White Light: Claire Oliver Marks a Couple of Milestones

NEW YORK—Looks pretty painful. Yesterday, Arts Observer visited the “10-Twenty-10″ anniversary exhibition at Claire Oliver, entering the gallery moments before its early closure. While viewing Bernardi Roig’s “Hanging Practices to Suck the Light,” a white, wall-mounted sculpture of a man about to lick a (presumably hot) illuminated light bulb, a sign announcing the gallery was closed for installation was taped to the front door. It was shortly after 3 p.m.

The exhibition was a celebration of two gallery milestones: 10 years in New York and 20 years in business (first in Florida, then Philadelphia, before settling in New York). To mark the occasion the show featured new work by 10 artists described as defining the gallery’s artistic vision.

Among the contributing artists—Norbert Brunner, Andy Denzler, Herb Jackson, Jesse McCloskey, Beth Cavener Stichter, Andrew Erdos, Stephanie Lempert, Jennifer Poon, Judith Schaechter—all-white works by Roig and Lempert stood out.

“10-Twenty-10” was on view from May 3 to July 7, 2012. The next show the gallery closed to prepare, “Beth Lipman: Faded Bloom,” which will showcase a selection of glass-based mixed-media sculptures, opens July 12.

Photos by Arts Observer

Above and top of page, “Hanging Practices to Suck the Light” (mixed-media) by Bernardi Roig. Read a brief about the themes his work explores.

“Fallen Angel” (rapid prototype sculpture) by Stephanie Lempert.

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