Kenny Schachter / ROVE is pleased to present a new exhibition, Flight of Fancy, featuring work by Misaki Kawai, A.L. Steiner, Melissa Brown, Zaha Hadid, Graham Gillmore, Muir Vidler, Arik Levy, and Brendan Cass.
Misaki Kawai, Japanese born, New York based artist, creates fanciful environments using collage techniques in both her paintings and installations. Airborne dollhouses in the form of various aircraft constructed from materials such as cardboard, fabric, and pieces of the artist’s own clothing, fly playfully across the gallery while Kawai’s highly decorated cars meander below. Handmade dolls in the likeness of pop icons and the artist’s own friends drive each vehicle whilst in a back room we even find Kawai herself sneaking a nap on a hammock in an exquisitely crafted landscape.
A.L. Steiner, a New York based photographer and filmmaker, considers the possibility of excess and the illusion of intimacy inherent in image-based ‘reality’ in her poignant photographs. Three series are presented– Waste, Eat and Sleep. In Waste, discarded objects such as electrical wires, watch parts, and plastic cups are presented in a way that highlights overindulgence while bringing forth newfound beauty in these wasted items. In Sleep & Eat Steiner presents intimate portraits of friends partaking in the mundane activities of sleeping and eating, but rather than being intrusive or exploitive, these photographs capture a beautiful and serene moment.
Melissa Brown holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art and a BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Always intrigued by nature, Brown creates landscapes using a roller, stencils, and printmaking techniques. Her paintings joyfully depict dreamlike symbolist scenes that incorporate both pop and surrealist elements, making them both ethereal and thought provoking images.
Zaha Hadid, internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work, became the first woman to be awarded the distinguished Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2004. Presented here are large-scale sculptural installations that reflect Hadid’s organic language and illustrate how Zaha Hadid Architects continually translates the natural into the sculptural. “Orchis”, designed with Patrik Schumacher, is a series of seating elements consisting of fluid, twisting, and biomorphic forms recalling the shape of the Orchid flower. Similarly, “Kloris” is a cluster of multifunctional pieces inspired by the shape of flower petals.
As an extension of the show below, Graham Gillmore’s large, richly pigmented panels and paper coated canvases provide a playground where printed, carved words and abstract, shapes merge together. Muir Vidler’s humorous yet sometimes shocking photographs also carry on upstairs where one sees the unexpected perfectly captured. Arik Levy continues to explore the artistic possibilities of industrial techniques by using modern technology to obtain expressive organic forms from functional materials.