June Kelly Gallery

Nola Zirin

Orbs and Angles, an exhibition of new paintings by Nola Zirin, reflecting the artistís faithfulness to a pictorial geometry, will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer on Friday, May 12.  The exhibition will remain on view through June 13, 2017.

Zirin says her recent paintings navigate the use of geometric form in the construction of imaginary environments.  While color remains vibrant, she expands both the palette and medium. Light is enhanced by glitter and texture by flocking, creating a 3-dimensional quality engaging the viewer into other-worldly spaces.

Zirinís works are abstract yet a representational cleverness is present that is extremely lucid and matched by a painting method that is direct and orderly.  At no time does Zirinís painting reflect total abstraction even though the subject matter is mysterious.

Art writer Jill Connor says, ď Zirinís unique, visual dynamism in the genre of abstraction reflects the artistís signature layering process in rephrasing pictorial space through sweeping, painterly gestures, creating a suggestion of three-dimensional space, placeless but familiar within the experience of oneís subjective perception.Ē

Zirinís spatial absurdities are like visual intoxication. Her rendering of pictorial space defies consistency per Ďset-ruleí but rises from the knowledgeable and competent Zirin act of painting outÖof searching.  Zirinís paint holds tight to the surface a sequence of images where spatial forms collide, contradict each other, convexities are turned into concavities, planes move forward, flip over and recede, grounded forms suddenly appear airborne as in BQE Suspension, 2017.

Zirin explores high and low horizons as a means of giving character and expressive force to her pictorial landscapes as in Suspension, 2017, where she posited a viewpoint that clears the space in the centre of the painting and pushes detail toward its edges.

Zirinís concern is with discovering an expressive visual language of marks that purposefully describe form and space equally effectively.  Her density of color is more than optical.  It gives rise to muscular memory sensations about the ambiguousness of speed, volume and spatial relationships.

Zirin is a native of New York City.  She received a bachelor's degree from New York University and studied printmaking with Robert Blackburn at the Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan.  Zirinís work has been shown in many one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad.  She is represented in numerous public and corporate collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY, The Islip Art Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, The National Museum of Taiwan, The Library of Congress, AT&T, IBM, Reader's Digest, PepsiCo and Bank of Tokyo.


Born New York City
Lives and works in New York

1987-1988 School of Visual Arts - "Painting in New York"
1978-1982 Master Printmaker, Donn Steward, Huntington, NY
1975-1977 Printmaking Workshop, New York
1962-1965 BS, New York University, New York
1961-1962 Boston University, Department of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Solo Exhibitions
2017 Orbs and Angles, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2015 Nola Zirin: Recent Paintings, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
2013 Stardust: New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2010 Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
2009 Virtual Vistas: Paintings and Drawings, essay by Jill Conner, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2007 New Paintings, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
2006 Recent Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2005 Nola Zirin: Recent Paintings, Simon Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
Collection Insights: Nola Zirin, curated by Nada Makdisi, The Permanent Collection,
  Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2003 Seeing the Light, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
Seeing the Light, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
2000 Urban Abstraction, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
1997 Recent Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Recent Work, Heckscher Museum of Art at Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY
1994 Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1991 Paintings & Assemblage, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1988 Paintings: The Ledger Series, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
1987 Long Island Artist’s Exhibit, Nassau Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn, NY
Paintings & Works on Paper, Atlantic Gallery, New York
1985 Hempstead Harbor Artists Gallery, Glen Cove, NY
1983 Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor, NY
1982 Recent Paintings, Inroads Gallery, New York
1978 Paintings on Paper, Nobe Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Sculpture Dimensions-Sino-American Art Exchange Exhibition, curated by Richard Vine, Lily
  Zhang Candler, Wang Chunchen, organized by Taoxichuang Art Museum of China
  Central Academy of Fine Art Sculpture Department of China Central Academy of Fine Art
  Gurah, New York, Taoxichuan Creativity Square, Jingdezheng, China
2016 Pop Austin International Art Show, curated by Lana Carlson
Visible Sensible Histories: American Abstract Artists, curated by Max Weintraub, Abrons Art
  Center and Morris-Warren Gallery, New York, January 27 Ė February 21
The Onward of Art: American Abstract Artists, 80th Anniversary Exhibition, organized by
  American Abstract Artists and curated by Karen Wilkin, UBS, January 18 - March 25
You Go Girls! Celebrating Woman Artists, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Chromatic Space, curated by Jonathan Lippincott, Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC, New
2015 Crossing the Line: Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture, Mark Alsterlind, Norman Lewis, Eli
  Nadelman, Sky Pape, Rebecca Welz and Nola Zirin, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Fem-Us, Rite Gallery, Huntington, NY
2013 Abstraction, curated by Arielle Mark, Mark Gallery, Englewood, NJ
American Abstract Artists: A Selection, curated by Scott Olson and Gianna Commito, School of
  Art Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, VT
2011 American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary, OK Harris, New York
Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists, Herbert F.
  Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; catalogue
Abstraction, curated by Janet Kurnatowski, The Icebox & The Grey Area, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Core & Mantle, curated by Jill Conner, M55Art, Long Island City, NY
American Abstract Artists International, organized by Marthe Keller, curated by Don Voisine,
  Aragonese Castle of Otranto, Italy
2009 Hidden Gems: Works on Paper, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2008 American Abstract Artists: Tribute to Esphyr Slobodkina, The Painting Center, New York
conversations in paint, curated by Carol Jay, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Art League of Long
  Island, Dix Hills, NY
Contemporary Constructs, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
Sacred Ways, Tria Gallery, New York
Jump: paintings and sculpture exhibition, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Continuum: In Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the American AbstractArtists, St. Peterís
  College Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
2006 On Display, curated by Joyce Glidden, d.u.m.b.o., Brooklyn, NY
2005 SHOOT: Unorthodox Photographic Imagery and Applications, curated by Carole Jay, Jeanie
  Tengelsen Gallery, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
When Brooklyn Artists Speak, Art Listens, curated by Leon Nicholas Kalas, East 240 Gallery,
  Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Optical Simulations: American Abstract Artists, curated by Jill Conner, Yellow Bird Gallery,
  Newburgh, NY
Ideal: selections from the american abstract artists, curated by Rene Lynch, metaphor
  contemporary art, Brooklyn, NY
Pure Paint, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Abstraction at 40, Gallery North Setauket, NY
10 Artists: Defining Abstraction, organized by the June Kelly, Pfizer Inc, New York
When Brooklyn Artists Speak, Art Listens, curated by Leon Nicholas Kalas, Community Room
  Gallery, Brooklyn Borough Hall, NY
2004 Newer Genres: Twenty Years of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, curated by Wendy
  White, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
New York Abstract, Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, University City Science Center, Philadelphia,
Inaugural Exhibition, Art League of Long Island, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY
Nola Zirin: Hot off the Press/Eleanor Schimmel: Hot from the Chef, Silicon Gallery Fine Art
  Prints, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Paper 2003, metaphor contemporary art, Brooklyn, NY
The Printed Image REDEFINED, The Bryant Library Art League of Long Island, Roslyn, NY
Re/Opening, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
2001 Biennial 2001 Exhibition, Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, Flushing, NY
Imitation of Life, guest curator Rene Lynch, The Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College,
  Cranford, NJ
Artists Invite Artists, Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington, NY
Insiderís View, Part II: An Exploration of the Digital Printmaking Process, Silicon Gallery,
  Brooklyn, NY
Living Doll, curated by Rene Lynch, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Oakdale, NY
Digital: Printmaking Now, curated by Marilyn Kushner, Brooklyn Museum, NY
Digital Dumbo, Mastel + Mastel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Abstractions, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
Whatís New? Recent 20th Century Acquisitions, curated by Anne Cohen DePietro, Heckscher
  Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Collection Insights: Recent Acquisitions, curated by Catherine Valenza, Islip Art Museum, East
  Islip, NY
Living Doll, curated by Rene Lynch, The Work Space Gallery, New York

Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Taiwan
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
A.I.G., New York
AT&T, New Jersey
Bank of Tokyo
Citibank, New York
Citicorp, Long Island City, NY
Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York
Equitable Life Assurance Company, New York
Goldman Sachs & Company, New York
Goldome Bank, New York
McKee Nelson LLP, New York
Graystone Realty, CT
Guy Carpenter Inc., New York
IBM Corporation, New York City and Paris
Joyce International, New York
Marine Midland Bank, New York
MONYís Collection of Contemporary Prints, Purchase, NY
National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., New York
NatWest, New York
NYNEX Corporation, New York
PepsiCo, Purchase, NY
Readerís Digest Art Collection, Pleasantville, NY
Surdna Foundation, New York

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