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    BRAMA, October 14, 2008, 1:00 am ET

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    Artist Ilona Sochynsky Opens Solo Exhibition
    At The Noyes Museum

    Ilona Sochynsky, Fetish

    OCEANVILLE, N.J. – The Noyes Museum of Art is pleased to present a major solo exhibition by artist Ilona Sochynsky entitled "Abstract Intrigue" from October 14 through November 30, 2008 with an artist's opening reception on November 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Abstract Intrigue, which features over 26 oil paintings on canvas in varying levels of abstraction, is the artist's first solo show at the Noyes Museum. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. For ticket information, call (609) 652-8848 of visit

    Sochynsky's abstract paintings combine surrealism with intense colors in striking shapes that move the viewer across the canvas. A strong compositional tension creates the sense of push and pull where images dance, collide, overshadow and float. She displays a clear love of composition, design and balance in her work, creating abstract illusions where images offer brief glimpses of reality. She reconstructs images by breaking down components and rebuilding them into one collage-like surface. Recognizable forms, human or otherwise, motivate the viewer to see something familiar, but the true meaning of each image remains unknown.

    Sochynsky's work reflects her strong classical art training, technical mastery and design background. Her work shares many common themes and concerns that emerged in the art field during the 1960s and 1970s including the Photorealism movement and the work of American painter James Rosenquist (1933). In her earlier work, Sochynsky used photography and collage as source materials from which to experiment. She painted photo-realistic images and densely packed compositions filled with intense bursts of color next to dark ominous shapes. In the search to expand her earlier hyper-realistic work the artist pushed toward more free design where color, pattern and composition became dominant characters. Realism moved increasingly toward abstraction and the mysteriousness of floating forms and overlapping planes took shape as in The Scream, an eerie, surrealistic reference to the Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) painting of the same name completed in 1893.

    Her series entitled Fragments are interrelated paintings that magnify the subject matter into abstract and uncertain forms. In reference to her creative process the artist says, "I am currently engaged in studying the singular aspect of what is left over after deconstruction. Can some sense be made of a fragment? Can it permutate into something that has meaning for me? I hope the viewer will be sensitive to the personal imagery which emerges. The art explores the struggle of the unconscious bubbles of the psyche as it strives to the surface seeking to liberate itself from the constraints of convention and social norms."

    In her Capriccio series Sochynsky explores pushing the confines of the paintings' edges to explore three dimensional qualities as if the shapes were about to explode from their boundaries. Capriccio in the musical sense can be defined as an instrumental piece in free form style. Sochynsky decidedly moved away from the confines of a rectangular canvas, by adding a third dimension and altering the shape of the canvas. The contours of the fragments within the composition dictate the outer borders. Sochynsky's new direction is still evolving as her recent work explores altering levels of focus. Exploring the mystery of obscuring reality and playing with spatial illusion she forges new boundaries yet to be defined.

    Sochynsky, who resides in Margate, N.J., is a prolific fine artist, graphic designer and educator. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University School of Art, Sochynsky has been exhibiting her works in a multiplicity of media since the early 1980s in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Rhode Island. She owned a design firm specializing in corporate communications and has taught as an adjunct professor at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College. Her work is held in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of The Zimmerli Art Museum in N.J., The Ukrainian Museum in NY and The Noyes Museum of Art in N.J. She has recently been inducted into Who's Who in American Art. Information about the artist can be found at

    The Noyes Museum of Art was founded in 1983 to collect, preserve and exhibit American fine art, crafts and folk art with an emphasis on New Jersey artists and folk art forms, reflecting the area's long history, traditions, landscape and culture. General funding for The Noyes Museum of Art is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winslow Noyes Foundation; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the Odessa F. and Henry D. Kahrs Charitable Trust. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays. The Noyes Museum of Art is located one and a half miles south of Historic Smithville Village, off Route 9, on Lily Lake Road in Oceanville, New Jersey. Admission fees are $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. For more information, please call (609) 652-8848 or visit

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