Sunday, January 4, 2009

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:

Austin Furtak-Cole

at Toast Coffeehouse
242 E Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Opening Reception Thursday, January 8th from 7pm-11pm

Austin Furtak-Cole is one of the most engaging and promising young painters on the Long Island art scene.  His new body of work, which premiered recently at the Lawrence Alloway Gallery at Stony Brook University, is a powerful exploration of the connection between figurative and abstract-based work.  Like DeKooning, whose women paintings were seen as a "retreat back to the figure", Austin has snubbed convention as an abstract painter, following his own inner direction, regardless of where it leads him.  Rather than trying to live up to some false sense of dogma, Austin has challenged his notion of painting by allowing his images to come into existence as they do.  
Through February 4th, 2009

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