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  1. NLBorrelaar
    • CommentAuthorCGNY
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009
    Labyrinth of Abstraction Part to Feature Art Work by Caroline Mars

    Chelsea’s Agora Gallery announced they will unveil an art exhibition consisting of four-parts which is scheduled to run from May 7, 2009 through May 27, 2009. An impressive selection of talented artists has been brought together for Labyrinth of Abstraction, a showcase of contemporary abstract painting. This internationally diverse grouping uses painterly abstractions to conceptualize the ineffable, with exploding colors, lines, and shapes celebrating life’s nuances while enticing the eye. This bold language of art displays an individuality and breadth of style that speaks directly to our souls and refreshes our spirits. Out From Down Under & Beyond celebrates contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand. Enriched with both Western and indigenous artistic traditions, some of the finest contemporary visual art, where the importance and sacredness of the land, the power of ancestral art as well as modern artistic joy and technique become a uniting theme. In this art exhibition of exception, not only art collectors but also art lovers of all sensitivities will discover a wealth of enigmatic forms and lush symbolism imbued with drama and originality. The wide variety of artistic invention which greets audiences attending Portals of Perception underscores the idea that as long as people dream and imagine, art will never cease to exist, inspire, and bring about contemplation in others. These talented artists bring their thoughts and feelings to reality in a stunning variety of styles and forms that will touch audiences long after viewing the painting. The artists of Manifestation of Milieu cull resonant imagery from their travels, dreams, and life experiences that speak to us on a personal level. Ranging from fanciful to contemplative, this exceptional body of work will have audiences reveling in the sweeping landscapes, stunning portraiture, and inventive characters. This talented grouping of contemporary painters bid us pause in our hectic modern world to explore with new eyes and fresh perspectives.

    In Labyrinth of Abstraction, Eastern aesthetic meets Western tradition in the unique paintings of Dutch-born artist Caroline Mars. Drawing on the five elements central to Asian philosophy - water, metal, earth, wood and fire - Mars’ canvases resonate with an uncanny organic quality. In fact, as the viewer contemplates Mars’ minimalist images they seem to transform from glistening water to mist, from abstract trees to smoke. Although her impressive canvases are in fact composed with acrylic paints, the minimalist palette, restricted to subtle and sophisticated grayscale tones, recalls both the Asian traditions of Chinese calligraphy and Japanese sumi-e ink painting. A master of negative space, Mars maximizes the Zen-like effect of the unadorned canvas, channeling its meditative power to produce works that are both stirringly beautiful and soothing in their simplicity. Born and educated in Amsterdam, Caroline Mars lived and studied for a decade in Japan and Hong Kong. Today, the Holland-based artist incorporates her Asian studies of ikebana and Chinese painting into her innovative body of work.

    Exhibition Dates: May 7, 2009 – May 27, 2009
    Reception: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
    Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 AM - 6 PM
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    Agora Gallery ( is a fine art gallery located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district that was established in 1984 and is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of internationally talented emerging and mid-level artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art from emerging, mid-level and well-established artists.
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