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Laylah Ali and Kenny Rivero: Two Truths 

Laylah Ali, "Untitled"(Acephalous series), 2015, gouache, acrylic, watercolor, and pencil on paper, 40 12 x 56 in. Courtesy the Artist

Laylah Ali, Untitled (Acephalous series) (detail), 2015, gouache, acrylic, watercolor, and pencil on paper, 40 12 x 56 in. Courtesy the artist

How is truth woven into the narratives we tell ourselves and each other? Within our current socio-political climate, teasing out the thread of truth can be elusive. It’s tempting to dismiss a story or perception when the pattern doesn’t match our own.

While both Laylah Ali and Kenny Rivero take on the more malignant, messy, and painful facets of the human condition, they do so in markedly different ways. Where Rivero’s paintings are dark and gestural, Ali’s are bright and clinically precise. Where Rivero uses paint to allude to what we can’t see within the picture frame, Ali describes a contained theatrical event whose exactitude belies the complicated pathos within.

Painting has long been an endeavor that renders both truth and illusion in the same plane. In Two Truths we see both truth and illusion deployed in complex arrays that are personally resonant and collectively shared.

Kenny Rivero, Bacon, Eggs, and Jesus, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10 in. Courtesy Anthony Grant, New York.

Kenny Rivero, Bacon, Eggs, and Jesus, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10 in. Courtesy Anthony Grant, New York

Laylah Ali and Kenny Rivero: Two Truths is organized by guest curators Elizabeth Dubben (‘05 BFA Studio Art, ‘09 MBA) and Kathy Greenwood (‘92, BS in Studio Art).

Reception

Time: Friday, January 24, 5 to 7 p.m.

Location: Esther Massry Gallery
1002 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

Artist Talk

Time: Friday, January 24, 7 p.m.

Location: Picotte Recital Hall
Massry Center for the Arts
1002 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

Free and open to the public.

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Image credits:

Laylah Ali, Untitled (Acephalous series), 2015, gouache, acrylic, watercolor, and pencil on paper, 40 1/2 x 56 in. Courtesy the Artist

Kenny Rivero, Bacon, Eggs, and Jesus, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10 in. Courtesy Anthony Grant, New York

Lectures at the Esther Massry Gallery

The Gallery hosts numerous lectures by artists, curators and other prominent figures in the art world. Check out the YouTube channel of recent and past events!

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