ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Peter Gallo, Ellen Lesperance, Aaron Spangler - Zieher Smith & Horton - January 8th, 2015 - February 7th, 2015 <p>In the late summer of 2000, simple black and white signs with the words "TAKE BACK VERMONT" began to appear along the state's winding country roads. The campaign was triggered by the state legislature's passage of the first law of its kind, which established civil unions for same-sex couples. Years later the signs still dangled from trees, fence posts, and barnsides as symbols of the wider class struggle and culture war between the "woodchucks" and the "flatlanders" &ndash; the former professing to represent working-class native Vermonters, with the later being characterized as affluent liberal-minded transplants. For the exhibition&nbsp;<em>Take Back Vermont</em>, the gallery has assembled paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Peter Gallo, Ellen Lesperance, and Aaron Spangler that mine the ideas surrounding ruralness and protest. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:17:43 +0000 - International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) - January 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><strong>Open Call for New York City Artists-in-Residence </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em><strong>Ground Floor</strong></em><strong> at the International Studio &amp; Curatorial Program (ISCP)</strong><br /> <br /> Applications are due on January 15, 2015,<br /> Residencies will begin on February 1, 2015.<br /> Details and application can be found here: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>ISCP announces its first residency program developed specifically for New York City-based artists. Beginning in 2015, this program will offer up to seven year-long residencies that will include a subsidized, private studio in East Williamsburg and access to professional development programs. The residencies will take place within the same building as ISCP&rsquo;s acclaimed international residency program, and artists will have access to ISCP&rsquo;s dynamic, in-house community of artists and curators from all over the world.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This program will offer much-needed affordable workspace to New York City artists, while expanding ISCP&rsquo;s international community to include local artists. Artists at all career stages and working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Artists who collaborate can also apply to share a large studio and related costs. If accepted, artists must provide proof of New York City residency (e.g. income tax returns or utility bills) for the past two years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Separate from ISCP&rsquo;s international residency program, where residents are fully sponsored, the New York City-based artist studios, from 200-350 square feet in size, will cost $700-900 per month. This includes 24-hour access to a furnished studio, kitchen and lounge, WiFi, administration and all utilities. Artists may participate in professional development workshops by leaders in the field that will provide tools and strategies for fundraising, studio visits, and artist writing among other issues.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> There will be the possibility to renew the studio for a second year.<br /> Residents will be chosen by a jury of art professionals through a competitive process.</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:30:12 +0000 Shiyuan Liu, Tingwei Li, Peter Glenn Oakley - Flowers Gallery NY - January 22nd, 2015 - February 28th, 2015 <p>To coincide with his solo exhibition, <em>Invisible Atlas</em>, Shen Wei is also curating a group show titled <em>Second Thought </em>at Flowers Gallery, featuring work by Shiyuan Liu, Tingwei Li and Peter Glenn Oakley.</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:26:57 +0000 Shen Wei - Flowers Gallery NY - January 22nd, 2015 - February 28th, 2015 <p><em>I have always been fascinated about the idea of Qi&ndash; the subtle energy that permeates everything in life and links all its elements together. This idea constantly makes me curious about how human beings and the material world are universally related and bonded to each other.</em> &ndash; Shen Wei</p> <p>Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce Shen Wei&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery, New York. Shen Wei is known for his intimately revealing photographic portraits, in which the themes of identity, memory, sexuality and self-discovery are explored through the landscapes of his homeland, and the nude figure.</p> <p><em>Invisible Atlas </em>is inspired by the Chinese philosophy of Qi - an unseen life force and a method of healing. For Shen Wei, this mysterious vital energy is poetic and seductive. Using his own body and personality as a subject, he envisions the internal and external forces channeling through the body and its surroundings. Drawing from memories of his childhood, as well as religious, historical and mythological imagery, the narrative is interwoven with elements of fantasy. Photographic subjects of the figure, objects and landscape are combined with minimally rendered drawings, where luminous dots, circles, arcs, arrows and waves give tangible form to imagined flows and concentrations of Qi.</p> <p>The concept of energy flow is deeply rooted in Chinese traditional culture, and is gaining wider interest in the contemporary western world. According to ancient philosopher Laozi, Qi embraces &ldquo;all manifestations of energy, from the most material aspects of energy (such as the earth beneath your feet, the flesh and the blood) to the most immaterial aspects (light, movement, heat, thought, and emotion)&rdquo;.</p> <p><em>Invisible Atlas </em>presents the material and immaterial as deeply intertwined. Shen Wei creates a vision of a multi-dimensional world, in his own words, <em>&ldquo;a path to our desires for beauty, secrecy and pleasure.&rdquo;</em></p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:21:21 +0000 Jennifer Nocon - Tracy Williams, Ltd. - January 15th, 2015 - February 14th, 2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:20:51 +0000 Sara Eichner - Sears-Peyton Gallery - January 8th, 2015 - February 7th, 2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:08:56 +0000 Margaret Harrison - Ronald Feldman Fine Arts - January 10th, 2015 - February 7th, 2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:05:09 +0000 Conrad Atkinson - Ronald Feldman Fine Arts - January 10th, 2015 - February 7th, 2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:05:07 +0000 Jessica Segall - Recess Activities, Inc. - January 16th, 2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 AM <p>Closing Campout: January 16, 6pm-10am</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:03:42 +0000 Jessica Segall - Recess Activities, Inc. - January 6th, 2015 - January 17th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">On January 6, Jessica Segall will begin work on &frac12; a cord as part of Recess&rsquo;s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess&rsquo;s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jessica Segall&rsquo;s installation at Recess involves a very simple task rendered complicated in New York City. During the installation, Jessica will be tending to a small fire in the center of the gallery. Visitors are welcome to stay, warm up and engage in conversation for any period of time. There is no formal behavior aside from general campsite rules:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Campsite rules:<br /> &bull; Camp only in designated campsites.<br /> &bull; Solicitation or selling any item is strictly prohibited.<br /> &bull; Do not disturb the magic fox.<br /> &bull; Generators are prohibited.<br /> &bull; Littering or discharging sewage or gray water on the ground is prohibited. Please use restrooms.<br /> &bull; The use of electrical insect-killing devices is prohibited.<br /> &bull; The discharging of firearms, BB guns, paintball guns, bow and arrows, sling shots or any devices that use burning powder, explosives, compressed gases, etc. is prohibited.<br /> &bull; As a courtesy to other visitors, it is recommended you bring no more than two dogs per campsite.<br /> &bull; No person shall possess fireworks.<br /> &bull; No person shall intentionally expose themselves in a lewd manner.<br /> No person shall engage in fighting or violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or engage in any other activity which violates the Penal Law.<br /> &bull; No person shall possess firearms except during the spring and fall hunting seasons.<br /> &bull; Ghost stories and live music are encouraged after 6 pm.<br /> &bull; Feel free to feed the crickets<br /> Notice: Cell phones have been automatically disabled.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">About the Artist:<br /> Jessica Segall is a multidisciplinary artist living in New York City. With a mix of humor and elbow grease, her work investigates the link between creativity and survival; engaging current cultural attitudes towards adaptation. Segall&rsquo;s work has been exhibited at the 10th Havana Bienal, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum, The Inside Out Museum in Beijing and The National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia. She is the recipient of grants including Art Matters, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, an Arts and Science grant from Chicago University and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Jessica attended artist residencies at Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, Sculpture Space, Kuenstledorf Schoppingen, Art OMI, Bemis, SOMA, Triangle Arts and Socrates Sculpture Park. She is a graduate of Bard College and received her MFA from Columbia University. Jessica is a current AIRspace resident at Abrons Art Center.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href=""><img class="alignleft wp-image-9412" src="" alt="Supporters" width="287" height="175" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Campout: January 9, 6pm-10am<br /> Closing Campout: January 16, 6pm-10am</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:02:53 +0000 Sarah Braman, Ryan Foerster, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Ann Greene Kelly, David Benjamin Sherry, Letha Wilson, B. Wurtz - Jack Hanley Gallery- New York - January 9th, 2015 - February 8th, 2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:46:26 +0000 - Gladstone Gallery - 24 St. - January 28th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:32:08 +0000 Sheila Pinkel - Higher Pictures - January 10th, 2015 - February 14th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Higher Pictures presents <em>Folded Paper, Glass Rods, 1974 &ndash; 1982</em>, two seminal bodies of cameraless photographic work by artist, writer, and professor emerita Sheila Pinkel. This presentation marks the first time the works have been shown in New York City and the artist&rsquo;s first solo exhibition in New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The prints on view evolved from experiments Pinkel began as an MFA student at UCLA. Fascinated by the possibilities of using light to make images without a camera or enlarger, Pinkel studied with a physicist and subsequently conducted rigorous visual experimentation with light phenomena including incandescent, X-Ray, ultraviolet, prismatic and digital sources.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To make <em>Glass Rods and Folded Paper Pieces</em>, Pinkel exposed her compositions&mdash;solid glass rods arranged directly onto photosensitive surfaces and sculptures made from sheets of photographic paper&mdash;to a brief flash of light from a single light source. From within this seemingly narrow set of parameters come rich and varied studies. In monochrome and candy-colored palettes, some of the glass rods are clearly identifiable, others begin to break down into vibrating woven patterns and further into geometric abstractions, and still others are stretched and warped into melting psychedelic planes. Pinkel found that layering the rods at increasingly perpendicular angles led to greater light refraction, bringing the final photograms closer to what she describes as visual music.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Folded Paper Pieces are lushly textured trompe l&rsquo;oeil, pictures that Pinkel calls &ldquo;time-space paradoxes,&rdquo; two dimensional representations of the paper as a three dimensional form. When the artist flashes the dimensionalized folded paper with light, planes of paper are exposed to varying degrees, giving the final image its dramatic shading and sense of volume. But developing the print itself requires flattening the sculpture back into a two-dimensional sheet that now holds an image of its own prior form. Distilling her process to the very essentials of photography allows Pinkel to work precisely at the intersection of the medium&rsquo;s double nature. It reproduces vision and has an endless capacity to defamiliarize it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheila Pinkel was born in 1941 in Newport News, Virginia. She holds an MFA from UCLA, where she studied with Robert Heinecken, and from 1986 to 2012 she was Professor of Art at Pomona College. Over the course of her 40-year career, Pinkel has created a strikingly diverse body of work that encompasses experimental light studies, documentary photography, social and political critique, and public art. Pinkel&rsquo;s variegated practice is conceptually driven by a desire to, in the artist&rsquo;s own words, &ldquo;[make] visible the invisible in nature and in culture.&rdquo; Pinkel&rsquo;s work has been exhibited extensively since the late 1970s&mdash;most recently in the group exhibition &ldquo;Heavenly Bodies&rdquo; (2014) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art&mdash;and is held in the collections of numerous museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the Mus&eacute;e National d&rsquo;Art Moderne &ndash; Centre Pompidou, Paris. Pinkel lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information please contact Patrick Lloyd at 212.249.6100.</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:30:43 +0000 - English Kills - December 20th - January 18th, 2015 <p>*closed Dec 27th &amp; 28th for the holidays</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:22:12 +0000 Jeffrey Beebe - BravinLee Programs - January 8th, 2015 - February 21st, 2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:15:01 +0000 - On Stellar Rays - January 11th, 2015 - February 14th, 2015 <p>The onset of catastrophe is not signaled by the sense of everything falling through the dark and ending in accidental death: everything, including a catastrophe, has a moment-by-moment structure, a structure that is beyond measurement or comprehension, that is maddeningly complex or must be conceived in quite another manner, one in which the degree of complexity can be articulated only in terms of images that seem impossible to conjure since time has slowed down to the point that the world has become indifferent to circumstances and various terrible preconditions have arrived at a perfect universal conclusion, that being because they are composed of intentions, because the moment is the result of unconscious choices, because a key doesn&rsquo;t immediately fit into the ignition, because we do not start in third gear then move down to second but because we start in second and move into third as we move down the hill then turn onto a highway above the village, because the distance before us is like looking down a tunnel, because the greenery on the boughs still smells of morning dew, because of the death of a dog and someone&rsquo;s badly executed maneuver when turning left, that is to say because of one missed choice or another, of more missed choices and still more missed choices ad infinitum, all those maddening had-we-but-known choices impossible to conceptualize because the situation we find ourselves in is complicated, determined by something that is in the nature of neither God nor the devil, whose ways are impenetrable to us and are doomed to remain so because choice is not simply a matter of choosing, but the result of that which might have happened anyway.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="right">-L&aacute;szl&oacute; Krasznahorkai, except from <em>Downhill on a Forest Road</em></p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:20:13 +0000