One Clover and a Bee. And Revery
An all-women group show that takes its title from the Emily Dickinson poem, “To Make a Prairie,” and the artists included all draw on that ineffable element – creativity, inspiration, vision, or as Dickinson calls it, revery -- to create artworks in a range of media. The show includes videos ranging from the meditative to the humorous; photo-based work, both figurative and abstract; sculpture and installation work; drawings and collage.
Jörg Söchting | We Refugees
The paintings and textiles in Joerg Soechting’s series We Refugees began when he was working on a piece about labor that grew into a piece on refugees, two urgent and interconnected ideas that form the basis of this work.
Anderson Zaca | Block Party - The Contact Sheets, celebrating New Yorkers across race and class, sharing regional pride from different neighborhoods
Nothing says summer in New York like a block party. The streets are closed, the hot dogs are cooking, the bouncy castles are full of airborne kids, the beer is flowing, and so are the fire hydrants. To welcome summer, happylucky no.1 showed photographs from Anderson Zaca’s series Block Party: NYC Soul of Summer.
Carol Keller | OSTENSIBLY STABLE
Interested in the overtly physical acts of interruption, disruption, and radical revision that collage can offer, Carol Keller uses it to both build structure and intentionally undermine that structure. The collage process can constantly redirect a work, generating restless energy into an ostensibly stable form. Keller’s goal is to arrive at compositions that contradict themselves and refuse to settle too easily into secure relationships, but rather suggest latent or shifting possibilities.
Rey Parlá | Borderles
Influenced by painting, photography, and experimental filmmaking, Parlá uses photographic materials to create what he calls “Scratch | Graphs.” The photographic medium itself is the subject of his work, which combines kinetic painting with photographic techniques. Influenced by such avant-garde artists as Georges Méliès, Man Ray, Len Lye, Stan Brakhage, Tony Conrad, and László Moholy-Nagy, Parlá incorporates various technologies and unconventional materials into his work, remixing concepts from the art historical canons of photography and film.
The aesthetics of comics – the energy, the attitude, the bold colors and dynamic narratives, not to mention the drawing, in which evidence of the artist’s idiosyncratic and distinctive hand is clear -- have long been appreciated by artists who embrace those elements in their own work. The seven artists in this exhibition -- Reilly Brown, Simon Fraser, Tetsuo Hasegawa, David Klein, Ellen Lindner, Tiggy Ticehurst, and Demetrios Zissiadis – represent the dizzying visual and narrative possibilities of the form and as well as its wide-ranging aesthetic influences.
Wild Seeds will included artists whose work critically engages such topics as difference, the environment, corporatocracy, gentrification, immigration, debt slavery and what the future may hold if, in Butler’s words, we humans ‘don’t stop misbehaving’. These artists examine human conditions as filtered through the lens of Butler’s oeuvre, using her writing as a diving board into a pool of possibilities for imagining futures in the wake of present socio-political and cultural conditions of oppression and enslavement within the age of the anthropocene.
Katerina Marcelja | Sediments of Erratic Impulse
Marcelja’s organic, primitive forms are at once deeply familiar and viscerally unnerving, suggesting archetypal narratives about potential and transfiguration. Her tactile organisms – slugs or sea creatures, some tentacled, some not -- seem to be in a state of becoming, on the verge of metamorphosis.
Matthew Arnold | Topography is Fate
Large-scale photographs of World War II battlefields in North Africa by New York City-based artist Matthew Arnold.