Elinore Schnurr, a Long Island City-based artist known for compelling scenes of daily life in Manhattan, is opening an exhibition of her paintings, entitled Figuratively Speaking in New York City, this Sunday at the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Currently, Schnurr’s work appears in private collections and museums across the country, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. Considering herself “a contemporary representational painter,” she enjoys depicting the world as she sees it. Be it people exchanging glances as they pass on the street, or a couple sharing a glass of wine in a restaurant, Schnurr makes us question our relationships to each other and to the world around us.
Many of the works in Figuratively Speaking in New York City are scenes of people sitting at cafes and restaurants. In one painting, a man sits alone, gazing into the distance; another features a couple in conversation, oblivious to a television set just above, showing scenes of blatant violence.
There are also reflections on the windows of these scenes which mirror what is happening outside on the streets. These reflections from the outside world make the subjects seem more isolated from reality in their own small worlds they are creating for themselves.
In her attempt to depict a sense of reality, Schnurr leaves the viewer with a lingering feeling of loneliness – offering her viewers an impetus to engage more with the world around them.
For more information about Schnurr and her paintings, visit her official website at elinoreschnurr.com. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition opens at the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, New Canaan Library this Sunday, April 13 from 3pm-5pm. ADDRESS: 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840. For more information visit newcanaanlibrary.org