Art, circles around our daily lives and warps, bends, and expands our perceptions of form place and color. Formed Perception on view at Corridor Gallery April 13th – May 20th challenges our relationships with the standard white cube and morphs the viewer’s perceptions of a gallery into a transcending, swirling, and grounding experience through painting, sculpture, print making, projections, and installations.
Antonio Jose Guzman, born in Panama City, is a Dutch-Panamanian artist. Guzman's work includes films, documentaries, photography, installations and publications. Being an artist with an African, Latin American, and European background, his work encompasses issues of migration, genetics and world traveling. The chosen cities for this project are related to his DNA ancestry. The images are literal wooden extensions to physical piers, the perspective of the physical pier is continued through photography, the images morph into a prolongation of one pier into another from across the ocean. The installations become a journey of traveling by sea from one landing spot to another.
Sheila Goloborotko, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is a tactile printmaker who has been running the Goloborothko Studios for over 20 years. The piece Silk is Soft: Life is Hard is a twelve foot in wingspan aluminum moth cut out of a single piece of aluminum siding. Goloborothko was inspired and fascinated by the life and transformation of the silk worm as well as how human being discovered the silk making process. “As I see it, their habitat (literally, the silk worm's nest, or cocoon) has been transformed into garments, which are, in effect, another form of habitat—albeit for the human body.” Says the artist. The giant moth floats in the air perhaps hoping to fly out the skylight and into the outside air.
Carl E. Hazlewood, from Guyana, South America is an artist, writer, and curator currently living in Brooklyn. He is also the co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ. Hazlewood’s current collection of Angels are site specific constructions made of a variety of painted papers, textiles, and strings. “I frankly seek that buoyancy, tough beauty, and strong form that could sustain them for their brief life while up on the wall. Like those other angels, these forms appear, make an impression and disappear rather quickly.” These temporary constructions react with light and float up the walls of the gallery space.
Hilary Lorenz, born in the mid-West and now a New York resident for nearly 20 years is a nature enthusiast, adventurer, and print maker. Stimulated by the tradition of performance walking Lorenz climbs mountain peaks and meditates on the experiences. The prints become documents of mountain top pilgrimages. By translating the rising elevations into black and white print making, Lorenz then deconstructs the prints to recreate a mountainous landscape on the gallery wall. She has shifted the viewing plane by having the mountain move, and becoming a booming form in the gallery, ready for interaction.
Yvette Cohen, born in Cairo Egypt and raised in Paris and Montreal is a full time artist in New York City. Her recent geometric painting series Ara Pacis Series II was specifically designed for her recent solo show “Defying Gravity” in Soho. Per Aspere Ad Astra (Dyptych, Through Hardship to the Stars) is a geometric staircase like painting connecting the floor to the ceiling. The playful colors and shaped canvas tests our perceptions between two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.
Cullen Washington, originally from Louisiana currently lives and works in Brooklyn and is completing an artist residency at the NARS Foundation. His work explores his desire to “reconcile my[the artist’s] specific cultural identity with the broader context of the universe” Cullen in exploring the cosmos and the inner self with references to popular culture in a monochromatic palette and the use of found materials. His work explores the perceptions of identity, which are formed both by inside and outside forces.
Together in Formed Perceptions these artists show us the experience of forming perceptions, realizing what is and is not familiar, and giving the viewer the opportunity to bring new meaning to the artworks. On view at Corridor Gallery, 334 Grand Ave, Brooklyn through May 20th. The opening reception is Sunday April 15th from 4 to 6 pm, and an accompanying performance and book release will take place on Sunday April 28th from 2-4pm. Gallery Hours are Friday – Saturday 12 to 6pm and by appointment.
Charlotte Mouquin, is a writer, artist and curator residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is the exhibitions manager for both Corridor Gallery and Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, as part of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a 501 © 3 organization founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons. Rush Arts Gallery is dedicated to providing exhibition opportunities to an emerging artistic community and exposes disadvantaged urban youth to contemporary arts and culture through educational programming initiatives.