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  Lost and Found

  April 12 - May 4, 2014

  Opening Reception 
  Saturday   April 12th  6-9 pm

Joseph Ayers, Morning After the Deluge, 2014, light box, mixed media, 11 x 17 x 4 in

Beacon, NY  - Theo Ganz Studio is pleased to present Lost and Found, an exhibition by Joseph Ayers which explores connections between nature and landscape, life and death and perception and reality through diverse and powerful works.  On view at 149 Main Street in Beacon from April 12 through May 4, 2014,  Lost and Found is the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery.  His paintings have been included in two prior group exhibitions - Elegy and Summer Blues - and he has shown his work throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC and beyond.
Ayers has a B.A. in New Media from the University of New Orleans and an M.F.A. in Combined Media from Hunter College, City University of New York and Lost and Found provides ample evidence of the artist's ability to move seamlessly between materials and media.  We discover his drawings and paintings throughout the sculptures and videos, as in Beacon Inclined, a video in which a painting of a chair has been "lifted" into the piece to create a whimsical vignette referencing one of our most historic landmarks. 
Joseph Ayers, Underlying Substance, 2014, acrylic on walnut, 22 x 25 in
In the large painting Remembering the Dead, 2012, Ayers gives us a dramatic and compelling work.  Actually, he gives us two.  The writer saw this more than a year ago, when the underpainting had just been started, not realizing at the time that's what it was meant to be - a first layer.  On a more recent visit to his studio, there was a gradual awareness as I "found" the same painting - now very subtle - over which another work had been added.  Ayers states:  "The imagery in this painting comes from Michelangelo's La Pieta - (the painting I had seen in progress) - and Gabriel Orozco's Black Kites.  The composite draws on the pathos of death at the edge of perception."
Joseph Ayers, Remembering the Dead, 2012acrylic and wax pencil on canvas, 68 x 58 in
Joseph Ayers, Lookout,  2014, graphite on paper, 85 x 47 in  (work in progress)
The drawing Lookout, still in progress at press time, depicts a solitary figure seated on a tree stump overlooking an equally spare and stripped-down landscape.  The only other "figure" to be found in this poignant scene is that of the owl perched on the remnants of a tree in the distance.  Perhaps it is in this work that Ayers gives us the quiet, spiritual essence of what is Lost and Found.
Joseph Ayers grew up around the southern Gulf Coast region in Florida.  After serving in the US Air Force for 5 years, he studied art and has received several honors and awards during the course of his education, including the President's Showcase Award at Hunter College in 2008 and the Trish-Hollis Scholarship for Design at the University of New Orleans.  Ayers now teaches a diverse range of art courses throughout the Hudson Valley - digital video, color theory, perspective drawing, fundamentals of design and 3-D design.  In 2012 he founded KuBe Collective, an artist group at Kunsthalle Beacon and has assisted in curating at this venue on several occasions.  He lives in Beacon with his wife, Aya Uekawa, also an artist, and their daughter Luna.
Theo Ganz Studio is a contemporary art gallery established in 2012 in Beacon's west end.  For further information on Joseph Ayers and his work, please visit the website or contact Eleni Smolen at 917.318.2239.  The gallery is open Friday through Sunday 12 - 5 pm and by appointment.
Joseph Ayers, Untitled (Trees and Clouds), 2014, acrylic on birch panel, 54 x 86 in diptych
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