Richard Sloat
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Press Release: Safe-T-Gallery, 111 Front Street, Brooklyn (DUMBO)
October 20 - November 19, 2005
Opening: October 20, 6-8 PM

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Since the 1970's Richard Sloat has been making prints that capture the density, excitement and heightened reality of New York City, or a city very similar to New York. In his layered cityscapes Sloat brings a "clarity to the phantasmagoria of viewing the world and brings us to its visual essence, which is so satisfying, the world seen afresh." Some prints are transformations and intensifications of scenes we recognize -- others are abstractions from which the city lies only just below the surface. But always, as critics have noted, the energy of the city pulses through.

The New York Times spoke of Sloat's prizewinning etching "Bridges, Boats, Brooklyn," which will be on view, as using "light and movement to weave together the conflicting energies of New York City." John Goodrich in recently noted the "lush specificity of atmosphere" in the more naturalistic prints whereas "Cubist stylizations enter into other images" where "bridge ramps dotted with bumper to bumper traffic and endless walls of windows become the streams of energy tying these compositions together." He noticed, too, an ability to integrate into this dynamic sweep "zones of intimate activity."

Richard Sloat studied with Rackstraw Downes at the University of Pennsylvania and with Roberto Delmonica at the Art Students League. A winner of multiple prizes, Sloat received the Leo Meisner Prize twice at the National Academy of Design, of which he is now an elected member. Active also in bringing artists together, Sloat is currently president of the Society of American Graphic Artists. His work has been widely exhibited and collected in New York, the United States and internationally, and he is included in the collections of the British Museum, New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, the Israel Museum and others.

The show will run concurrently with "Independence", an exhibit of the photographs by his son Ben Sloat.

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