Sugar Press Art Presents: Breath Meets Body

Works by Noëmi Manser & Mahya Shamai
Sugar Press Art presents

Sugar Press Art presents The breath meets the body

A multi-layered collection by artists Noëmi Manser and Mahya Shamai

June 25 – July 16

620 S. Main Street

Los Angeles, California 90014

Wed – Sat | 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Opening reception

June 25, 2022

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA (June 2, 2022) – LA’s art scene is rich and extensive, just like the city itself, spanning genres and styles. The New Light in the Art Horizon, Sugar Press Art Presents The breath meets the bodya beautiful stacked collection by Noëmi Manser and Mahya Shamai.

Artwork by Noemi Manser
Sugar Press Art presents

The works of the two artists complement each other not as two distinct collections, but as a cohesive spectacle, juxtaposing grounded figures and airy floral compositions, all enveloped in an ethereal air. The result is a dream state, a world similar to ours, but with more lightness, evoking emotion with every look. Audiences are invited to journey through the show, taking particular note of the titular elements – their breath and their awareness of their own bodies. With playful interpretations of gravity, the show touches on both the emotional and the physical. While both artists’ work exists in a liminal space, they vary in color palette and subject matter.

Manser’s pieces evoke the feeling of love, not as a cliché, but as a true and pure driving force. Viewers see the world Manser created through rose-colored glasses, a little blurry and upside-down, but exuding warm feelings. The flowers themselves appear to float, based on the idea that gardens would soar into the sky were it not for the stems that tie them to the ground.

Mahya Shamai artwork
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Shamai’s work is also related to breathwork, although it is on the other end of the spectrum, dealing with some of life’s heavier issues like mortality with a lighthearted approach. A simple meditation on truly unanswered questions, these works are an invitation to perceive and contemplate openly the mysterious nature of existence. Shamai manages to explore extremes and opposites – inhale and exhale; black and white; all and nothing; life and death, gently and silently.

The breath meets the body opens with a reception on June 25, remaining on view until July 16.

About Mahya Shamai

Mahya Shamai was born and raised in Southern California, where she currently works and resides. Drawing and painting have always come naturally to her, which she cherishes for their ability to communicate what is beyond language. The most fundamental questions of existence are its main subjects – subjects such as death, being and self-formation. Recognizing that these are unanswered questions, she finds value in the experience of not knowing. Shamai creates spaces for the unknown to be contemplated in a beautiful and ever-graspable way with points of evocative realism. Her interest in spirituality, particularly her Islamic background, strongly informs the visual imagery of her work.

About Noemi Manser

Noëmi is a Swiss artist, based in New York. His work is like a visual diary. Examining the tension between the spiritual and the material, ideals and perversion, Noëmi’s works present these tensions, evoking confusion and eroticism, while remaining colorful and hopeful. Adhering to the principle of polarity, she shows an uninhibited, provocative and direct character that documents her personal approach. Common elements in her works are unique body parts, faces and symbols that she places in her paintings in a symmetrical and dramatic way. By describing her own inner conflicts, processes and transformations, she translates what cannot be described with words but with the universal language of art.

About Sugar Press Art

Sugar Press Art is the leader in contemporary and environmentally sustainable archival fine art prints. Launched on Earth Day in early 2016, once technology advanced enough to create museum-quality fine art prints on state-of-the-art 100% recycled paper, they started with just six artists and have grown to represent over 100. Their unique and often philanthropic partnerships with artists, galleries, businesses and charities uniquely position them in a whole new niche. Each print is made in their print studio, in Los Angeles, where they print for museums and gallery exhibitions around the world. Sugar Press also represents original works from our eclectic roster of artists.

Rachel J. Bradford