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  1. NLBorrelaar
    • CommentAuthorCGNY
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2009

    Marc C. Slootjes Channels his Strong Aesthetic into Nuanced Characterizations in a Maze of Milieu

    Chelsea’s Agora Gallery announced they will host a collective art exhibition consisting of three parts that is scheduled to run from September 8, 2009 through September 29, 2009.

    Applying oils with his fingers, self-taught Dutch artist Marc C. Slootjes has developed a stylized, Expressionist aesthetic whose symbolic forms recall late Miró, while their textures and paint build-up evoke Van Gogh. The resulting works introduce viewers to Slootjes’ imaginary pictorial universe – dubbed Thohhworld – wherein nudes are reduced to an elemental play of signs and faces disassembled then reworked into enigmatic, fluid physiognomies. The paintings are highly detailed, but maintain a universal applicability, emerging from bold lines, high contrast colors and a lattice-like structure of finger strokes.

    As if magically, Slootjes channels his strong aesthetic into nuanced characterizations. His subjects resemble comedians caught in a tragic scenario, or vice-versa. He crafts textures of loss and sadness into his colorful hues and playful forms, fostering the sense that something irrevocably sad or depressed lurks therein. This meshing of complex psychologies and pleasurably minimalist icons gives Slootjes’ work a quiet power to surprise and to catch the viewer off guard with an unanswerable question or loaded proposition.

    A Maze of Milieu is an enchanted voyage through eddying colors, majestic landscapes and smooth panoramas that dare viewers to be swept away by the brilliance of the world around us. Pulsing with vibrant energy, Color Immersion displays the expressive, central role that an artist’s palette plays in the creation of a painting. Crafting their personal inspirations in a variety of styles, this exhibition features a collection of painters that are united in their understanding of the intimate relationship between color and emotion. Idiosyncratic Expressions is an exhibition that offers viewers a deeper story through twisted sculptures of recycled aluminum, veneers applied to natural cuts of wood that appear at first glance to be paintings, and where Americana and Japanese manga collide. Audiences will be moved by the striking and distinctive viewpoints presented in the works of art in this spectacular collective.

    Exhibition Dates: September 8, 2009 – September 29, 2009
    Reception: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
    Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Event URL:

    Featured Artists:

    A Maze of Milieu- Urmil Jain, Iva Milanova, Daniel Sewell, Zoë Sherwood, Marc C. Slootjes, Soon Ro Yoon
    Color Immersion- Gloria S. Ferreira, Cary Gang, Virginia Hernàndez
    Idiosyncratic Expressions- Samantha Churchill, Alla Kosarevskaya, niki.b

    About Agora Gallery:
    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. Most recently, the gallery launched, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.
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