ARTICULATE: a reading of conceptual writing

Amy Benson
Scott Geiger
Dale Megan Healey
Melody Nixon
Evangeline Riddiford Graham

Saturday, April 5th, 7pm
Torrance Shipman Gallery

Curated by Melody Nixon and Irini Miga

In dialog with the exhibition: NO RULES CAN RULE WHEN THE DOORS ARE CLOSED
Ashley Carter was born in New York City. She received her BFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts and her MFA from Columbia University. Her sculptures record and suspend moments of dislocation in materials, images, space and perception. In her work, she uses the photograph as both a placeholder of the absent body as well as a glorified representation of ideals to uphold. Ashley Carter lives and works in New York.

Joe Graham-Felsen was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. He recieved his BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his MFA in Sculpture from the Yale School of Art. Graham-Felsen makes work that investigates the human and political systems of control and power. By manipulating images, architecture, and history he disrupts the conventions of an art viewing experience to create a complicated interface between the real and the possible. He recently had his first solo show at The Still House Group in Brooklyn, NY. He has been included in group shows throughout the US. Graham-Felsen is also the co-founder of Top Top Studio, an artist run studio, workshop, and exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY.

Ian Warren is from Ipswich, a small fishing town on the north shore of Massachusetts. Before moving to New York, he lived in Northeast Ohio and spent his time working for a carpenter, making art, and riding his bike past endless cornfields. Warren’s sculptures, videos and performances present his meditations on the experience of being male through storytelling and personal myth-making. These visual narratives investigate sexuality, rugged individualism and social conditioning. He has exhibited in the United States as well as in Berlin, Istanbul and Beijing. In 2009, Warren was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was awarded the Jacob K. Javits fellowship in 2011, and his MFA from Columbia University in 2012.

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In Phillip K. Dick’s 1969 novel The Galactic Pot-Healer, an alien blob-shaped god called Glimmung selects a large group of disenchanted pan-galactic technical experts and transports them to his planet in order to challenge his fate. He requires the experts’ help to raise a sunken cathedral from the bottom of the local ocean. He cannot do it alone. In order to help him, they must enter his blob-shaped body and join his mind. Upon entering Glimmung they experience anxiety, fear and panic. But after the task is finished, they realize the allure of the telepathic communion that the group-mind offered. To their surprise, they find that inside Glimmung they feel no loneliness. At this point Glimmung gives the experts free will to leave the blob/body/mind. Everyone decides to stay, except an alien gastropod historian and the only Earthling in the group, the pot-healer Joe Fernwright.

Empathy might be close to telepathy. Art makes me feel its communiqué, throwing itself into the blob between us. Socially telepathic overlays emerge from the waters over time. The artists in this show include my old friends, new friends and near strangers. Together their energy and clarity of vision make me feel like I am part of something, whatever that means.

-Matthew Fischer

Line Up

Jan 13 - Feb 8th, 2014
Opening: Monday, Jan 13th, 7-10pm

Ben Hall • Salma Hassaan • Montana & Amelie Ray • m.stabio • Katie Vida

Curated by Maria Stabio

When a line is drawn, things change. Something is defined. A space is described and boundaries emerge.

In keeping with post modernist fashion, boundaries are always in flux. It is evident from recent events that the line between culture, politics and law is ever changing. How can these three components which are deceptively simple in definition be confused in a way which defies logic? The line between attacker and defender in the Trayvon Martin case. The line between terrorist and American Citizen in On The Media producer Sarah Abdurrahman’s account of returning to her home country after a trip to Canada. The line between common criminal and law abiding citizen in the ongoing Stop and Frisk debate. The seemingly insurmountable void between mass school shootings and effective gun control legislation. Culture affects law affects politics, but it's hard to clearly identify which is in operation in these examples.

Part of the challenge to the line question is to avoid being trapped by the lines themselves. With the selection of artists for this show, it was important to consider this. At first, it was obvious to follow thesis statement (above) with evidence (artists in show). Curators like to draw lines too. Instead, I’ve chosen to select artists who actively challenge the line as boundary through their practice. Now I’ve revealed my lines. Time to let the artists to draw theirs.

Ben Hall b. detroit/1977 mfa columbia = Let's Don't Take No Chance 2739 Edwin Hamtramck MI 2013 = Render Visible Blonde Art Books Bklyn NY 2012 = Essential Items Metro Deli Bklyn NY 2012 = EAF 12 Socrates Sculpture Park Queens NYC 2012 = Indian Givers Wake Gallery Redford MI 2012 = Outside Mediation Green Gallery Yale University New Haven CT 2011 = Spatial City MoCAD Detroit, MI 2010 = elvisgoddampresley at gmail.com

Salma Hassaan is from Cairo, Egypt and studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. She is pursuing her passion for art as a Painting & Printmaking major, and also works in photography and sculpture. She has shown her work in Pecha Kucha V.3 in Qatar and participated in the making of a public mural project which was organized as part of the national “Doha Capital of Arab Culture” festival. Hassaan has also participated in student exhibitions in Qatar and Egypt.

Montana Ray is a feminist writer and a mom to Amadeus. Her work appears in Lana Turner Journal, La Petite Zine, BOMB Magazine, and Everyday Genius. Ray has made two artist books, untitled and Cenotaph, with painter Maria Stabio. She is also the author of (guns & butter), a collection of cake recipes and concrete poetry in the shape of guns published by Dancing Girl Press (2011); and the editor and translator a small collection of work by Spanish poet Francisca Aguirre, The Other Music: Selected Poetry from the 1970s, (Argos Books, 2011). Ray produces a podcast on translation and poetics for Circumference Journal and co-hosts the Brooklyn Ladies Text-based Salon.

Amelie Ray has presented her work in Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. and is the street artist SUN-EE. She is blood brothers with J4kd. She is co-founder of "colectivo naciendo en fuego" with Patricia Otero and "colectiva ballena" with Kira Mardikes. She studied art in Prague, Olympia, New York, and Oaxaca though she particularly reps and currently divides her time between New Orleans, Mexico City and San Juan. Her work has been published in "Feast," "Noticias Oaxaca," "The Counter Point Journal," and on the covers of books by Montana Ray and Lalo Pavez. She's currently working on a mural comix series in Mexico City.

m.stabio is Maria Stabio’s little sis.

Katie Vida is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Vida is the recipient of fellowships at VCUQatar Publishing Program, Yaddo, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yale Norfolk. In 2010 she was a research fellow at The Budapest Puppet Theater where she studied post-revolutionary theater productions and traditional mask-making techniques. She has presented work at venues including: Primetime (Brooklyn, NY), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), and The Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco, CA). Vida holds a MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Relief by Pooneh Maghazehe
Nov 22 - Dec 20th
Opening: Friday, Nov 22nd, 7-10pm

:: The Relief after the Mark on the Wall ::

Relief: Act 1 -

They lie under two comforters. Always at some point her eyes would settle on two narrow pipe ends embedded in their ceiling.

You know how a moth whips and flutters and finally rests on a thing? It was like that.
As her momentary fixation fades, she returns to a feverish buzzing - the familiar clipping sound.
These pipe ends are positioned diagonally from one another. Why are these marks there?

Nearby, his eyes glare up, releasing something like an indigestion - like a discharge of thin acid that lingers wrinkles of grey and white matter centered in the back of his skull.
Sneezing and arthritic, he feels able to run a marathon yet unable to prop his eyes open long enough to light a cigarette or to read himself to sleep.

Relief: Act 2 -

Split 8 into 10 parts.
10 into 5 on low days.
Take part 1 of the 10 in the morning, preferably with coffee and in the morning.
1 part in the evening and if at a party, take 2 parts.
Take 1 part for anger and/or 1 for focus.
If it is Friday, expect Saturday morning to feel like Siberia - cold and prickly.
Keep your bags unmarked and separate.
Expect wonderful sex.
You will love your family and your family will love you more.
Do not worry about deadlines - you will meet all of them with grace.
If you smoke, expect to smoke more.
You will be smarter.

Relief: Act 3 -

He said he could sweat his weight through these bed sheets.
He fears every day his fish will die.
Maybe he's just moody.

Relief: Act 4 -

As always, their relationship was aerial, like two acrobats - hovering - close in physicality but distant in sound.
For them, it was good to witness each other.
Like a mirrored surface, they learned to be obligated to themselves by feeling an obligation to each other.

Relief: Act 5 -

The two comforters were on sale at Ikea.
They go to a church where they see their friends.
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Photo and Video by Rona Yefman
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