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January 28th - March 11th, 2011
Private View: Friday January 28th 6 - 8 pm

dm contemporary is pleased to present as its first exhibit of the year 2011, New Year, New Paintings, an exhibition of new paintings by Sue Contessa, Carole Freysz Gutierrez, and Caleb Taylor – three contemporary artists, who succeed in achieving simple, original, and vibrant works, through individual painting processes that are distinctly different. Moreover, while layering, used in varying degrees, is a customary practice in painting, it is intriguing to observe its centrality as a concept in the works of the artists exhibited here. The exhibition opens at dm contemporary, NYC, on Friday, January 28th, 2011, and continues through March 11th, 2011.

Sue Contessa's five paintings in this exhibit are from her "Linear Series". Minimal and mostly monochrome from a distance, the paintings reveal upon closer inspection, a subtly layered surface created through a process of repetitive mark making. Thin washes of acrylic paint, paint strokes and pencil marks are applied to the canvas in a ritual- like manner as if marking the passage of time. The resulting painting is one with history as the marks within its layers reveal. Sue Contessa studied Fine Arts at Long Island University, in Brookville, NY and Boston University Boston MA. She recently had a solo exhibit at  Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, and has participated in many group exhibits including, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY, where her work is also in their collection. She currently lives and works on Long Island, NY.

Carole Freysz Gutierrez's has three triptychs from her "Layers" series included in this exhibit. In them, she employs opaque, solid color to boldly block out areas of her paintings. By doing so, the circular links in her web-like layers, originally inspired by a pond behind her house on Long Island, become disconnected from their original 'webs' and form new linkages. What surfaces is a whole new 'web' pattern that can only be seen as a result of the blockages. Her paintings, bursting with color, are playful, simple, and accessible - they cleverly conceal their subtle sophistication. Carole Freysz Gutierrez was born and raised in Switzerland. She studied at the School of Art in Zurich and she received her graduate Fine Art degrees at New York University. Before moving to New York Gutierrez lived in Frankfurt, Germany; London, England; and in Switzerland. Her work has been exhibited extensively at dm contemporary and it has been recognized and reviewed by Helen Harrison of the New York Times, in conjunction with an exhibit at dm contemporary in Mill Neck. She currently lives and works in Oyster Bay, NY.

Caleb Taylor's six paintings on canvas are from his "Covered" series. Their name stems from the fact that each work is 'covered' with a thick layer of paint that sweeps and stretches from edge to edge concealing most of the painting and its process history. The parts of the painting not obstructed, remain exposed and reveal the more delicate characteristics of the 'under- painting'. The two paintings on paper also included in this exhibit, echo the same concept but are smaller in scale, and have an added element of spontaneity. Caleb Taylor studied at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO and , Montana State University, Bozeman, MT and participated in the Summer Drawing Marathon, at the New York Studio School, New York, NY. He has received various awards including the Vermont Studio Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, New York, NY and the ThinkTank 3 Emerging Educator Fellowship, Chicago, IL. His work is in numerous public and private collections including Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE and Goff Architecture, Bozeman, MT. Taylor currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO.

dm contemporary, NYC, is located at: 39 East 29th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in New York (212) 576-2032
RSVP to is requested for private view, which takes place on Friday, January 28th, 6 – 8 pm.
Gallery hours are: Wednesday – Friday 12 – 6 pm, and Saturday 12 – 4 pm.