Object Implied

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Untitled, 2012 Acrylic And Transfer On Stretched Reclaimed Vinyl 48 X 36 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Emerson Dorsch
Object Implied

5900 NW 2nd Ave.
33127 Miami
May 17th, 2013 - June 8th, 2013
Opening: May 17th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

wynwood district
Wed-Sat 12-5 By appointment
mixed-media, installation, sculpture


Emerson Dorsch is pleased to present Object implied, a group exhibition of artists Kris Chatterson, Dave Hardy, Ryan Roa, April Street, Robert Thiele, and Odalis Valdivieso. On view will be works in painting, sculpture, mixed-media, and site-specific installation. 

The exhibition results from an intuitive selection process that favored works and systems characterized by effortlessness in terms of approach, materials, resolution, or position. The exhibition presents the respective systems, proposing to view the work beyond what is visually present and to question their potential as things that allude to ideas, narratives, or physical weights. In the run up to the exhibition a series of online chats with selected artists will be posted on the exhibition’s page on the gallery’s website in real time.

The paintings of Kris Chatterson combine traditional abstract painting with an awareness of the brushstroke, applied through printed transfers of marks made on his computer or smartphone, which serve as processors in the image-making. Odalis Valdivieso’s abstract watercolors result from an immediate labor, presenting formal aesthetics with a strong intent of demystifying the art-object. On the other hand, Robert Thiele utilizes material and opacity to embed an unsure sense of content or meaning, through wall mounted constructs incorporating blurred transparent elements that both reveal and distort the images within. In the case of another sculptor, Dave Hardy, sculptures are composed primarily of wood, foam, and glass. These common materials come together to create various forms, shifting between visual weights. Ryan Roa’s site-specific Space Drawings also occupy volume, with wireframes created with easily obtainable bungee cords and hardware, graphically alluding to arbitrary planes within the gallery space. Conversely, April Street’s Rope Paintings begin as paintings but are braided into seemingly functional objects, capped with bronze to keep them from unraveling, retracting them back into art-objects.


Kris Chatterson lives and works in Brooklyn. He received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2004. He has had solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, and Western Project in Los Angeles. Select group exhibitions include Pour at Leslie Heller Workspace and Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, and Schmidt Center Gallery, Boca Raton; Pieced Together, HKJB, Brooklyn; Power to the People, Feature Inc., New York; and Keep Feeling (Fascination): New Abstract Painting in LA, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles.

Dave Hardy lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Yale School of Art; and is an alumnus of The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent group exhibitions include Make It Now, Sculpture Center, New York, Un balance, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Greater New York 2005, at MoMA PS1, New York. Hardy has had solo exhibitions at Art in General, 92Y Tribeca, and La Mama Galleria in New York, as well as Southern Exposure in San Francisco. Hardy received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Regina Rex, Queens, in September 2013. He lives in Brooklyn.

Ryan Roa lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a BFA from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA from Hunter College. He has exhibited internationally at institutions that include the Bronx Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, and Socrates Sculpture Park. He has participated in residency programs at the Bronx Museum, Gallery Aferro, Pace University, and The Fountainhead Residency. Roa is a founding member of the BroLab Collective.

April Street lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and traditional bronze casting in central Italy. She received an NEA Project Grant for her video collaboration Imaging Appalachia. Street recently had a solo exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, and was chosen last year by Julie Joyce, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for Baker's Dozen IV exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum.

Robert Thiele divides his time between Miami, FL and Brooklyn, NY, maintaining a studio in both cities. He participated in the Whitney Biennial and has had numerous solo exhibitions, including several in public institutions. Among these are the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Miami Art Museum. The distinguished critics and curators who have written essays on his work include Peter Frank, Mark Ormond, Carter Ratcliff, and Robert J. Sindelir. Thiele currently has a major solo exhibition on view at Tammen & Partner Galerie, Berlin. Thiele is represented by Emerson Dorsch.

Odalis Valdivieso was born in Caracas, Venezuela and lives and works in Miami, FL. Her work is currently on view in New Work Miami 2013 at the Miami Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include Practices Remain, Regina Rex, NY, Paper Folding, Dimensions Variable, Miami, SET, Bridge Red, North Miami, New Work Miami 2010, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Urban Interventions, Contemporary Art Museum, Rosario, Talking Heads, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, and Fragile Global Performance Chain Journey, Florence. Valdivieso has previously exhibited at Emerson Dorsch in Noise Field, a group exhibition curated by Catherine Hollingsworth.