Vanishing – Penrhyn & Rod Cook

Vanishing – Penrhyn & Rod Cook

African Wildlife Photography Exhibition

January 11th to February 12th

Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
African wildlife is vanishing.
The reasons are numerous and manifesting themselves as if they were choreographed to occur in unison. They include overpopulation of humans which requires more farmland which creates a rapid reduction in habitat; greed which feeds the rationale for poaching and allows markets for ivory and trophies to thrive; local tribal customs and cultures that were once noble and now are turning into impediments to adaptation to changing times; global warming which is already affecting habitats around the world and will eventually completely destroy the delicately balanced ecosystem that supports life in the cradle of civilization; and lack of empathy and weakness of leadership that seems to be rampant on the whole planet.
We are not experts on the incredibly complex issues that threaten the region and can’t speak to what solutions, if any, there are to alleviate the situation. We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it. Words are inadequate to recreate what it feels like to be close to such magical creatures that exist in only one place in the world. There are many reasons for humanity to feel shame as the species who are the stewards of the planet. The disappearance of these animals and the experience of observing their demise, is perhaps the most visible example of that shame.

We are indeed the top of the food chain and we are eating all that is below us into extinction.

Penrhyn and Rod Cook

Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook

A Special LIVE Performance from Geoffrey Doig-Marx

A Special LIVE Performance from Geoffrey Doig-Marx

What makes Rene Soto Gallery special is our commitment to expose viewers to art in all its forms. For example, the upcoming September Opening Reception will feature performance art by NYC-based GDM. He is bringing us a live body painting experience! To get an idea of what this looks like, click to view the video below.

About Geoffrey Doig-Marx

Geoffrey Doig-Marx (GDM) grew up in the Albany area. At age fifteen, he was removed from his home and left to live in runaway shelters and group homes. In the mid 1980s, he moved to New York City and began to pursue a career in dance, musical theatre, and choreography. Since, he has appeared in national tours of the Actors’ Equity Association, and regional productions of West Side Story, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Dames at Sea, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more.

For his day job, GDM teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, Montclair State University, and ARB’s Princeton Ballet School, but he still finds time to be active in the dance community. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, an associate member of The Society of Directors and Choreographers, and founder of The Mantis Project Dance Company.

Additionally, he has made a name for himself as a visual artist. He specializes in abstract portraiture, creating figures with prominent facial features, set off by bold colors — from warm tangerine to cool chartreuse — and thick black and white borderlines.

“I don’t like a lot of art. I only have two pieces in my home. A GDM and a Hirschfeld.
– Chita Rivera

August ’18 Featured Artist: Cesar Alvarez

August ’18 Featured Artist: Cesar Alvarez

César Alvarez has been with us from the beginning, with his painting Pure Love showing up in the background of almost all of our photos. This month, we were so happy to welcome him into the club of featured artists, who are given a solo exhibition and their own opening and closing receptions. His opening reception was last Saturday, and we are still smiling on such a special time. It was particularly special for Mayor Harry W. Rilling, and his wife Lucia, who were also celebrating his birthday. Watch Rene lead guests in singing “Happy Birthday!” in the video below. The closing reception, which is your last chance to see the exhibition in person, is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th.

Happy Birthday to our greatest mayor Harry W. Rilling God bless him. Cheers

Posted by Rene Soto on Monday, August 6, 2018

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