Synthesizing graphic design techniques with expressive, flowing forms, the work of Randi Strand penetrates deeply into our psychological experiences of the contemporary world. The artist culls materials and themes from popular culture, fine artists and songwriters, evocatively blending these elements into fresh and extraordinary compositions. Strand’s paintings reverberate with a myriad of meanings and poeticism, leading to a richness that allows the viewer to find a personal significance in her striking colors and delicate washes of paint. Lines forcefully strike through her paintings, juxtaposed with her soft use of acrylics. Vividly versatile in several mediums, Strand finds inspiration in music. “I love music and [am] inspired by the lyrics in the songs and translate this into a visual language,” she explains. “I want to convey known and loved melodies in a visual form.” The artist also points to cities such as New York as influences which have infused her work with effer vescence and emotion.
Randi Strand, So Long New York, Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas/Randi Strand, New York New York, Acrylic on Canvas
About the Exhibition:
The artists whose works make up A Maze of Milieu use their art as a primary means of communication with and about the world they experience. Interpretive Realms presents the power of artistic creativity and flexibility combined, with works that sweep the audience away through their passion and purpose. A delicate simplicity and a carefully poised perfection define the works in The Portal of Tranquility, an exhibition in which talented artists achieve a beguiling balance between what we know and what we would like to perceive.
A Maze of Milieu: Sevega Adriano, Akram Azmi, Wayne Croner, Tamara Dimitroff, Ben Feldshuh, LeRoi, Teri Levine, JC Morgan, Rumen Sazdov
Interpretive Realms: Rubi Assa, Søs Beck, Pilar Fernandez Duarte, Anti Liu, Danielle Scheffer, Chris Spuglio, Baeza Stanicic, Randi Strand, Stephanie Rado Taormina
The Portal of Tranquility: Ronald DeMuth, Younghee Hong, Tristan Pauli, Debra Trafton
About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Gallery II, an elegant adjacent gallery space, gives artists the ideal area for a solo or group exhibition of their own, organized and publicized by Agora Gallery. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs A gora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.
Exhibition Dates: July 26, 2011 – August 16, 2011
Reception: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.