Alexandra Pacula, “Vertical City,” oil on canvas, 78 x 96 in. © Gallery Henoch

Large-scale and dense urbanism are the focus of this impressionable exhibition in New York City this spring. In addition to the skyscrapers she depicts, this painter’s career is on a vertical trajectory.

Twelve large-scale paintings by Polish-born, New York-based artist Alexandra Pacula compose a brilliant solo exhibition at New York City’s Gallery Henoch from April 20 through May 13. “Vertical City” is an intoxicating exploration of dense urbanism through incredible views of skyscrapers. Using bold, geometric forms with a slight disorienting blur and abstraction, Pacula captures the grandeur of Manhattan’s shimmering towers with her unique creative voice.

Alexandra Pacula, “Surfacing Structures,” oil on canvas, 76 x 86 in. © Gallery Henoch
Alexandra Pacula, “Surfacing Structures,” oil on canvas, 76 x 86 in. © Gallery Henoch
Alexandra Pacula, “Receding Tide,” oil on canvas, 48 x 64 in. © Gallery Henoch
Alexandra Pacula, “Receding Tide,” oil on canvas, 48 x 64 in. © Gallery Henoch
Alexandra Pacula, “Shifting Horizon,” oil on canvas, 22 x 36 in. © Gallery Henoch
Alexandra Pacula, “Shifting Horizon,” oil on canvas, 22 x 36 in. © Gallery Henoch

“In each picture,” the gallery suggests, “Pacula confronts the viewer with a wall of skyscrapers so vast they appear to extend beyond the canvas. Powered by columns of glowing windows, the multitude of soaring buildings projects the vigor of a thriving society and the enchantment of a restless metropolis. The cacophony of lights, represented throughout her canvases by elegant dashes and dots, stimulate multiple shifts of the viewer’s eye, rhythmically articulating the feel of a city captured in a fleeting moment. The singular visual energy is intensified through the exuberant placement of pulsating marks and glazes of brilliant color.”

“Vertical City” is Pacula’s second show with Gallery Henoch. To learn more, visit Gallery Henoch.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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