Valeri Larko: A Bronx Block
April 28 – May 22, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 5-7pm
Valeri Larko, Clark, Corner of Boone Ave & 173rd St, 2014, oil on linen, 30" x 52"
Montserrat Galleries is pleased to announce A Bronx Block, an exhibition of recent paintings by Valeri Larko. The exhibition will be on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, April 28th - May 22nd. A Bronx Block is a series of paintings of a former meat processing plant (Ferris Stahl-Meyer) in the Bronx, for years a graffiti mecca, that was torn down in December, 2014. Larko's work is interested in exploring the fringes of urban landscapes, which she paints on site. She depicts the abandoned decaying structures, as well as the stories they tell.
Larko's paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Solo exhibits include The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Bronx River Art Center, NY, The College of New Rochelle, NY and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit. Notable group exhibits include The Katonah Museum of Art, NY, The Jersey City Museum, ACA Galleries, NYC, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Aljira, a center for contemporary Art, Newark NJ, the Bruton Street Gallery in London, England and the American Embassy in Minsk, Belarus.
Valeri Larko grew up in Lake Parsippany and lived in Northern NJ most of her life surrounded by endless miles of industrial parks, highways and shopping malls all of which have contributed to her fascination with the built environment. She was educated at the Du Cret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ and the Arts Students League, New York City, In 2004, Valeri moved from northern New Jersey to an artist loft building in New Rochelle, New York from which she is currently exploring the fringes of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
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