MIMI ORITSKY: Inside 200

October 1 – October 24, 2015

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to announce Inside 200, an exhibition of new paintings by Mimi Oritsky. A reception will be held on Friday, October 2nd from 6 – 8 pm at the gallery in suite 120 at The Loom, 1087 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

With Inside 200, Mimi Oritsky focuses her gaze on the terrain surrounding her studio in Philadelphia. With each painting on view, Oritsky transects the immediate landscape to portray a gritty intimacy between herself and the neighboring spaces where she lives and works. Employing oil on linen and gouache on wood, Oritsky conveys the lusciousness and plasticity that would be lost with only a casual glance.

Ortisky’s subjects include the flow of air traveling among trees, rocks and flowers and the emotional experience of attending to nature with an ecstatic objectivity. Oritsky forgoes the horizontal logic and open spaces of traditional landscape painting for a nonlinear perspective and compact space. This orientation shows us a world of color and energy that is not commonly recorded. Her square canvasses suggest an obsessive and repetitive attentiveness to the dare we say, self-evident beauty of an urban-natural scene.

Oritsky’s practice of painting landscapes imbued with interiority is heightened and enhanced by the proximity of her immediate surroundings. In her aesthetic practice, Oritsky comes to terms with her environment to “create a space structured by light and a surface marked by the rhythm of the moving air.” The fallen leaves, branches and bark of trees are observed for their contextual power, the airwaves perform a dance through space.

Mimi Oritsky received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  She has exhibited extensively in the United States and her work is included in several private, museum, and corporate collections.  She has received recognition through Purchase Awards such as the Reading Public Museum and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts/Arcadia University, as well as Residence Fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Artists for Environment Foundation and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation.