Haven Gallery Presents KCN, Orphne Acheron, Yoko d’Holbachie, Larysa Bernhardt, Little Big VIII

As the year comes to a close, we are all winding down and experiencing the excitement and anticipation of the thriving holiday season. The cozy atmosphere adds to the joy and anticipation of the cozy season. A time spent gathering with friends and loved ones, join us as we help celebrate new exhibitions by KCN, Orphne Acheron, Yoko d’Holbachie, Larysa Bernhardt, plus Little Big VIII, opening this weekend at Haven Gallery.

Don’t miss these new bodies of work; view them in their entirety alongside all available inventory by visiting the Haven Gallery website! If you still need more and are looking to add to your personal collection, reflect upon past exhibitions and fuel your artistic wanderlust.

KCN, Orphne Acheron, Yoko d’Holbachie, Larysa Bernhardt, Little Big VIII

Opening Reception: December 16, 2023 | 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: December 16, 2023 – January 14, 2024

Haven Gallery

50 Main St., Northport, NY 11768 | ph. (631) 757-0500

To inquire, please contact Erica at Haven Gallery via email info@havengallery.com

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.

KCN, The Metamorphosis

Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is excited to present “The Metamorphosis”, a solo exhibition of new works by Taiwanese artist KCN. “The Metamorphosis” is KCN’s first solo show at the gallery and features a collection of ten meticulously executed graphite works exploring emotional relationship between humans through facets of art, technology, culture, war, and science. The lines of time and individuality blur while themes of alienation and “the other” pervade as KCN’s analysis of the historical occupation of Taiwan by Japan, grounds itself as a reoccurring study through his means of narrative portraiture. 

Dualistically, one also finds explorations into the humanities and the connective expressions through creativity. A prime example being KCN’s homage to Kafka’s novel, “The Metamorphosis”, where themes of degradation and ultimately transformation, can be seen through his hybrid females who chimerically intertwine the robotic with the organic, resulting in a mutation of both beauty and the grotesque. The portraits are both amalgamating and isolating, bringing a new form of being into existence distinctive from anything before, in turn, creating emotions of solitude and ultimately creating a paradox.

Artist Statement 
“The theme is based on Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” exploring modern human social relationships and the connection between humanity, technology, and the mind.”

About artist KCN

KCN was born Wu Hsuyao in 1972 in Beidou, Changhua county, Taiwan. He debuted as a cartoonist, with two cartoons, “Kirin the Beast” and “Journey to the West”, and then turned to illustration and game art work. For a long time, Taiwan’s pre-war history has been the main axis of his creation. His works have been popular with painters in Taiwan and Japan. Over the years, he made hundreds of artworks. KCN’s grandfather was a renowned person in the village of Beidou, and was loved by the villagers for his integrity and affection.

KCN was deeply inspired by grandfather’s teaching. After the ban on “Taiwanology” was lifted, KCN read many books about Taiwan’s history. He deeply understood the social atmosphere before World War II and the special emotional ties between Taiwanese and Japanese. His illustrations were also based on the suppressed history and characters of the Japanese colonial era in Taiwan (1895-1945), and his enthusiasm has also inspired many people from all over the world, possibly because of the special historical and emotional bond between Taiwan and Japan. His works have great resonance in Japan and the world.

Larysa BernhardtMy Heart is a Wild Garden

I was born and spent my young years in Ukraine. I learned my skill from my mother, just like she learned from hers. My fascination with old tapestries goes way back and rooted in my childhood memories of grandmas house in thriving and busy Ukrainian settlement Pokrovs’ke where stucco walls were hung with religious icons, darkened paintings, and tapestry wall hangings. It almost felt like leaving the wall naked was a sin, and a naked floor was another one. We usually would get to grandmas late at night and I’d be asleep after long car ride and in the morning I open my eyes to a riot of images dancing across the walls, overlooked by solemn saints in their gilded frames, with dried bunches of fragrant flowers tucked behind them. Childhood memories, a fairytale, a dreamer’s dream. Sometimes if you’re just lucky enough you get to take them with you through the years.

Orphne Acheron, Eschatiai

Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is honored to present “Eschatiai”, a solo show of eight new paintings from French artist Orphne Acheron exploring the narrative outskirts of Greco-Egyptian mythology. “Eschatiai” is Achéron’s second solo show at the gallery and a continuation of her multi-faceted research of the ancient world with a focus on the leisures of known deities of the time. 

About Orphne Acheron
Orphne Acheron is a painter and illustrator inspired by Antiquity, mythology and medieval times. She studied fashion and art history in a Parisian school. Orphne, “nymph of Darkness” was the wife of Acheron, an underground branch of the Styx, carrying the souls of the dead… This name chosen by the artist thus evokes Eternity, Mythology, immersion in mysterious depths. One will find in the drawings of Orphne Acheron strength and melancholy. Warriors or spectral, contemplative and protective creatures. A struggle between chaos and inner peace.

Artist Statement
The Eschatiai, meaning in Ancient Greek “margins” or “Borders of the city”, were the regions outside culture and beyond properties. These wild spaces were essentially defined as non-productive, in contrast with both urban and rural spaces. In Mythology, these were the farthest parts of the world where various deities associated with the wilderness reigned.

Working on this theme “Eschatiai”  allows me to explore the myths and the cults associated with this mysterious and enigmatic place. The works in this collection are inspired by Dionysian and Orphic myth and cult, the God Pan, Faun and the God Dionysus-Bacchus, the Mother Nature Goddess Isis-Artemis, and the Goddess Flora with Greco-Roman and Egyptian influences.” 

Yoko d’Holbachie 

Yoko d’Holbachie was born in 1971 in Yokohama, Japan, and studied design and art at Tama Art University in Tokyo. She has worked for almost 10 years as a freelance designer for advertisements, books and magazines, as well as doing design for entertainment and video games. She began to show artwork in the US in 2008. She has lived in Yokohama but also teaches art in Tokyo a few days a week. Her preference is a parrot, a cuttlefish, a slime mold, white wine and static electricity.

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