Friday, January 2, 2009

Let Your Spirit Move You at Tabla Rasa

Have you toyed with the idea of posing for a life drawing class but never got up the nerve? Well, here's a way to warm up for that experience - and your clothes will still be on. That, and you'll get a chance to express your inner "totem" to an audience and an artist who will attempt to capture your spirit on canvas (or maybe wood).

To supplement her current exhibit, Nobis Solo, at Tabla Rasa Gallery, Robin Ross and the gallery will be hosting an opportunity to participate in or observe Ross' process of creating a portrait based on her subjects "spirits." The Spirit Moves event is on Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 1 PM to 5 PM, and it's free to posers and watchers. If you're interested in posing, get there on the early side and wear comfortable (yet tight) clothing, and be prepared to bare your winterized feet. See below for more information.

Tabla Rasa Gallery is at 224 48th Street.

from the press release:

SPIRIT MOVES Tabla Rasa Gallery kicks off the New Year hosting SPIRIT MOVES, a day of posing with Robin Ross, on Sunday, January 11, 2009, as part of the current exhibition, NOBIS SOLO. This special event is designed to offer the public a unique opportunity for insight into the working process of a wonderfully creative and articulate artist. Robin Ross has been painting "spirits" as portrait for over 10 years. At SPIRIT MOVES, she invites the public to explore and show her their "totem animal", hidden or imagined self, or to expose their joie de vivre in a safe and supportive space. Her photographs of the poses will become part of her library of photos for future paintings. Barbara Lubliner will help coordinate as muse and demonstrator. The public is invited to attend, either as observers or participants. If you plan to participate in SPIRIT MOVES, please wear comfortable clothing. Ms. Ross prefers no socks, for close-ups of feet, and tight clothes, but most importantly she suggests you dress comfortably. You will be free to dance, spin or lounge on the floor in the clean open spaces of the gallery. The current Tabla Rasa exhibition NOBIS SOLO, continues, with 3 large and 5 small spirit portraits by Robin Ross. Her hauntingly beautiful paintings encapsulate the mystery of life. At once abstract and representational, her seductive paint surfaces alternatively reveal and obscure figures and parts of figures, hovering between the spiritual and physical realms. They seem to take in the entire spectrum of consciousness; a transmigration from soul to soul. The gallery is located a few short "R" subway stops beyond Park Slope, at 224 48th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. From Manhattan, "D" or "N" train to 36 Street in Brooklyn, cross platform, and take "R" train one stop to 45th Street. Street parking is usually ample. Tabla Rasa Gallery is free and open to the public. Call 718.833.9100 for hours and schedule updates. General gallery hours: 1:00 - 5:00 pm, THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY. (Please note: Tabla Rasa Gallery will be closed Saturday January 10, 2009.)

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