The Bowery Gallery in Chelsea is presenting a collection of small edition, multi block color reduction woodcuts by Rachel Siporin for the exhibition Color Woodcuts. As the title of the show suggests, Siporin offers several woodcut pieces created within the past year, where she illustrates personal narratives of people in different places and setting such in their backyards, by the water, or performing at bars and clubs.
For instance, one piece titled Twister portrays a family outside their home apparently after a tornado. The matriarch is seen up-close in the foreground on the left side of the image appearing to be very deep in thought while her son and daughter are playing with a ball, and their father spinning around in a hula hoop, with the family dog looking on.
Another image titled Collie depicts a young woman standing by a lake in her bathing suit with her hands on her hips as she stares down at her feet seemingly hesitant about getting them wet. Behind her is a dog with his back turned to the water, while an older gentleman is already in up to his ribcage while resting his hand on a wooden plank. Similarly, Invitation features a woman standing in the exact same position as the woman in Collie is. There are two other women in the foreground who have their backs turned to the viewer; one of them is holding her hand to her forehead as though she’s in a state of disbelief while the other woman is enthusiastically opening her arms as though she’s greeting the day.
In addition to outdoor scenes, the show also includes a fair amount of nightlife scenes at local clubs and bars. In one piece titled Night and Day, two spotlights shine on two female singers. The singer in the foreground appears in a state of awe as she sings a slow, heartfelt tune with her eyes partially closed. The other singer appears to be in a graceful trance as she looks over her shoulder holding the microphone away from her body.
In Accompanist, a female vocalist performs with passion as two green spotlights shine behind her on a gentleman wearing a suit and bowtie is seated at the piano. Another image titled Sway, features a spotlight shining on a male vocalist holding a cordless microphone as he moves his body back and forth. The spotlight is shining on him from an awkward angle as though he stole it from a female performer on stage next to him who looks at him with a surprised expression on her face.
Sporin has been a painter for several decades and just recently began experimenting with color woodcuts, which she creates different editions of at her Connecticut studio. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout New York City and Connecticut.
At The Bowery Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through Nov. 22. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 11 a.m.—6 p.m. On Saturday, November 15, the artist will visit the gallery from 3 p.m.—4 p.m. to speak about her work.