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When I think about the conventions of painting -- a tradition I respect immensely -- I notice that my concern has always been with the interplay of light and structure" says artist Stephen Magsig. "Light, since it defines everything, is what my work is about -- how light changes things, how it inflects the surfaces of places we imagine for ourselves and inhabit, like sunlight touching a window sill, illuminating and creating contrasts and shadows."

Working with images he personally photographs, Magsig looks for crucial details in both the highlights and the shadows, in the brightness and obscurity of each scene. The artist says, "I get caught up in the mix of organic and non-organic human signs: the color of loaves of bread in an Italian bakery window, the reflections of facades in the car’s windshield, the abstracted angles of cornices and architectural detail." New Yorkers will recognize many of the scenes Magsig paints, yet the universal appeal is the atmosphere and mood which attracts those for whom the images hold no personal significance. The painterly quality of the work provides enough photo-like detail to "slow people down to look and wonder about the scene." The artist creates work that depicts New York City as a dynamic metropolis -- although his images are devoid of people. The appreciation Magsig holds for the subjects he paints allows him to create beauty in streets that may escape even those of us who live there.

Brooklyn Bridge, 20x30
Brooklyn Bridge, 20x30
Greenpoint Reflections, 30x60
Greenpoint Reflections, 30x60
Reade St. Shadows
Reade St. Shadows
Greene St. , 62x48
Greene St. , 62x48
Spring St. Corner, 42x36
Spring St. Corner, 42x36
Caffe Reggio, 48x40
Caffe Reggio, 48x40
Artist: Stephen Magsig

Stephen Magsig
April 28, 2015 - May 23, 2015
George Billis Gallery

New York, NY

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