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Lyons Wier Gallery opens a virtual exhibition of works by Valeri Larko
Valeri Larko, Sign of the Times XI (Courage), 2019, Oil on panel, 10 x 8 in / 25 x 20 cm. @ Lyons Wier Gallery.


NEW YORK, NY.- "Sign of the Times" takes its name from Valeri Larko's intimate paintings of billboards in and around the Bronx, New York. The title also refers to the strange era of planetary and political upheaval in which we currently live. Click here to see the Virtual Exhibition

Larko's newest paintings continue her exploration of the ordinary, often overlooked, environs of the outer boroughs of NYC, all of which she paints on location. Her work encourages the viewer to slow down and rediscover the world around them. In "Sign of the Times," she focuses more sharply on signage and the odd juxtapositions that occur in the urban landscape.

The artist's fascination with billboards began during the financial crisis of 2008-2009 when she noticed the increasing appearance of blank billboards popping up in the Bronx and beyond. Since then, some of those billboards have remained blank while others have hawked both religious and anti-science messages as well as a plethora of advertisements for personal injury lawyers. Larko juxtaposes these often dire warnings with the recent proliferation of more inspirational signage. She also celebrates the emotional respite that blank billboards offer the viewer amongst the incessant din of 21st century messaging.

Larko introduces us to fringe areas of all kinds, including timeworn tire shops, porn stores, motels, and train trestle underpasses - all whispering with untold tales. The unexpected vibrancy of these sites continually pull Larko back to share their unique stories. Read more.

Valeri Larko was educated at the Du Cret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ and The Art Students League in New York City. She has exhibited extensively in the Tri-state area including a ten year survey exhibition,"Bronx Focus: Paintings by Valeri Larko" at the Bronx Museum in 2016 and a recent solo exhibition "Hidden City" at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg PA in 2019. Her work is found in public and corporate collections such as Jersey City Museum, NJ, Montclair Museum, NJ, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, New Jersey Transit, Secaucus, NJ, Rutgers University, Johnson & Johnson, Fox Industries, MacArthur Petroleum, IMTT, Bayonne, NJ, Cooper Alloy, NJ to name a few. Based in New Rochelle, NY, Valeri Larko currently paints at various sites around the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, NY.










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