Svetlana Rabey in the Lobby

Roger Smith Hotel is delighted to present the first lobby show of 2019, a collection of mixed media work by Svetlana Rabey.

Rabey takes us on a thoughtful and intricate journey of colors, shapes and materials. The work will be on show from February 6-May 19, 2019.

“My creative process is one of chaos and choreography, in which I destroy and build by moving and responding to the materials I am working in through line, color, texture, and composition. The dialogue is intense, and impulsive, first generating chaos and then editing this chaos, carefully, calibrating the balance between freedom and structure. Because I come from a background immersed in the performing arts, primarily classical ballet, I am both very sensitive to movement, and composition in space yet also compelled to rebel against the rigidity of this background and search for a loss of control, and freedom of expression. In the watercolors, arc like shapes are repeated and layered, leaving behind a plastic continuity of movement and memory. Tension lies in the controlled, silhouetted line of the painting gesture against the impact of gravity on the materials. The beaded drawing pieces are meticulously beaded over mayhem of stitching on scraps of linen. By following the lines of the chaotic stitches, the beads illuminate a new design and dimension.”

-Svetlana Rabey

The focus of Rabey’s creative process is the interaction of the materials with her personal mark making. Whether painting, drawing, or sewing, images are generated by chaos and then edited, carefully calibrating freedom and structure. In the watercolors, Arc like shapes are repeated and layered, leaving behind a plastic continuity of movement and memory. Tension lies in the controlled, silhouetted line of the painting gesture against the impact of gravity on the materials. The beaded drawing pieces are meticulously beaded over mayhem of stitching on scraps of linen. By following the lines of the chaotic stitches, the beads illuminate a new design and dimension. https://www.svetlanarabey.com/

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 30 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.

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