Kingston Times Article: Pablo Shine and Dina Pearlman exhibit work at ART BAR
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Art Professors Pablo Shine and Dina Pearlman exhibit at ART BAR
by Lynn Woods on Jul 18, 2016 • 4:26 pm for the Kingston Times
The ARTBAR Gallery, located at 674 Broadway in Midtown, is featuring the large representational paintings of Pablo Shine and the photographs and abstract paintings of Dina Alcalay Pearlman in an exhibition entitled “Sacred.” Shine, a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Kingston — he is also a percussionist and teaches art at SUNY Ulster — paints lively, majestic images of elephants, posed frontally and entirely filling the canvas, in shimmering, mother-of-pearl colors, a kind of spiritual portrait; the work specifically references the symbolism of elephants in the Lucumi/Santeria religion, which was brought to Puerto Rico from Africa (the elephant represents the deity Obatala, he noted). The solo dancing figure in “Black Majesty” is inspired by Puerto Rican poet Luis Pales Matos, while the brightly colored masked dancers in Shine’s other works refer to the tricksters of carnival that takes place in Loiza, on the northeast coast of the island. Shine’s specific interest in the island’s African traditions stems from an exploration of his roots.
Pearlman’s monumental black-and-white photographs of people clutching and obscured by various objects, ranging from roots to a giant burdock leaf to masks (two of these are of Shine; in one you mainly see his large smoky cigar as he pulls back from the mask, an image that suggests an instance of spontaneous combustion), suggest, in their symmetry and somber illumination, a kind of ritualism. Consisting of work dating from 20 years ago up to the present, the digital prints have the rich tones, depth and luminosity of film, an effect Pearlman (who was a dedicated darkroom photographer before finally making the switch) achieves by treating the surface with encaustic.”