I will have several drawings available with Ground Floor Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in Manhattan this week/weekend. The fair opens Wednesday, Sept. 13 and is located at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th St. Thanks to Ground Floor Gallery for inviting me!
Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
On View: June 8th - July 9th, 2017
Artist Reception: Thursday, June 22nd, 6 - 8:30pm
I am excited to be included in the exhibition Provenance at Ground Floor Gallery, featuring artists Ai Campbell, Sara Jones and Anne Mourier-DeFalco. The exhibition is an investigation of unfamiliar family histories through travel, artmaking and conjecture.
Provenance illustrates each artist’s attempt to demystify an estranged familial connection through explorations both in and outside of the studio space. By revisiting unknown or misunderstood identities and destinations of yore, Campbell, Jones and DeFalco intimately craft tender, mixed-media portraits that veer fluidly between the biographical and autobiographical. As a result, the exhibition emerges as a real time platform where hazy ancestral ties are elucidated and reimagined.
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:
Domesticated: Exploring the internal conflicts of household responsibilities, gender roles, creative expression, and ambition
An exhibit curated by Abby Graf Subak, Director of Arts Gowanus
October 15, 2016-January 28, 2017
The Old Stone House at Washington Park
336 3rd Street, Brooklyn (between 3-4 Sts. and 4-5 Aves.)
Exhibiting Artists: Liza Cassidy, Paul Gagner, Sara Jones, Tara Kopp, Susan Newmark, Abby Subak, and Jessica Weiss.
The exhibiting contemporary artists struggle with balancing the upkeep of their daily lives and quotidien chores, and their desire to make a contribution to a broader society. These artworks explore these tensions through examining relationships to the space we live in, architecturally, decoratively, and psychically. They reflect a tension between interior and exterior, literally and figuratively, and the struggle to find balance and respect for each. They also grapple with the interior psychological space of home and gender roles. Literal depictions of household chores are found in the works of Liza Cassidy, Tara Kopp, and Abby Graf Subak. Decorative elements of the home represent confinement and sometimes confusion, yet also beauty, in the work of Sara Jones, Susan Newmark, and Jessica Weiss. Attempts to make sense of the physical and architectural space is found in the work of Sara Jones and Paul Gagnier. The repetition of domestic and decorative patterns permeates the show, paralleling the repetition of daily chores that are never finished, as artists seek to create meaning from this repetition, particularly in the works of Liza Cassidy, Sara Jones, Susan Newmark, Jessica Weiss.
For the month of July, I am participating in a project called everydaystudio, run by artist Alison Owen. From the project website: "Everydaystudio involves 90 artists, writers, and other creative people who have agreed to create and share something with Owen each day. She then looks for the threads that connect different artists, and makes them visible in daily curations. This project explores the ways that artmaking can be a long and rambling conversation among creative people, where ideas surface and resurface in different practices."
Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 30th 7-9pm
On view through August 4th, 2016
“Looking through one thousand images was a dream-come-true, until I had to eliminate well over 900 of them. This was not my first time at the rodeo, but editing, shaping, and finalizing an exhibition is never an easy process. So many works have merit and any exhibition can take countless directions. Many of the artists who received rejections had several works flagged until the final round, when imagery, themes, and techniques began to appear in dialogue, taking me in a direction I had not previously anticipated. There is no overarching theme aside from the fact that the pieces spoke to me and began to speak to each other after countless rounds of viewing. In the end, I chose works that made me ask questions, look at media, read titles, and want to know more. I longed to see them in person and they begged to hang next to one another.”
- Heather Darcy Bhandari, Guest Curator
Brandy Bajalia - George Belcher - Caroline Board - Greg Burak
Emily Burns - Jessica Cannon - Melissa Capasso - Noor Chadha
Cecile Chong - Sarah Comfort - Jaynie Crimmins - Elliot Deal
Mark Dustin - Rina Dweck - Lauren Gidwitz - Carly Glovinski
Antonietta Grassi - Jane Lafarge Hamill - Terence Hannum - Fukuko Harris
Cory Imig - Sara Jones - Owen Karrel - Annika Klein - Amanda Konishi
Heidi Leitzke - Keith Lemley - Jeanette Levy - Taylor Loftin
Mary Malcolm - Maess - Mark Mann - Max Manning - Tali Margolin
Ayumi Matsuba - Taryn McMahon - Laura Mosquera - Sidney Mullis
Alexis Neider - Janet Olney - Ryan Oskin - Peter Patchen - Jessica Perelman
Victor Perez - Mel Prest - Kaveri Raina - James Rose - Annette Rusin
Seth Scantlen - Jenine Shereos - Sophia Sobers - Travis Southworth - Raphael Fenton Spaid
Marcy Sperry - Todd Stong - Mike Tan - Ann Tarantino - Scott Teplin
Zipporah Camille Thompson - Barbara Campbell Thomas - Victoria Tinsley - Rachel Walker
Ripley Whiteside - Julia Whitney Barnes - Curtis Widem - Quay Quinn Wolf - Jack Wood
Maya Pindyck selected 20 artists to create visual responses to the poems in her new book, Emoticoncert. The artworks will be on view at the Emoticoncert Book Launch at Berl's Poetry Shop in DUMBO on March 24th. The work is also viewable online here. Participating artists: Fletcher Boote, Kiran Chandra, Jamie Emerick, Kay Gordon, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Jessica Houston, Sara Jones, Melora Kuhn, Mary Lamboley, Haley Mellin & Bob Mellin, Dorota Mytych, Nurit Eini-Pindyck, Carla Repice, Elise Schonhowd, Dasha Shishkin, Kirsten Stromberg, Tereza Swanda, Rebecca Szeto, Angela Rose Voulgarelis, Andrea Wenglowskyj.
I have a piece in this year's Art F City Auction and Benefit. Support art writers, independent art criticism, and ambitious artist commissions by bidding on the amazing artworks in the Art F City auction. This year's SPRNG BRK themed benefit event will take place on March 15th at Otto's Shrunken Head in New York City. Tickets to the benefit are available here.
I am pleased to share that I will be participating in "Made in Gowanus", an exhibition featuring 5 artists who have been nurtured by the Gowanus arts community in Brooklyn. The opening reception will be Friday, October 16th to coincide with Beat Nite Gowanus (co-sponsored by Norte Maar and Arts Gowanus) and the kick-off to Gowanus Open Studios weekend!
Made in Gowanus
October 8-November 8, 2015
Ground Floor Gallery
Opening Reception: October 16, 6-10 pm
Participating Artists: Natale Adgnot, Ai Campbell, Veronique Gambier, Sara Jones and Sui Park
It's been a crazy year, and after losing my studio this summer, I decided to start a "Drawing a Day" project in order to keep my practice active. Since Labor Day (September 7th), I have been doing one drawing a day that I have been posting on Instagram and Tumblr. It's been really rewarding so far, and I plan to keep up the momentum! Please follow along, if you'd like!
THE FARTHEST PLANE: Explorations in Abstraction
Atrium Gallery / School of Art, Ball State University
Curated by Hannah Barnes and Heidi Jensen
Aug. 25 - Sept. 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday Sept. 3, 2015
Ball State University School of Art's Atrium Gallery is pleased to present “The Farthest Plane: Explorations in Abstraction." This group exhibition features the work of five visual artists working with abstract forms and processes: Rachel Hellman (Terre Haute, Indiana), Sara Jones (Brooklyn, NY), Sage Lewis (Tunbridge, VT), Justin Quinn (St. Cloud, MN) and Joshua Welker (Upland, IN).
This exhibition includes 2-D and 3-D works that are drawn, painted, photographic and built. Pattern, line, color, texture and spatial planes are explored and propelled into new combinations and structures by these artists. Please join us on September 3rd from 4-6pm for an opening reception and gallery talks by artists Rachel Hellman and Joshua Welker.
Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri, 10-4pm, Sat 1-4pm
Free and open to the Public
Atrium Gallery, Art & Journalism Building
School of Art, Ball State University
I'm excited to have several works included in The Farthest Plane in the Atrium Gallery at Ball State University in Indiana. The exhibition opens August 25th and will be on view until September 19th. The artists in the show are: Rachel Hellmann, Sara Jones, Sage Lewis, Justin Quinn, and Joshua Welker.
I am curating the next show at Transmitter in Bushwick, Brooklyn!
EACH ELLIPSE INCLUDES A POINT
Janine Biunno, Emmy Mikelson and Parsley Steinweiss
August 14–September 13, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 14, 6-9pm
Open Weekends 12-6pm
The work in this exhibition deals with transitions, boundaries, and voids, drawing attention to the liminal spaces in-between reality and illusion, as a means to destabilize the perception of physical space, digital representation, and architecture.
Both materially and conceptually, the artists in this show are engaged with questions of synthetic imitation, copying, reproduction, subjectivity, perception, boundaries, physical relationships and the after-image.
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:
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.
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.
I'm excited to announce my first solo exhibition in New York, Ropes Fragments Drafts. It will be June 3-14, 2015 at the chashama gallery at 266 West 37th Street, and will include several new site-specific pieces.
I'm honored to be in amazing company in the Art F City Benefit and Auction. The theme is Power Women, and there is amazing work available by such artists as Michelle Grabner, Marilyn Minter, Judith Braun, Inka Essenhigh, Betty Tompkins and more! See the Auction here.
There will also be a huge party on April 13th, and I would love to see you there! You can get tickets here.
TRANSMITTER PRESENTS: 6 x 6
JEFF FELD, ERIK SHANE SWANSON, LYNN SULLIVAN, JOHN BOHL, SKYE GILKERSON, SANDRA ONO
FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 28, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 6 – 9 PM
Transmitter is delighted to announce 6 x 6, with works by Jeff Feld, Erik Shane Swanson, Lynn Sullivan, John Bohl, Skye Gilkerson and Sandra Ono. The opening will take place Friday, February 20, 2015 from 6 – 9 pm and the works will be on view through March 28, 2015. 6 x 6 is a show created through a process of “curatorial telephone.” Each Transmitter partner chose an artist in the order in which the partner joined the gallery. Additionally, each partner chose an artist for 6 x 6 based on perceived harmonizing themes of the works that preceded their choice. With this eccentric curatorial process Transmitter created a potential for multilayered interpretations of visual connections.
Rob de Oude, initiator and originator of Transmitter, chose Jeff Feld. Rob says “I met Jeff a few years back during openings at one of the many galleries in Bushwick and as it turns out we have a lot of mutual friends. He had kept the door to his new studio and home shut for a long time because of renovations, but then during open studios a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to see his work and was immediately attracted to these sculptures for their humorous and lightweight (literally) take on formalism and modernism. The pieces are very well made and I did not recognize the material right away; they appear to be wood, metal or stone rather than cardboard.”
Carl Gunhouse next selected Erik Shane Swanson, whose interest in vernacular objects and design has led to a practice that elevates and redeems the everyday. Swanson’s most recent work embeds commercial iconography from ice packs and saltshakers into faux-marble, using an ancient Roman practice called scagliola. This creates a sleight of hand within a sleight of hand, revealing overlooked everyday objects by embedding them in marble patterns, while hiding the materiality of the work in plain sight.
Tom Marquet chose Lynn Sullivan. In her work, plaster forms appear to have been fixed midway through processes of division and duplication. Initially bone or fossil-like in appearance, these forms are built by layering plaster and paper pulp on models of sailing ships, one form of sculpture growing on top of another. This process of division and accumulation is hinted at and echoed in the structure of the works' pedestals. Through this process, Sullivan recodes the nostalgic metaphors of travel inherent in the model sailing ship into an uncanny echo of the artifacts of pre-historic, pre-human time.
Rod Malin selected John Bohl’s work for its referential language that activates a dialogue within the group exhibition. Bohl creates a symposium of visible language expressed fluidly across several major bodies of works. Bohl’s keen sense of collaboration has given his practice a foundation of social and aesthetic value. His ability to navigate painting in a playful, yet thoughtfully determined manner, is untarnished by the challenges of the craft. Bohl’s abstractions could be classified as Visceral-Pop; they are suggestive and unique while being culturally familiar.
Sara Jones chose Skye Gilkerson, who uses subtle interventions, constructed from ordinary, often ubiquitous materials, to unfold our awareness of our surroundings and destabilize familiar structures. Space, time, light, and language, as well as architecture, landscape, and changes in the weather; all become the materials for this exploration. She says, “From the vacant building next to my studio, to the distance between mountain ranges, to the spaces that separate words on a page, my work begins with openings and gaps.” In this exhibition, Skye will be showing works on paper from the series “Wounded in West Texas.”
Finally, Mel Prest invited Sandra Ono to complete the exhibition. Ono’s work is precise, but not tight, and is filled with dark humor and beauty. Inspired by biology and physiology, she uses synthetic, utilitarian products, such as fake fingernails, plastic bags and rubber bands, transformed into larger shapes. With repetitive gestures, she constructs organic forms that appear to build up and break down at the same moment to serve as proxies for different internal states. Her objects and installations experiment with formal elements and the way they shape our cognitive and visceral experiences.
I am happy to announce a new project that I am working on. Transmitter is a collaborative curatorial initiative, focusing on programming that is multidisciplinary, international and experimental, founded in 2014 by Rob de Oude, Carl Gunhouse, Rod Malin, Tom Marquet, Mel Prest, and me. We have a gallery space at 1329 Willoughby Avenue, 2A, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Our first exhibition is OPEN ENDED, with artist Clinton King. The opening will take place Friday, January 9, 2015 from 6–9 pm, and the works will be on view through February 15, 2015.
I just got back from a productive two week residency at the Vermont Studio Center. I made several new paintings and met lots of great artists and writers. It was the perfect way to start off the winter.