NEW YORK EXHIBITION
October 5 through November 10, 2023
The Fuller Building
595 Madison Avenue, 4th floor
New York, NY 10022
318 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480 (561) 720-2079
Copyright © 2023 Adelson Galleries, Inc.
Texts: Amanda Deckelbaum, Danielle Delhaes, Adam Adelson
Design: Steven Spazuk, Georgia Adelson
Photography: Steven Spazuk, Oliver Bernardi (p.1, 2, 8, 9, 25, 26, 27, 36, 37)
Cover image: Butterfly, 2022, Soot, watercolor and gold leaf on panel, 36 inches diameter
« My art is based on a sustained exploration of new dimensions and applications of the technique of “fumage,” that is, painting with fire. The focus of my subjects, projects and collections is the relationships between humans and the natural world. My work explores the current reality of the climate crisis and the Anthropocene through lenses that highlight the ambivalence of humanity. This duality of human nature is reflected in the medium of fire, and carbon as soot, both of which hold the power to nurture or destroy life. »--- Steven Spazuk
Adelson Galleries is delighted to introduce the newest collection of work by Steven Spazuk. Representing Spazuk since 2017 and having hosted three solo exhibitions, the gallery proudly presents his creations for the first time in our New York location.
The artworks within this series convey a thoughtful message and showcase his distinctive medium: fumage. Through the careful application of fire to gessoed boards, the artist utilizes residual black carbon soot as pigment, skillfully transforming it into remarkably realistic figures. In this latest series titled “KIN,” Spazuk seamlessly merges animal forms with human silhouettes and vice versa. This gentle interplay serves as a subtle reminder of the delicate bonds between humanity and the natural world. We invite all to explore the diverse range of species depicted in these works and to contemplate their personal connection with Nature.Adam Adelson Executive Director Adelson Galleries
KIN is belonging– a re-membrance. If we reframe the word (remember) away from the verb’s direct meaning “to recall,” we can play with its definition. We can begin to view it as implying both an acknowledgement of fragmentation and also an element of action and hope. To literally put back together; to re-member. In this new understanding of the word, we choose to reconnect, to reassemble what is already entirely, naturally unified and interconnected, and has been merely forgotten. Belonging is found only once we reunite with our wholeness, our eco-systems and our networks; we actualize our KINship with all life when we re-member.
KIN is a collection of 40 works of art, integrated symbols of both humans and more-than-human beings. The series explores the fallacy that we are in relationship to nature. We are, in fact, non-dualistically an integral part of nature. Once we understand the mistruth of separation, we can engage in connection.
In this series, Spazuk explores how we can express our integral interrelationality and commonality with the web of life. How there is no separation between us and the rest. The inherent interconnection and permeability of subjects in his work with their environments and fellow species exemplifies the relationality between all things. Just as our breath is a flow of invisible oxygen alchemised by the trees and plants into our lungs and back out as a gift of carbon dioxide, the vital source of life for all flora, we are living in a continuous and abundant cycle of reciprocity. In other words, there are no boundaries between ourselves and all living systems.
As human beings, we are plagued by a strange amnesia; one that enables us to destroy our environments, our sustenance, and our other selves. Spazuk’s previous series, FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!, investigated the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for immediate action. Here, the artist responds to the deeper truth behind the fear of destruction: our innate connection to the Earth.
In his eco-poetic gesture, the artist renders his subjects using imprints of their own bodies along with natural materials such as bird feathers, flowers, and other plant matter – an animistic-inspired approach to art making. An ode to the continual cycle of life and creation.
KIN is an antidote for “species loneliness.” This collection is a reunion, a celebration of our global, more-than-human and human tribes. When we begin to acknowledge our wholeness, we can mend the pain caused by our severance. KIN is an invitation to heal, to remember that we are greater as a whole than as the sum of our parts. Being united is our only option.– Amanda Deckelbaum
Butterfly, 2022 Soot, watercolor and gold leaf on panel 36 inches diameter
Danielle, the love of my life, embodies and expresses the notion of kinship through her spectacular gardens. Her caring hands and heart make the Earth come to life in an infinite and generous array of shapes, colors, scents and patterns. Every plant, every blossom, every fruit that emerges and cycles through the seasons is a flourishing microcosmos of the entire living system under her care. An infinite mosaic of organic textures, her gardens are alive through the seasons as she lets Nature take its course, and willingly becomes one with its flow. She takes her cues from the plants, the insects, the birds, the fungi, the rain, the sun… She dances with Nature. She honors her kinship with the living Earth and her belonging to a world of relations.Actual size detail
Robinson Jeffers was an american ecopoet, an advocate of the beauty of nature, whom many consider an early proponent of the environmental movement. His poems and ideas called for humans to shift away from self-centeredness and to recognize “trans-human magnificence”. He put forth a vision of the world in which human experience is productively questioned, qualified, and even decentered in an acknowledgement of our belonging to an exquisitely complex and beautiful web of life.
Darwin’s theory of biological evolution based on natural selection, as well as his proposition of a universal common ancestor to all species, support the notion of kinship between all life forms from a scientific perspective. His work changed not only the way we see all organisms, but also the way we see ourselves, as part of the tree of life.
Darwin (6), 2023 (Albatros)
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