February 2 – March 10, 2007
Opening reception for the artist Friday Feb 2, 6-9pm

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by New York based artist Laura Fayer. Fayer’s paintings draw on various structures and systems to produce a loose geometry with organic rhythms. She relies mainly on her handcrafted tools such as stencils and oversized rubber stamps to construct her multi-layered work. As part of her process, she studies the natural and built environment; among her many references are architecture, aerial views of landscape, language, and musical structure. Her work reflects the wabi-sabi aesthetic; a Japanese concept of beauty that includes simplicity, unpretentiousness, and imperfection.

Fayer’s work allows for a coexistence of imperfect elements that can be described as fragments of beauty, thought patterns, intelligence, disturbances, and light. The whole that they create through the inclusiveness of natural dissonance and unfinished forms depicts a true state of perfect unity. Compared to Agnes Martin’s quest for spiritual and philosophical truth through form, Fayer’s work is similarly ambitious. But rather than eliminating forms that would detract from a singular vision, Fayer incorporates them creating works that are whole through ‘being’ and embracing all parts, whereas Martin’s exclusion of these elements, discrimination, and singular vision/process created an artificial state of ‘being’ through ‘doing’. Fayer reinvigorates abstract painting by allowing all unfinished aspects of the self to combine with profoundly serene results.

Laura Fayer completed Hunter College’s MFA program in 2006 and holds a BA from Harvard University in visual and environmental studies. She has been the recipient of a recent grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, attended such artist residencies as Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, MacDowell Colony, and has exhibited her work in New York, Boston, and Washington DC.


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Laura Fayer

Breathing Room
February 2 - March 10, 2007

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A Story Told

Laura Fayer, A Story Told, 2004

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