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Amer Kobaslija

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015

 

Pictured above: Corner of Guyon Ave and Mill Rd, April 11 (Staten Island), 2013, oil on gessoed paper, 21" x 30".  Courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York, NY

 

Amer Kobaslija’s landscape and interior paintings invite viewers into the histories of those spaces. For nearly a decade, Kobaslija has painted the aftermath of disasters on-site through a rigorous process of plein air sketching, whether in Fukushima after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, or in Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. These tableaux of rubble also serve as documents of reconstruction, and draw upon the artist’s own experience as a youth of the ravaged Balkans in the 1990s. His favored perspective, looking downward from a slight angle, tends to create a sense of expansiveness. His facility with the brush was honed in an earlier series focusing on Balthus’s studio, which translated the evidence of the artist’s activity on the floor and walls into marks and splatters on the surface of the painting.

Kobaslija has shown his work in solo exhibitions at the Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA; the Jaxon House, Venice, CA; and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL, among other sites. Kobaslija’s works have been reviewed and reprinted in The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews and New York Magazine. In 2013, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he has also received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He received a BFA in printmaking at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, and an MFA in painting from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. He is an Assistant Professor at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.

Pictured above: Riverscape with Landfill II, 2014, oil on Mylar, 31” x 25.5”, courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York, NY


Pictured above: Riverscape with Wildlife Preserve2014, oil on Mylar, 31” x 25”, courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York, NY

Pictured above: House Near the End of Kissam Avenue, November 6 (Staten Island)2012, oil on gessoed paper, 20” x 30”, courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York, NY

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.