Add it to your calendar or a put a sticky note on your vanity mirror – whatever reminder you need – because this weekend Haven Gallery invites you to discover and celebrate four exciting new bodies of work. Let your imagination reach for the stars as solo exhibitions by Adam Oehlers, Kathie Olivas, and Laverinne open alongside group show La Lune III that’s sure to be a dream. Enjoy the diverse interpretations as each artist speaks to us through their chosen medium.
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Adam Oehlers | Kathie Olivas | Laverinne
La Lune III
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 2023
Exhibition Dates: April 1 – April 30, 2023
50 Main St., Northport, NY 11768 | ph. (631) 757-0500
To inquire, please contact Erica at Haven Gallery via email [email protected]
About the Gallery //
Haven Gallery is run by Erica Berkowitz and Joseph Weinreb. The gallery first opened in 2015 in the Carriage House of historic Northport, NY. Within two years, the gallery doubled in size and expanded into the entire Carriage House building. Through their successful in-house exhibitions and presentations at art fairs both domestic and international, Haven opened a secondary location at 90 Main St., in 2020, during the height of the Covid pandemic. It was at that point, that Erica and Joseph knew it was time to find a permanent location for their artists. In January of 2022, they bought the building at 50 Main st., and opened its doors as Haven Gallery’s perennial home.
Haven Gallery’s focus is on exhibiting emotionally, intellectually and imaginatively driven, representational artwork that connects the audience and artist with universal axioms and passions. We work with both emerging and established artists who transcend their medium and subjects by exploring the world around them as well as the one within themselves.
Adam Oehlers, Neath Root and Leaf
Haven Gallery is honored to present England based artist Adam Oehlers for fifth solo show at the gallery entitled “Neath Root and Leaf”. “Neath Root and Leaf” is comprised of both watercolor paintings and ink drawings that unfold the next chapter of Oehlers’ fantastical narratives. Beneath the roots and leaves, as the title suggests, an action based chronicle is revealed as our favorite protagonist prolongs her stay in an enchanted world of macroposia, as she bears witness and joins her woodland companions in skirmishes between land and sky.
An evolution of the artist’s story featuring his quintessential players, opens up our well traversed forest to the inner mechanisms of territory disputes as they reveal preparation, battles, bivouacking and other wartime adaptations. Through a meticulous hand, Oehlers takes his viewers to a world full of enchantment and tale that is quite close to home. One just need look.
About the Artist //
Adam Oehlers was born in Coventry, England and now lives and works out of the UK. He works in pencil, pen and watercolour to create his Illustrations and shadowboxes. He is an Award winning illustrator and well known artist whose illustrations grace many publications, such as his interpretation of the classic text ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’, “Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes”, his ghost story graphic novel “Dear Little Emmie”, ”The Errand” written by Leo LaFluer released in 2017 and the second in the series ”The Warlock” due to be released later this year. He is currently working on his next book ‘The Mushroom Garden’ which he has authored himself.
As well as his publications and exhibitions he has turned his hand towards animation, he has worked as concept artist for the Award winning Music Video for Steven Wilsons ‘Routine’, as Writer and Artist for Matallicas music video ‘Here comes Revenge’, Writer and Artist for Passengers music video ‘Beautiful Birds’ and Steven Wilsons ‘People who eat Darkness’, currently being use in his live shows, due to be released publicly soon. He also worked as writer and Concept artist for Ovosonios emotional award-winning game ‘Last Day of June’.
His inspirations include well known illustrators such as Arthur Rackam, Gustave Doré, Edward Gorey, Tony Wolf, John Vernon Lord and Shaun Tan and he finds endless inspiration from the Music of Tom Waits, a constant backdrop to his studio. Oehlers work has been exhibited in the U.K, Europe, America and Australia.
Kathie Olivas, Silence
Haven Gallery is honored to present New Mexico based artist Kathie Olivas for her third solo show “Silence” at the gallery. “Silence” will feature thirty sculptures and paintings exploring the momentary experience of calm one may notice before storm. Oliva’s characters are known for their playful expressions, invoking nostalgia and a yearning for the past. Forever curious, with a hint of deviousness, Olivas girls engage the viewer with playful demeanors beholden of mystery, evoking childhood wonder and shenanigans. A dismantling of time as linear, each work is aged, despite the waif like characters that pervade the artists oeuvre. “Silence” represents the fleeting moment before their mischievousness ensues, a reflection of our own personas as we brace ourselves for inevitable tempests.
About the Artist //
Kathie Olivas is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist from New Mexico. Through her body of work, the Misery Children, she explores society’s insatiable desire to assign ‘cuteness’ and our discomfort with the unknown. A dark blend of early American portraiture set in post apocalyptic times, Kathie’s paintings and sculptures are a satirical look at how fear affects our sense of reality.
One of the central questions raised in Kathie’s work is that of ‘what if’: what if these ‘cute’ creatures had their own agenda? Are they attune to something beyond our understanding, or are we simply too cowardly to acknowledge it? Are their misshapen limbs and plated mouths a deformation from living in a desolate wasteland, or perhaps an adaptation for protection?
The Misery Children are meant to evoke a nostalgic reaction that reflects isolation, fear and an uncertainty, yet they also act as empowered alter egos. While these characters explore their new lonely worlds, they double as our narrators.
They guide us through their reality as they experience it and yet, even in their company, we are granted no reassurance. “Disney Poison, Anime Erotica, and an affection for cult and the bizarre are just part of what enables the edgy-cute phenomena. A growing sub-culture within the low-brow/ pop surrealist art movement of today, there isn’t quite enough arm’s length distance to really justify or interpret the movement as a whole just yet. It continues to evolve and re-examine itself by each contributing artist in what should still be considered an introduction.
Laverinne, The story inside the brooch, behind a window
Haven Gallery is honored to present Indonesian based artist, Laverinne, for her third solo show, entitled “The story inside the brooch, behind a window” at the gallery. “The story inside the brooch, behind a window” is a visual interpretation of memory illustrating one’s personal emotions and tales with flowers and animals. The use of flora and fauna to accompany the artists female protagonists expands the narrative through their symbolic motifs; a technique used throughout art history and literature to enhance the story.
Laverinne’s application of watercolor is delicate, almost gossamer, with bursts of contrast and color saturation, resulting in a gyration of reverie. Her jewel tone palette evokes gemstones, remarking the exhibition title itself, reminding one of a brooch or heirloom, dear to ones heart. Female figures dance with color and gradient, connecting to a world of symbiosis and flourishment. Highly ornate and detailed framework adorn and enrich the intimacy of each composition, encapsulating these precious moments as the unique treasures that they are.
Artist Statement //
There’s always one story that so dear for everyone,that they always keep close to their heart. They put its story inside the brooch so they can keep it near their heart. it can be a beautiful story, the wisdom of their life, or a sad story that keep them moving forward. I draw animals here as the symbol of each story. While the window is a way to looks inside and outside, where we can tell our story and we can hear someone story through it. We can also close it and keep our story, or open it to others.
La Lune III Group Show
“La Lune III”, a group exhibition focused on mythologies surrounding the moon as well as its artistic interpretations. The moon has pervaded history, culture, myth and the natural sciences since the earliest people walked the planet. Multiple meanings interpreted through forms of magic, folklore, empirical theories and conclusions, religious scriptures and more can be found among cultures from all over the world.
The luminescence and reoccurring nightly presence of the moon has been a constant for all living things on Earth. Life as we know it would be vastly different without the existence of a moon. With the earliest purpose thought to be as simple as a light source at night to modern day understandings of its effect on the Earth’s rotation and tides, the moon has found itself playing a fundamental role in the lifespans of all forms of life on this planet. Consequently, the appearance of the moon is a natural phenomenon accepted and embraced by all societies and as a result, permeates all forms of popular media and culture.
“La Lune” asks artists to contemplate and create a work of art based off of these empirical, spiritual, fantastical and/or religious views of the moon amidst historical and contemporary society. Interpretations may span past humanity to include the effects of the phases of the moon on the animal kingdom and botany as well. Additionally, inspiration will be derived from ancient times, such as goddesses of Greek Mythology dedicated to the moon to modern day media including comics, movies and music.
Participating Artists //
Kimera Wachna, Valerie Savarie, Alex Kuno, Maruyama Junna, Scott Radke, Alexis Savopoulos, Serizawa Teto, Hannah Flowers, Jessica Mulholland, Andrew Currey, Annie Stegg Gerard, KCN, Genevive Zacconi, Marc Le Rest, Sui Yumeshima, Brian Sostrom, Kate Domina, Nikolina Petolas