Sep
20
to Oct 20

Animals

Juried by Alina Cohen

Animals elicit human’s interest through their simultaneous estrangement from and congruence with ourselves. They mark continuity: they are what we evolved from. But they also mark rupture: the seemingly fundamental disconnect between humanity and the rest of the natural world. The artists in this show work within these connected aporias and contradictions. They employ a wide range of concepts, styles, techniques, and mediums to explore, express, and understand the creatures with whom we share the world. Much of the work is figurative, with nods towards abstraction, fantasy, and science-fiction as well.

Some of the work examines how, from our earliest recorded history onwards, animals have been employed in fairytales and allegories, possessing both a life of their own, and being used as an instrument for humankind’s intellectual and moral expression. Updating this long tradition, a number of artists deftly weaved what we usually consider more anthropomorphic concerns such as feminism, consumption, and disgust, into their practice. The work ranges across mediums well. Some, as our juror Alina Cohen noted, “used clay to convey animal elements. Assemblage also seems to be in right now—I saw some clear threads, in line with what's up at the Whitney Biennial, that Rauschenberg's influence is as strong as ever on contemporary artists.” While formal techniques and mediums vary, each work, in its own way, attempts to grapple with exceedingly complex, strange, and important relationship humanity has with the animal kingdom.


Artists:
Jessica Alazraki, Florence Alfano McEwin, Ry An, Maggy Aston, Molly Aubry, Deana Bada Maloney, Mary Ball, Linda-Marlena Bucholtz Ross, Jin Yong Choi, Dan Cohen, Kelly Duffield, Katherine Earle, Lauren Goldenberg, Alison Haselbeck, Cheryl Hochberg, Trish Igo, Wendell Jeffrey, Barbara Johansen Newman, Jody Joldersma, Molly Kaderka, Sahar Kubba, Brandon Lowery, Tommy Mavra, Leah Netsky, Maureen O'Hara Ure, Jill O'Brien, Miller Opie, Eva Redamonti, Jamie Rodriguez, Anya Rosen, Bahar Sabzevari, Leslie Schomp, Francesca Schwartz, Karina Serapio-Rendon, Mary Sweeney, Brian Turkowski, Win Zibeon

Opening Reception Friday, September 20th 6-9PM

Cheryl Hochberg

Cheryl Hochberg

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Sep
20
to Oct 20

Geometry

Juried by Phyllis Tuchman

Founded by the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid, geometry is the area of mathematics concerned with the study of space and the relationships between points, lines, curves, and surfaces. In the arts it has often referred to the form and position of parts and shapes, as well as the relationship between those parts and shapes. The connection between are as deep as they are wide. Employing rulers and compasses, Islamic art utilized geometry to create elaborate tessellated expanses, while painters in the Renaissance used geometry to devise evermore realistic perspectives, finding vanishing points and lines of sight. Geometric forms may also be found among textile and folk art around the world. However, it was in the 20th century when geometry came to occupy such a prominent role in art history. Modern painting, from Piet Mondrian, to Bridget Riley and Charlene von Heyl, to name only a few, brought geometry and art into a world of its own. Contemporary artists, in Site:Brooklyn’s Geometry continue and elaborate in this long tradition, using geometric theory, naturally occurring patterns and forms, and other engagements between math and art to explore new syntheses between realism, figuration, abstraction, and pattern making. These works include painting, sculpture, drawing, multimedia, and video.


Artists:
Yura Adams, Charlotte Binau, Paula Cahill, Roberta Caviglia, Dragana Crnjak, Patty deGrandpre, Eric Dever, Aaron Fein, Chuck Fischer, Scott Fisk, Robert Frankel, Donald Furst, Kate Garman, Jeffrey Gelick, Amanda Gentry, Monica Goldsmith, Gwen Gunter, Garry Harley, Susan Rowe Harrison, Andrew Ina, Julia Jueun Jo, Michael Jorgensen, Sam Jungkurth, Loretta Ana Kaufman, Susan Kiefer, Corinne Lapin-Cohen, Dale Lazar, Gail Lehman, SeungTack Lim, Rebecca Lomshek, Dagmar Maini, Marie McInerney, Katie Mongoven, Alx Orphant, Diana Puglisi, Brigitte Radecki, Ernest Regua, Will Rothfuss, Seth Rouser, Barbara Rubensohn, Deborah Salomon, Robert Seng, Scott Sherman, Mary Sloane, Kate Snow, Gregory Steel, Piet K Tsujimura, Louise Victor, Jane Walker

Opening Reception Friday, September 20th 6-9PM

Andrew Ina  Junction

Andrew Ina Junction

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Sep
20
to Oct 20

Small and Smaller

Juried by Heather Bhandari

Artists are not often asked to think small. In recent decades, the unbridled growth of the art market has found its correlate in the unbridled growth artworks themselves. From massive sculptural constructions, to immersive installations, to giant canvases, the small, delicate, and pared down seems to have little place. However, something is lost when there is little space for works that, through the intimation and surprise of details, manage to confound the viewer’s expectations.

In an attempt to open up this space, Small and Smaller has asked artists to go in the opposite direction and to think about the intimacy and beauty of art that explores space, color, and form on a miniature scale. Much of the work is process oriented, using finely apportioned materials, and careful methods, pushing back on the viewer’s impulse to constantly search for the bigger picture. Smallness makes different demands on the artist as well — every aspect must be handled with care and deliberation, more often than not indexing, rather than effacing, the artist’s hand. Heather Bandari's selection traverses across media, subject matter, style, and form. They demand and repay the viewer’s close attention, slowly disclosing unexpected and delightful details.


Opening Reception Friday, September 20th 6-9PM

Teresa Johnson  Sunspots

Teresa Johnson Sunspots

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