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Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri

Forum Gallery presents the exhibition, Stillness of Life, January 27 - March 12, 2022, comprising of recent works by four artists whose disparate subjects and media contrast with their related devotion to probing contemplation of all they examine. Celebrated for their meticulous execution, each artist on view evokes the infinite complexity of his subject, in that space of observation and memory where time stands still.

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Robert Bauer Adam, 2018

Robert Bauer
Adam, 2018
oil on paper mounted on board
7 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches

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Robert Bauer Maggie, 2021

Robert Bauer
Maggie, 2021
gouache on paper
7 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches

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Robert Bauer Erica in a Red Sweater, 2012

Robert Bauer
Erica in a Red Sweater, 2012
oil on canvas mounted on wood
8 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

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Robert Bauer J.M.C. (Joan), 2019

Robert Bauer
J.M.C. (Joan), 2019
gouache on paper
6 5/8 x 5 inches

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Robert Bauer Curtis, 2016

Robert Bauer
Curtis, 2016
tempera on paper
12 x 10 inches

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Robert Bauer Landscape, 2015

Robert Bauer
Landscape, 2015
tempera on paper

Image: 8 1/2 x 12 inches

Paper: 13 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches

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Robert Bauer Centinela III, 2004

Robert Bauer
Centinela III, 2004
graphite on gessoed paper
15 x 18 1/4 inches

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Robert Bauer Landscape, 2021

Robert Bauer
Landscape, 2021
gouache on paper
Image: 7 1/2  x 17 1/2 inches

Paper: 12 x 21 3/4 inches

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Robert Bauer Landscape, 2016

Robert Bauer
Landscape, 2016
tempera on paper

Image: 6 x 13 1/4 inches
Paper: 13 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches

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Robert Bauer Sakonnet River , 2021

Robert Bauer
Sakonnet River , 2021
tempera on paper
Image: 4  x 11 inches

Paper: 7 x 14 inches

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Paul Fenniak At the End of the Street, 2020-21
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Paul Fenniak At the End of the Street, 2020-21

Paul Fenniak
At the End of the Street, 2020-21
oil on canvas
50 x 62 inches

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Paul Fenniak Fountain, 2019
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Paul Fenniak Fountain, 2019

Paul Fenniak
Fountain, 2019
oil on canvas
70 x 30 inches

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Paul Fenniak Meeting, 2019-20
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Paul Fenniak Meeting, 2019-20

Paul Fenniak
Meeting, 2019-20
oil on canvas
47 x 60 inches

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Paul Fenniak By the Canal, 2020-21
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri
Paul Fenniak By the Canal, 2020-21

Paul Fenniak
By the Canal, 2020-21
oil on canvas
60 x 42 inches

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G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Meninx, 2020
pastel on paper
21 1/2 x 21 inches

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G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Cobalt, 2021
pastel on paper
13 x 21 inches

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G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Providence, 2016
pastel on paper
9 1/4 x 18 inches

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G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Over the Line, 2010-2014
pastel on paper
21 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches

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Anthony Mitri Ohio Oil, March, 2020

Anthony Mitri
Ohio Oil, March, 2020
charcoal on paper
7 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches

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Anthony Mitri Final Approach, Manhattan, 2019

Anthony Mitri
Final Approach, Manhattan, 2019
charcoal on paper

 11 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches

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Anthony Mitri Feed Mill, Swine Creek Basin, 2021

Anthony Mitri
Feed Mill, Swine Creek Basin, 2021
charcoal on paper
13 x 18 1/2 inches

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Anthony Mitri Space in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, 2007

Anthony Mitri
Space in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, 2007
charcoal on paper
15 x 25 3/4 inches

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Anthony Mitri Still Life, Lower Manhattan, 2019

Anthony Mitri
Still Life, Lower Manhattan, 2019
charcoal and graphite on paper
26 x 16 3/4 inches

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Robert Bauer Adam, 2018

Robert Bauer
Adam, 2018
oil on paper mounted on board
7 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches

Robert Bauer Maggie, 2021

Robert Bauer
Maggie, 2021
gouache on paper
7 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches

Robert Bauer Erica in a Red Sweater, 2012

Robert Bauer
Erica in a Red Sweater, 2012
oil on canvas mounted on wood
8 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Robert Bauer J.M.C. (Joan), 2019

Robert Bauer
J.M.C. (Joan), 2019
gouache on paper
6 5/8 x 5 inches

Robert Bauer Curtis, 2016

Robert Bauer
Curtis, 2016
tempera on paper
12 x 10 inches

Robert Bauer Landscape, 2015

Robert Bauer
Landscape, 2015
tempera on paper

Image: 8 1/2 x 12 inches

Paper: 13 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches

SOLD

Robert Bauer Centinela III, 2004

Robert Bauer
Centinela III, 2004
graphite on gessoed paper
15 x 18 1/4 inches

Robert Bauer Landscape, 2021

Robert Bauer
Landscape, 2021
gouache on paper
Image: 7 1/2  x 17 1/2 inches

Paper: 12 x 21 3/4 inches

SOLD
 

Robert Bauer Landscape, 2016

Robert Bauer
Landscape, 2016
tempera on paper

Image: 6 x 13 1/4 inches
Paper: 13 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches

Robert Bauer Sakonnet River , 2021

Robert Bauer
Sakonnet River , 2021
tempera on paper
Image: 4  x 11 inches

Paper: 7 x 14 inches

SOLD
 

Paul Fenniak At the End of the Street, 2020-21

Paul Fenniak
At the End of the Street, 2020-21
oil on canvas
50 x 62 inches

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Paul Fenniak Fountain, 2019

Paul Fenniak
Fountain, 2019
oil on canvas
70 x 30 inches

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Paul Fenniak Meeting, 2019-20

Paul Fenniak
Meeting, 2019-20
oil on canvas
47 x 60 inches

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Paul Fenniak By the Canal, 2020-21

Paul Fenniak
By the Canal, 2020-21
oil on canvas
60 x 42 inches

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G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Meninx, 2020
pastel on paper
21 1/2 x 21 inches

G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Cobalt, 2021
pastel on paper
13 x 21 inches

G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Providence, 2016
pastel on paper
9 1/4 x 18 inches

G. Daniel Massad

G. Daniel Massad
Over the Line, 2010-2014
pastel on paper
21 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches

Anthony Mitri Ohio Oil, March, 2020

Anthony Mitri
Ohio Oil, March, 2020
charcoal on paper
7 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches

Anthony Mitri Final Approach, Manhattan, 2019

Anthony Mitri
Final Approach, Manhattan, 2019
charcoal on paper

 11 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches

Anthony Mitri Feed Mill, Swine Creek Basin, 2021

Anthony Mitri
Feed Mill, Swine Creek Basin, 2021
charcoal on paper
13 x 18 1/2 inches

Anthony Mitri Space in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, 2007

Anthony Mitri
Space in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, 2007
charcoal on paper
15 x 25 3/4 inches

Anthony Mitri Still Life, Lower Manhattan, 2019

Anthony Mitri
Still Life, Lower Manhattan, 2019
charcoal and graphite on paper
26 x 16 3/4 inches

Robert Bauer

(b. 1942)

“…the reticence of Bauer’s paintings mixed with his sensitivity to tonality and light suggests that he slows time down in order to register its passing. Recognizing that reality is constantly changing, and that it never repeats itself, Bauer is determined to see all that can be gleaned in a moment of sustained looking. Thus, the deeper tension that runs through these portraits…hints at a wellspring of melancholy, an unrelenting awareness that time not only stretches towards infinity, but that the now one inhabits is equally vast and infinite."

-John Yau, poet, author, Arts Editor for The Brooklyn Rail (2007–2011), art critic for Hyperallergic Weekend.

 

"…Portraits by Robert Bauer (offer) a resounding presence of spirit, almost sacred. The fine brushstrokes in Bauer’s oils on wood render their surfaces flat and the skin tones luminous, compelling the viewer to move close and pause before each one as if to bear witness to a private meditation…Absence (of) background subject matter contributes to the atmosphere of hushed reverie."

-Elaine Sexton for Art in America

Paul Fenniak

(b. 1965)

“Fenniak probes beneath each of his character’s facades with the interrogative skill of a grand inquisitor, thus compelling observers to do the same, to examine and question their own involvement and judgment. Situated in soundless surroundings perfectly suited to their somber countenances, Fenniak’s figures, seemingly frozen in space, lend a sense of portent to the scene that extends beyond the forms themselves and out of the boundaries of his canvases.”

- April Paul, Curator

“It is popularly assumed that realist painting dishes up a common sense view of what is real by simply attending to appearances.  It relies on our habitual perception.  But another, stranger kind of realism, although it also pays close attention to ‘normal’ appearances, takes some further steps and ends up in an unpredictable place — not confirming our comfortable notions of what we already know but making us suspicious of them, making us aware of their inadequacy. My recent paintings have been influenced by my reading of short fiction in this vein, primarily by the British author Robert Aickman, as well as several others such as Arthur Machen and Walter De la Mare.”

-Paul Fenniak

G. Daniel Massad

(b. 1946)

“Each image posits more questions that require more looking in an endless spiral…Massad’s art forces us to slow down, is belligerently indifferent to the glib passerby, attunes the eye and the mind to an almost unprecedented level of concentration.”

-John Loughery, Pulitzer Prize nominee and art critic for The Hudson Review

 

“The past, filled with memories, occupies the square that dominates the lower half of the image and adheres adamantly to the picture plane. The gorgeous still life, whose verisimilitude takes our breathe away, occupies a shallow band, indicative of the ‘thin sliver of time’ we inhabit in this life, what Massad has described as ‘the beautiful present on the edge of vanishing-or retreating- into memory.’ ”

-Joyce Henri Robinson, essay for A Small Radius of Light, Palmer Museum of Art

Anthony Mitri

(b. 1951)

“Despite Mitri’s commitment to realism, the artist primari­ly relies on the feelings he has about a location when choos­ing a subject, and considers himself an expressionist in that respect…His emphasis on the mood of a piece can be seen in his lighting choices...Like many artists, Mitri places great emphasis on lighting in a scene, and considers it to be his strongest tool for evoking a cer­tain emotional response from the viewer.”

-Naomi Ekperigin for American Artist Drawing

“…over the days, the weeks, often times the months taken to complete a single composition, the process of rendering a drawing  from photographs I have taken on site becomes a sort of extended moment of memory…The finished work, itself, regardless of composition, thus seeks to communicate an emotion once felt, as so recollected in tranquility…The absence of the human presence in a great majority of my charcoals is significant to achieving my aim of creating an atmosphere of contemplative quiet, of stillness via settings where the viewer may experience, in a personal way, a quiet moment to reflect on life.”

-Anthony Mitri

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Stillness of Life 2022 Press Release
Robert Bauer Bio
Robert Bauer CV
Paul Fenniak Artist Bio
Paul Fenniak on Select Works
Paul Fenniak CV
G. Daniel Massad Artist Bio
Massad on "Colbalt"
Massad on "Meninx"
Massad on "Over the Line"
Massad on "Providence"
G. Daniel Massad CV
Anthony Mitri Artist Bio
Anthony Mitri on Select Works
Anthony Mitri CV