ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/show en-us 40 Dave McDermott - Brennan & Griffin - March 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div>Dave McDermott&nbsp;&lt;<a style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: center; text-decoration: none; color: #888888; cursor: pointer;" href="mailto:XXXXXXXXX@gmail.com">XXXXXXXXX@gmail.com</a>&gt;</div> <div>to&nbsp;Kathryn, James</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <p class="p3">Hey,</p> <p class="p3">So the title of the show is a reference to a footnoted passage from Goethe's autobiography (From My Life: Poetry and Truth, 1811-1830). He refers to a young woman as his first love, but there is a footnote for this passage. The footnote, rather hilariously, reads "Here Goethe was mistaken. His first love was actually..." To me it's a rather fantastic (albeit unintentional) absurdist take on the relationship between reality and representation, and how they constantly redefine one another.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">To back up for a minute -&nbsp; I see art, and specifically for me, painting, as a line of inquiry. This is closely related but different than purely reactionary painting, where one is just trying to represent or record what's there. It's way different than sociological or politically based art, that presents itself with an external agenda that wants to teach something or plead some case to us. I'm not really interested in either of those things. I'm vitally interested in trying to define some sense of order out of the chaos that is human nature, and that gets back to the relationship between what we call reality and the representation of that so-called reality. I'm asserting that representation and reality are so linked that they confuse us. There is no objective real, but a whole host of realities that we see reflected back to us through art, advertising, literature, music,science, etc. They come from everywhere, really. We mix them up and base our lives on a hodge-podge of fictions that are trying to tell individual truths. It's a bit of a mess. And it is so convoluted that it becomes opaque and impenetrable, and goes beyond seeing and into feeling. We can't objectively identify every signifier that makes us who we are, but we can instantly identify the feelings they instill in us. But what makes this specific kind of opacity compelling is that it's formed by the layering of an infinite number of things that we do know how to experience and understand on an individual level. So that's what I'm trying to capture in my painting - a sense of this feeling of opacity formed by so many layers of meaning and references. This gets back to what I've talked about before, creating a sense of order in the work while having the overall meaning remain distant, but palpable as a vibe of some sort, most often in my work as sense of intentional in-betweenness.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">Ok, back to the show. This opacity I spoke of results in making life, in my opinion, rather absurd. I thought this sentiment was echoed really nicely in that footnote. The idea of, centuries after the fact, correcting someone's feeling of love is hilarious to me. So I took that idea and ran with it, and created a kind of fantasy narrative where this character of Goethe is running around trying to find his first true love. It's a metaphor for the circular lunacy of human nature, and how we complicate it, and then try to sort it out, over and over. There are, as usual, tons of references to the history of image making in all forms. There's also a running theme of duality in the show - as truth:fiction, self:other, reality:representation, image:object. For example Goethe is represented simultaneously as two people - as a Santa Claus character and also as a Fellini-esque director/impresario character in a top hat and mustache, each of these characters representing a different aspect of the psyche. And this duality is mirrored in the work itself, as the paintings emphasize their construction and presence as objects as much as they do their presence as images.</p> <p class="p3">Ok, that's a long winded start for you. Feel free to ask my help in whittling it down. Most of this is just to give you an idea of where the work is coming from. Probably way too complicated for a PR.</p> <p class="p1">xo</p> <p class="p3">Dave</p> <div><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: center;">________________________________________________</strong></div> <div><strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</strong></div> <p class="p3">Dave McDermott was born in 1974 and lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his MFA from the Parsons School of Design in 2007.&nbsp; Previous Solo and Two-person exhibitions include: <em>The Power and Influence of Joseph Wiseman </em>(2013) and <em>A Rake's Progress</em> (2011), Grimm - Amsterdam, NL; <em>Pleasure Centre</em>, Twig - Brussels, BE (2012); <em>Black Medicine</em> (w/ Nick van Woert), Room East - New York, NY (2012);&nbsp; <em>Tot</em> (2012) and <em>The Modern Temper </em>(2011), Duve Berlin - Berlin, DE.&nbsp; McDermott has been awarded residencies at&nbsp;the Zabludowicz Collection in Sarvisalo, Finland (2010) and Frans Masareel Centrum in Belgium (2008).&nbsp; This is McDermott's first Solo Exhibition with Brennan &amp; Griffin.</p> </div> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:08:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Rebecca Raue - Gallery Molly Krom - March 8th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Gallery Molly Krom is pleased to present Listening in the Absence of Sound, a solo show by Berlin based artist Rebecca Raue.</p> <p>The title of the show is a springboard for associations. Some imagine a state of sensory deprivation and question their ability to endure silence or, conversely, crave it in our age of sensory overload. Others are lead to recall the use of silence as a subject and a medium by such major figures in modern and contemporary culture as Robert Rauschenberg (White Paintings), Guy Debord (Howling for Sade) and of course John Cage, who in 1952 created a highly structured silent musical composition 4'33".</p> <p>For Rebecca Raue, however, absence of sound is neither a private phobia nor a cultural, intellectual reference. It is an invitation to follow her on an inward journey that leads us "beyond the sound, behind the sound, into the essence of sound". When does the feeling, the image or the sound become real? Do you need to experience it through your senses or does it exist even before? Is it a forever private experience or one that is valid for everyone?<br />Rebecca Raue explores these questions through her works selected for this exhibition.</p> <p>The works are mixed media on paper, executed in different scales and one collage. Almost all paintings include an image of a tree, a house or a figure furthering the allusion to an invitation to look from outside in, these are the elements one is asked to draw in psychological testing to uncover one's subconscious associations. The paintings are also saturated with color, and in that they are far from "silent". They are full of something that happens in the absence of something else (a sound), bringing to mind John Cage's words that "every something is an echo of nothing"</p> <p>The only collage in the exhibit is also the most representational piece. It can be seen as the central or a final piece in the exhibit, depending on how one's eye chooses to follow the flow of works. It is meant to give a concrete visual content to the artist's experience of going into deep corners of the mind when she (and us) listens in the absence of sound.</p> <p>Rebecca Raue was born in Berlin in 1976. She is represented by Gallery Michael Schultz. Her most recent exhibitions include a solo show The Body Becomes Space at Gallery Michael Schultz, Bosphorus Brake, a group exhibit at BAP Galleri, Istanbul, and New Positions, New Works, at Projectraum Knut Ospen, Cologne.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:49:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Guild Hall - March 8th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p>For twenty years, The Student Art Festival has helped nurture and encourage young talent on the East End. Over 5,000 students from kindergarten through high school from 11 participating public and private and home schools in the Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Wainscott, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Shelter Island, and Sagaponack districts are invited to participate. &nbsp;The exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits of our young people by exhibiting their work in a museum environment and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process.</p> <p><span style="font-size: small; color: #3b3b3b;">The Grades 9-12 Exhibition opens to the public on March 8 and runs through April 20. The reception will be held on March 8 from 2-4pm along with student performances in the theater.</span></p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:49:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Group Show - Limner Gallery - March 8th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tue, 25 Feb 2014 02:24:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Ross Bleckner - Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St. - March 8th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>On 8 March 2014 Mary Boone Gallery will open at its Chelsea location an exhibition of new paintings by <strong>ROSS BLECKNER</strong>.</p> <p>Ross Bleckner has for forty years investigated the intersection of psychology, biology, and personal identity through painting. The result has been markedly different series of work - from geometric abstraction, to space suggested through nebulous fields or stripes, to painterly systems of constellations and architecture, to explicitly symbolic works employing images of urns, chandeliers, flags, birds, flowers, words and numbers, blood or brain cells.</p> <p>For the current exhibition, Bleckner examines his own history and the challenges that an artist faces daily: how to distill ideas that are constantly evolving and elliptical? To where does one painting lead? And what becomes of that next painting, if thought but never made?</p> <p>Bleckner gives form to relinquished works with new paintings from his <strong><em>Dome</em></strong> and <strong><em>Architecture of the Sky</em></strong> series. These compositions correlate &nbsp;the grandeur of the unknowable with humankind's outward search for understanding. Paintings such as <strong><em>Brain Rust</em></strong>, <strong><em>Doctor</em></strong>, <strong><em>Mausoleum</em></strong>, and <strong><em>Prayer</em></strong> address this quest inward, incorporating imagery of exclusively human concepts of science (electromagnetic imaging), language (the written word), and beauty (floral motifs) to suggest that what we choose to worship is integral to spirituality.</p> <p>The painting <strong><em>Obituary</em></strong> fittingly provides a coda for the show. Here, over a collage of death notices culled from The New York Times, Bleckner has painted what appears to be an array of individual small canvases. The shifts in stylistic approach reveal the thought process of the artist, coping with finite time to express multiple ideas through painting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:21:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Vera Comploj, Kathleen Hayes - MF Gallery - March 8th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">&ldquo;CONTROVISUAL&rdquo; is a two-woman exhibit that unites the work of photographers Vera Comploj and Kathleen Hayes.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Drag Queens in smoky bars, masked bikini girls on a hot beach, transsexuals, surfers and misfits in glitter and costumes&hellip; The characters in &ldquo;Controvisual&rdquo; live in a fringe society where psychedelia meets film noir. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">These captivating images complement each other, bringing black and white in contrast with bright color. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Vera Comploj&rsquo;s latest photographic project is the result of 4 years of research in the submerged drag queen night scene of New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, and the transsexual day scene of the community "Le Princese" in Genova, Italy.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">The pictures capture the magic of the &ldquo;in-between&rdquo; states that transform men into queens. These are moments when male and female, fantasy and fiction and day and night coexist. The uniqueness of her look comes from the personal relationships that the photographer builds with her subjects over time. Driven by her anthropological and sociological curiosity, Comploj introduces herself as an attentive listener. The final click is the outcome of a long process of trust when, after many meetings and talks, the subjects open up and unveil incredible personal stories. To truly document her subjects, Comploj has not intervened on the pictures with any post-production. The result is an arrestingly raw and honest portrayal of a world that is often glamorous, sometimes melancholic and always in-between.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Kathleen Hayes&rsquo; ongoing beach noir series, Flamingo Social Club, portrays a kitsch and colorful world at the seashore; an askew dream escape on a hot day at the beach. Plastic flamingos, melting ice pops, inflatables, and speedos fill the landscape under a canopy of beach umbrellas and solar rays.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">It is a community of eccentrics. They are young and old, gay and straight, artists, designers, former club kids, surfers, skaters, geeks and scenesters. FSC is a place to play, rest, recover, recharge and worship the sun and the sea. The members of FSC are can be seen posing on the mussel shell encrusted Long Island shoreline slathered in coppertone, drinking exotic tropical cocktails and eating canned seafood. They are donned in flashy bikinis and creepy masks, which add a macabre twist to a garish summertime retreat.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Kathleen captures her sea shrines and off kilter portraits with an old twin lens reflex camera on a plot of sand in Long Beach, NYC</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">&ldquo;Controvisual&rdquo;, a 2-woman photography exhibit will open on Saturday March 8th in honor of International Women&rsquo;s Day. Both artists will be in attendance from 7 to 10 pm. The show will run until the end of April 2014 and will be open by appointment by contacting Martina Secondo Russo at 917-446-8681 or info@MFgallery.net . The entire show will also be available for viewing and purchasing online at: www.MFgallery.net/Controvisual/Controvisual.html</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">ABOUT THE ARTISTS:<br /> <br /> Vera Comploj grew up in Selva Val Gardena, in the Italian Alps. After having studied in Bolzano at the Kunstlyzeum (high school with focus on visual arts), Vera graduated in product design from Politecnico di Milano and concluded her studies with a photography program at the CFP Bauer of Milan. She has lived and worked in Milan, London, Paris and New York City &ndash; where she currently resides. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">In 2012, Vera was selected by Vogue US as one of the 10 finalists of the New Exposure competition. After the nomination, her series of photographs &ldquo;Persona&rdquo; was exhibited at Milk Gallery, in New York City. The same year, Vera&rsquo;s work was also displayed at the Liverpool Biennial.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">From January to April 2013 her first solo show, &ldquo;In Between&rdquo;, was exhibited at The Museion Contemporary Art Museum in Bolzano, Italy and was also presented during the festival "La Storia in Piazza" at Palazzo Ducale in Gennova, Italy, with an extended exhibition at The Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum of Genova.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">In Summer 2013, Vera conceived, planned, and hosted the Alter Ego workshop for 11-14 year olds at Museion.<br /> <br /> Kathleen Hayes was born in Long Island, New York. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in 1997, where she majored in Photography. She draws inspiration for her photography, performance art and mixed media creations from her suburban roots, Halloween, death, her love of the sea, surf and skate culture, and her relationships within the gay community.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">She participated in the I.P.F. Independent Photography Festival in Melbourne, Australia in both 2012 and 2013. Kathleen was selected by juror Sarah Stolfa, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, for inclusion in the Newspace Center for Photography, 9th Annual Juried Exhibition in Portland, OR in July of 2013. That same month her work was chosen by editor of F-Stop Magazine, Christy Karpinski, for a show about summer titled &ldquo;July&rdquo; at A. Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX. Earlier in summer 2013, she exhibited alongside skateboard legends and artists Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi for the Monofilamental Art Show during Dew Tour in Ocean City, MD at Punk Rock Fish Studio.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Kathleen won the title of Best Mermaid in the 2012 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, painted as a Mexican, Dia De Los Muertos mermaid. A mini documentary about Kathleen&rsquo;s parade victory was featured on the art and pop culture blog, Laughingsquid.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Kathleen&rsquo;s photography has been featured online by Fototazo, F-stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, and The Photographer&rsquo;s Room.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:51:19 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Paul Gauguin - MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) - March 8th 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM <div class="description"> <p class="top">This exhibition focuses on Paul&nbsp;Gauguin&rsquo;s rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and their relationship to his better-known paintings and his sculptures in wood and ceramic. Comprising approximately 150 works, including some 120 works on paper and a critical selection of some 30 related paintings and sculptures, it is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at this overall body of work</p> <p>Created in several discreet bursts of activity from 1889 until his death in 1903, these remarkable works on paper reflect&nbsp;Gauguin&rsquo;s experiments with a range of mediums, from radically &ldquo;primitive&rdquo; woodcuts that extend from the sculptural gouging of his carved wood reliefs, to jewel-like watercolor monotypes and large, mysterious transfer drawings.&nbsp;Gauguin&rsquo;s creative process often involved repeating and recombining key motifs from one image to another, allowing them to evolve and metamorphose over time and across mediums. Printmaking, which by definition involves transferring and multiplying images, provided him with many new and fertile possibilities for transposing his imagery.&nbsp;Gauguin&nbsp;embraced the subtly textured surfaces, nuanced colors, and accidental markings that resulted from the unusual processes that he devised, for they projected a darkly mysterious and dreamlike vision of life in the South Pacific, where he spent most of the final 12 years of his life.</p> <p>Though&nbsp;Gauguin&nbsp;is best known as a pioneer of modernist painting, this exhibition showcases a lesser-known but arguably even more innovative aspect of his practice.</p> </div> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 23:14:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Katerina Marcelja - Open Source Gallery - March 8th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Katerina Marcelja presents &ldquo;Fragment Series,&rdquo; an exhibition of prints for Open Source Gallery.</p> <p>In &ldquo;Fragment Series,&rdquo; Marcelja works with clusters of graphic sequences etched on multiple plates. These sequences are then disassembled and recombined challenging boundary conditions and narrative logic . Marcelja&rsquo;s prints operate much like her sculptural work&ndash;creating extensions of the spatial dynamics and questioning the integrity of form. These etchings work within a malleable landscape where continuity is fragmented and reestablished on various scales. The wild lines of her etchings are truncated by the boundaries of the geometric plates of ghostly greys and deep blacks only to re-emerge in another sequence, creating a structural dialog between the individual prints. Individual narratives emerge from the incessant recombination of sequences.</p> <p>Marcelja&rsquo;s prints engage the limits of physical space delineated by the etching plates, the print paper and the gallery space itself. &ldquo;Fragment Series&rdquo; establishes a continuous discourse throughout the gallery, deconstructing the borders of each individual print to construct a new architecture within the space. Marcelja&rsquo;s etchings are juxtaposed to operate as a structure in and of themselves, while each print maintains its own integrity. Overlapped and overlaid the forms emerge with sculptural sensibility She creates a new space out of her prints with a vaguely familiar, but elusive, history.</p> <p>Katerina Marcelja (b. 1971) is a visual artist who specializes in sculpture and printmaking. Marcelja was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and grew up in Rome, Italy. She studied sculpture at Boston University and Performance Studies at NYU. Her performance work &ldquo;Arteria&rdquo; was shown at Mladinsko Theater in Ljubljana. Her recent exhibitions include &ldquo;Flights of Love&rdquo; at Gallery Molly Krom, &ldquo;Wet Wings and Wooden Sail&rdquo; at Giacobetti Paul Gallery, and &ldquo;Insubstantial Evidence&rdquo; at Douglass Street Music Collective Gallery.</p> <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> <p>Katerina Marcelja presents &ldquo;Fragment Series,&rdquo; an exhibition of prints for Open Source Gallery.</p> <p>In &ldquo;Fragment Series,&rdquo; Marcelja works with clusters of graphic sequences etched on multiple plates. These sequences are then disassembled and recombined challenging boundary conditions and narrative logic . Marcelja&rsquo;s prints operate much like her sculptural work&ndash;creating extensions of the spatial dynamics and questioning the integrity of form. These etchings work within a malleable landscape where continuity is fragmented and reestablished on various scales. The wild lines of her etchings are truncated by the boundaries of the geometric plates of ghostly greys and deep blacks only to re-emerge in another sequence, creating a structural dialog between the individual prints. Individual narratives emerge from the incessant recombination of sequences.</p> <p>Marcelja&rsquo;s prints engage the limits of physical space delineated by the etching plates, the print paper and the gallery space itself. &ldquo;Fragment Series&rdquo; establishes a continuous discourse throughout the gallery, deconstructing the borders of each individual print to construct a new architecture within the space. Marcelja&rsquo;s etchings are juxtaposed to operate as a structure in and of themselves, while each print maintains its own integrity. Overlapped and overlaid the forms emerge with sculptural sensibility She creates a new space out of her prints with a vaguely familiar, but elusive, history.</p> <p>Katerina Marcelja (b. 1971) is a visual artist who specializes in sculpture and printmaking. Marcelja was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and grew up in Rome, Italy. She studied sculpture at Boston University and Performance Studies at NYU. Her performance work &ldquo;Arteria&rdquo; was shown at Mladinsko Theater in Ljubljana. Her recent exhibitions include &ldquo;Flights of Love&rdquo; at Gallery Molly Krom, &ldquo;Wet Wings and Wooden Sail&rdquo; at Giacobetti Paul Gallery, and &ldquo;Insubstantial Evidence&rdquo; at Douglass Street Music Collective Gallery.</p> - See more at: http://open-source-gallery.org/category/upcoming/#sthash.DW36EF9l.dpuf</div> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:54:19 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Parrish Art Museum - March 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>For more than fifteen years the Parrish has worked in partnership with Southampton and Tuckahoe Schools to bring the highest caliber arts education experiences to their students.</p> <p>This year, from March 8 through April 14, the Museum will present an exhibition that highlights the successful collaboration between the Parrish and the two schools. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a brilliant photo-documentary created by members of Southampton High School&rsquo;s after-school group called the Parrish Art Club, under the guidance of Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin Wingfield and Southampton art teacher Gail Altomare.&nbsp;</p> <p>The innovative work, which will be shown in the gallery through video projection and via an&nbsp;<a title="This Is Us" href="http://www.thisisussouthampton.com/" rel="nofollow">interactive website</a>, is a digital portrait image-and-text exploration of the entire Southampton High School community&mdash;students, teachers and staff. Inspired by the renowned Humans of New York project, the photo-documentary provides a candid view of the students&rsquo; everyday life through their unique individual portraits of the people in their world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Visit the interactive website&nbsp;<a title="This Is Us" href="http://www.thisisussouthampton.com/" rel="nofollow">This Is Us</a>.</p> <p>The exhibition will also include a selection of student work created through the Parrish partnership with the schools, including paintings by fifth grade students inspired by master landscapes from the permanent collection; relief sculptures created by sixth graders as part of their art history curriculum focused on ancient Egypt; composite landscape collages created by fourth graders; and texture studies in clay by pre-kindergarten students.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:58:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Leslie Carabas - Phoenix Gallery - March 8th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>The medical arena encompasses the major topics of conversation in a group of seniors. Loss is the primary theme: loss of mobility, agility and strength, loss of loved ones, loss of freedom of movement, loss of mental acuity. In her latest work, Leslie Carabas uses various layers of textile arts - hand-dyed fabrics, texture and drawing achieved through quilting - as well as the patterns she has created with Band-Aids. These materials evoke both the wealth of a decades- long life and the concerns that impact that life on a daily basis. Leslie is a California based abstract artist who has shown throughout the USA, Europe and Ms. Carabas would love to discuss her work with viewers at the artist's reception on March 8th from 3:00-5:00 PM.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:44:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Harriet Sobie Goldstein - Phoenix Gallery - March 8th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>The Exhibition "Pets and Their People" features oil paintings which center upon the interesting relationship between humans and their dogs and cats. We have all noticed people who resemble their pets in expression and personality. Pets can sooth the sick and guide the blind. Sometimes people find it easier to relate to animals than to other people. I hope that I have caught the personalities of the pets and people that I have painted. Harriet Sobie Goldstein is a versatile artist who is comfortable painting a variety of subjects as well as abstracts. She serves on the executive boards of The Phoenix Gallery, SALUTE to Women in the Arts, is a member of N.A. W. A. and an educator who taught in the New York City Public School system.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:47:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Joanne Greenbaum - Rachel Uffner Gallery - March 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Rachel Uffner Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition with Joanne Greenbaum, the artist&rsquo;s first solo presentation of large paintings in New York since 2009. The exhibition - installed in the gallery's main ground floor space in its new location at 170 Suffolk Street - comprises eight large new paintings that continue the artist's process based engagement with abstraction. Over the past two decades, Greenbaum has developed a singular body of work including painting, drawing, and sculpture, that while instantly recognizable in gesture and spirit, has remained relatively enigmatic. Where her earlier paintings were often characterized by a highly concentrated and linked cluster of forms set against an expansive blank canvas, the new works are Greenbaum's decidedly most dense and labored paintings, confidently mixing disparate materials in remarkably forceful and intricate compositions.</p> <p>Greenbaum's newest paintings reveal an influx of new forms, colors, and information. Though familiar shapes and past configurations inevitably emerge - architectural maps, collapsing grids, and interlocking networks - no two paintings are alike. Greenbaum moves freely between thin and transparent layers and thick and opaque textures, often collapsing foreground and background, shifting toward a more disorienting, in-between space. Her use of color and materials, now looser and more assured, finds inks, markers and flashe pushed against oil drips and washes, coexisting in a confrontational, a-hierarchical realm. These are regenerative paintings that reveal themselves slowly, with shapes giving way to new systems, fluid gestures frenetically painted over, spaces activated and restructured, and are conceivably both durational and limitless.</p> <p>Joanne Greenbaum lives and works in New York City. Over the past twenty years she has participated in numerous shows in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently Greenbaum has exhibited her work at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Crone Gallery, Berlin, Van Horn Gallery, Dusseldorf, and is currently on view at Texas Gallery in Houston. Other recent solo shows include Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago and D&rsquo;Amelio Terras, New York. Greenbaum has also been exhibited at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, PS1 MoMA, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Kunsthalle, Basel, Whitechapel Gallery, London. A career-spanning survey of her was mounted by Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich and travelled to Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany in 2008/2009. She earned a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. She shows with greengrassi in London, UK, Nicolas Krupp in Basel, Switzerland, Crone Gallery in Berlin and Van Horn Gallery in Dusseldorf, and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:17:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Caitlin Keogh, Pam Lins, Sean Raspet - Rachel Uffner Gallery - March 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Rachel Uffner Gallery is pleased to present its first group exhibition installed in the gallery's upstairs space in its new location at 170 Suffolk Street. This group exhibition presents the work of four artists - Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Caitlin Keogh, Pam Lins, Sean Raspet - who share an interest in surface, artifice, perception, and seriality. Jointly, the works in the exhibition engage with questions of production and consumption, conceived from either sourced or original material. They don&rsquo;t prioritize the "picture" or the "object," but rather present a space mediated via the modes of ornamentation and display. 'Looking' becomes an active rather than passive exercise; with screens, shelves, or even scents enhancing the experience of layered images and transmission of information.</p> <p>In his installations, <strong>Strauss Bourque-LaFrance</strong> fuses everyday materials into beguiling formal compositions and precarious arrangements that playfully subvert mundane interiors and position domesticity as a mise-en-scene for role-play and disjointed narrative. With these new "vacation paintings," Bourque-LaFrance addresses his all consuming detachment from traditional painting and its relationship to digital screens and tablets. He manipulates readymade mesh screens and spray paints the foreground and background to create immediate, textured works that hover on the edge between abstraction and representation. Hanging loosely in beguilingly slick, multi-colored Plexiglas boxes they reference both the tenderness of textiles and domestic towel racks with the authoritative formality of historical vitrines</p> <p><strong>Caitlin Keogh's</strong> meticulous, labored works explore the production and exhibition of textiles, decorative arts and illustration. The organizing principles of construction and display are emphasized as Keogh crops and enlarges various points of view, focusing on minute details or obsessively repeated visual elements or phrases. Appropriating text from <em>Dior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior</em> and Marguerite Duras' <em>The Ravishing of Lol Stein</em> is a point of departure in this selection of paintings, weaving excerpts into typographic patterns.</p> <p><strong>Pam Lins</strong> is primarily a sculptor interested in the social, political, and psychological implications of material and process, and particularly in the relationship between the artist studio and the commercial world. In <em>Red White and Blue</em> (2013) she presents a trio of ceramic mini drum sets, each slightly different than the next, sitting precariously atop USPS cardboard boxes. These complimentary readymade pedestals are each selected for their relational scale and ability to be shipped anywhere in the world according to a "flat rate." Considering issues of representation and pre-determined shifts in scale, Lins offers a knowing likeness of contemporary detritus and commodity culture.</p> <p>The relationship between material and abstraction has been a longstanding concern in the work of <strong>Sean Raspet</strong>, particularly as it relates to what he calls &ldquo;revisable materiality&rdquo; &ndash; i.e. a paradigm of thought prevalent today wherein material substances are increasingly imagined as malleable with qualities that are fully adjustable and severable. These are the surfactants, emulsifiers, binders of otherwise incompatible ingredients, and flow modifiers that absorb, disperse or work at the interface between active ingredients and different phases of matter. In <em>Phantom Ringtone</em> (2013) propylene glycol, one such ingredient, is used as a medium for a fragrance formulation that is intended to capture the common experience (known as &ldquo;phantom ringing&rdquo;) of feeling that one&rsquo;s cell phone is ringing or vibrating when it is not. The abstract capacity of the cell phone as a communicative medium is distilled into a hallucinatory anticipation that then becomes the basis for a further abstraction into a fragrance formulation that &ldquo;captures&rdquo; the essence of this experience. The resulting smell is fleeting and non-specific; vaguely familiar and abstract; almost not there and constantly reoccurring.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:18:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Group Show - Sculpture Center - March 8th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p>SculptureCenter is pleased to announce <em>Chance Motives</em>, a program of time-based work presented through <em>In Practice</em>, SculptureCenter's commissioning program for emerging artists. <em>Chance Motives</em> explores the possibilities for rupture within the ongoing performances of daily life and labor through techniques of orchestration and choreography. Loosely interpreted to include pedestrian systems, rituals, and routines; these performative modes are mobilized as alternatives to the tyranny of risk management. The works in the program make use of methods that can accommodate accident and error, in opposition to both algorithms of efficiency (devised for the hysterical demands of market production) and the pure chance operations of Fluxus. <br /> <br /> Chance Motives is organized within the SculptureCenter galleries as an assembly of discrete presentations (and performative installations) engaging a number of themes: gesture as an index of memory; material and cultural appropriations of natural phenomena; psychic distance from the tangibility of social relationships. The unifying principle is formal, insofar as the commissioned projects deal with pacing, rhythm and synchronicity on their own terms, counter to the prevailing narrative of spectacular acceleration and the debilitating anxiety of crisis in the contemporary moment. The act of building up implies a certain degree of breaking down; the fiction of transcendence (virtuosity) is also a lack of transparency. <br /> <br /> <strong> The works presented take up time differently, culminating in a collaborative and practical expression of heterogeneous rhythms spanning the first week of February 2014. Rehearsal sessions from Wednesday February 5th through Friday, February 7th will be open to the public from 12-6pm, followed by a final, daylong performance on Saturday, February 8th, from 11am-6pm. </strong> <br /> <br /> Choreographies by <strong>Vanessa Anspaugh</strong> (with Amber Bemak) and <strong>Ben Thorp Brown</strong> (with Ethan Philbrick) engage in processes of undoing systems; whether by contracting the time scale of long-term muscle memory to stimulate instinctual dance imperfectly, as if on-demand, or by devising a purpose for the hand-signals of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to mark the departure of complex trading from the world of embodied signification. <strong>Laura Vitale's</strong> sonic vignettes, animated by trained and untrained bodies, register responses to shifting staging conditions (with Rebecca Warner), while <strong>Daniel Neumann's</strong> canny architectonic compositions alter tone more mechanically, however subtly. A smartphone application designed by <strong>Essex Olivares</strong>, launched for the occasion by an interactive ensemble performance, puts pressure on normative modes of digitally-directed socialization and will be freely available for user download. Expanded cinema, operatic and musical theater works by <strong>Pedro Neves Marques</strong>, <strong>Sahra Motalebi</strong> and <strong>Hayley Aviva Silverman</strong> invest alternative cultures, histories (and species) with a certain intersubjective urgency; projects by <strong>Brendan Fernandes</strong> and <strong>Nick Paparone</strong> ascribe new functionality to ordinary institutional furnishings; and filmic installations by <strong>Rachel Rose</strong> and<strong> Conrad Ventur</strong> visualize emotional trajectories through their respective spaces of projection. <br /> <br /> Chance Motives is guest curated by Kari Rittenbach.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:26:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Heather Phillipson - Bunker259 - March 9th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Bunker259 is pleased to open the exhibition <em>immediately and for a short time balloons weapons too-tight clothing worries of all kinds</em> by Heather Phillipson, in conjunction with a catalogue text by Elizabeth Neilson, independent curator and Director of Zabludowicz Collection, London.</p> <p>For her first solo exhibition in the USA, and constructed specifically for the uniquely intimate setting of Bunker 259, Phillipson suspends a single-screen video inside a sculpted, painted, and collaged environment, forming a series of layers and surfaces that physically mimics the viewing experience.</p> <p>[sound: static electricity, panting, moans, countdown &ndash; 5&hellip;4&hellip;3&hellip;2&hellip;fireworks - BANG!]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Thanks for voting with your flesh and being here, in the roll-on pictures, the peel-off noises, the violent shaving.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;[sound: &lsquo;textured &amp; minty&rsquo; (repeat, repeat) / image: finger-sock brushes teeth (repeat, repeat)]</p> <p>The mouth is acavity for language and sensual experience. What happens in your mouth may not stay in your mouth. Other people&rsquo;s tongues, for example.</p> <p>[sound: yawn / image: painted seascape / INTERTITLE: &lsquo;turn-off&rsquo; / 'PLEASE']</p> <p>Re-view the scenery. Dig into sensations. How does it all wedge together? How does it feel? How about those cucumbers?</p> <p>[sound: &lsquo;oooh!&rsquo; / &lsquo;wow!&rsquo; / &lsquo;oooh!&rsquo; / &lsquo;wow!/ party poppers]</p> <p>The escapade scrubs us down/fills us up, touched up by language. Language is an oral contagion: now wash your hands / please report any suspicious images / are we here, are we actually</p> <p>[voice drowned out by coughing]</p> <p>Heather Phillipson&rsquo;s upcoming exhibitions and events in 2014 include:&nbsp; 'Assembly', Tate Britain; 'Park Nights', Serpentine Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland, and Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva. Exhibitions in 2013 included BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Flux Night, Atlanta, and Random Acts, Channel 4 television. She is also an award-winning poet with recent publications by Bloodaxe, Penned in the Margins and Faber and Faber, and was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012.</p> <p>Bunker259 is dedicated to providing artists and writers with a platform and outlet for collaboration. A single artwork in conjunction with a text will be exhibited in a space open to the public by appointment. The purpose of the appointment is to foster an intimate and focused viewing experience. These collaborations between writer, artist, and Bunker259 will be documented in an edition of the Bunker259 book series, published on the occasion of each exhibition.&nbsp;</p> <p>(script excerpt/press text, <em>immediately and for a short time balloons weapons too-tight clothing worries of all kinds, </em>Heather Phillipson, 2013-14)</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:29:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Francisca Benitez - Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space - March 9th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p><em>Oro Dulce</em> is an immersion into an agrarian artisanal production process, aiming to generate a discussion about new forms of urban-rural habitability in a territory of growing interconnectivity and hybridization; in a land that shakes constantly; with an increasingly globalized culture. The project originated in rural Pichingal located in the Maule Region in Chile where artist Francisca Benitez joined the annual quince making activities of her family. The actions were documented in this 90-minute video. It is a performance scripted and directed by the artist&rsquo;s mother, occurring every fall and involving a fluctuating number of participants. The work is about knowledge transmission, immaterial patrimony, and anonymous creative practices that exist despite the &ldquo;mall culture&rdquo; that grows so rapidly and devastatingly in the area. It is about an alternative economy based on another type of gold standard; an edible capital. It is about life; about love; a golden substance that covers every horizontal surface inside individuals&rsquo; homes in April, allowing the family to come together and grow.</p> <p>On view for the first time in New York, <em>Oro Dulce</em> was originally exhibited at Die Ecke Gallery in Santiago, Chile in Spring 2011, along with the 1,170 lbs of quince jam produced during the filming. For the duration of the exhibit, the art gallery became the distribution outlet for the product, overlapping the present and past roles of the corner building as an art gallery and corner store. Reedited for this exhibition, the video brings awareness to the process of making behind the food we eat, which is so often anonymous. Cuchifritos Gallery&rsquo;s location within the Essex Street Market serves as an ideal venue for an intimate glimpse into a process rooted in tradition, bringing together an entire community.</p> <p><strong>Reception:</strong> Wednesday, March 5th from 5-7pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Francisca Benitez</strong> is an artist born in Santiago, Chile, in 1974. She graduated as an architect from the University of Chile in 1998, and Master in Fine Arts from Hunter College CUNY in 2007. Her work has been exhibited in the Americas, Europe and Asia, most recently at El Museo del Barrio and BRIC Rotunda Gallery in New York; Museo de Artes Visuales, Die Ecke and Museo Hist&oacute;rico Nacional in Santiago; Parc de la Villette in Paris and Nordenhake Gallery in Stockholm. Her most recent residence was at Gasworks, London, 2012. She has been awarded grants from the TIDES Foundation, FONDART Chile and New York State Council on the Arts. Francisca lives and works in New York since 1998.</p> <p><strong>Camila Marambio</strong> is an independent curator, private investigator and amateur dancer with an MA in <em>Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies</em> from Columbia University. She also attended de Appel&rsquo;s curatorial programme in 2006/2007 after which she directed the Visual Arts Department of the cultural centre Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile. Currently, she directs the research residency program <em>Ensayos</em>&ndash;based in Tierra del Fuego&ndash;through which artists, scientists, and local inhabitants contemplate and engage in Ecological activity. In 2014 she will again take up residency at Kadist Art Foundation in Paris.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:54:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list