Albany Center Gallery presents In The Altogether, featuring sculptures by Emil Alzamora and paintings, collage and drawings by Andrea Hersh opening June 15 and running until July 24. The opening reception will be held on July 2, 6 p.m. 8 p.m., in conjunction with 1st Friday. The closing reception will be held on Saturday, July 24, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Albany Center Gallery is located at 39 Columbia Street between N. Pearl and Broadway in downtown Albany, NY.
Emil Alzamora's sculptures explore the human form. By exaggerating and warping various parts of the human form, he seeks to depict a tale of a conundrum or event, or to unveil "an emotional or physical situation." Alzamora explores the intangible concept of limit and possibility through the tangible depiction of the human form. With such a high level of craft, it is no surprise that Alzamora is a third generation artist. His concepts are shown masterfully through skills further developed at the Florida State University and dramatically honed at the Polich Art Works of Newburg, NY. Alzamora is an internationally recognized artist and has exhibited his work in numerous one-person exhibitions, most recently at Artbreak Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. In 2008 Turner Carrol Gallery selected his work for "Artists to Watch" and he has participated in prominent art fairs throughout the nation.
Andrea Hersh's experiences are just as colorful as the work she produces. Hersh had her first solo exhibition in 2003 at Gallery Boreas in Williamsburg, NY and has exhibited her work internationally ever since. Primarily gaining attention in New York State, most notably in 2004 when she received a coveted New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in the painting category, Hersh is part of the Perogi Flate-files in New York, NY and she most recently took part in a group exhibition at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY. Hersh focuses on the interlocking of concepts inspired by thoughts that occur during sleep, fantasy, and short moments in time. She is interested in the human condition including our vulnerability, desires and excessive consumption. The human form (as with Alzamora's work) take center stage and she gently balances themes of destruction of the world around us with blatant whimsy and humor.