Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art
Five Elements: A Group Sculpture Exhibition
July 7 - August 18, 2008
Public Reception: July 11th, 6 - 9 PM
Featuring: Alan Binstock, Helen Brough, Linda Casbon, John Clement, Michel Demanche, Steven Dobbin, Oliver Doriss, Amanda Dow Thompson, Sonjie Feliciano Solomon, Howard Gross, Sy Gresser, Miwa Koizumi, Alexandra Limpert, Joe Mangrum, Arthur Mednick, Gene Michieli, Michael Winger, and Homer Yost.
Brooklyn, NY Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art is delighted to announce the opening of “The Five Elements”, a group exhibition representing each element of the Wu Xing (Five Phases), Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Join us on Friday, July 11th from 6 – 9 PM for a public reception with the artists at the gallery’s Williamsburg location of 293 Grand St. between Roebling and Havemeyer. The public is invited to attend this event and visit the gallery during regular hours: Wed – Sun 11am – 7 pm, and Mon 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information contact the gallery at 718.218.8939.
Metal and Fire breathe life into one another in the welded steel and bronze sculptures of Gene Michieli (bronze) and Arthur Mednick (steel). Michieli’s forms convey a sense of nature in an abstract language, while Mednick’s compact works reference the essence of objects not yet known. Exploring metal’s property of creating exterior boundaries Alexandra Limpert’s mechanical android sculptures almost resemble cognizant human beings. While, the twists and loops in John Clement’s steel pipe formations convey how Fire is used to bring out metal’s expansive energy. Exploring Metal as a cover, Steven Dobbin’s sheathes sheets of lead, steel, and copper over wood to create pieces that are sociological statements of what society dictates as “normal”. Referring to the mind and consciousness, Fire’s ability to liquefy and transform Earth is visually captured in Oliver Dorris’s colorful cast glass works recalling natural earthen caverns and fissures. Also referencing natural openings are the grotto-like sculptures of Howard Gross. While, Sy Gresser’s hand carved wood sculptures bring life to Earth, which controls the ‘yi’ (focus & intellect). Metal also houses the ‘po’ or animal nature as embodied in the bronze figurative sculptures of Homer Yost. Moreover, Alan Binstock’s cosmic glass and steel sculptures express the symbiotic relationship between Earth and Metal. Using flexibility and judgment combined with strategy, Wood is ruled by the emotion of “Anger”. Amanda Dow Thompson’s three-dimensional sculptures embody the inherent inner tension found in Wood. While, Michael Winger’s Dervish piece exemplifies this element’s ability to twist with an unwavering stringency. On the opposite spectrum Sonjie Feliciano Solomon’s installations capture the ethereal soul of Wood’s derivative paper. The Fifth Element Water combines power with softness and calmness; it also represents vessels. Miwa Koizumi’s sea creatures made of plastic bottles tap into Water’s feng shui property of “conserving”. Her aquatic “pets” made of vessels once used to hold water are visually pleasing examples of eco-friendly art. Moreover, Michel Demanche’s Rebus references water instruments used to predict tornadoes. Finally, Joe Mangrum’s installation incorporates each element to form an amalgamation of the Wu Xing (Five Phases).
Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art, established in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1999 and directed by Tracy Causey-Jeffery is committed to exhibiting vibrant contemporary art by living artists: both mid-career and emerging. Ch'i exhibits works in two distinct styles: abstract, textural or fragmented figurative. Ch'i hosts 11-15 exhibitions annually with their artists coming from across America, Asia, Europe and South America. In addition to its own exhibitions, Ch'i participates annually in at least 3 international fairs. In 2007, the gallery participated in Fountain NY and the Bridge Art Fairs in Chicago, London, and Miami. In 2008, Chi will participate in the first Bridge New York art fair in March. Additionally, Ch'i and its artists have been published in Art World News, NY Arts Magazine, Art Forum, Art News, Block Magazine, New York Times, The Village Voice, New York Sun, LA Times, Korea Times and Art and Antiques among others. Gallery artists are included in the permanent collections of Cantor Fitzgerald, The Musee Elysée, The Museum of the City of New York, MOMA, the Whitney Museum, Exxon Energy, Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Bank of China, the Kohler Company, The New York Public Library, The University of Maryland, Healthlink, the Kimbell Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, The Houston Museum and the Klutznick National Jewish Museum among others. Ch'i director, Tracy Causey-Jeffery received her masters in art history from the University of London after interning at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City. Prior to opening Ch'i, she owned and operated The Finer Side Galleries in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for 7 years.