Two painters held the opening for their first joint solo exhibition at The Dollhaus II art gallery on May 13. Artists Bee Heim and Simone Lubrani’s work is now on display at the outsider art gallery located at 23 Cottage Street.
Bee Heim is an organic pastry chef whose spectacular delights are often staples at art openings at the gallery, in addition to being a flowering artist herself. Simone Lubrani gets up at 4 a.m. every day for a disciplined life involving family of four Daschunds, his art, and his spiritual practices, all while working as a professional tattoo artist.
These two young artists, both of whom reside in Staten Island, are at the beginning of their careers, and use many mediums and concepts. The Dollhaus II has curated a show with their works together, “because it just makes sense.”
Heim is a young modern impressionist experimenting with her work. She has been in two group shows at The Dollhaus II, but this is her first public “solo” exhibition.
“I like to paint places that I normally would want to escape to, to get away from the stress of my daily life,” Heim told the Bayonne Community News. “A lot of the places are places that I actually used to go to, some of them I dream about and try to recreate that dream landscape. Recently, I started dabbling is some kind of geometric stuff, almost like art therapy.”
Heim described one of her most recent pieces as being therapeutic amid the current state of the world: “This is a fun little project that I’ve been working on for the past two years. It’s oil paint mixed with marker, mixed with glue, mixed with old photography that I’ve done over the past 15 years. It’s kind of like a mish-mosh of whatever emotional outlet I needed to get out at the time, something I would work on at night after a long stressful day. Just color or whatever I felt that day.”
Heim is also a professional baker, who regularly bakes for art openings at the gallery. While she typically chefs up some cupcakes, this time around she treated attendees to two flavors of perfectly executed macarons.
While Heim describes herself as a “shy person,” she was ecstatic about the exhibit opening and called it “surreal.” She added: “I’ve been working on some of these paintings for almost ten years. Some of them have been quick like a year, or two year pieces. This is me on display.”
Lubrani is a young modern surrealist finding his way through painting. He has been in two group shows at The Dollhaus II, but this is also his first public “solo” art exhibition and he is just getting started.
A tattoo artist originally from the seaside town of Viareggio, Italy, Lubrani began tattooing in Italy before moving to Los Angeles before finding his way to New York in pursuit of his passion. But when Lubrani’s not tattooing, he likes to create art different from his day job.
With this exhibit, Lubrani told BCN he was trying to invoke “some introspection and freedom.” He seeks to provoke thought while freeing himself of the intense restriction of tattooing what a client is paying for.
“It’s very therapeutic for me,” Lubrani said, of the methods he used to create some of the pieces. In a way, it was like art therapy to Lubrani in the same way that it was to Heim during the creation of some of her pieces in the exhibit.
And Lubrani also likes to use many mediums: “I like to use oil, ink, and paper.” He is also a self-described man of few words, whose art speaks for him when he does not.
“The pieces contain a lot of mathematics and geometry,” Lubrani said. “Some of it planned out, some it very spontaneous. I’m trying to break up how disciplined my actual commercial art and just trying to create some form of liberty and freedom with what I create on the canvas. It’s a completely different medium than what I do.”
This exhibit will be on display at Dollhaus II until June 12. For more information, go to xdollhausx.com.
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