Updated: Aug 3
An Artistic Dialog of Dan Voinea & Paul Joseph Vogeler
NOW EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 31!
Time & Location
May 04, 7:00 PM EDT – Jun 23, 7:00 PM EDT New York, 200 E 38th St, New York, NY 10016, USA
The newest exhibition hosted by our "Brâncuși" Gallery builds upon a transatlantic artistic dialog between Romanian Dan Voinea and American Paul Joseph Vogeler, whose bodies of work, characterized by dynamic practices exploring the human perspective from various angles, reveal the inherently subjective and situational nature of the observed reality. The exhibition, entitled "EXPOSED", investigates the idea of exposure as a moment of crisis, examining one’s vulnerability in front of a viewer, whether an individual or a group.
In a world of pervasive scrutiny and constant survey, defending privacy becomes an act of courage. The contemporary individual tries to escape total and permanent exposure and defend their intimacy against intrusion and "surveillance." Nevertheless, privacy is constantly invaded by public opinion and the media, which brutally penetrate the obscurity of one’s life. On the other hand, the tensioned relation between the collective/individual viewer and the subject of their scrutiny is in itself a source of contemplation (and meditation) as evidenced by the works of Dan Voinea and Paul Vogeler, artists who make this theme central to their practice.
The exhibition is made in collaboration with Slag Gallery.
EXPOSED – An Artistic Dialog of Dan Voinea & Paul Joseph Vogeler
May 4 – August 31, 2023
Special event / "Meet the Artist: Paul Joseph Vogeler"
Thursday, June 8, 7-9 pm
Come see Paul Joseph Vogeler in conversation with Nunu Fine Art NYC gallery director Jenny Mushkin Goldman, about Vogeler's engagement with art history, influences, and his current artistic practice.
DAN VOINEA ( b. 1970, Brasov, Romania) lives and works in Craiova, Romania.
The dreamlike paintings of Romanian artist Dan Voinea exhibit the past and present in works that are at times alienating, at times disorienting, and at times foreboding but always powerfully rendered; the result is a body of work that is both ominous and nostalgic. Voinea blends traditional and contemporary practices in his emotional pieces—building scenes by staging live models, taking pictures of various of their moves and interactions, then painting using an old master’s technique. At first glance there is an eerie tone underpinning these works, yet longer one’s gaze lingers on these ambiguous surfaces, mysterious depths and bold perspectives herald a life-affirming uplift.
“One of the first paintings you may encounter upon entering Slag gallery is Dan Voinea’s 'Exposed' (2022), which consists of a frightened, psychically unbalanced or just plain strange man standing upright in the upper reaches of a tree, seemingly waiting for rescue or the rapture. Keep looking; it gets weirder in this Romanian artist’s exhibition 'Daily Routine to Avoid Inner Balance'. I feel that Voinea doesn’t want balance, but instead wants to teeter on the verge of psychotic break or a breakthrough. All the paintings here like 'Performance' (2022) demonstrate Voinea’s allegiance to bountiful, profligate color in oil paint that gets sharpened to a cutting edge in the depicted leaf blades, but dulls and smears to indecipherability in the faces and bodies of the combatants wrestling for some obscured prize.“ - The New York Times, July 13, 2022
PAUL JOSEPH VOGELER (b. 1982) was born in Columbus, Ohio. He was educated in architecture and design before finishing his degree in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts New York (SVA), graduating with Honors in 2009. He has also worked as an architect and designed his own line of modular “flat-pack” furniture. In 2010, he moved to Berlin and started the collective The New Berlin Painters in 2012, organizing and curating 3 subsequent exhibitions to critical acclaim. Paul resided in Berlin from 2010-2016 showing in Berlin, Zürich, Karlsruhe and Budapest. In 2015, he launched a second collective, the New International Society, receiving funding from the Berlin Senate Chancellery, organizing and curating exhibitions in Berlin and Detroit in association with Detroit's Museum of New Art (MONA) and Galerie Camille. In 2016, his Sugar Skull Chapel project was chosen as a finalist for the Deutsche Bank Sculpture Competition in Berlin. In 2017, Paul moved back to New York City setting up an Atelier in Brooklyn. He graduated with an MFA from Hunter College in 2021. In late 2020, Paul launched his Tarot Deck Die Sterne Über Mir made from hand cut linoleum prints. It is available as both a hand-made and digitally printed edition.
“Death surrounds us, but so too does life—existence by its very nature is traumatic. A void has been created by our own humanity. Art elevates us from our animalistic impulses and begins to fill this void. The act of living and creating is a revolt against despair. My practice is the constant materialization of reflecting upon the human experience and mortality. It is an ongoing search for the physical symbols that reveal an eternal spiritual realm and mirror the feeling of being human: whether it be the human body, bones and artifacts, landscapes and waterfowl, sexuality, and Tarot, or meditations on isolation and death.“ - Artist's statement included in the New Berlin Painters Manifesto, 2012
JENNY MUSHKIN GOLDMAN is the Director of Nunu Fine Art New York. She is also an independent curator with her most recent exhibition, Life, Death, Hereafter, presented by NYC Culture Club + Nevelson Chapel at Saint Peter's Church in Spring 2022, a group exhibition featuring Paul Joseph Vogeler. She co-organized, with Rebecca Goyette, the group exhibition Everyday Magic/ Gnostic Impulses at the National Arts Club in 2020. For the 2019 edition of SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Goldman co-curated (with Jessica Davidson) Taped Shut, an exhibition of works by Rachel Lee Hovnanian. In April 2017, she co-curated with Romain Dauriac the group show Singular Object, in celebration of 53W53, designed by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel. Other past professional experience includes serving as Director of Steven Harvey Fine Arts. She was the inaugural Director of Monica King Contemporary which was based in Tribeca, which evolved to Monica King Projects, a nomadic contemporary art gallery and advisory. She worked for Jeff Koons from 2011 - 2013 and then again from 2014 - 2017 in sales, auctions, and exhibitions. She received a Master’s degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from New York University. She is currently working on her thesis toward a Master’s in Art History at Hunter College.
PHOTO GALLERY - EXHIBITION OPENING
PHOTO GALLERY - ARTIST TALK: Paul Joseph Vogeler in conversation with Jenny Mushkin Goldman