Hidden City by Valeri Larko, Aug 2019Go Back
On view in the Lobby Gallery August 23 – November 17, 2019
Hidden City features the plein-air landscape paintings of artist Valeri Larko. The overlooked sites that Larko selects for her landscapes are places that many people never see. Larko is drawn to the abandoned and decaying structures around the fringes of the city, urban waterways, and graffiti-laced walls. “Each site has its own story to tell and through patient observation acquired over months of paintng on location, I work to bring that story to life and to capture the visual poetry of these places.”
Valeri Larko grew up in Lake Parsippany, New Jersey, surrounded by miles of industrial parks, highways and shopping malls. These structures inspired her fascination with the built environment. Larko was educated at the Du Cret School of the Arts and the Arts Students League of New York City. She is currently based in in New Rochelle, New York, and is exploring the fringes of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
Larko’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Solo exhibitions include Bronx Museum, NY; Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC; WallWorks NY, Bronx; Hampden Gallery, University of Amherst, MA; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Bronx River Art Center, NY; The College of New Rochelle, NY; and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit.
Larko has been included in notable group exhibitions at The Bronx Museum, NY; Fleming Museum, VT; Butler Institute of American Art, OH; Addison Ripley Fine Art, Washington DC; Barbara Frigerio Gallery, Milan, Italy; The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC; Bruton Street Gallery in London, England; and the American Embassy in Minsk, Belarus.
In the fall of 2000 Valeri Larko was awarded a major mural commission from New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey State Council on the arts for the Secaucus Transfer Station. She painted four murals for their north mezzanine. Completed in August of 2003, the Secaucus Transfer Station is the largest train station in the state of New Jersey. Additional honors include grants from The Joyce Dutka Art Foundation, the George Sugarman Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Grant, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the Newark Museum. Larko’s work is in the collections of the Jersey City Museum, The Montclair Museum, The New Jersey State Museum, Johnson and Johnson, Rutgers University, Hudson County Community College and a number of other significant organizations.
– Friday September 20, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Third in the Burg- Free admission!
– Friday October 18, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Third in the Burg- Free admission!
– Friday November 15, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Third in the Burg- Free admission!