Wednesday, July 20, 2016

24 PAINTINGS ON VIEW @ THE KAPLEN JCC IN TENAFLY THROUGH AUGUST 31

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Anti-Landscapes
24 Paintings by Win Zibeon

WHEN: July 1 – August 31. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am - 10 pm; Friday and Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays.
WHERE: 
Waltuch Art Gallery, at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, NJ.
ADMISSION: Admission is free and open to the community.
For more information contact Esther Mazor, 201.408.1456 or visit the JCC website at www.jccotp.org.

Win Zibeon is known for his trompe l’oeil paintings that not only fool the eye and create startling Illusions, but illustrate his wry sense of humor and playful ability to visually interpret wordplay. Upon close inspection you will notice that none of his paintings are conventionally framed. He paints the frames he wants to see on his work. In fact one of the works in the exhibition is titled, “Homage to Framers” and most of the painting consists of a very impressive frame. Another, very different, small painting shows a black cat looking out onto a formal landscape which turns out to be Hadrian’s Villa outside Rome, this one is titled, “Cat Scan.”

Win says, “Several themes have surfaced in my paintings. I've been painting in the trompe l'oeil style surreally creating optical illusions. I paint objects with real shadows: perhaps an insect, perhaps water drops. I am successful when my viewer is confused. I enjoy it when birds and insects are fooled and mistake my painting for the real thing. The theme I return to is the changing environment. A sheep is looking at a woman, one of them is in captivity, but which? A beautiful seascape is cracked in two.  A toy is balancing over a Florida swamp. A Hudson River landscape is emerging fully formed out of a paint tube.  If on first glance my paintings look conventional, a closer inspection will tell you that they give a subtle reminder that all is not well in the world of nature.”

Win Zibeon was born in Brooklyn, NY and was one of the first men to attend Hunter College at a time when major New York artists were teaching there. He worked through an abstract phase right through to his present day trompe l’oeil style. He lived in downtown Manhattan for a number of years before moving to his present studio which is a barn in Rockland County, New York. He has won many prizes and is included in collections both in the US and overseas.

Recent group exhibitions include “Current Hues of the Hudson” at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY; “Between Realities” at the Peter Marcelle Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; “Saints & Sinners” at BAU Gallery, Beacon, NY; “Artists Untamed” at CAS, Livingston Manor, NY; “Trompe L'Oeil, A Major Show” at Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA; “Winners' Show” at East End Arts, Riverhead, NY; “Small Matters of Great Importance: En Route” at The Edward Hopper House Nyack, NY; “Reality Check” at View Arts, Old Forge, NY; “26th Annual Small Works” at The Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ; “Light and Shadow” at The Edward Hopper House Nyack, NY; “Survey of Regional Artists” Gallery 66, Cold Spring, NY; “Far & Wide” at WAAM, Woodstock, NY; and “Human Impact” at the CCCA Gallery, Hudson, NY. He is currently exhibiting in the “2016 Peto Biennal” at the John F. Peto Museum inIsland Heights, NJ.