Hudson, New York
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7 October 2015 05:57PM

McDaris Fine Art hosts a reception for four outstanding artists this Saturday, 10 October, at 623 Warren Street, Hudson, New York, from 6-9 p.m.

A visual journey into Maggie Mailer’s Arcadia is revelatory. Masterful passages of poetic beauty in this collection of works co-exist with unexpected juxtapositions of shape, under- and overpainting, and tone that are evocative and shocking. External and inner landscapes merge within the works creating philosophical intrigues the visions of which have multiple significations upon repeated viewings . These are works of powerful originality that reflect the complexity of the present, anticipate unfamiliar terrain ahead both psychically and for the natural world, and manifest unexpected moments of exquisite resolution.

Yeachin Tsai’s paintings are exuberantly au courant. They are delightfully engaged with process and craft, transparency and movement, and the alchemy of colors as they hover near each other or or overlap to create new hues. Their spherical shapes are believably bouyant in air or water and veer towards optimism even when rendered in a darker palette. As a collection, the works combine a sense of the scientific with aesthetics that allude to, but sidestep, the genre of pop art. They are not afraid to be alluring or playful as they address notions of physics, chemistry, and visual perception.

Rosalind Shaffer has a deep affinity for the beauty and complexity of Raku, a Japanese firing process in which intricate crackled patterning occurs from extreme temperature changes or extraordinary colors and textures are created from black carbon and minerals in the glazes that burst through to ceramic surfaces during the firing process. No two vessels are ever alike. Each demonstrates a timeless essence that is both ancient and contemporary. The artist’s limitless vision engages the viewer’s imagination in numbers of ways – surface, form, dimension, color, – and elevates each piece to ritual object as well as high art.

David Eustace’s paintings continue an exploration of the cosmos, its origins, pre-history and the advent of man’s interest in the heavens. Isolated planets follow trajectories into celestial infinity, and take their place in a succession from isolation to order and complexity. Some are joined together in constellations to commemorate myths and deities that attempt to make sense of the vastness of the sky. Exposed to weather conditions for lengthy periods of time, these mixed-media paintings document earthly and atmospheric changes while depicting an enigmatic universe of unfathomable breadth and depth.

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