MUST PAINT: Sharon Broit, Betsy Friedman and Erik Schoonebeek
August 8 - September 12, 2009

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Roos Arts
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MUST PAINT: Sharon Broit, Betsy Friedman and Erik Schoonebeek
August 8 - September 12, 2009
Opening Reception, Saturday, August 8th, 7 – 9 pm

Roos Arts is pleased to present a three person exhibition, “Must Paint: Sharon Broit, Betsy Friedman and Erik Schoonebeek”. These three artists have one thing in common: they collect. Broit, to name only a few of her obsessions, has a collection of women’s sexy, elaborate vintage shoe adornments and mid-century textile pattern goauches. Friedman’s studio and home are adorned with uncountable species of objects and artworks, postcards, magazines and kitsch. Schoonebeek collects book covers, boxes, music scores, and old paper, all of which he often uses as painting surfaces. Each artist utilizes in their work their collected items in direct or indirect ways often leaving the viewer contemplating on images that exist between fact and fiction.

Small-scale paintings and works on paper will dominate the show and address both the urgency and obsessive nature in their works. Broit’s multi-layered surfaces are an abstract visual spectacle. Colors and lines work to create intricate, ever-engaging swirling forms. The generosity of Friedman’s bright colors and shapes and her obsessive layering of images in the paintings, lend each piece the possibility of spatially continuing on to infinity. Contrasted with these two artists, Schoonebeek’s relationship to reality is rooted in the objects that he paints on and flat nature of his gouache paintings that keeps the eye focused. “Must Paint Soon,” writes Schoonebeek, expressing an urgency that is obvious in the works of all three artists.

Erik Schoonebeek received his BFA at State University of New Paltz. He is to begin his MFA at Rutger University starting this fall. Recent exhibitions include group shows at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA and Jeff Bailey Gallery in NYC; and a solo exhibition at James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He recently moved to New Brunswick, NJ from Highland, NY.

Betsy Friedman received her BFA at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Recent exhibitions include group shows at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA; and solo exhibitions at Adam Baumgold Gallery and White Columns in New York. She lives and works in Bearsville, NY and New York City.

Sharon Broit received her BFA in painting at Middlesex University in London. She is a co-founder of Hairy Mary’s Vintage in NYC where she shows her own work and other vintage collections. She lives and works in Saugerties, NY and New York City.

Additional information for “Must Paint: Sharon Broit, Betsy Friedman and Erik Schoonebeek” is available upon request by contacting Heige Kim at 718-755-4726 or via email at hk@roosarts.com.