Garis & Hahn Gallery presents a show this month focused entirely on women. The artists are women and the subject matter is women, a fresh change from the often male-dominated field of art. Located on Bowery Street, the Garis & Hahn gallery is a gem on the edge of SoHo. Its newest show, titled “Beyond the Gaze: Women painting Women” attempts to focus itself solely on both the talents and beauty of the female. The show features several artists, all women, whose style and objective coalesce seamlessly. With bold colors and broad brushstrokes, the pieces hold a unique similarity in their diversity.
The artists use avant-garde colors and forms to represent the female body, all while maintaining the utmost respect and admiration for the female body. The celebration of women is at the heart of this show, and each artist shows her regard for women in her own way.
Tatiana Berg, who combines figuration and abstraction, uses bold, rich colors to express her view of women. She uses a certain symbolism of form in her representation. Her simple figures and use of color are used to represent the true essence of womanhood.
Sarah Faux, who desires to create an emotional connection between her audience and her compositions, paints in pastels to achieve a softer focus on womanhood. She maintains a more abstract style than that of the other artists, but specific features of the female figure still appear in her work.
Sarah Awad, whose work gives nod to Fauvism and Neo-expressionism, employs a bright color palette and looseness of form to make her point. She presents her female forms in soft, rounded positions to comment on the softness and fluidity of womanhood.
Jay Miriam, who paints in a surrealist style based on observations of the world around her, similarly uses color and abstraction to identify womanhood. He includes objects specifically associated with femaleness as well, such as jewelry and flowers.
Though the styles of the artists vary, each piece colorfully makes its message of femininity apparent. The female form makes a noticeable appearance in every piece, in a unique and powerful way. Overall, the cohesion of beauty and theme allows for a show of great presence and determination. The show, which is on exhibit until April 17, is a must-see.
By Emily Allen