Fradkin creates figurative paintings in both oil and gouache
paper, often incorporating elements of collage. Through her
observations, she addresses issues about presenting one’s
self to the world. At first viewing, her art can be read as
a commentary on the role of women in society, with an emphasis
on body image and appearance.
However, equally important is Fradkin’s acute consciousness
of composition, and her use of color and pattern to evoke a visceral
response. Fradkin is inspired by influences as varied as ancient
frescoes and mosaics, the cultures of the Etruscans and the Byzantines,
images observed during her travels, and the catalogues from which
she draws upon to comprise her collage vocabulary. With painstaking
detail, Fradkin develops intricate designs and motifs, creating
a depth that draws the observer into the intimate world of each
painting. The work has a narrative quality that lends itself to
psychological interpretation, but the emotional references remain
personal and private.
Lable deals with philosophical questions through welded
steel. His sensibility is that of an artist unafraid to tackle
difficult issues. Rather, he feels compelled to explore them.
He challenges the viewer to join him on his journey of examination,
and to reflect upon a world filled with inequities. His work
can be seen as referencing particular current events.
In essence, it is a larger reflection upon the dark side of humanity.
Cruel acts are addressed in individual constructions that focus
on devices of torture and violence. Yet aside from its specificity,
the sculptures also stand as a metaphor for the injustices that
continue through time…despite the “advancement”
of civilization. Beyond the coldness of the metal, there is a recurring
theme of hopefulness in Lable’s shapes and forms. Astral spheres
rest atop hands and feet. Fragments of anatomy reach out to stake
their claim on the glass half full. Through these powerful icons,
Lable communicates to us as shaman and prophet.
Teresa Giancoli takes as her theme and subject matter
how cultural values are transformed and adapted from a land
of origin, to a new country and environment. With an insider’s
eye she comments on what it means to be of Mexican descent,
to be a woman, and to be living in the urban setting of New
York City. Using a manual medium-format camera and available
light, she captures how traditions are simultaneously preserved
Recording specific moments through a series of visual details, her
photographs present an investigation of rituals and traditions with
insight - while maintaining respect for the relationship of the
subject to the image. Mary Teresa Giancoli deepens our awareness
of how each person’s journey in life is shaped by the inheritance
of his or her distinctive heritage.
— Marcia G. Yerman © 2005