Group Show Coming Up - Opening Thursday, August 1st 6-9p

 

City's Six 

City College MFA Group Show

August 1st - 22nd, 2013

One Art Space Gallery
23 Warren Street (between Church and Broadway)

Opening Reception Thursday, August 1, 6-9 pm.



One Art Space Gallery is pleased to present City’s Six, a group exhibition of New York City based artists publicly showcasing their artwork together for the first time. The artists: Sasha Cohen, Andrea Coronil, Gayla Martin, Shannon McBride, Katie Simpson Spain and Alison White are the City College of New York’s MFA Spring 2013 graduating class. Each artist relates to her materials differently, but seen as a group, the work creates a dialogue based on viewer interaction and exploration of environments.

Sasha Cohen, Gayla Martin and Alison White play with the idea of hanging and draping in unique ways to explore space. Cohen’s paintings become three dimensional objects with the inclusion of fabric and her manipulation of the surface, while Martin’s hanging thread sculptures act more like simple line drawings that portray an intimate attention to detail. White’s fabric sculptures are complex compositions that evoke a sense of chaotic, yet ordered beauty.
 
Shannon McBride, Katie Simpson Spain and Andrea Coronil invite viewers to examine the plays with illusion in their work. McBride's sculptures seem at first recognizable and familiar, like fruits or commonplace objects, but upon close inspection reveal subtle distortions of reality. Simpson Spain, on the other hand, develops invitingly warm spaces that remind the viewer of past experiences: camping trips, Girl Scout troops, late nights, and explorations. Coronil paints iconic images of boxers and organs, and imbues them with personal narratives of loss and transcendence that are both transparent and layered.

Together this group of artists compose varied atmospheres full of playful inquisitiveness, reminders of past experiences, and an intimate attention to detail. The curators celebrate and admire each of the artists and their work. City’s Six is curated by Blake Ruehrwein and Stephanie Crawford, respectively a graduate and a candidate from the Masters in Art History program at the City College of New York. The exhibition is a launching pad for both the artists and the curators at this stage in their careers.
 
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Woodblock Prints


  Untitled, 2013, Multiple Woodblock Print, 9 x 12 inches.
 Untitled, 2013, Reduction Woodblock Print, 9 x 12 inches.
 Untitled, 2013, Multiple Woodblock Print, 9 x 12 inches.
 Untitled, 2013,  Woodblock Print, 9 x 12 inches.

 Untitled, 2013, Multiple Woodblock Print, 9 x 12 inches.

MFA Thesis Show-March 2013


Suspended Thread # 1, #2 and #3, nylon thread, embroidery hoops, paint, 9 x 2 x 2 feet.


Suspended Thread # 1 and # 2
 



  


Blue Fabric (Skinny), 2012, Hand-woven weaving, oak, 55 x 15 inches.

Black-Blue Fabric, 2013, Hand-woven weaving, oak, 57 x 27 inches.
Blue Fabric (Eye), 2012, Hand-woven weaving, oak, 65 x 15 inches.
Blue Fabric (Close), 2012, Hand-woven weaving, oak, 66 x 23 inches.










Black-Blue Fabric Connected, three forms, 2013, Hand-woven weavings

Detail of Connected, 2013





Sitting on seat in front of Suspended Thread #2 (2013).



Reception TODAY 5-8:30

 
 
Constructed Impressions 
Gayla Martin
MFA Thesis Exhibition
March 11th – 15th

Reception Wednesday, March 13th 5-8:30pm
Workshop Friday, March 15th 1-5pm
Sculptures form impressions of space outlined with thread. The fragile and visually permeable tubes appear as shadows of solid structural forms. In addition to responding to the gallery the installation is a three-dimensional drawing within the confines of four walls.  Activation of the work includes the transference of movement, through a breeze, from body to sculpture and in involving the viewer with the seats.  I draw connections to meditation and relaxation to my process and the experience.  Low profile wooden seats are situated throughout the gallery where viewers may rest, and experience the installation from a different vantage point. Friday, March 15th, from 1pm-5pm I will activate the project room as a workshop/performance space where I will weave on my handmade loom. It will be interactive in that I will respond to any questions posed by viewers.

MFA Thesis Exhibit


March 11th- 15th

Reception Wednesday March 13th @ 5pm! 

Delicate sculptures of thread mimic architectural structures such as columns along side hand-woven gestural forms that convey comfort. The fragile and visually permeable columns appear as shadows of solid structural forms. These sculptures confront notions of comfort and safety: a hammock that can’t hold weight or a column that can’t bear weight. 
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Install of Thread Activation

Thread Activation #3, 2012, hand-dyed thread, wood, varied dimensions (wooden pieces 8 and 12 inches and threads are 14 feet long).

See this work at the sculpture exhibit "HEIGHTxWIDTHxDEPTH" at The City College of New York art gallery.  Reception will be Thursday, February 21st, 5-7pm.






 These hand-woven pieces will be modified slightly and hung in space by clear thread.  The wooden structures on the previous piece will be taken away.  The weavings evoke structures such as canopies, homes, and hammocks.   
Thread Activation #4, (Right) 2013, hand-dyed thread, wood, 2 x 9 x 168 inches.
Thread Activation #4, (Left), 2013, hand-dyed thread, wood, 2 x 9 x 168 inches.


  Detail (Right), Thread Activation #4, 2013, hand-dyed thread, wood, 2 x 9 x 168 inches.