted, Alexander Kaletski's Handle With Care. Kaletski, as any regular reader will know, is a Mapanare favorite since seeing his work several years ago at Art Miami during Art Week. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery.
In Handle With Care Kaletski, brings his love of using found materials again to the forefront. A piece of cardboard is garbage, unless an artist finds it and uses it in his work; then it is something to "handle with care." But the images Kaletski creates go my simple metaphor.
Kaletski does not EXCLUSIVELY use found materials when he does there is a purpose there, a regeneration. In these pieces Kaletski's characters are clinging to things the value and, gazing directly at their audience asking you what it is you value what is is you hold onto as if it were life itself? Are these things worth the emotion and the effort we put into "protecting them." And do we value that which enriches us? Or that which destroys us.
All of this is told in images on a variety of surfaces from canvas to wood and using various media.