Mar
15
to Apr 13

Gallery 1

Birthday Suit

Juried by Benjamin Sutton

Work by Ashley Gardner  The Semiotics of Home Cooking

Work by Ashley Gardner The Semiotics of Home Cooking

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15th 6-9PM

Since at least the 18th century, the expression “birthday suit” has been used to refer to nudity, and it rarely describes a private, quiet sort of nudity. Rather, as the phrase and its frequent uses intimate, to appear in one’s birthday suit requires that one be seen—and the more spectators, the better. There’s something distinctly theatrical about this type of undress. It is neither the contemplative nudity of the classically posed model in a life drawing class, nor a modest or timid type of nudity; it is exaggerated, embellished, celebratory, strange, attention-grabbing, and potentially alarming.

The artists whose works are featured in “Birthday Suit” are using nudity and the human body to underline and sometimes upend our expectations of how a body should appear or behave. Sometimes this playing with conventions is more formal, with exaggerated or distorted proportions, and surprising materials or colors serving to convey a sense of absence, discomfort, or delight. In other works, figures in their birthday suits confront the viewer in knowing poses and performances. In all of these works, the nude body has an assertive power: rather than standing in for some idealized and airbrushed perfect specimen, these birthday suited figures are reveling in the particularities of their bodies, their unique forms, folds, quirks, shades, and scars. These nudes are not passive; they’re bold, brash, and sometimes bawdy bodies that demand to be seen.


About the Juror:

Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope. He is the News Editor at Artsy and his articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, and art crime have appeared there and in Hyperallergic, artnet, Brooklyn Magazine, Art+Auction, and elsewhere. He has curated exhibitions at the Lower East Side Printshop, Field Projects, the Spring Break Art Show, and the Gowanus Loft.


Artists:

Corinne Beardsley, Amelia Borja, Berna Can Lustig, Brittany Chavez, Christine Chin, Jeanne Ciravolo, Caleb Cole, Anna Cone, Elise Drake, Carly Englander, Ari Eshoo, Christian Fagerlund, Ashley Kaye, Susan Grabel, Gwen Hardie, Devin Howell, Lauren Kalman, Krista LaBella, Yanqing Low, Karen Mainenti, Jennifer McCandless, Lisa McCleary, Alyssa McClenaghan, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Seungkyung Oh, Nancy Roy-Meyer, Christopher Smith, Meriel Stern, Elizabeth Tolson, Valeria Trucchia, Defne Tutus, Sarah Vanouwerkerk, Anna Warfield, Ella Weber, Cay Yoon

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Mar
15
to Apr 13

Gallery 2

Blue

Juried by Marcia E. Vetrocq

Frankie Alduino  Untitled Floral Still Life #2

Frankie Alduino Untitled Floral Still Life #2

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15th 6-9PM

The story of the color blue is woven through time and across continents. Blue is natural, royal, spiritual, and political. Blue is a perception and an attribute, a musical mood and a state of mind. Blue is cool and blue is mournful. Blue is the sky and the sea, but not an “earth” tone, though it was first derived from minerals. Blue is Blue Velvet and The Bluest Eye. Blue is the color of Krishna’s body, of the Virgin Mary’s veil, of a Tuareg man’s indigo headcloth, and of an Yves Klein monochrome. Acknowledging this expansive cultural history, the call for participation posed a simple question: what’s new in blue? Working with old and new media, the artists presented here offer an impressive spectrum of fresh, incisive, and frequently challenging responses to that question.


About the Juror:

Marcia E. Vetrocq is a visual arts specialist, educator, and editorial consultant who has published extensively on modern and contemporary art. From 1998 she was an editor at the magazine Art in America (editor-in-chief, 2008–2011). She has taught in graduate programs at the University of New Orleans, Columbia University, and Montclair State, and is currently on the adjunct faculty of Pratt’s MFA program. She has written about the artists Allison Miller, Hew Locke, and David Rabinowitch for recent issues of the Brooklyn Rail. She holds degrees in art history from Princeton (BA) and Stanford (PhD).


Artists:

Abe Abraham, Kristen Adamczyk, Frankie Alduino, Won Seok Chang, Claudia Cortinez, Michael Darough, Carole d’lnverno, Johanna Evans, Rebecca Knoll, Ichin Lin, Marcellus, Kaitlin Meese, Preetal Shah, Erin Smith, Yingwan Sun, Maria Nguyen, and Ella Weber

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