Friday, June 29, 2007

The Exhibitionists at A.I.R. Gallery June 26-July 21, 2007

installation, opening night, Emily Bicht with topic sticker
Gallery III: WISH YOU WERE HERE 6, A.I.R. Gallery benefit exhibition
incorporated an installation and interactive project by “the EXHIBITIONISTS”
On view June 26, 2007 to July 21, 2007

YES, I AM an exhibitionist and have been for roughly 4-5 years… but memory is as fickle as fate. With that said, it was great to be part of this interesting collaborative project. If you have seen the show, I welcome your comments. If you haven’t, please drop by.

WISH YOU WERE HERE 6 includes original works by over 400 artists. The 4 x 6 artworks are created and donated by A.I.R. Gallery Artists, Founders and Fellowship Artists as well as hundreds of other national and international artists. These cards range widely in style and media and encompass a broad spectrum of themes. Postcards will be priced at $40 each.

As a special addition to this year’s benefit exhibition A.I.R. Gallery offered a series of 10 dot drawings by Yoko Ono & 15 wooden postcards by Jenny Holzer. The ten new works by Yoko Ono were produced for the occasion of the exhibition. Jenny Holzer's works on wood included selections of text from the Truisms series (1977-1979) and the Survival Series (1983-1985). These were almost sold out immediately!

Much to my misfortune the postcard piece's I had my eye on by artists, Carolee Schneeman and Phyllis Ewen were both quickly snapped up. Allow yourself a good amount of time to wander through the entire exhibition. It's worth every minute.

THE EXHIBITIONISTS, is a New York City-based group of professional women artists, working in a variety of disciplines, who host monthly salons in pursuit of fresh dialogue about the arts. Using the postcard format, "the exhibitionists" visually address an array of important and pertinent issues surrounding the state of the art world and women artists past, present and future. The topics are culled from their meetings over the last 6 years.

The interactive part of the project took on a life of it’s own during the opening. Printed stickers with an assortment of topics worn on random body parts instigated quite a number of responses. Everything from interest in the group, open discussion on the topics to the obvious…
Personally, I had a bit of fun with this part. An artist from the show informed me she was the “pecker” lady as she painted a lot of "peckers". Taking my arm she proceeded to point out her work and others addressing the representation of the female body, which led into discussions on feminism, the gap between the generations, art history, women’s rights, understanding where we’ve been and where do we go from here. Naturally I then introduced her to fellow exhibitionist, Alexandra Jacoby who has been working on a photographic book, Vagina Verite for the past five years. And so - the night’s discourse that began with the topic The nude in art successfully opened dialogue to a wide range of ideas and thoughts.

25 topics were written on the left side of a large wall, painted sea green cellular bubbles, which seemed in the process of moving in a strange silent rhythm past the confines of the green band (which contained the rest of the shows hundreds of postcards) slide around the wall at 2 points. Each varied sized bubble contained postcards addressing the correlating topics.

The work ranged from the humorous to the very disturbing. Genius vs. mental illness, don’t quit your day job to the portrayal of violence in art, eroticism and beauty, the self as portrait, personal and national identity are a few of the issues explored. There are many interesting pieces to choose from, of note were Nikki Johnson’s, Street fight, photograph which haunts me in a wonderfully disturbing way, Mor Erlich’s skillfull and humorous pen drawing, V- day, Brynna Tuckers creepy yet also humorous fake sparkly pink toenail piece and Robyn Desposito's Shame pieces which struck a nerve. I may need to seek professional help after contemplating that one....

exhibitionist artists included: Dianne Bowen, Brynna Tucker, Emily Bicht, Nikki Johnson, Robyn Desposito, Alexandra Jacoby, Jane Kratchovil, Jenny Walty, Christa Toole, Agni Zotis, Kathrine Dolgy, Barbara Monoian and Mor Erlich.

Current Exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery also include;
curated by Sylvia Netzer and in collaboration with Loveed Fine Arts
Gallery II; SIGNS OF DESIRE an exhibition of new work by Nancy Morrow

for information about “the EXHIBITIONISTS’ go to the website;
or For more information about these exhibitions or A.I.R. Gallery contact; the director, Kat Griefen at 212.255.6651 or A.I.R. Gallery is located at 511 West 25th Street, NYC. website; Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am-6pm. A.I.R. Gallery was founded in 1972 as the first artist run, not for profit gallery for women artists in the United States. These exhibitions are part of the year-long calendar of events.

It was my pleasure to work on this project with the A.I.R. Gallery staff, and all my fellow “Exhibitionists” in particular Brynna Tucker, the Exhibitionists installation crew, Emily Bicht, Robyn Desposito, Alexandra Jacoby. Special thanks to A.I.R. Gallery Kat Griefen, Director and Emily Harris, Assistant Director

“Signs of Life”

Jordan Eageles solo exhibition,
“Signs of Life” at Merge Gallery
Minute flecks of metallic flakes, intricate cracks within dried blood are sealed in resin on purewhite sheets of plexiglas. The core of existence expands and contracts within the work. Organic forms skillfully controlled by Eagles flow and pool onto the surface. Layers upon layers of blood and materials interact caught in varied points of the process evoke both silent contemplation and the explosive energy of worlds evolving. His work explores life, transcendence and connection of both our spiritual and physical existence

Merge Gallery
205 West 20th StreetNew York, NY 10011
Cass Zielinski(t) 212-929-7505
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

image: phase 1-2, ©Jordan Eagles

The Beholder’s Eye

The Beholder’s Eye, first annual Contemporary Art invitational curated by Katherine Chapin opened at The Salmagundi Club Art Club Friday night on Fifth Avenue and 12th street in NYC, NY. Featuring work by 40 artists, some of which are; Hugo Xavier Bastidas, Germaine Brooks, John Bowman, Jennifer Coates, Jane Irish, Charles Yoder, David Humphrey, Ryan Scully and Julia Marchand.

On an absolutely freezing evening, I maneuvered my way past the crowd of people checking in all their layers opting to keep mine with me and get to it. Much of the work harked back to a classical history with an underlying uneasy twist. John Bowman’s piece “Volley”, depicting a seemingly traditional battle scene in very subdued raw umber brown tones with a sparse number of soldiers left you feeling unsure if the battle had just begun, just ended or not all parties were notified of the event. The answers are open to your interpretation. It was the ambiguity of the moment, which I found most fascinating about the work.

Charles Yoder’s large scale forest scene looking through the woods towards a sun lit intimate little clearing is a child’s hidden secret spot now on the brink of being discovered by the viewer.
I felt I could either be the child coming back to the spot with glee or a stranger happily anticipating claiming the spot for myself.

Offering many interesting interpretations, the work led me through on it’s own time from one piece to another and back again.

“Where You’ll Find Me”??, Karen Marston Solo Exhibition

“Where You’ll Find Me”??
In her solo exhibition, Karen Marston re-examines and interprets the childhood story “The Wizard of OZ”. This series of paintings was inspired by her travels through Vietnam and to the Cao Dai temple in the Mekong Delta built in the 1920’s by a Vietnamese visionary who blended Eastern and Western religious and occult philosophies.

Rich, luminescent layers of paint lore you in as the narrative slyly pricks your finger. The tin man is depicted with head in hands in the midst of a forest with his now still human heart on the ground. The lamenting metal man got his wish, but there was a catch… In The Shoes, Marston paints only the disturbingly tranquil shins of Dorothy lying toe up in the lush grass. They are delicate little shins, with precious gold toned shoes with bows. Did the house land on her in Marston’s twist of fate? When speaking to her about the work, her mother pointed out, “Do you see the shoes Karen is wearing”? Low and behold! They have come to life on Marston’s own feet! Like Dorothy herself! The Witches hat floats in a rich, eerie bog of black and cobalt blue, ripples of water surround it leaving you feeling strangely sorry for the old gal. Maybe she was just misunderstood.

Though there is a sense of dark humor at first glance, deeper questions lay within the works, embedded in metaphor, narrative and layers of paint. Her works draw on the history of folklore which entertain while simultaneously address more serious concerns of life. Karen Marston’s works are skillfully executed and beautifully—disturbing.
Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain…..

Karen Marston, "Where You'll Find Me"??
Opening Reception Wednesday, June 20th, 6-9 PM. Through July 27.
Cheryl McGinnis Gallery
1287 Madison Avenue
New York, New York, 10128
Summer Hours:?Monday thru Friday 10am - 6pm

Havidol: when more is not enough

Justine Cooper’s solo show featured “her little blue pill” the solution to all modern day ills. The big blue pill sculpture was like a beacon in the middle of the gallery. A monument to societies quest for the quick fix and the pharmaceutical companies joy to provide the product. A little blue pill was enclosed in a clear plexi box on the wall, nestled ever so regally on a tufted pillow with gold. Large scale photographs depicting serene fields with the slogan, Havidol: when more is not enough were like the myriad of commercials, which saturate the airwaves. Consume, Consume with a Cheshire cat grin. Most disturbing is the pills actual existance!

Opening night was packed with people holding handfuls of little blue pills made of chocolate, which were given out during the evening. It will all be better, take one take a handful. Those little beauties made their way around Chelsea to other openings as people passed them around with big grins on their face, HAVIDOL? Why yes, Thank you.

Daneyal Mahmood Gallery
511 West 25th Street3rd Floor
New York, New York 10011 USA
212 675 2966
212 675 3966
Contact: Daneyal Mahmood