Currently showing at Pleiades are works on paper by Greta Jaklitsch, a photographer , and Linda Ganus Albulescu, who shows drawings in various mediums in this show.
Albulescu’s subject honors New York women who worked for and witnessed the suffrage cause from 1850-1920, often risking their own safety as they persisted in their quest. The portraits, mostly done in ink wash or graphite, portray both well-known and anonymous women of the era. Some cautiously peek out from beneath huge Edwardian picture hats; others, less concerned with fashion, confront the viewer with a steady gaze. Most of the closely-observed works are small, hung as if in a victorian parlor hallway, and invite the viewer close in to share an intimate, personal view of the subjects.
Jaklitsch’s photographs delight the eye with their unique framed views and perspectives on the world around us; she has a gift for capturing interesting geometric arrangements that happen to occur naturally. The curved arcs of a lotus petal echo the circles of water ripples in the background. A figure-eight propeller, caught in mid-spin on an airplane wing, slices through the vertical axis of the image. Reflections of a skyscraper undulate on another building’s sensuously curved metal surface. All of the works emanate a quiet lyricism along with their hints of geometric abstraction.
The shows run through Saturday, April 15 at Pleiades Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., NYC. Tues–Sat., 11–6.