Gallery is Pleased to Present an Exciting Exhibition of New Work by Artist KESHA BRUCE.


An Exhibition of New Work by KESHA BRUCE
December 7th, 2012 - January 2nd, 2013
Friday, December 7th from 6pm-8pm

Morton Fine Art is pleased to present an exciting exhibition of new work by artist KESHA BRUCE.

The exhibition will be on display from December 7th, 2012 through January 2nd, 2013. The opening reception will be held on Friday, December 7th from 6 to 8 pm.

About Kesha Bruce (France, b. USA) and her series, Wrestling with Angels:

For nearly a decade, Kesha Bruce has addressed issues surrounding African-American identity and spirituality in her work. The paintings on paper in her Wrestling with Angels series hint at an even deeper and more direct vein of inquiry into the nature of spiritual struggle in immediate confrontation with the contemporary world.

Inspired by the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with the angel, the 14 artworks depict two figures, of indistinguishable gender, who seem to be engaged in either an intimate dance or a violent struggle. In one work, a nearly transparent and elegantly rendered figure draws the second into a passionate embrace; while in another image, an ominous, imposing figure seems on the verge of striking a fatal blow.

With Bruce's attention shifting more towards the exploration of contemporary spirituality, not surprisingly, the imagery in Wrestling with Angels has become more abstract. Each work is more an evocation of a psychological state than an illustration of a biblical narrative.

In stark contrast to Bruce's past work, which combined photography, collage and text elements, these new works show real evidence of both the artist's hand and personal impulses- intricate patterning and ornamentation collide with zones of chaotic brushwork; fluid washes of color overlap areas of stark linear mark-making, and even the paper itself literally buckles under the weight of the frenzied movement. The end result is a compelling synthesis of color and gesture, deeply informed by narrative, allegory and spirituality.

About Morton Fine Art (MFA):

Founded as an innovative solution to the changing contemporary art market, Morton Fine Art (MFA) is a fine art gallery and curatorial group that collaborates with art collectors and visual artists to inspire fresh ways of acquiring contemporary art. Firmly committed to the belief that anyone can become an art collector, MFA's mission is to provide accessibility to museum-quality contemporary art through a combination of innovative exhibitions and a new generation of art services.

For further information and images, please contact Amy Morton:


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