Williamsburg Every 2:ND Friday + AKArt
Mary Westring,
Mary Westring's
Akello Lucy Flora - Joseph Kony's "wife"
Lara Pacilio's
Yes Gallery:
Lara Pacilio's
Self Inflicted Fears
Jean-Daniel Rohrer,
Gitana Rosa:
Jean-Daniel Rohrer
Accords Particculiers
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MAY 11, 'TIL 9PM

Brooklyn, NY - Head to Williamsburg Friday, May 11 for new exhibitions and extended hours at a few new galleries, as well as some old favorites. Beginning at 6pm and extending on through the night, galleries will keep their doors open late to welcome visitors and show their current exhibitions.

Gitana Rosa Gallery presents:

Firelei Báez, Andrés García-Peña,
Jean-Daniel Rohrer
and Heidi Taillefer.
May 4th - June 3rd

Translated from Spanish, “volver” means “to go back” or “to return.”
Each of the works in the exhibition evokes a memory, a historical
reference or a rich culture now lost. The artist’s unique connection
to his or her own history takes us back even as we keep both feet on
the ground.

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                “Le Sel Noir” (Black Salt) from the ‘Carib’s Jhator’ series,
                                         Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 36 inches

Firelei Báez was born in the Dominican Republic to Dominican and
Haitian parents and lives and works in New York. Báez received her BFA
from Cooper Union and her MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been
exhibited in various national and international institutions,
including the New Jersey City Museum, El Museo, The Cortona
Archeological Museum (Cortona, Italy), The Caribbean African Diaspora
Institute (CCADI) and in the Bronx Artist Biennial, BX1. Her work was
recently featured in El Museo’s Sixth Biennial, “The [S] Files/The
Street Files.” She was a recent resident artist in The Skowhegan
School of Painting and Sculpture and participated in Aljira Center for
Contemporary Art’s Emerge Program. She has received many prestigious
awards including the 2010 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award,
the Jaque and Natasha Gelman Award, and the Bronx Recognizes Its Own
(BRIO) Award, among others. Her work has been reviewed in Art Nexus;
Art in America, New American Paintings, the Pittsburg City Paper, the
Studio Museum Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
Her work is in the collection of Lucy Liu, El Museo, The TG Riese
Collection and the Peggy Cooper Cafritz collection. She is currently
an artist-in-residence at the LMCC Workspace, where she is completing
a new body of work for her upcoming solo exhibition at the Sheppard
Gallery in Nevada. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
                                                                          OWS, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Colombian born painter Andrés García-Peña started his career in New York City as a
muralist and part of the East Village art scene of the Eighties. Since then, he has lived
and worked in Barcelona, and currently keeps his studio in Brooklyn. García-Peña has
exhibited internationally, with solo shows in Colombia, Mexico, Sweden and Brooklyn.
He continues to work in public art and has completed commissions for the Children’s
Aid Society here in New York. The paintings currently exhibited are from the Revenge
of the Bulls series. The series, initially begun in 1993 in Barcelona, Spain was sparked
by childhood memories of a bird’s-eye-view from an Aunt’s balcony overlooking the
Plaza Santa Maria in Bogota, Colombia. This latest iteration plays with notion of the
bulls and bullies of Wall Street. The artist has incorporated vibrant colors and his
brushwork has achieved a painterly gestural manner.
                                                          Sovereign Side, Oil on canvas,  35 x 28 inches
Heidi Taillefer’s work is an original creative fusion of classical figurative painting,
surrealism, contemporary realism, and mythology combined with popular figurative
traditions ranging from Victorian romanticism to science fiction.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, she began drawing at the age of 3 at the encouragement of her
mother who is also an artist. During 10 years of private art lessons as a child she
developed skills mainly in watercolor, and was strongly influenced by surrealism,
combined with a general interest in technology and biology. It was by the mid-80’s her
work began to take on the markings of an obsession with technological development
throughout society, whose imagery reflected what is now widely recognized as a growing
hybridization of humanity with technology. Originally depicting subjects as machines
placed in natural settings, her work acted as a nostalgic embrace of the past, as seen
through the lens of a culture racing forward at high speed, fitted with massive
technological advancement. While pursuing a degree in Humanistic studies at McGill
university, Taillefer’s focus of study was the classics, which informs her work to this day
as she parlays many mythological and cultural references into her paintings. Her art is
consonant with some early 20th century surrealists such as Max Ernst, Paul Delvaux, and
Giorgio de Chirico. In the depiction of disparate mechanical assemblies set in parallel
with aspects of the human condition, to the appropriation of meaning to objects which
highlight subconscious preoccupations, or an exploration of the metaphysical as a dream-
like parallel to this world, she also brings a contemporary spin to often classical icons.
Her work has been collected internationally, and she continues to exhibit in gallery and
museum venues in North America while undertaking high visibility art projects with such
companies as the Cirque du Soleil and Infiniti car company (Canada and Taiwan).
                                             Éléments Usuels (Coeur), Mixed media on wooden panel, 30 X 30 inches

Jean-Daniel Rohrer was born in Tramelan, Switzerland and currently
lives and works in Montreal, Canada. His work is evocative of the
mystic tradition and his paintings are like memory maps. They are
never caught up in a specific moment in time but instead play on the
ambiguity of memory, history and our collective memory. Recent
paintings allude to European history and Amerindian traditions and
collectivize these in a way that treats the painterly surface as a
field that can receive any number of potential meanings. His
mixed-media creations employ the concept and image of the scroll, the
original form of the sacred text. Runes and glyphs abound on his
canvases — sometimes on his “parchments,” sometimes floating in the
space of the periphery — as well as Latin letters and Roman and Arabic
numerals that have been intentionally divorced from their usual
functions. Irony is at play in his work: some of his ostensibly
“sacred” texts are nothing more than pages plucked from the newspapers
of his native Canada. Elsewhere he uses Catholic iconography to
apotheosize the image. Underpinning it all are wefts of painted
texture that rival those of the finest Persian rugs. The closer the
inspection by the viewer, the richer the reward. Rorher’s work is
widely prized, and his oeuvre is spread out in collections in Canada,
the United States, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Russia. “The world
that I paint, that I represent, gives me freedom to explore time. What
I capture in my paintings serves as a chronicle in which the human
figure is a conductive thread. It is the reflection of my heritage.”
 Founded in 2006, Gitana Rosa represents contemporary emerging and established artists and encourages social, political and environmental messages through the arts.  Gitana Rosa is the first green gallery in the borough adopting ecological practices into the business model, donating to environmental non-profits and serving as an advocacy space. 

Gallery Hours:
Thursday and Friday 1-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm
Monday-Wed by appointment only

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