Marked Urgent and #washingtonpostcardseries

A few weeks ago I started a new series of works on paper in response to current events and my frustration, anger, and fear in hearing the news every day. I had collected several vintage postcards of Washington, D. C. and began to incorporate them into the work I was making. Each piece reflects a specific event or news item that I needed to react to. Simultaneously, the curators at Ground Floor Gallery, Krista Saunders Scenna and Jill Benson were conceiving an exhibition about the attacks on the press and the First Amendment, and I was happy to have 3 of my pieces included.

Marked Urgent is an exhibition at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn. Artists were invited to submit work on paper traditionally used for any and all types of correspondence and communication.  Sales of the artworks will support the Committee to Protect Journalists, “an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide” and defends “the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.”  

The exhibition got a bit of press:

Huffington Post

Observer

Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Magazine

ROPES FRAGMENTS DRAFTS

My solo exhibition at chashama 266 gallery in Manhattan was very rewarding. I made some site-referencing and site-specific pieces for the show, which have inspired some new directions in my work. Here are some installation photos from that exhibition, in case you missed it:


The Model Reader: special Transmitter exhibition opens during Bushwick Open Studios

Transmitter presents: The Model Reader
PAUL GAGNER, ALEX GINGROW, MEGAN HAYS, ELLE PÉREZ, DEVIN POWERS
JUNE 5 – JUNE 28, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, June 5, 6–9 PM
Open Weekends 12-6PM, 1329 Willoughby Ave.

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     Abstraction as a Second Language, 2015

Paul Gagner,  Abstraction as a Second Language, 2015

In conjunction with Space Available, organized by Rob de Oude and Paul Corio, Transmitter (minus Rob de Oude) presents The Model Reader. Like so many good ideas, this show stemmed from a conversation at the bar after an opening. From a casual discussion of an artist who seemed to be making work just for us, we arrived at Umberto Eco’s notion of the Model Reader. The Model Reader is a fictitious reader of any actual text (or work of art) who is imagined by the actual reader or viewer as they read, as the person who would perfectly receive and understand the work. With this as our inspiration, we selected five artists, each of whom we feel are making work with us as the ideal audience.

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