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October 31, 2009, New York, NY– Forum Gallery presents the two-woman exhibition Holly Lane / Cybèle Young. Both artists create work with the highest of artistic ambition and consummate craft, but their narratives are quite different, and the materials they use contrast, creating a visually stimulating joint exhibition.

Toronto artist Cybèle Young produces unique, colorful, dimensional “paintings” entirely created from handmade Japanese paper and her own copperplate etchings. Inspired by the fleeting day-to-day occurrences that comprise everyday life, Young’s miniature worlds have been described as “deviously funny, somewhat ominous, or even potentially dangerous.” As she meticulously recreates seemingly quotidian objects, her subconscious imbues them with animate qualities: teapots and umbrellas come to life in conversation, brassieres have thoughts, and armchairs even develop to-do lists. Each work is an arresting picture of an imaginative idea, and compels attention, thought and broad smiles.

Living in Northern California, Holly Lane prefers to work in solitude to germinate the ideas for her iconographic altarpieces. A self-taught wood carver, Lane uses elaborate carving to bring each work into three-dimensions. Many of Lane’s intricate works focus around surreal allegorical scene paintings of modern-day fairy tales and narratives about the role of women in society, spiritual faith, and the environment.

These contemporary altarpieces touch on human foibles with incisive humor and delicious wit, she creates results at once intimate and dramatic, tiny and imposing, and always penetrating and perceptive.

The opening reception with the artists will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The exhibition continues through Wednesday, December 23, 2009. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at For more information please contact Forum Gallery.

Location: New York 4th Floor

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