opening reception May 22nd, 2010 6-10pm
Spice Factory | 71 Washington Ave. Brooklyn
The Spice Factory is pleased to announce the opening of our second group exhibition: Viscera. Showcasing photographs, paintings, and installation work by: Michelle Frick, Geoff Henshall, JongWang Lee, and Veronica Torres. Though working in different disciplines all four artists deal with Viscera (Viscera: The internal organs of the body, specifically those within the chest (as the heart or lungs) on a direct or metaphorical level.
In her work, Frick plays with the disquieting associations that medical supplies have by recontextualizing them and examining the animate qualities they carry. Recently, she has also been exploring the physical properties and functions of cast silicone, post-operative drain tubing, and electromechanical devices in order to meld organic and industrial components in her work. For her exhibition at The Spice Factory, Frick will present a new installation entitled Viscera. The gallery space will be inhabited by avian forms which will reflect the natural resilience of the human body in conjunction with medical technology we have come to rely upon.
Geoff Henshall's work consists of mixed media, with elements of collage, and shows vulnerability backed by emotional chords commonly found in life. He tends to work in layers often placing subjects defiant to their surroundings. Henshall strives to show restraint and discipline while progressing his work further as an artist and observer.
Veronica Torres has taken to exploring low-lit nudes and landscapes. The subtle relationships of her subjects and their environments; transcend a feeling of intimacy and longing.
JongWang Lee began drawing at age 5. Later, he began to study art seriously and became aware of his life as part of the 5000 years of his country's history. He is a Korean and has been necessarily influenced by Eastern Buddhist and other Eastern philosophies as well as the work of Chinese and Korean masters of brush painting, which he studied for some years and later practiced for 6 years. This connected these activities With Lee and the traditions of his country. Later, he began to experiment with a more original vision while retaining his oriental roots. These early experiences have been an important source of inspiration for his art. Lee States: "I believe that combining my ancient traditions with the stimulation of America's much more recent traditions has enriched and deepened my work, thus furthering my spiritual quest, a quest I seek to share with those who see my work and allow themselves to be drawn into it."