H Max Horbund & Aiko Aoyagi
January 21 - February 6, 2016
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H Max Horbund
Beginning his art career as a traditional realist painter in the sixties, H Max Horbund's work has evolved to a contemporary abstract and semi abstract vision. Using color, texture and spacial relationships, his intention is to make a visual statement of deep, flowing emotional currents and unconscious cognition, and contrast that with normally more subtly conforming surfaces. Pratt Institute provided Horbund's first formal introduction to art thru association with artist friends and painting instructors like Brie Taylor and Stephen Pace, whom he was allowed to audit and participate in their fine art classes while completing a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry across campus. Later Max continued studying the craft of making art at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan followed by almost two decades at the Art Students League of New York, including
several years as the institution's President. Horband works the oil paint onto canvas and creates new passages based on previous expressions. The painting is usually finished when the artist is confronted with messages to himself from another place. His art work is included in Government, Corporate and numerous personal collections, and has been represented by many galleries in the New York metropolitan area, around the United States and in Japan.
Early in her career Aiko Aoyagi changed from primarily creating oil paintings to an emphasis in printmaking. After refining her printwork in Tokyo for almost two decades, she became curious about the work being done in the West, and in particular New York. Over twenty years ago, Aiko decided to come to America and explore western style printing with the famous printmaker, Roberto DeLamonica, at the Art Students League. Working with Roberto, which served as a critical factor in understanding the link between western oil painting, printmaking and the direction, which brought her to where she is now. In the last two years Aoyagi has adjusted her career to involve woodcut prints. She mainly feels that spiritually and historically the use of wood and traditional rice paper is a connection with her Japanese roots and finds in her inner self working with these materials.
Aoyagi states, "the title of this show, Confluence, talks to this merging of eastern and western concepts and philosophy of oil painting and printmaking and is very important to me as it is the main direction of my art journey".