The Contemporary Figure 

Anne Leone, Dan Ludwig, John Borowicz, Sergei Isupov, Walter Horak

July 2 - July 27

Artists' Reception July 5, 5-7pm

Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present The Contemporary Figure. Versed in the study of art history and a developed personal aesthetic language, five artists, Anne Leone, Dan Ludwig, John Borowicz, Sergei Isupov, Walter Horak present contemporary interpretations of a classic form. The exhibit runs from July 2nd through July 27th, with the artists’ reception on Saturday, July 5th from 5-7pm.

Floating, diving, relaxing and hovering, the figures in Anne Leones underwater paintings are chillingly unaware of the viewer, and yet the viewer feels an intimate presence with them. Leone masterfully captures the weight and character of the human form and the quality of light under water. Her paintings are realist, but allegorical; stillness and motion, weightlessness and mass, skin clothed and revealed, parts submerged and breaking through the surface suggest themes beyond what is immediately visible.


Dan Ludwig take cues from painting styles from the 15th century to the present, interweaving them into dynamic compositions of figures distorted, contorted and transected in imagined settings. The figure is the central element of Ludwigs work, which he depicts with a broad and varied color palate. He sees these works as an analogy for contemporary society; a synthesis of human history and expression overlapping in a diverse world enlivened by technology and accelerated communication.


John Borowiczs artistic roots are in traditional portraiture and landscape, although that might seem a surprise to a viewer observing his wildly composed stylized imagery, a closer look reveals an incredible painterly aptitude. The works, according to Borowicz are representational and realistic; they are simply accurate representations of an alternate reality in which we do not live. Truthfully, his works explore issues that are central to our contemporary reality- motherhood, cultural identity, outsider identity- but do so with a fresh exciting sense of humor and self deprecation.


Sergei Isupov uses the figure as one part of an arsenal of narrative tools to create surreal and dreamlike porcelain sculptures. Body parts, clothing, texture, and symbol blend, push and pull against each other, and sit quietly in juxtaposition. The resulting objects are simultaneously invigorated with tension and beautifully harmonious. His work displays a unique mastery of material and image, a sense of humor and irony, and an unbridled imagination.


Walter Horak creates composed amalgamations of figures in bronze. The works are inspired by modern dance and contortion, calligraphy, poetry, community, and personal experiences. Textural and anonymous, the figures in the work become brushstrokes that make up compositions that explore the principles of sculpture: balance, tension, weight, space and material.


The figure is not only one of the original forms depicted in art, it is also the vessel through which we experience art, understand scale, and relate to objects in space. Figure drawing is the basis of art education and practice for artists working in all mediums. Leone, Ludwig, Borowicz, Isupov, and Horak utilize the figure and its context throughout the history of human expression in fresh, diverse, and thought provoking ways. This exhibit links the power of the figure to the human psyche; presenting artists who utilize this connection to create works that touch the audience in an elemental way; leaving the viewer with a host of thoughts and conversation about art making and the human experience.


The Contemporary Figure

Wednesday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 27th

Artists reception Saturday, July 5th from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.