Art Exhibition: The Lights We See

August 13, 2019/ by Olivia Ramirez

We love refreshing our work environment each season with new art exhibitions by local and global artists. On Thursday, August 15th from 5:30-7:30 PM, let’s get together to celebrate a new art show at The Yard: Flatiron North in NYC. The Lights We See features artworks by Aranka Israni and Natalia D’onofrio, curated by Standard Arts.

This striking NYC art show fascinates viewers with daring interpretations of color. Aranka Israni turns to physics to produce mixed media visuals that resemble constellations, while D’onofrio translates the music that she hears into evocative, yet simplistic chromogenic prints.

Aranka Israni: Constellations

Aranka Israni is a fine artist born in Seattle, WA. She primarily works with nude photography but also explores “how to capture the explosive nature of a meditative process” through her Constellations series. In this series, Israni combines powder pigments from Holi, the Festival of Colors, and crushed crystals and gemstones using temperature and gravity. This process stimulates movement and eventually hardens the materials, creating a cosmic, visual effect. Israni’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in New York and across the globe.

Artwork by Aranka Israni

Art by Aranka Israni, from the Constellations series

Natalia D’onofrio: Chromatic Rhapsody 

Natalia D’onofrio is a visual artist born in New York. In her current work, D’onofrio explores a variety of media and materials while creating artworks that stem from music. She is also inspired by synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which an external stimulus causes a reaction in two or more senses at the same time. Based on this blending of the senses, she translates music into visual art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous gallery shows in New York, and she has participated in the “Sing for Hope Pianos” project, painting and installing pianos for the public to play throughout the city’s five boroughs.

Artwork by Natalia D'onofrio

Art by Natalia D’onofrio, from the Chromatic Rhapsody series 

About Standard Arts

Standard Arts provides a public voice to the arts community by curating artwork in unexpected, publicly accessible locations. The Standard Arts Young Artists Program explores the potential of creators at different career points. The first exhibition conducted through the Young Artists Program, The Light We See at The Yard features work by Natalia D’onofrio and Aranka Israni, who both play with motion, color, and light in their work. D’onofrio’s Chromatic Rhapsody and Israni’s Constellations series further act as ersatz rorschach tests, inviting the viewer to decipher the abstract imagery through their own lens of experience.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting, multi-floor exhibition on August 15th. Special thanks to Standard Arts for putting together such a stellar show for our community.



This exhibition is part of The Yard Art Program, which features seasonally rotating art exhibitions and permanent collections across The Yard’s locations. You can read more about our current exhibitions on our blog.