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Established in 1996, James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery
is located in the second floor loft space of the former 1917 firehouse
at 45 E. Main Street (Rt.520) in Historic Holmdel Village, NJ 07733
Entrance on the inside corner of building & additional parking lots in the rear.

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Susannah Martin


During Mansions in May, 2014 (May 1st through 31st), Susannah Martin's large scale painting "Baltanz" will be displayed as part of the Blairsden Mansion's An Art Collector's Sanctuary exhibition. Please also visit or contact James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery regarding additional works on view by the artist and available through the gallery.

"Balztanz" by Susannah Martin:
The painting " Balztanz " is part of my continuing series of nudes in landscape. For years I have been fascinated by how artists have chosen to depict the human body in nature throughout history and how this special variety of the nude reflects the current cultural attitude toward nature as a whole. At present, our dislocated relationship to the natural world imbues any nude in landscape with a certain sense of absurdity. All of my work plays with the absurdity of our position as foreigners in our own habitat. It is one of my most sincere desires to take the painted nude out of its´ limited role as erotic fodder for our insatiable appetite for sexual consumption and use it to address broader anthropological issues.

" Balztanz" is inspired by the classic mythological story of Leda and the Swan. The cranes in the painting are however not animal costumed Gods but simple cranes. " Balztanz" is a German word for mating dance, an activity which is particularly flamboyant in cranes. The young lady in the stream appears to have been surprised during her skinny dip by the energetic group of birds engaged in a mating dance, and the intended audience for their theatrical display is called into question. She does not seem to be impressed with the birds´ performance or with their offering of a frog. In fact one has more a sense of harassment on the part of the birds. There is a subtle power shift taking place in what we expect to be a romantic scene. The animals are in power and have out-numbered, out-witted and out-performed the small and helpless human. Nature, if only for a moment of visual fantasy, is the dominant force once again.

As seen in the May 2014 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine in support of the Blairsden Mansion Atrium exhibition.

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