ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Heinrich Anton Müller, Francis Palanc, Jeanne Tripier - American Folk Art Museum - October 13th 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet</em> is the first major U.S. exhibition to explore the introduction of art brut to America. The nearly two hundred works of art on view, by both canonical and lesser-known art brut figures, were amassed and identified as <em>art brut</em> by French artist Jean Dubuffet, beginning in 1945. The selection is drawn exclusively from the renowned Collection de l&rsquo;Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, where Dubuffet donated his collection in 1971.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition reflects on two seminal but unexplored moments in mid-twentieth century America: between 1952 and 1962, 1,200 works from Dubuffet&rsquo;s art brut collection were displayed in the East Hampton estate of his friend, the artist and collector Alfonso Ossorio. Slightly prior to their installation, in December 1951, Dubuffet delivered a provocative speech titled &ldquo;Anticultural Positions&rdquo; at the Arts Club of Chicago, which challenged established ideas about art analysis and modes of creation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The presentation highlights Dubuffet&rsquo;s passionate belief in a new art paradigm that was non-Western and non-hierarchical, and that championed creators who are &ldquo;uncontaminated by artistic culture.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Organized in collaboration with the Collection de l&rsquo;Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland. Curated by&nbsp;Val&eacute;rie Rousseau, PhD, Curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum. An exhibition catalog will be available.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is presented in memory of Sam Farber (1924&ndash;2013), a devoted trustee of the American Folk Art Museum and a passionate collector of art brut and art by the self-taught. The exhibition is supported in part by Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, Joyce Berger Cowin, the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, the Ford Foundation, the Leir Charitable Foundations, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.</p> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:16:56 +0000 Li Liao - Klein Sun Gallery - October 14th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div class="left"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Klein Sun Gallery is pleased to announce &ldquo;Attacking the Boxer from Behind is Forbidden,&rdquo; a solo exhibition by Li Liao that showcases a new site-specific performance, on view from October 14 through November 14, 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In Li&rsquo;s multi-media and performance works, planned elements &ndash; a video, an instruction, or a routine &ndash; are usually catalyzed or interrupted by an action unscripted by the artist. In this way, Li inquisitively, and sometimes aggressively, plies the boundaries between auteur and subject, artist and observer, private and public. He is best known for the piece, <em>Consumption</em> (2012), where he utilized the self as vehicle for experimentation within the rigid construct of economic greed. He assembled an installation consisting of an iPad framed by the objects, leeched of character, that created it: a lab coat, a badge ID with a number and Li&rsquo;s work contract. This piece was featured in <em>The New Yorker</em> and <em>The New York Times</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whereas <em>Consumption</em> encapsulates a narrative of socio-economic conflict in a singular moment, Li Liao&rsquo;s new work reverses that concept in initiating ephemeral bursts of conflict, confrontation and narrative. The new performance piece, <em>Attacking The Boxer From Behind is Forbidden</em> (2015), features a hired boxer crouched at the gallery from 12pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday; as visitors enter the gallery, they unknowingly also enter a silent &lsquo;boxing ring&rsquo; of tension, and the boxer&rsquo;s volleyed gazes and defensive stances act as cues for participation and reaction. Interrupting the white walls of the commercial space, this performance complicates our sense of expectation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Contextualizing this piece are older works by Li which also touch upon the themes of probability and possibility. In the looping video, <em>A Slap in Wuhan</em> (2010), Li is seen waiting with his eyes closed for a visitor to arrive and the video only concludes after a stranger, hired through an online forum, turns up and physically assaults him as per instructions. In another corner of the gallery, <em>Single Bed</em> (2011), is screened in two short films. Here, Li lay down in public spaces in Wuhan, China, and drifted asleep, resulting in a seemingly innocuous and humorous capture of puzzled onlookers. However, the video piece is a subtle study of intervention and society&rsquo;s reluctance to interfere. Finally, the exhibition space is dotted with 100 images that make up <em>Weight Loss Plan</em> (2011), a photographic chronicling of Li&rsquo;s journey surviving on just 350 Renminbi a month &ndash; the same amount of money he used to spend a month ten years ago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Li Liao was born in 1982 in Hubei, China. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, Hubei, China, with a BA in 2005. His work has been the subject of notable museum exhibitions including: "2015 Triennial: Surround Audience," New Museum, New York, NY (2015); &ldquo;Hugo Boss Asia Art,&rdquo; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2013); "ON/OFF," Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2012) and "rites, thoughts, notes, sparks, swings, strikes. A hong kong spring," Para/Site, Hong Kong (2012).</p> </div> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:14:02 +0000 Chen Wenbo - Klein Sun Gallery - October 14th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div class="left"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Klein Sun Gallery is pleased to announce &ldquo;The Fat Years,&rdquo; a solo exhibition of paintings by Chen Wenbo&nbsp;from October 14 through November 14, 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Irregular, fragmented and distorted, the hyper-realistic subjects in Chen Wenbo&rsquo;s &ldquo;Broken&rdquo; paintings convey satirical messages, which have been inspired by the &ldquo;carnivalesque&rdquo; &ndash; the English translation of the term coined by Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin to describe a social landscape mired in revelry.&nbsp; Chen paints everyday objects as shiny, glossy beacons of desire.&nbsp; Drawing from the theory of &ldquo;fat years,&rdquo; an illusion of accelerated economic growth manipulated by higher powers, Chen is both a critic and participator in this bubble of celebration.&nbsp; The audience too, cannot escape this dichotomy: the installed canvases are sliced and carved into silvers, revealing just enough of an illusion to entice; the exhibition walls&nbsp;are fully painted in vivid color.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A prominent painter in the figurative movement, Chen is separate from his contemporaries in his stylistic observations.&nbsp; While others air their views through zeitgeist agitprop styles, Chen always chooses to disseminate his socio-political stances through subversion.&nbsp; He paints the mundane as fantastical and brilliant in soft flourescents, as if though a looking glass.&nbsp; His attention is not limited to China; skepticism over market crashes in New York in the late 2000s triggered the artist to consider the inevitable instabilities across the Western and Eastern megacities, and to look at who is presenting the facts and for what purpose.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Chen Wenbo was born in Sichuan, China, in 1969, and graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1991.&nbsp; Chen has been the subject of solo and group shows including &ldquo;China 8: Chinese Contemporary Art,&rdquo; NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (2015); &ldquo;Re-View,&rdquo; Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); &ldquo;Civilization,&rdquo; OCAT Xi&rsquo;an, Xi&rsquo;an, China (2014); &ldquo;Chen Wenbo: Broken Series,&rdquo; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2009); &ldquo;Follow Me,&rdquo; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2005); and &ldquo;Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection,&rdquo; Kunstmuseum Bern (Museum of Fine Arts), Bern, Switzerland (2005).</p> </div> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:16:41 +0000 Jacob Riis - Museum of the City of New York - October 14th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century. His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city&rsquo;s slums to illustrate the plight of impoverished residents established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. <em>Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York&rsquo;s Other Half</em>features photographs by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is the first major retrospective of Riis&rsquo;s photographic work in the U.S. since the City Museum&rsquo;s seminal 1947 exhibition, <em>The Battle with the Slum</em>, and for the first time unites his photographs and his archive, which belongs to the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Yochelson, former Curator of Prints and Photographs at the City Museum, and is co-presented by the Library of Congress. It will travel to Washington, D.C., and to Denmark following its presentation at the City Museum.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Yale University Press, the City Museum, and the Library of Congress also co-published a book on the occasion of the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join the conversation. #JacobARiis</p> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:33:29 +0000 Group Show - The Lodge Gallery - October 14th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents&nbsp;<em>Art in Odd Places: RECALLed,</em>&nbsp;an exhibition organized by&nbsp;<strong>Caitlin Crews</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Claire Demere</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi</strong>&nbsp;with Art in Odd Places curators&nbsp;<strong>Kendal Henry</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Sara Reisman</strong>. The exhibition features a selection of artworks by artists participating in this year&rsquo;s anniversary festival&ndash;&ndash;<em>RECALL&ndash;&ndash;</em>and is accompanied by a publicly accessible archive with current and past artists&rsquo; documentation.</p> <p class="p1">The two week run of&nbsp;<em>Art in Odd Places: RECALLed</em>&nbsp;includes numerous evenings of special programming and performances from participating artists in this year&rsquo;s festival.&nbsp;The show aims to manifest the past and future of AiOP through its archival component, which&nbsp;will continue past the exhibition as an ongoing repository for Art in Odd Places&rsquo;&nbsp;history. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Featuring:&nbsp;<strong>BAMteam</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Isidro Blasco</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Dennis Redmoon Darkeem</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Nicholas Fraser</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>John Craig Freeman</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Ghana ThinkTank</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Monika Goetz</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Johannes Rantapuska &amp; Milja Havas</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Terry Hardy</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Leah Harper</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Linda Hesh</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Sam Jablon</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Liz Linden</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>LuLu LoLo</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>L Mylott Manning</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Carolina Mayorga</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Jenny Polak</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Sasha Sumner &amp; Nick Porcaro</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Tim Thyzel</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Marieke Warmelink &amp; Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Brooks Wenzel</strong></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:22:22 +0000 Julio Larraz - Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <p align="center"><strong>Cuba&rsquo;s Most Influential Living Artist To</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <p align="center"><strong>Showcase at Gallery in Chelsea</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center">&ldquo;<em>Larraz is now recognized as one of the most important contemporary Latin American artists of our time.&rdquo;</em></p> <p align="center">The Huffington Post</p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On&nbsp;Thursday, October 15, Cuban Artist, Julio Larraz, will open a solo show at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery in Chelsea, New York. This will be Larraz&rsquo;s inaugural show with the gallery since joining in 2014 and after being represented for 15 years by the Marlborough Gallery in New York. The show will consist of 15 paintings and will run until&nbsp;November 14.<span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;A public reception for the artist will be held on&nbsp;15 October&nbsp;from&nbsp;6:00 to 8:00 p.m.</span>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <p>This inaugural show at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe will showcase Larraz&rsquo;s skills of handling light and shadow and enigmatic narratives embedded in his paintings. According to gallery partner, Miles McEnry, the catalogue is possibly the best in Larraz&rsquo;s career.&nbsp;</p> <p>Born in Havana, Cuba and currently residing in Miami, Larraz is the son of a newspaper editor and began drawing at an early age. Early on in his career, Larraz painted political caricatures that were published by the New York Times and several other publications. Larraz is best known by his precise and detailed techniques, his imagination and his subtle touch.</p> <p>In 1961, Larraz&rsquo;s moved from Cuba to the United States, first to Miami and then to New York where he begun his career. Although Larraz resides in Miami and has lived all over the world, he cites a number of New York artists as influences, particularly that of Burt Silverman. In the 1970&rsquo;s and 80&rsquo;s, Larraz cut his teeth in the New York art market and is now working diligently on what he feels like has been lost time.</p> <p>Julio Larraz paints deeply layered satires of art and life. He is a visual philosopher interchanging reality and imagination. Without being hyper-realistic, fragments of scenes are revealed with abundant descriptions. Larraz&rsquo;s paintings are dominated by imposing landscapes, powerful seas, enigmatic space scenes, and elegant individuals wearing resplendent attire that call into question the meaning of beauty. His use of luminous, scintillating, completely translucent light is attributed to that of the tropics, a subject which reflects Larraz&rsquo;s passionate attachment to his Cuban, Latin American identity. These images come to him as if in a dream and his works are a continuous attempt to capture them before they disappear.</p> <p>For more information on Julio Larraz &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="gmail_quote"> <div dir="ltr"> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information on Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:51:45 +0000 Arfun Ahmed, Taslima Akhter, Debashish Chakrabarty, Rasel Chowdhury, Samsul Alam Helal, Jannatul Mawa, Manir Mrittrik, Saikat Mojumder, Tapash Paul - Bronx Museum of the Arts - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div id="press_release"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Bangladeshi American Creative Collective (BACC) is proud to present <strong><em>Transitions: A Photography Exhibition</em></strong>, on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts from October 15, 2015 to February 14, 2016.<br /><br /> We teeter on moments of change, brought by forces that reach in and push out. Memories checker our thoughts; we wonder what decisions will be carved into the borders that frame our histories, and futures. What hangs in the balance, what will reach its limit, and where? And afterwards, what tokens will we be left with: a hesitant embrace, a scar, a burst of light? Our stories weave in and out of these visions.<br /><br /> With the rise of factories, investors, and development, the landscape of Bangladesh is changing. The spotlight has been turned on, and the people are trying to figure out what it means for them. This exhibition will feature nine Bangladeshi photographers whose work reflects a diverse group of people, shifting economies, and changing lands. Its aim is to not only to collect and exhibit photography as art; but also as ideas about the country of Bangladesh.<br /><br /> These photos navigate the stories of its people, landscapes, and its position in the world. Most importantly, the works provide viewers with perspectives of artists that are connected to the places they are capturing. We are proud to be collaborating with a cultural institution that is exploring the documentation of its own changing home, the borough of the Bronx, which is home to a growing generation of new Bangladeshi Americans. We hope to open important discussions around the meaning of changes, shifts, and transitions across generations and communities.</p> <br /> <p style="text-align: justify;">More information about the exhibition and participating artists is available on the BACC website <strong><a href="" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.</p> </div> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:40:50 +0000 Arlene Shechet - Brooklyn Museum of Art - October 15th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">New York&ndash;based sculptor Arlene Shechet discusses her work with Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Working primarily in ceramics, Shechet fuses apparent contradictions&mdash;ordered and messy, elegant and ugly, earnest and humorous&mdash;in her art. She simultaneously honors and subverts decorative arts and craft traditions with her visceral, eccentric, and surreal forms that vacillate between abstraction and figuration.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Support for this event is provided by the Helene Zucker Seeman Memorial Exhibition Fund. The fund was established in 2010 in memory of beloved art historian Helene Zucker Seeman and supports a variety of exhibitions by recognized or emerging women artists presented by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.</p> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:32:37 +0000 Jerry Ehrlich - Causey Contemporary - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>June 2015, Manhattan, NY &ndash; Causey Contemporary is pleased to present This Mortal Coil, a solo exhibition of steel sculpture by Jerry Ehrlich. Through his exploration of rebar, Ehrlich allows his material to escape its intended structural industrial use; rather, he allows the material to express itself. His coiled constructions incorporate balance and controlled tension, defining space through open volume with linear marks of steel.<br /><br />Energy, gravity, climate and vibration are all considered during Ehrlich&rsquo;s creative process. In a way, he re-humanizes the cold, factory-produced material by forging and welding it out of its context, revealing a bit of its essential beauty. Through his work, Ehrlich discusses relationships between man and nature, use and reuse, static and action, inside and out, between moment and time.<br /><br />Jerry Ehrlich received is Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College.&nbsp; He has been exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions since 1991 at such venues as the Warwick Art Museum, RI; the Fisher Museum, NJ; Galleria Roja, Boston, MA; The Rhode Island Holocaust Museum, and the Newport Art Museum, RI. He has been awarded &ldquo;best in show&rdquo; at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, CT; the Newport Art Museum in Newport Rhode Island and at the Bristol Art Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island. His newest series of rebar-based sculptures will be on view at Causey Contemporary in New York City, as well as in a solo exhibition at the Newport Art Museum, both in 2012.<br /><br />This Mortal Coil will be on view from October 15, 2015 &ndash; November 15, 2015. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on October 15 thfrom 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition will be open during normal gallery hours: Wed - Sat 11am- 7pm and Sun. 12 am - 6 pm.<br /><br />For further information on Jerry Ehrlich, please contact Causey Contemporary at 212-966-2520&nbsp; or via email at info@causeycontemporary</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:24:56 +0000 Jesse Burke - ClampArt - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">ClampArt is pleased to present &ldquo;Jesse Burke: Wild &amp; Precious&rdquo;&mdash;an exhibition of work to coincide with the release of the monograph of the same title from Daylight Books (Hardcover, 9.25 x 13.25 inches, 128 pages, 134 color plates, $50). This is the artist&rsquo;s second solo show at the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Wild &amp; Precious&rdquo; brings together landscapes, portraits, and still life imagery which Jesse Burke photographed during a series of road trips with his daughter Clover from 2010 to 2015 to explore the natural world. To encourage a connection with nature, Burke used these adventures as a tool to give Clover an education that he considers essential&mdash;one that develops an appreciation and respect for the planet&rsquo;s wildlife and natural resources, the importance of conservation, and self-confidence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Burke&rsquo;s photographs reveal the tender love of a father for his daughter, and the series trace&rsquo;s Clover&rsquo;s growth from a curious little girl to a strong and confident preteen. Her occasional painful confrontations with nature (from a bloody nose to a fractured wrist) remind the viewer of her fragility. In some images Clover is the dominant presence, while in others she blends in with the landscape&mdash;a beautiful &ldquo;wild child&rdquo; becoming one with nature.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Comparing Burke&rsquo;s work to photographs by Sally Mann, Emmet Gowin, and specifically Wynn Bullock, Karen Irvine (Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago) writes that Bullock&rsquo;s iconic image of his daughter, Lynne, Los Lobos (1956), &ldquo;deliberately evokes the idea of the wild child&rdquo; and that &ldquo;arguably had less to do with portraiture than with symbolism.&rdquo; Like Bullock, Burke photographs his daughter &ldquo;to symbolize our fundamental human connection to the wild and to consider our inherently animal nature.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jesse Burke is on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his MFA in photography in 2005. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the North Carolina Museum of Art; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three daughters&mdash;Clover Lee, Poppy Dee, and Honey Bee.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:01:31 +0000 Amar Bakshi, Stephen Dean, Anne Deleporte, Ellen Harvey, Reuven Israel, Serkan Ozkaya, Jessica Segall, Joshua Neustein - Danese/Corey - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:58:20 +0000 Eric Aho - DC Moore Gallery - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>DC Moore Gallery</strong> is pleased to present <em>Wilderness Studio</em>, an exhibition of new work by <strong>Eric Aho</strong> that uses the painterly languages of representation and abstraction to explore the lived, remembered, and imagined experience of landscape. A catalogue with an essay by Nathan Kernan accompanies the exhibition.<br /> <br /> For Aho, the most compelling &ldquo;wilderness&rdquo; is that encountered in paint on canvas. Premised on the visual pleasures and powers of painting, his work reconstitutes the observed outer world from the perspective of a personal interior. Memory, stories, and observations vie for primacy on Aho&rsquo;s new surfaces, suggesting glimpsed fragments of mountains, fields, water, and woods amidst the extremes of changing seasons. The paintings, which are often large, evoke an uncanny familiarity of place and shared experience through strong color, ambiguities of space, and dynamic mark making. Kernan writes: &ldquo;the paintings evoke a sense of mystery, pregnancy, of things about to happen, or having just happened; of what is missing, or is hiding in plain sight.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Aho&rsquo;s engagement with landscape is informed by an interest in the people and histories with which it is intertwined. A visit to the remote atelier of Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) sparked his interest in the metaphor of the wilderness studio. Aho relates, &ldquo;the forest was his subject, and also the material for his studio. He lived in the middle of his work. The studio became symbolic of an imaginative container.&rdquo; Paintings such as <em>Logging Road</em> (2015) and <em>Unorganized Territory (Lake)</em> (2015) allude to past and present realities of rural industry and politics in New England. Other works, like <em>General Desrousseaux </em>(2014), <em>Sundial</em> (2014), and <em>Figures in a Landscape</em> (2015), evolved from Aho&rsquo;s ongoing project and his 2014 journey through the French countryside, retracing the route his father followed as an American soldier in World War II. <br /> <br /> In 2016, exhibitions of Eric Aho&rsquo;s work will be on view at the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, NH and the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. Recent shows of his painting include <em>Eric Aho: In the Landscape</em> at the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC (2013) and <em>Transcending Nature: Paintings by Eric Aho</em> at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH (2012). His work is included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; National Academy Museum, New York; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, and the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, among many others. Aho&rsquo;s work has been shown internationally in Ireland, South Africa, Cuba, Norway, and Finland. He was elected Academician of the National Academy in 2009. Aho lives and works in Saxtons River, Vermont.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:19:17 +0000 Mary Reid Kelley - Fredericks & Freiser - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:10:25 +0000 Shara Hughes, Meredith James, Elizabeth Jaeger, Annie Thornton - Jack Hanley Gallery- New York - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:38:56 +0000 Brett Amory - Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 557C West 23rd - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present&nbsp;<em><strong>This Land Is Not For Sale: Forgotten, Past and Foreseeable Futures</strong></em>, a series of new works by California-based artist&nbsp;<strong>Brett Amory</strong>&nbsp;in what will be his third solo exhibition at the gallery.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In&nbsp;<em>This Land is Not For Sale: Forgotten, Past and Foreseeable Futures</em>, Jacob Riis meets Edward Hopper, Brett Amory paints a visually gorgeous protest against the transformation of New York's famed Lower East Side into a gentrified wasteland. Amory first earned international critical acclaim for his &ldquo;Waiting&rdquo; series: urban settings like London and San Francisco portrayed as lonely abstracted landscapes of vanishing human assertion.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">This new series offers viewers an insider's historical road map of East Village radical underground sensibility, from ABC NO RIO and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe to the headquarters of The Catholic Worker, The Pyramid Club and even Moshe's Bakery. Amory not only captures the breathtaking physical presence of these neighborhood landmarks but also movingly conveys the sense of the artist as witness. By delivering a painterly personal testimony and protest against their disappearance, his work is an example of painting as real-time archeological retrieval.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Amory's foremost achievement in paintings, drawings and installations, has been to document evolving personal, existential and political credo into masterfully rendered, esthetically transcendent works of fine art with broad cosmopolitan appeal. In&nbsp;<em>This Land Is Not For Sale</em>&nbsp;he gives his most pointed evidence yet of his urgent need to merge his personal and social consciousness with the unsparing esthetic demands of his art.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In conjunction with the exhibition, Amory will install a faux construction site underpass leading to the gallery to parody the constant sledgehammering of gentrification. The show will also include the documentary&nbsp;<em>Captured</em>, the story of LES legendary photographer Clayton Patterson, as well as a display of LES posters and other neighborhood marginalia.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">On&nbsp;October 20, 2015 at 6:30pm&nbsp;the gallery will host&nbsp;a panel discussion bringing together some of the legendary figures and activists of the Lower East Side to explore the gentrification and cultural attritioning of this historic district-- once a breeding ground for artistic and political experimentation. Amory will also discuss his personal decision to portray NYC's still most vibrant neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The panel will be moderated by author Alan Kaufman (<em>Drunken Angel</em>;&nbsp;<em>Matches</em>;&nbsp;<em>Jew Boy</em>;&nbsp;<em>The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry&nbsp;</em>and the forthcoming&nbsp;<em>Outlaw Bible of American Art</em>).&nbsp;Sitting on the panel will be Brett Amory, artist; Lincoln Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of The Villager; Clayton Patterson, LES-based photographer and activist; Jose &ldquo;Cochise&rdquo; Quiles (author of the forthcoming&nbsp;<em>Street Gangs of the Lower East Side</em>), the founder and former leader of the notorious Satan's Sinner Nomads, the last gang to fly colors in LES. This event is free and open to the public.&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT THE ARTIST</strong></div> <div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Brett Amory</strong>&nbsp;was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia and is currently based in Oakland, California. In 2005, Amory received a BFA from Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. Amory&rsquo;s work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and New York. In 2012, The San Francisco Bay Guardian named him artist of the year with a cover story. He has also been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post and New American Paintings.</div> </div> </div> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:54:28 +0000 Kris Kuksi - Joshua Liner Gallery - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Amalgamation</em>, an exhibition of new work from Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi. This will be Kuksi&rsquo;s fifth solo offering with the gallery and will include eight works in the artist&rsquo;s signature medium of mixed media assemblage. The artist will be in attendance for an opening reception on Thursday, October 15, 2015.</p> <p>When observing the delicate wall assemblages Kris Kuksi constructs, intricacy seems almost an understatement. Excessively detailed, each work plays out an epic drama meticulously assembled piece by piece. Largely influenced by the ornamental details of the Late Baroque and Rococo movements, these embellished pieces possess a darkness. Chaos, downfall, and anguish are poignant struggles amongst Kuksi&rsquo;s miniature models, their plight serving as commentary on humanity&rsquo;s social, political and spiritual obstacles. The title of the exhibition&mdash;<em>Amalgamation</em>&mdash;sheds light on Kuksi&rsquo;s elaborate process of collection, and also bears reference to the multiple chaotic narratives taking place in each ornate piece.</p> <p>Many of the central figures in Kuksi&rsquo;s assemblages resemble deities, transcending the disorder and turmoil that surround them. Rage and conflict between the smaller, less dominant figures is literally below them. In&nbsp;<em>Farewell to Arms</em>, a mythical warrior rises above a mass of smaller figures clambering beneath, struggling to keep hold of their heavy artillery. Perhaps this profound difference in size between the godlike central figure and smaller mortal figures metaphorically reveals the sheer distance humanity is from total serenity. Kuksi elaborates, &ldquo;Human beings are limited by their greed and carelessness yet they know it. Humans know how to be better and solve problems that are pressing the advancement of our species but we don&rsquo;t always do the right thing. We are consumed by our darkness and yet we don&rsquo;t realize we don&rsquo;t have to be. I think if we can embrace our dark impulses, we can overcome them.&rdquo;</p> <p>The process of assembling these intricate works is complex and time consuming, and sourcing the right piece to fit can take months. Balance and placement are of equal importance in the construction of the assemblages, thus resulting in the majority of the works having a symmetrical appearance. Kuksi explains, &ldquo;It is balance of chaos vs. symmetry which can take lots of time just thinking out the arrangement for balance and control, rushing the process will leave too much chaos.&rdquo; Aside from the painstaking arrangement of each assemblage, the artist pays special attention to every individual piece, hand painting them with careful patience. In many cases, the final result is unknown and it is the process of assemblage that builds the narrative and speaks to the artist.</p> <p>Over the many hours spent constructing a piece, Kuksi develops a fondness for each work as he explains, &ldquo;I will love a new piece I&rsquo;m building and I will sink in sadness to have to come to an end just to finish it.&rdquo; However, the necessity to move on and begin another work is vital to the artist&rsquo;s ambition as he explains, &ldquo;My hope is that my art is a tool for recognition, at least in the short term. Tomorrow is always a new struggle and a new fight to survival.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Born in 1973 in Springfield, Missouri, Kris Kuksi earned his BFA and MFA in painting at Fort Hays State University and works in Hays, Kansas. Solo exhibitions of his work include Revival (2013), Triumph (2012), Beast Anthology (2009), and Imminent Utopia (2008) at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York; Antiquity in the Faux at Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City (2014); The Strange and The Fantastic, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO (2004); and The Within, Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC (2003). Selected group exhibitions include SHOWcabinet curated by Iris van Herpen at SHOWstudio, London, UK (2013); Hey! Modern Art &amp; Pop Culture, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France (2011); Paradise Lost, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn (2008); and Flights of Imagination, Museum HR Giger, Gruy&egrave;res, Switzerland (2006).</em></p> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:20:41 +0000