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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.