Make it Real

Make it Real

The work in this exhibition blurs the definitions of Realist and Representational art. While the artists are making work based on observing what they see, their work is not specifically about rendering for the sake of rendering or mastering a technique. What makes their imagery resonate is how their ironic humor, unique use of materials, and commitment to subject matter draws the viewer into their work.

Hilary Doyle paints the people she observes around her. Her inquisitive yet analytical approach towards materials creates innovative portraits that draw attention to abstraction, surface, and an awkward humanism.

Amy Hill paints portraits in a highly stylized manner that evokes different art historical genres and styles such as the Rembrandtesque images of her heavy metal musicians or painting modern day hipsters in a manner reminiscent of the Renaissance.… Read more here

Make It Real


“Make it Real”

Amy Hill

Man in Motorhead Shirt, Oil on Wood, 9”x12”, 2005


Hilary Doyle

Watching, Acrylic on Canvas, 17” x 14”, 2015

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 Kazumi Tanaka

 Instrument used in video piece “Messenger” (a work in progress), Ground hog Scull, wood, metal string, mother pearl, old piano key, brass, 7 ½” x 2 ½” x 1 ¼”, 2016



Yoichiro Yoda

“Desert Plains”, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″, 2012


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The Hand that Creates the I

The Hand that Creates the I

Symbols, metaphors, and physical size are a few ways that the artists in “The Hand that Creates the I” reveal a human presence in their work.

Carol Bruns builds her abstracted forms out of wire, plaster, and paper. Grounded in the human form her larger than life pieces while initially made to be cast in bronze become entities unto themselves. Painted and colored they are at once symbols and expressions of the human

Erika Ranee does large abstract paintings. Ranee brings a physicality to her work through the process of pouring thin layers of paint and simultaneously lifting and turning the paintings to change the paints course.… Read more here

The Hand that Creates the I

“The Hand that Creates the I”

Erika Ranee

“Flim Flam”, Mixed Media, 84″ x 72″, 2012

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Carol Bruns

“Hand on base”, Paper Mache,  29″x 8″x 8″, 2015


David Humphrey

“Untitled”, Mixed Media, 2015


Melanie Smith

“The Colour Green”, HD vidio, 2.26 min, 2014… Read more here

No Irony Here

“No Irony Here”

 September 25 – November 1, 2015

Reception: Friday, September 25, 6-9

The Parlour Bushwick is pleased to present “No Irony Here”, featuring work by David Kramer, Cate Giordano, Paul Gagner, and Claudia Bitran.

“No Irony Here” showcases four artists that use irony to express their disappointment, explore gender identity, come to understand that which seems larger than life and to visualize their conflicting desires of self-expression.

Using a style that replicates lifestyle magazine advertisements from 1970’s, David Kramer’s imagery describes a life of ease, wealth and romance; yet the text that goes along with the image turns the narrative on its head. Rather than selling a glamorous ideal the work creates feelings of discomfort, failure and disillusionment.… Read more here