A Hewlett native creates new artwork


Ross Bleckner grew up in Hewlett, before he gained recognition for his artwork, which is consider unique by art critics. After a five-year hiatus, Bleckner has a new show, his first, at the Petzel Gallery in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. “Pharmaceutria” runs until June 15. The title word is Latin for sorceress.

The show includes his signature dark, hypnotic Monet- and El Greco-inspired canvases with their themes of personal and emotional healing, in pieces such as “Burn Painting,” “When You Think You Have Nothing,” “Your Map of This Place,” “Flag, and Not My Future,” all created in the past three years.

Bleckner’s work has been displayed across the country world at venues such as the SFMoMA, the ICA Philadelphia, Kunsthalle Zuriche, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

The Petzel Gallery is at 456 W. 18th Street. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.