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Then this…Exhibition

March 22, 2016April 21, 2016

In the words of Ran Ortner:

There are moments in the rhythm of moving water where one encounters breathtaking potential. I navigate the collision of opposites at life’s centre, both brutally tragic and endlessly tender. The ocean mirrors the tempo of my body, the beating of my heart, the in and out of my breath. Waves like a metronome mark the present, each insisting: Now. In the ocean I am immersed in now. Yet in the ancient body of the sea I feel the root of time. In the pulsing surge I feel the wild place of my wilderness  beginnings. There is no totem to the irrational more potent. Nothing points to the stirrings of my unconscious more than what lies below the surface. No peril is more ominous. Yet the sea is where I bathe my wounds, where I get lost in all that is luxuriously infinite. I am intoxicated by the elegant rage of the endless sea.

In 2009 Ortner won the inaugural ArtPrize competition, significantly changing the path of his career. The New York Times covered the win with a half page image of Ornter’s winning painting, as well as the WSJ, BBC and NPR Studio 360.

In early 2011, Ornter’s ‘Deep Water No. 1’  was selected as the visual centerpiece of Le Bernardin and was featured in the New York Times. The following year, Ortner was the focus of a long form interview on his life and work for The Sun Magazine’s issue on creativity.

In 2013 the Dutch government commissioned ‘Element No. 5’ as the visual centerpiece for the United Nations, World Water Day at the World Forum in The Hague.

Two large paintings, ‘Element No. 1’ and ‘Element No. 2’ are currently on display in the lobby of 7 World Trade Centre at the invitation of Larry and Klara Silverstein.

Ortner works from his studio in Brooklyn to produce works for upcoming shows (www.ranortner.com).

Opening Reception: March 22, 5:00 PM, Dana Gallery 


March 22, 2016
April 21, 2016
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