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Shedding light on the works that prefers to stay in the dark: "I like works that have a harsher context to it and are on the bleaker side for the color scheme. I think this collection reflects the thoughts of the viewer back on them, because the viewer projects their own interpretations onto the pieces. I like the openness of meaning and that it opens the door to conversation. "
Staff Picks by Devon
An oscillator is a circuit that produces a repeated alternating waveform by converting electronic signals. Simply put, they generate and convey information, a theme that Brittany Kieler explores the limits of in her art as she delves into the inherent mysticism of human history. Electronics (or anything having to do with oscillators themselves) don't appear in her work at all, but her wavy line art is reminiscent of what one sounds like... if that oscillator became sentient and tried to teach philosophy. Waveform next to waveform, her black and white lithographic lines meld into organic shapes that are almost familiar (and some that are not).
A video and book artist-turned-painter, Troy still hasn't lost the wonder of new materials like toys, molding paste, and most recently flower-patterned plastic bags. Rather than playing fixed roles in a prefabricated play, his works together explore a constellation of loosely related sentiments like serious absurdity, the ineffable scale of cosmic time, surveyor marks, and rat traps around New York. These moments when existential issues suddenly intrude into everyday life or vice versa are most pronounced in the contrast between the digital hot pink he frequents and the scratched, worn out textures like peeled subway ads that accompany it.
Evan works from his studio in East Williamsburg, the back wall neatly lined with tools and the slightly sour smell of wood in the air. Considering his sculpture and design background, his command of unusual materials like soot residue, concrete, and spray doesn’t come as a surprise. But you may be surprised when his minimal, even digital looking, compositions start to unfold in poetic layers-- “bracing practice” indeed.
Combining black and white photography and collage, Adrienne’s unique perspective uses urban architecture to create abstract shapes. In her "Architextures" hand-cut-and-assembled series, her collages are anything but static, with texture and layering emphasizing their handmade quality. The complex, layered nature of Adrienne’s practice subtly blends fragmented photographs into geometric forms.
What if we saw nature not as distinguishable things like trees, mountains, and soil, but as a cloud of influences that surround us? Harkening back to her memories growing up in nature and a personal interest in Ecofeminism, Johanna's method of printmaking is in itself a dialogue with nature. In cyanotypes, the intentional outlines of base drawings intermingle with spontaneous factors like the angle, brightness, and hue of sunlight - even the canvas it is printed on is candidly frayed at the edges. In her other prints also, watercolor-like effects make even the ground appear buoyant.
There is a sense of history in Shira's paintings. They are built up patiently like the hands of potters that their surfaces resemble, but left to be scratched and marked by some unknown force. Even the central objects are pressed into the thick layer of venetian plaster instead of sitting on top. In a world of polished surfaces, Shira's use of materials restores the power of time.
Jacqueline Ferrante is a painter based in New York and Italy. She was raised in Long Island, NY, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Art and Theater from Northeastern University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. She has completed residencies in New York, Ireland, and Italy.