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"Erik Schoonebeek: Selected Recent Works," at Vassar's on display at the Vassar College Palmer Gallery. July 10 - August 15, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Selected works by Highland, New York, artist Erik Schoonebeek, who was featured in exhibitions at Dia: Beacon and in Manhattan, Great Barrington, and Kingston, will be featured in a solo exhibition, “Erik Schoonebeek: Selected Recent Works,” at the James W. Palmer Gallery at Vassar College, July 10 through August 15. Schoonebeek explained that in these small gouache paintings on a variety of media, he seeks to “paint the confrontational quality of monuments, signs, masks, icons, and modern ideograms with the aim for the work to stare back at the viewer with a power that is sublime, yet humble, undeniable, but ultimately intangible.”

An artist’s reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 10, at the Palmer Gallery. The Palmer Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed weekends during the summer. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

On the surfaces of paper, old book covers, and worn boxes, Schoonebeek said he “creates images that revisit the original experience of geometry in the architecture of past, and imagined, civilizations. And, I explore the power that this original experience still holds by analyzing the omnipresence of simple geometry and the meaning of color in the modern human psyche.”

Schoonebeek’s works have been seen in the exhibitions, “It’s Gouache & Gouache Only” at the Jeff Bailey and Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York City as well as the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; “Erik Schoonebeek: Recent Paintings,” at the Firehouse Studios in Kingston, New York; “The Kitchen,” at DIA: Beacon; and “Small Works” at 80 Washington Square East Galleries in Manhattan.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, July 3, 2008