BROOKLYN, NY - This June Causey Contemporary is pleased to announce two solo debut exhibitions to the gallery. Frozen and Filtered will feature Ms. Solomon’s organza sculptures as well as paintings and wall pieces. Also on view will be Phantasm featuring the graphite and charcoal drawings of Amanda Dow Thompson. The public reception at the gallery’s 92 Wythe Ave location will take place on Friday June 18th from 6- 9 pm. The public is invited to attend this event and visit the gallery during regular hours, Wed - Sat 11 am - 7 pm, Sun 12 - 6 pm and Mon 9 am to 5 pm.
Frozen and Filtered | Sonjie Feliciano Solomon
"Frozen and Filtered" will feature Ms. Feliciano Solomon's ethereal organza sculptures, mirrored wall pieces, and enamel paintings. The organza constructions, which are the centerpiece of the exhibition, integrate mathematical principles and artistic insight. These delicate wonders, designed to collapse into small packages, create an atmosphere of calm and tranquility by capturing and diffusing light, and appear to defy gravity. All of her work is inspired by natural elements and fleeting events, such as sunlight breaking through clouds, fog rolling over hills and reflections on water, but fabricated using man-made materials and computer-aided design. Sonjie isolates and simulates natural phenomena and recreates the universal feeling of wonder on a very basic level.
Sonjie Feliciano Solomon was born in Manila, Philippines and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving a degree in industrial design with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design, she worked for a variety of furniture and product design companies. Now Sonjie devotes her time to developing work that straddles the line between art, craft and design. Prior to a career in the arts, she received a business degree from Georgetown University. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe and her work as a copywriter for traditional and interactive advertising agencies led to stints in New York, Hong Kong and Boston. Unsatisfied with staring at a computer all day, she craved the fulfillment of building things with her hands and returned to art school.
Phantasm | Amanda Dow Thompson
In the works on paper, Amanda Dow Thompson continues to explore the relationship between reality and illusion. Playing with the contradictory themes of identity, individuality and conformance, the drawings reference transient, translucent marks first made by solid objects. Glimpses that flicker, spin and dissolve, whisper or shriek according to light, time and the viewer’s perspective. There is a sense of metamorphosis; as pieces which start as replication, spare and unadorned, begin to flesh out in layer, abundance and color. With obsessive repetition, and as the lines between positive and negative blur, drawings take on personalities of their own and are yet tied to their original form. The pieces, hung together, begin to tell a story; each image a phase in the journey of the whole. The subject matter appears to disintegrate, char, melt, freeze, or decay. But as the work struggles through the elements, it emerges, fresh, vibrant and melodious, and one is reminded not only of vulnerability but also of resilience. The images breathe, sing and soar in a celebration of our capacity for resourcefulness, for reinvention and for reviviscence.
Amanda Dow Thompson received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in English Literature from The University of London. She has studied Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and Graphic Design at The London College of Printing. She has been interviewed about her work by TV Espanola and Radio Cadena Sur in Spain and various London publications. As well as showing with Causey Contemporary (formerly Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art ) in Williamsburg,Brooklyn NY. She has collaborated with Antonio Moran and completed a residency at the Espacio Moran de Arte Contemporaneo in Caceres, Spain following her one person show there in 2005. Her drawings have been exhibited at The Royal College of Art and Collins and Hastie Gallery in Chelsea, London where she also showed her sculptures. She has participated in group and solo shows and art fairs in London, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and on both coasts of the USA.
About the Gallery: Causey Contemporary represents exquisite technically and conceptually challenging art. The gallery exhibits the work of its core group of 13 artists in 11 show annually, in addition to hosting special exhibitions by other critically recognized artists. Causey Contemporary participates in two or more international art fairs annually and also organizes international touring exhibitions.?
Causey Contemporary and its artists have been covered in ARTnews, Artforum, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and multiple other art and culture publications. Gallery artists are included in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and other institutions throughout the world. Established in 1999 as Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art founder and Director Tracy Causey-Jeffery changed the gallery name in September 2009 in honor of her parents. In March 2010, the gallery relocated to its new location at 92 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.