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Gracie Mansion Gallery

Ilona Malka Rich
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Contact: Gracie Mansion, Gracie Mansion Gallery, tel: 212-505-7055, fax: 212-477-0360, email:

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dorfman Projects, in collaboration with Gracie Mansion Gallery, is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Ilona Malka Rich. Ilona Malka Rich is a whirlwind of energy.  A master of cross-disciplines, her work is a volatile cocktail of equal parts sculpture, painting, sound, and movement. She creates giant sculptures with wild abandon and then covers them with obsessive, realist vignettes and precise cartoon imagery. Rich moves effortlessly from sweeping gestures at one moment to working with a one hair brush the next. The work is truly a marriage of opposites – obsessive and expansive, high and low, fact and fiction.

A disciple of the “too much is never enough” school, Rich often embellishes her work with plastic flowers, dental retainers, fabric remnants and rubber food. “Pumpkin”, a light-up jack-o-lantern, is accompanied by a jinx removing spray and a signed photograph of Hillary Clinton.  Once a 2 inch notation on a drawing, “Weight Lifter ” is now a seven foot bas relief sculpture with light bulb eyes.  It is  covered with a wild assortment of images ranging from a waitress serving pastries to a Chinese girl hanging in a tree armed with a spear.  “Wheel of Fortune” has developed into an interactive sculpture covered with an encyclopedic array of paintings and drawings where each turn of the wheel brings a gift. In addition, this show will have a sculpture that blows bubbles, a menagerie of animals, including dogs that bark, and a giant, interactive see-saw.

Ilona Malka Rich’s work is fresh and exuberant.  Through a dialog between the sculpture and its notations, she combines the innocence of youth with the realities of adulthood.

Additional images of works in the exhibition can also be seen at

The hours for Dorfman Projects are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. 

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