Jun
14
to Jul 13

Gallery 2

Red

Gabe Langholtz “The Last Word”

Gabe Langholtz “The Last Word”

In Red: The History of a Color, historian and symbology expert Michel Pastoureau notes, “Red is the archetypal color, the first color humans mastered, fabricated, reproduced, and broke down into different shades.” Ochre, the earliest form of red, has been found in cave paintings around the world, and cinnabar was a central to the imperial imagery of Song China and the Roman Empire. Titian, Raphael, and other Renaissance painters famously utilized vermillion, however, it was first synthesized thousands of years before, in 4th century China and only spread west through the artists and chemists of the Umayyad Caliphate. Red is often seen as the color of warmth, heat, and passion but its associations are far more diverse. Mondrian’s use of red suggests order and harmony, in Lissitzky it is revolution and in Kapoor’s sculptures it signifies terrestrial bodies. Tracking this expanse of aesthetic and historical meaning, this show brings together a wide range of work, including figuration, abstraction, and conceptualism. These paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works engage with but are not bound by the color’s historical connotations — they question identity and offer incisive political critique. The artists presented here make for a challenging, incisive, and altogether unexpected exhibition.



About the Juror:
Sara Reisman is the Executive Director and Artistic Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, whose mission is to broaden artistic and cultural access in New York City and to promote more cohesive and sustainable communities, and greater participation in civic life. At the Rubin Foundation Sara curates exhibitions focused on social justice themes and is currently curating a series of exhibitions under the title Revolutionary Cycles, that examine artistic activism and other forms of cultural resistance. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sara was the Director of New York City’s Percent for Art program at the Department of Cultural Affairs, from 2008 to 2014, where she managed more than 100 public and civic commissions across the five boroughs. From 2008 to 2009, Sara was Curatorial Consultant for Public Art in support of the Queens Museum of Art’s community development initiative in Corona, Queens. Sara has curated exhibitions for the Queens Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Cooper Union School of Art, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, Momenta Art, Smack Mellon and LaMaMa Galleria, among other venues.


Artists:
Emmanuel Agwam, Jessica Alazraki, David Andersson, Martin Beck, Jan Blythe, Alexander Bostic, Domenica Bucalo, Diane Bush, Ellen Chuse, Fran DeRespinis, Mitch Eckert, Susan Fortgang, Leslie Fry, Margaret Garrett, Lindsay Godin, Lauren Gohara, Erin Juliana, Camilla Knutsen, Jessica Frances Grégoire Lancaster, Gabe Langholtz, Frantz Lexy, Kerry Mansfield, John Nativio, Christine O'Brien, Janet Orselli, Paula Praeger, Mark Sawrie, Marlene Siff, Alma Sinai, Stuart Skalka, Keith Thomson, Puck van Doorn, Jeff Wallace, Marguerite Wibaux




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Jun
14
to Jul 13

Gallery 1

Collage

Jonathan Duci “Porcelain”

Jonathan Duci “Porcelain”

We are overcome by images: they relentlessly appear, in both analog and digital form, all around us. They function both as arbiters of truth and the bearers of disinformation. Collage is a recognition of this fact. It is, in both aesthetic and technique, central to contemporary culture. By allowing us to question the givenness of images, is a method to understand and participate in the widespread cultural practices of layering, juxtaposition, and remixing which are so central to their circulation. Maybe most importantly, collage offers a new way of seeing. As our guest juror Rachel Wolff notes, “...collage is really about seeing. The materiality serves that seeing in interesting ways, but I think it’s an optical medium primarily, an unmediated presentation how an artist sees and interprets the stuff of the world around them.”

This exhibition includes a wide variety of practices, although the selection focuses on the collaged aesthetic. Ranging from the figurative to the abstract, these works bring together familiar images and give them new and unexpected life, offering the viewer a new visual experience.


About the Juror:
Rachel Wolff is a writer, editor, and video producer/director based in Brooklyn, New York. She's written about visual art for New York MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesARTnews, Art + Auction, and Modern Painters, among other publications. She’s covered exhibitions of Impressionist, Modern, Postwar, and Contemporary art around the world; she’s profiled such artists as Kerry James Marshall, Amy Sillman, Adrian Ghenie, Sue Williams, Nathalie Djurberg, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and Wangechi Mutu; and she has contributed to various exhibition catalogues and panel discussions.

Rachel is also the co-founder and creative director of SandenWolff, a boutique video production company where she has written, produced, and directed video content for a range of galleries and institutions including Brooklyn Museum, Christie's, Jewish Museum, Lévy Gorvy, The New School, Public Art Fund, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum and Swiss Institute.

Artists:
Marie-Ange Ackad, Josh Alan, Valerie Allen, Adina Andrus, Kevin Arnold, Lisa Barcy, Emily Barnet,t Allan Bealy, Théo Bignon, Amy Cannon, Marcel Ceuppens, Vivian Charlesworth, Brita d'Agostino, Ben DiNino, Peter Dowker, Corinne Duchesne, Jonathan Duci, Shari Epstein, Elizabeth Fernandez, Leslie Fry, Nicholas Gagliardi, Jonathan Gibson, Beka Goedde, Sharon Hart, Adrian Hatfield, Sally Herman, Melissa Joseph, Robbin Juris, Louise Laplante, John Lawler, Janet Maher, Hildy Maze, Elizabeth McFalls, Catherine Mellinger, Chad Moore, Samantha Morris, John Mosher, Melissa Murray, Derek Owens, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Angela Piehl, Kelly Popoff, Kare Smith, Emily Somoskey, Brandy Wolfe, Jenn Wood

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Jun
14
to Jul 13

Gallery 3

Katherine & Kathrine

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Site:Brooklyn Gallery presents “Katherine & Kathrine: Portraits” a two person painting show by New York-based artists Katherine McMahon and Kathrine Narducci. “Katherine & Kathrine” will open Friday June 14 with a cocktail reception at the Gowanus Gallery space in conjunction with the gallery’s showing of “Collages” and “Red.” In this show, the artists aim to explore femininity, masculinity, and duality in the modern world. The works will both celebrate and pause to reflect on how gender roles and stereotypes have both changed and stayed the same. The show will be a celebration of human form, with both self portraiture and portraits of familiar faces from the past and present.

Kathrine Narducci is a visual artist and actor from East Harlem. Her gestural portraits explore society’s obsession with perfection and aims to question, and in essence, redefine what imperfection means. “I approach my paintings the same as my approach to acting – organic, spontaneous and fearless. Symbiotically, acting feeds my paintings and my paintings feed my acting.” Narducci started painting seriously at the age of 35 and has continuously created portraits since then. Calling upon her inner child and past and inspired by Basquiat and Julian Schnabel, her large scale explorations of women are colorful variations on a theme. “I love painting imperfect bodies and faces because of the time we live in.” Narducci has appeared on The Sopranos, A Bronx Tale and will star in Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming film The Irishman debuting in November 2019.

Katherine McMahon is an artist and currently the Creative Director at ARTnews magazine and Director of Programming at Elaine de Kooning house in East Hampton, NY. She frequently paints realist portraits, oftentimes exploring pop culture’s place in our lives. Most recently, she’s shown at Paradice Palase in Bushwick, NY and Anna Kaplan Contemporary in Buffalo, NY. She has had a solo show at Elaine de Kooning house in East Hampton in 2018, and has been included in group painting and/or photography shows at Carriage Trade Gallery in NYC and ResourceART’s immersive Play/ Ground experience in Medina, NY. In 2017, she co-curated and participated in, In All Ways A Woman, a large group show where all proceeds went to Planned Parenthood.

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