New York, New York — 81 Leonard Gallery is pleased to present artist Méïr Srebriansky’s Artsys' Online exclusive
81 Leonard Gallery presents
An Online Exclusive
June 25th - July 15th, 2020
One night, on the Upper West Side, Méïr Srebriansky and his wife were walking home, as they turned a corner, they were met by an assortment of flowers, and she exclaimed: "I wish you would buy me flowers more often." The following day, in his studio, Méïr laid out plastic sheets instead of canvas and began the complex chemistry of mixing resin – with care and attention, he poured his wife flowers.
Méïr Srebriansky’s artistic process is usually painstaking, laborious, and time-consuming his manipulation of resin usually involves pouring, puncturing, layering, and erasure often touching upon a fantastical array of subject-matter. Naught was simple, until his departure to horticulture. Srebriansky’s poured floral works are uncomplicated gestures of love, community, friendship, and family. Reminiscent of the simplicity of childhood the stark lines and vibrant colors are pure and prophetic; they are flamboyant, in a paramount manner. The artist’s use of resin is truly unique. Installed one-by-one or in groups, the poured resin flowers become singular and exquisite wall-drawings. Following the flowers he lovingly poured for his wife, the artist continued to pour new flora and fauna in a frenzy – similar to the gardening craze sparked by stay-at-home orders across the world. As we have all experienced in the past months, a sequestered occurrence can spark incentives that inspire change or action – some life-altering and others that shift entire historical trajectories.
As if preempting the crisis, Srebriansky’s fortuitous and urgent turn to whimsy and cheerful flowers was both timely and indispensable. For their summer show, 81 Leonard Gallery, has staged Garden Party as an ode to innocence that catalyzes joy to highlight a moment of relief.
– Anna Mikaela Ekstrand
About the Artist
Méïr Srebriansky (b. 1976 in Strasbourg, France) is a New York-based artist known primarily for his investigations in resin; he is a painter that has moved beyond oil and acrylic. Né Emmanuel Werthenschlag, the artist creates work under a pseudonym adopted in homage to his maternal lineage. Srebriansky earned his BFA from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg and has participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Con Artist NYC. He has exhibited nationally at ATO Gallery, Blackbird Gallery, and Belskie Museum; and one of his murals was permanently on view at The Mes Hall, NYC. He has also exhibited internationally at the European Parliament, Strasbourg and HK Walls, Hong Kong. Srebriansky’s studio is located at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ.
In March 2020, 81 Leonard Gallery opened the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York, Age of Resin. Visit the online viewing room on Eazel or order the catalog on Artsy.
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About the Gallery
81 Leonard Gallery, founded in 2019, is an artist-run gallery that stimulates engagement in critical thinking and culture. Founder, Nancy Pantirer, and gallery director, Elaine Mitchell, are dedicated to promoting emerging artists. Through their exhibitions, artist talks, and publications the gallery actively supports artistic freedom and dialogue.
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Image: Méïr Srebriansky, Garden Party, 2020, Resin, and pigment,
48 x 72 1⁄2 in. Courtesy of the artist and 81 Leonard Gallery.
Media contact: Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, , + 720 254 2997