Nicole Longnecker Gallery opens dual exhibitions; “Danielle Frankenthal: Breath and Bullets” featuring work by New Jersey abstract artist Danielle Frankenthal and the eponymous exhibit “Gary Irish” by Texas photographer Gary Irish. This exhibit will feature all new work from Frankenthal and will be Irish’s inaugural exhibit in Houston.
“I’m sure Danielle’s new direction will excite her current collectors along with those unfamilair with her work,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker. “We are also delighted to show Gary Irish’s nature-based photographic art to the Houston market.”
DANIELLE FRANKENTHAL: Born in New York City to Belgian parents, abstract painter Danielle Frankenthal attended Brandeis University and the Art Students League of New York.
Her work is on canvases of acrylic resin, which are covered in paint and layered atop each other to create a brilliant, light-filled effect. The dynamic marks that comprise her multi-layered images stand away from the wall leaving a space behind the paintings. Walter Gropius, the famed Bauhaus architect and designer of the first glass sheathed structure, called the effect “simultaneity.” Light shines on the surface. Light shines through the surface. Light shines behind the surface.
Frankenthal’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. She lives and work in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Artist Statement: "All of my works are about light… in all its valences: as the specific light which is color; as the most humanly perceivable form of pure energy which allows us sight and as the great spiritual metaphor.
My formalistic concerns are mark and color over a strong albeit sometimes elusive substructure. I paint on transparent Acrylite® layers to mimic the way adults see and to call their attention to that seeing which is through their cultural programming and life experiences.
The works are light interactive and change with the ambient light and the viewers position."
GARY IRISH: Gary Irish is a digital artist with a background in science and technology. He studied Geography and Botany graduating with a Master’s degree from Texas A & M University. After moving to New Orleans, he worked in the fields of digital image analysis and computer based mapping at NASA’s Earth Resources Laboratory. There he gained valuable experience in processing digital imagery captured by Landsat satellites. The use of a variety of software for the analysis of imagery data in support of basic scientific and applied research work provided him with initial insights into how image processing techniques could be used to produce art. He continued his work in the computer mapping field in Arizona where significant additional experience with developing computer produced graphics further enhanced skills he now utilizes in his art.
His long interest in plants has also contributed to the development of his art. He has written a number of horticultural articles and co-authored a book on agaves and yuccas with his wife the horticulturalist and garden writer Mary Irish. His many years photographing plants in both horticultural and natural settings has led to the creation of a large library of digital plant imagery that contributes many of the base images for his art.
He has been producing digitally developed, artistic images of plants for over 12 years. He utilizes software to manipulate an initial digital image producing a variety of image layers that are then composited into a final image. These final images reveal the artist’s personal interpretation of his plant subjects. Over the course of his artistic work he has occasionally exhibited his art in public settings and at private art shows.
He currently lives in Castroville, Texas, near San Antonio, with his wife, cat, and extensive garden. There he continues to reimagine the plant world through his artistic images.