ArtSlant - Recommended en-us 40 Christa Toole - Phoenix Gallery - April 24th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013 <p>New painting and mixed media work.</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:22:56 +0000 Christa Toole - Phoenix Gallery - April 24th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013 <p>Painting and Mixed Media<br />SYMBIOSIS is close and often long-term interaction between two or more different species.<br /><br />Christa Toole's work explores the subjects of biology, science, energy and transformation. Using paint, thread, wax and other materials, her work transforms these materials into a fluid image. This body of work highlights the nature of shared existence, its complexities and harmonies. "SYMBIOSIS" explores the relationship between objects or forms and what they share between them. Her work utilizes forms that speak to each other with shapes that connect across canvases. The images are reflective of biological forms that at once refer to the microscopic and can also represent the macro levels of space. The work simultaneously highlights those similarities and underscores the persistent yet intricate laws of the universe and nature. Energy is a constant in all levels and is shared across entities. Energy moves from one realm into another or one body or form to another; its properties may change but the force remains constant.<br /><br />Christa Toole was chosen as a winner of the National Juried Competition curated by Tricia Yunjoo Paik, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art at Phoenix Gallery in 2006. She has exhibited her work at many galleries in New York City and around the world including Phoenix Gallery, Cue Gallery, Artists Space, NurtureArt, Zone Chelsea, Galerie Scherer8 (Berlin, Germany), Palazzo Gotico (Piacenza, Italy), Phoenix Center for Contemporary Art and has participated in art fairs such as Fountain Art Fair during Armory week in NYC and Fountain Art Fair in Miami during Art Basel.<br /><br />See more at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="blank"></a></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:01:02 +0000 Richard Hughes - Anton Kern Gallery - April 12th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013 <p>For his third solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, UK-based artist Richard Hughes has turned the gallery into a stage for a magic dance performed by a street gang of enchanted lamp posts, ice-cream-wafer-like garden walls and broken memorial statues found in the most dilapidated and<br />dark corners of (British) suburbia. With his first artist monograph freshly published by JRP Ringier and two recent solo exhibitions at Tramway Art Space in Glasgow and Firstsite in Colchester, England, Hughes’ work is at the center of public attention.<br />Richard Hughes is known for his exceptional skill to turn ordinary, sometimes slightly repulsive objects that might be found in a hovel of a rooming house or unceremoniously dumped by the side of the road — bleak monuments to abused domestic or public spaces — into narrative sculptures. Their placement in a gallery space instantly invites questions as to its recent history, use, and function, or imminent action.<br />Upon closer inspection, all objects reveal themselves as casts, meticulously crafted replicas of every-day things injected with an element of fantasy. The beauty within this ostensibly abandoned world lies in the moment of surprise when materials reveal themselves as “fakes.” This is the moment when hidden images and cultural memories become visible and intelligible, when the vernacular becomes a universal language. Hughes’ sculptures are not ready-mades. As facsimiles of common objects it’s not the object that is transformed but its reappropriated meaning and ability to reconfigure the object for the viewer.<br />Gradually, these objects-turned-sculptures reveal their inherent capacity to tell stories, to evoke narratives that are charged with everyday-life experience and humor.<br />Richard Hughes has had solo exhibitions at Tramway, Glasgow (2012); Sculpture Court, Tate Britain (2006); The Showroom, London (2004); and is currently presented at Firstsite, Colchester, UK, in an exhibition entitled Time is over, time has come. His work has been exhibited internationally, including presentations at the François Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana, Venice (2009); the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2008); and the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (2006). Hughes was selected for the 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (2008); the fourth Liverpool Biennial (2006), and the British Art Show 6 (2005). He was nominated for the Beck’s Futures award in 2006 and was the recipient of the EAST International award in 2003.</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 23:51:01 +0000