Mar
15
to Apr 13

Gallery 1

Birthday Suit

Juried by Benjamin Sutton

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 Gardner, 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

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

The color blue has an extensive and rich artistic history, exerting its power on humanity’s social, religious, and aesthetic imagination from ancient times onwards. Out of the medieval era, various shades of blue came to signify royalty, religious purity, romance, sadness, and the great expanses of nature. In the 20th century, the rise of monochrome and the advent of space photography further expanded the blue’s aesthetic domain. That being said, what’s new in blue? Our call seeks to further this exploration of color in contemporary practice. Works in traditional and new media are invited, as are the freshest and freest ideas.


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. Recent publications in The Brooklyn Rail include reviews of exhibitions by Allison Miller and Hew Locke. She holds degrees in art history from Princeton (BA) and Stanford (PhD).


Artists:

Abe Abe, Kristen, Adamczyk, Frankie Alduino, Won Seok Chang, Claudia Cortinez, Carole D Inverno, Michael Darough, Johanna Evans, Rebecca Knoll, Ichin Lin, Kaitlin Meese, David Ordóñez Lacayo, Preetal Shah, Erin Smith, Yingwan Sun, Ella Weber, Marcellus


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