Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Geri Taper and Ronald Braunstein at WalkOver Gallery in Bristol

The WalkOver Gallery has the unique opportunity of showing a series of paper works and drawings by the late Geri Taper. These works will be presented alongside recent paintings by her son, Ronald Braunstein, the orchestral conductor and painter.

This show, entitled Portraits, presents two artists, mother and son, and is not to be missed. It is a rare opportunity to view Taper's work locally and to view Braunstein's new artistic directions.

The Portraits show will run from December 10, 2011- January 13, 2012. There will be an opening on Saturday December 10, 2011 from 5-8pm. The WalkOver is open Monday to Friday 9-4 or by appointment (802) 453-3188.

Geri Taper's work is a passionate amalgamation of line and tone. Displayed will be a series of moody, inky self portraits and a series of playful "Paul Klee-esque" watercolors. The works are intimate and captivating. Taper has been collected by such greats as Alice Tully and Agnes Gund. Approximately 50 of her large "Red and Blue" series were collected by the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Art. Ms.Taper painted in New York during the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s she suffered several hospitalizations due to bipolar illness that slowed her otherwise illustrious and productive career.

Ronald Braunstein, Geri Taper's son is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied music composition and conducting, receiving a Bachelor of Music in conducting. Mr. Braunstein spent four years working with Maestro von Karajan in Berlin. He has conducted a huge array of orchestras and held many prestigious titles all throughout the world. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of ME2/orchestra, a classical music ensemble created for individuals with issues maintaining mental heath and those who support them.

In addition to his music career, Braunstein studied 2-and 3-dimensional design at the Pratt Institute of Design in New York, where he later taught on the Master's level. Recently, he has been using his visual intelligence to express himself in painting as a counterbalance to his experiences conducting.

The WalkOver will show several of Braunstein's large paintings created on recycled materials. His paintings speak through a language of space, rhythm, and gesture.

Images: Geri Taper, watercolor and ink on paper, 1990
Ronald Braunstein, paint on cardboard