Jurek Wajdowicz
Untitled (BB7_0792 Samarium), 2013
Edition 3/7
43 x 30 1/2 in. (109 x 77.5 cm)

Jurek Wajdowicz
Untitled (8AA_3737), 2012
Edition 3/7
43 x 30 1/2 in. (109 x 77.5 cm)

Nicholas Hughes
#2 from the series In Darkness Visible, Verse II, 2007
C-type hand print
Edition 4/15
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Carolyn Marks Blackwood
General Relativity, 2014
Archival pigment print
40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Edition of 3

Alexey Titarenko
Entrance, Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, St. Petersburg (Heads), 1991
Edition 4/10
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
17 x 17 in. (43.2 x 43.2 cm)

Irina Nakhova
Primary Colors 2, 2003
Acrylic and oil on canvas
45 5/8 x 72 in. (116 x 183 cm)

Igor Savchenko
​1.96-10 from the series On the Altered Behavior of the Sunlight, 1996
"The interpenetration of darkness and light"
Toned gelatin silver print
5 x 6 in. (12.7 x 15.2 cm)
Edition of 20

Igor Savchenko
1.96-11 from the series On the Altered Behavior of the Sunlight, 1996
"Penetrating the darkness"
Toned gelatin silver print
5 x 7 in. (12.7 x 17.8 cm)
Edition of 20

Denis Brihat
Traces dans le sable (Traces in the sand), 1998
Toned gelatin silver print
Edition 2/6
13 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (33.7 x 48.9 cm)

Carolyn Marks Blackwood
Redshift, 2014
Archival pigment print
40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Edition of 3

Ann Rhoney
Aurora Borealis, 1991, painted 1997
Hand-painted gelatin silver print with oil paint and interference pigments
7 1/8 x 10 7/8 in. image
11 x 14 in. paper

Jurek Wajdowicz
Untitled (BB7_0901 Samarium), 2013
Edition 3/7
31 x 42 1/2 in. (79 x 108 cm)

Press Release

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present its summer show, Primary Forces, opening Thursday, June 2 at 41 East 57th Street, New York, NY, Suite 704. The opening reception will take place in the gallery on Thursday, June 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Inspired by Irina Nakhova’s Primary Colors paintings and her exhibition in the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, the exhibition explores the use of abstraction to represent forces of nature and symbols of power. Primary Forces features the work of both internationally renowned and lesser-known artists and photographers: Irina Nakhova (b. 1955, Moscow), Alexey Titarenko (b. 1962, St. Petersburg), Jurek Wajdowicz (b. 1951, Kraków), Denis Brihat (b. 1928, Paris), Igor Savchenko (b. 1962, Minsk), Nicholas Hughes (b. 1963, Liverpool), Ann Rhoney (b. Niagara Falls, 1953), and Carolyn Marks Blackwood (b. 1951, Anchorage).

At the heart of the exhibition are the dual forces of destruction and creation. These forces are made visible in, for example, Nakhova’s bold use of color to evoke the collapse of an empire or the ruins of the World Trade Center; and in the in the otherworldly, almost spiritual landscapes of Wajdowicz and Blackwood. 

Primary Forces will be on view through Friday, July 22. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and by appointment.