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Installation View

April Gornik
Storm and Plains, 2012
oil on linen
74 x 103 inches

April Gornik
Light After the Storm, 2012
oil on linen
78 x 104 inches

April Gornik
Water World, 2013
oil on linen
78 x 70 inches

April Gornik
Green Shade, 2012
oil on linen
72 x 108 inches

April Gornik
Radiant Light, 2013
oil on linen
78 x 90 inches

April Gornik
Storm, Rain, Light, 2013
oil on linen
68 x 72 inches

April Gornik
Snowfall, 2014
oil on linen
72 x 108 inches

April Gornik
Breaking Waves, 2014
charcoal on paper
38 x 50 inches

April Gornik
Forest Gathering Light, 2014
charcoal on paper
37.5 x 50 inches

April Gornik
Light Falling Through Trees, 2014
charcoal on paper
36.25 x 50 inches

April Gornik
Snow Stillness, 2014
charcoal on paper
50 x 38 inches

April Gornik
Winter Light, 2014
charcoal on paper
36.5 x 50 inches

April Gornik

Recent Paintings and Drawings

April 25 – May 31, 2014

Danese/Corey is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by April Gornik. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, April 24.
The exhibition includes large-scale paintings and charcoal drawings in which Gornik continues to offer a penetrating and deeply personal view of the natural environment. Gornik’s imagery – roiling seas, brewing skies, serene forests – is rooted in observed reality, a world synthesized, abstracted and remembered. It confirms the continuity of past and present; of expanse and the intimacy of place; of stillness and the inexorable momentum of atmospheric change. In these captured moments, time yields, the natural world triumphs, and calm descends.
In both her paintings and drawings, light functions as a palpable, lucid, physical presence with the capacity to illuminate the world as well as to cast it into darkness. In Gornik’s large, beautifully modulated charcoal drawings, "the backlit sky is so white that it turns the trees dark, and sends raking sunlight breaking through branches and streaking across the forest floor...it is the deep black of the trees that is turning the sky so white…She is crafting some imagery by not drawing it at all: she can only deliver the sky by rendering the tree." (1)
Born in Cleveland in 1953, April Gornik received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2009, the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY presented a survey exhibition of her work entitled The Luminous Landscapes of April Gornik, and in 2004, the Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY/Purchase, NY organized a traveling mid-career survey. Gornik’s work is included in major private and museum collections throughout the United States. She has received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award from Guild Hall Academy of the Arts and the Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS from amFAR. April Gornik lives and works in New York.
In addition, a new publication April Gornik: Drawings is being released this month by FigureGround Press and distributed by D.A.P. The book includes essays by Steve Martin and Archie Rand, an interview conducted by Lawrence Weschler, and a composition for piano and cello by Bruce Wolosoff. A book signing will be held at Danese/Corey on May 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, and is available online either through the gallery website or at www.blurb.com. For further information please contact Carol Corey or Jillian Brodie at 212-223-2227 or jillian@danese.com.

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(1) Steve Martin, “How Far Can an Artist Look Into the Woods?” in April Gornik Drawings, Figure/Ground Press, 2014, p.7.

Press

April Gornik in Hamptons Art Hub

by Annette Hinkle

April Gornik - Danese/Corey catalogue 2014

Recent Paintings and Drawings

Aprll 24 - May 30, 2014

April Gornik in HuffPost

Interview by John Seed