Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Current Events! Group show THIS FRIDAY! OCTOBER 1!



Glide is a group show at Yes! Gallery in Greenpoint Brooklyn that I am going to be a part of this Friday. The opening is from 7-10pm. Pratt Alumni Susan Ross will be in this show as well. Susan, Monique Ford (another Pratt Alum) and I will also be hosting open studios on our floor in Greenpoint this weekend.

Address and times: 236 Greenpoint Avenue, 4th floor. Saturday Oct. 2 from 12-5pm and Sunday Oct. 3 from 12-5pm. My personal studio is #11.

My friend Eloise Corr Danch (http://eloisecorrdanch.com/) organized a group show at 6th and I Synagogue (http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evcatID=1&evSubCatID=2) in DC entitled: I've Been Looking for that Feeling Everywhere. The opening for this will be at 3pm October 17th. I am excited about this show because it is covering a wide array of media, and I have never been to DC. The woman spearheading this project of hosting art exhibits in the Synagogue is hoping this will be the first of many. I am hoping to talk to her about a collaborative project: New Sincerity.

New Sincerity is a project launched by Margaret Coleman. Our first show will be at Brooklyn Fireproof in November in conjunction with Beta Spaces (http://artsinbushwick.org/beta2010/) Here is the statement:

NEW SINCERITY: NY/MN

An exhibition of emerging New York and Minneapolis based artists

Margaret Coleman

Stephen Eakin

Heather Garland

Yasamin Keshtkar

Kevin Loecke

Lacey Prpic-Hedtke

Anna Marie Shogren

Bonnie Kaye Whitfield


In the last half century, irony has been a staple of the postmodern ethos. Examples are easy to find in the works of major artists

like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and arguably the most popular artist of recent times, Andy Warhol. A sense of sarcasm, fa├žade, and

seeming (though often deceptive) lack of depth or connection to the hand-crafted is the way to create meaning for many of these artists

and their contemporaries. However, other artists work with a different kind of imagery, and have continued to make work that seeks a

sense of directness, and is after notions of truth. Often engaging honest and personal sensibilities, the post-ironic wants to imbue its

artwork with a new way of sincerity, and an idea of meaning that reflects concerns with how our rapidly changing cultural landscape is

affecting each of us individually.


The artists in this traveling exhibition come from different backgrounds and work in an array of mediums. While the work may

appear varied, a new sincerity, or post-ironic perspective is evident in each artist’s approach, and is the common thread in the curating of

this exhibition. Some of these artists choose to reject postmodernism and irony completely, striving toward work that is simply earnest

and sincere, while others work their way through irony to find themselves in a new type of sincerity. For example, the work of Kevin

Loecke and Stephen Eakin directly reflects their personal stories and outlooks, utilizing a high sensitivity to aesthetics and craft, with a

highly personal sensibility in their content. Heather Garland and Yasamin Keshtkar take a slightly different but nonetheless personal

approach, routing their childhood and upbringing through the lens of painting’s recent history in search of an intimate connection with the

viewer.


The artists in this show have decided to embark on an extended experiment; to remain in conversation with one another while

their work tours galleries around the U.S. over the next year. While the show will always feature the same eight artists, it can change, art

pieces can be replaced, openings can become performances or remain static according to venue and location, but the work will revolve

around the idea of sincerity in the art world. Artists from the show will act as liaisons for the entire group in many cases, and will

cooperate with traditional galleries as well as less traditional venues.


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