Uprooted: Group Drawing Show
Featuring: Sasha Blanton, Kevin Bourgeois, Abby Hertz, Eric Johnston, Melissa Murray, Joseph Smolinski, and Homer Yost.
Brooklyn, New York, Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art is excited to present Uprooted: Group Drawing Show, an exhibition addressing the current cultural climate through issues such as technology’s response to nature and the repercussions of unconscious human action. Join us on Friday, July 10th from 6 – 9 PM for a public reception with the artists at the gallery’s Williamsburg location of 293 Grand Street between Roebling and Havemeyer. The public is invited to attend this event and visit the gallery during regular hours: Wed – Sun 11 AM – 7 PM, and Mon. 9 AM – 5 PM. For more information contact the gallery at 718.218.8939.
Sasha Blanton’s battleships situated nowhere symbolize the future of North American culture with regards to our global position. As stated by the artist, “we are rusting out, left to crumble – we are sinking.” Whereas Kevin Bourgeois’s surrealistic pop inspired graphite drawings address the human conditions of truth, beauty and love in our consumer driven society. Avygal Hertz’s stylized drawings based on female genitalia are a contemporary take on feminism. In “Covered” the sinuous vaginal lines evoke the tendrils of arboreal landscapes, buried beneath the soil - she uncovers their potency. In addition, Melissa Murray’s drawings of animals in incongruous settings represent the detachment humans have from our primal origins. In her own words, “these creatures represent purity, and personify my dreams and fears for our collective future.” For Eric Johnston ghost stories mingle with memories of the Texas marshland where he grew up and morph themselves into visionary designs. In “A People’s Power Plant” Johnston transforms an archetypal Baltimore dwelling and attaches to it multiple solar panels creating an imaginary structure and the possibilities of hybridization. Joseph Smolinksi’s graphite drawings examine the interaction between one of the oldest living organisms on earth and its current nemesis cellular towers. In the vast landscapes of this country where are confronted with the irreverence commercial society has for the integral process of life and death. Lastly, Homer Yost's triptych drawings in graphite and conte address issues of homelessness in our country - the very uprooting of a person leaving them adrift.