François Ghebaly Gallery is pleased to present the work of New York based artists Christopher Chiappa, Gareth Long, and Sarah E. Wood.
Working in collaboration with Kate Werble Gallery, this exhibition is the result of a conversation both dealers started in the NADA Art Fair in Miami in 2009, shortly after their galleries opened. This ongoing dialogue materialized in New York last spring with the first show in New York by Los Angeles artists, Dan Bayles, Gina Osterloh and Patrick Jackson at Kate Werble Gallery, and is now continuing with this exhibition.
Christopher Chiappa’s two works, Speed Stick (2008) and Budweiser Cyclone (2011) use a simple switch of the ordinary to emphasize an omnipresent disequilibrium. Chiappa employs self-portraiture as a technique to heighten his humorous, conceptual sculptures. Speed Stick is a piece about his father; an arch cast from real speed stick, the piece references the deodorant his father wears daily. Budweiser Cyclone, Chiappa’s newest work, can be seen as an extension of his fascination with arcs on a much larger scale. Comprised of miniature Budweiser beer cans, called “shorties,” the arc of bud shorties rests on two rectangular mirrors at an obtuse angle. When positioned correctly viewers will see themselves reflected back, witnessing the arc transformed into a perfect circle.
Christopher Chiappa was born in West Chester, PA in 1970. He has held solo exhibitions at Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, and Kate Werble Gallery, New York. He has participated in various group exhibitions including the Philadelphia ICA, Western Bridge in Seattle, WA, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, Modern Art, London, UK and James Cohan Gallery, New York. He currently lives and works in Long Island City, NY.
Gareth Long’s lenticular prints, Untitled (Zooey) (2010) and Untitled (Walt) (2010) are part of his larger series Untitled (Stories) based on the iconic 1991 Little Brown and Company cover designs for J.D. Salinger’s four published books. Long extends the lenticular process to make his prints from over thirty-two frames of animation files, merging video into a single, two-dimensional object. The six-foot tall lenticular prints, the original Salinger book cover dimensions increased to a human scale, invite their audience to witness a complicated interaction based on looking. The colors, shapes and forms change with the position of the viewer as they approach the lenticular.
Gareth Long was born in Toronto, Canada. He holds a BA in visual studies and classical civilizations from the University of Toronto and an MFA from Yale University. He has had several solo exhibitions in Canada, at Oakville Galleries and Leo Kamen Gallery, and has shown at a variety of institutions including the Badischer Kunstverein, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Artists’ Space, and P.S. 1. Among upcoming projects, Long has a solo exhibition at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Alberta, Canada, coming in the fall of 2011. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Sarah E. Wood rigorously limits her materials to create an elegant and restricted vocabulary through which to explore ideas of weight and gravity. Manipulating her materials through sparse gestures, the artist brings a focus to the presence of line in space. Often simultaneously aggressive and subtle, Wood’s work traces the manner in which the three-dimensional mark is suspended, warped and preserved. Her new work, Untitled (Nunchuck) extends her language through a combination of materials of different densities, lyrical shape and shadows against the wall.
Sarah E. Wood was born in Beckley, WV in 1976. Wood received a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1999 and an M.F.A. in 2001 from Rutgers University. She held a solo exhibition at Kate Werble Gallery in 2010. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the U.S. including the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, P.S. 122, New York, the NADA Art Fair Miami Beach, and Art in General, New York, as well as a two person show at Kate Werble Gallery, New York. Wood currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The next step of this bi-coastal cross pollination of talents will be Joel Kyack’s first solo exhibition in New York coming up in April 2011 at Kate Werble Gallery.
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