June Kelly Gallery

Bruce Dorfman
Currents: Paintings in Combined Media 2016-2018

Dorfman - White Lotus Black Sparrow, 2018, metal, wood, paper, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 35 x 5 inches

White Lotus / Black Sparrow, 2018
Metal, wood, paper and acrylic on canvas
65 x 35 x 5 inches


 The exhibition titled Currents: Paintings in Combined Media 2016-2018 -- complex colorful abstract assemblages that pay no heed to conventional spatial boundaries -- will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on Friday, October 12.  The exhibition will remain on view through November 24.  This is Bruce Dorfman’s second exhibition at the gallery.

Dorfman has devised an abstract language of his own that underlines his dual focus in creating a strong art experience through geometric structure and intriguingly sensuous luminosity.

Art writer, Phyllis Braff, says “Dorfman” whose well-established exhibition history exceeds more than four decades, “has long been interested in questioning what a painting might be.  He probes tangibility, for example, with forms that straddle a line between recognition and no recognition.  Surfaces frequently integrate real elements, such as fabric folds, a ruler, or a segment of product lettering but just as often a three-dimensional unit is constructed from thickening pigment and other studio materials” (The Courtesan Okichi, 2017).

Dorfman describes his paintings as composites wherein his non-engagement with representational is pointedly evident.  Throughout his long career Dorfman has sought cohesive tonal quality within the composition’s dominant color as well as with colors of integrated forms affecting both soundness and an energy of orderliness.

Dorfman’s layering and placement of composition components suggest interrelated abstract translations that speak of an original visual experience with contingent reality that captures a sense of timelessness.  With emphasis on primary color applied to separate panels Dorfman treats each color as an object – a thing in itself – imbued with its own special quality that when integrated with other independent forms establish the composition unity.

Dorfman’s innovative and captivating structuring of rational space layers into additional visual planes reflects his defiance of surface order while yet a physicality and redefinition of space is achieved by his measured and carefully weighted placement of independent forms in relationship one to the other.

Dorfman continues to pursue ways to offer potential for compelling art experiences. “  There is a kind of informed intuition that I trust to drive my art,” he says.

“Great art is always recognized by some ineffable confluence of exceptional craft embedded with the spiritual investment of its maker.  In Dorfman’s work, we find both in abundance,” said the late C. L. Wysuph, art historian and critic.

Dorfman lives and works in New York City.  He holds a B.A., degree from the University of Iowa.  He has participated in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe.

His paintings are represented in many museums, corporate and private collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Smithsonian Art Museum, Washington, DC; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Art Students League of New York; Rockefeller Foundation, New York; Museum of Art and Cloisters, Portugal; and Collection Mourlot, Paris, France.


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The Courtesan Okichi - 2017

July - 2018

Koniro - 2017

October Rising - 2017

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