Monday, March 2, 2015

A glimpse of Bushwick: SCHEMA / TSA / TRANSMITTER

Exhibits featured in this post:
SCHEMA PROJECTS:   Peregrinations, Constellations
TSA:  Generative Processes

With the latest installment of Bushwick's Beat Nite just a few days away (Friday, March 6) here is a preview of 3 exhibits in the area.

SCHEMA PROJECTS: Peregrinations, Constellations
through March 29        92 St. Nicholas Ave (L train to DeKalb) 
This splendid group exhibit, ably curated by Jeanne Heifetz, features works on paper by 13 artists who engage in repeated mark-making-- the marks are drawn, painted, stitched, torn, stamped or typed. The resulting drawings are a reflection of extended conversations between the marks and the mark-makers. Ranging in scale from intimate to wall-size, they merit close looking to take in the richness of the surfaces and density of the marks. Whether executed through an intuitive process or one that is directed, whether the work begins with a desire for control or is a surrender to the unknown, each of these drawings offers a mesmerizing aggregation of a sequence of moments.  Images courtesy of Schema Projects.
SHARYN O'MARA  Untitled 6518, 2015   Ink on vellum   9.75" x 8.25"
COLLEEN HO  Tributary, 2014  ripped paper drawing   22 x 30"

EMILY BARLETTA    Untitled (Big Mountain), 2011   thread and paper   18 x 24"
PAULA OVERBAY    Buzz, 2012   acrylic on paper   18 x 25"

CLINT FULKERSON  Accretion Disc 16, 2015   graphite, ink, and acrylic on paper on wood panel   9 x 9"
MIA ROSENTHAL   Francoluigi’s Square Tomato Pie Slice #1, 2014    Ink on paper   7.75" X 7.75"

The exhibit includes works by:  Emily Barletta, Janice Casell, Clint Fulkerson, Colleen Ho, Sarah Morejohn, Sharyn O'Mara, Paula Overbay, Jessica Rosner, Mia Rosenthal, Karen Schiff, Drew Shiflett, Allyson Strafella, Robert Walden

TSA:  Generative Processes  |   Alex Paik & Debra Ramsay
through March 29          1329 Willoughby Avenue #2A (L train to Jefferson)

Alex Paik & Debra Ramsay each work within the constraints of a personal and highly systematic practice. And both find that those very constraints free them to manipulate and reconfigure elements of their choosing.

DEBRA RAMSAY began her project, Landscape as Time, during a residency in upstate NY. She walked the same trail in the woods through the seasons, photographically documenting the colors at specific spots along the trail as well as recording the length of the day. Ramsay then selected data from the photographs and mixed colors using a computer application. Although relying on a rigorous, yet in many ways arbitrary system, Ramsay's decisions about how to convey this accumulated data gave rise to a body of work that is inviting, light-filled and evocative. 

DEBRA RAMSAY  detail: Color changes in the forest, during one year, at the same location, 2015    acrylic on Juan silk      6 " x 12'9"

DEBRA RAMSAY  Color changes in the forest, during one year, at the same location, 2015    acrylic on Juan silk      6 " x 12' 9"

DEBRA RAMSAY  top: The days grow longer in the spring, 2014   bottom: The days grow shorter in the fall, 2014           acrylic on Dura-Lar       each 20 x 61"
ALEX PAIK cites his study of classical music as in influence in how he develops his work. Much in the way a composer takes a musical motif and "it is repeated, turned upside-down, transposed, and folded upon itself," Paik selects a geometric unit and then manipulates it through repetition, changes in color and orientation, and gradually shapes the elements into a larger whole.

ALEX PAIK     V (Greens), 2014     gouache, colored pencil, paper       26 x 16 x 3"
ALEX PAIK     Modular Wall Installation: Hexagon (Cube)    gouache, colored pencil, paper, nails       dimensions variable

detail of above

through March 29          1329 Willoughby Avenue #2A (L train to Jefferson)
6x6 features the work of 6 artists, each chosen by a different member of the Transmitter curatorial collective in an arbitrary but systematic manner. While the curatorial conceit may not lend itself to obvious conversations between these artists, there is however, plenty to see. Images courtesy of Transmitter.

JEFF FELD is represented with a group of small (8x10") mixed media wall pieces as well as a larger sculpture. The work has formal elements as well as a sense of play. 
JEFF FELD    Untitled, 2012   mixed media on paper  8 x 10"
JEFF FELD    Untitled, 2012   mixed media on paper  8 x 10"

JEFF FELD    The intention is pure and so on, 2009 - 2012      38 x 44 x 30"

SANDRA ONO offers two intensely tactile sculptures-- the  draped forms of the wall piece (foil and glue) have an organic quality, while the floor piece has a dense and tarry presence.
SANDRA ONO    Untitled (1405), 2014    Foil and glue    14 x 13 x 2"
SANDRA ONO    Untitled (1403), 2014      30 x 30 x 7

A first look at LYNN SULLIVAN's sculptures suggest ancient creatures, but the titles (Wrapped Ships) reflect both their starting point and the transformation that has taken place. 
LYNN SULLIVAN    Wrapped Ships (3), 2013   plaster, paper pulp, ship models, cement blocks   34 x 14 x 11"
The exhibit includes work by: John Bohl, Jeff Feld, Skye Gilkerson, Sandra Ono, Erik Shane Swanson, and Lynn Sullivan.

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