Oct 13 -­ Nov 22, 2015
Opening: Tuesday, Oct 13, 6-10­pm

Mika Agari • David Anderson • Devin Balara • Ann Catherine Carter • Nick Hay & Clarissa Rose Peppers • David King • Amy Pleasant • Zack Rafuls • Cody Tumblin • Omar Velazquez

Torrance Shipman Gallery and The Packing Plant are excited to announce I WISH I FELT THIS WAY AT HOME, the first part of an exchange between the two spaces. The group exhibition brings together nine artists that have shown at The Packing Plant since its inception, as well as the curators of the space, Ann Catherine Carter and Zack Rafuls.

The second part of the exchange will feature Torrance Shipman artists showing at The Packing Plant in April, 2016.

The Packing Plant is an artist-run gallery and project space located in Nashville, TN, founded in April, 2014. With the belief in mind that artist-run spaces function as conduits for communities, The Packing Plant and Torrance Shipman have organized a pair of exchange exhibitions. Brought about by a shared interest in the fostering of connections, dialogues, and relationships between artist communities, the exhibition is an attempt to initiate a conversation about the reciprocal nature of exchange in itself. The title of the exhibition, a subtle nod to the relevance of place, is pulled from a song by Tennessean Dolly Parton, and captures this bridge-building, familial endeavor, imbuing it with a sense of sentimentality.

More about the artists:

Mika Agari, Untitled (LakeFront), single channel video, 2015

Mika Agari is a multi-media artist living in Antioch, Tennessee. She is currently attending Watkins College of Art and Design, where she will graduate with her B.F.A. in the fall of 2015. Agari’s work has been in Prime Time: Third Annual New Media Juried Exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum, The Packing Plant in Nashville, TN and her video works Walmart & Security Space were screened at Light and Sound Machine at Third Man Records. Agari also co-curated the exhibition In Place which took place in an empty storefront of a dead mall in Antioch, TN.
To view more of her work visit mika-mikaa-mikaaa.tumblr.com

David Anderson, Zarathustra Scribble Scribble, oil, graphite, and wax on panel, 2015

David Henri Anderson was born in Nashville, TN in 1993 and is currently enrolled in the Fine Arts program at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film, Nashville, TN. His most recent exhibitions include a two-person show called Living On Mousemeat with fellow artist and collaborator David King at Track One in Nashville, TN, a group video exhibition called What Are You Watching? at Stairwell Gallery in Bloomsberg, PA, a solo pop-up exhibition at Oz Arts in Nashville, TN, and another two-person exhibition with artist Ann Catherine Carter entitled Conscious Camouflage in Track One, Nashville, TN. He recently had a painting selected to be on the cover of independent arts journal Number, issue 82: aesthetics and criticism, and has a painting in the permanent collection of Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. Over the Summer of 2015 he participated in an internship at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN. Currently, Anderson is studying the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki, relating, questioning, and testing his philosophies through his painting practice.
His work can be found online at davidonri.tumblr.com

Devin Balara (b. 1988) hails proudly from the aggressively pastel suburbs of Tampa, FL. She received a BFA in sculpture from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL and an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She is a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center residency program, a residency at 8550 Ohio, and a curatorial assistantship with the Building department at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC. National solo and group exhibitions include Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL, Manifest Gallery in Cincinatti, OH, Project Space One in Iowa City and the Indianapolis Art Center in Indiana.
Her work can be found online at devinbalara.com

Ann Catherine Carter (b. 1990) is an artist from Birmingham, AL, working and living in Nashville, TN. She is primarily a painter concerned with the aesthetics of consumer culture and pop music. She received her BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film in 2013 and looks forward to attending Pratt Institute for graduate studies in 2016. In addition to her studio practice, she co-curates an alternative project space called The Packing Plant, and has a music project called Lavender.
Her work can be found online at www.anncatherinecarter.net

Nick Hay was born in San Antonio, TX. He received his BFA from Texas State University (2010) and his MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder (2014). He has exhibited nationally in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and New York. He currently lives and works in Nashville, TN, and he absolutely refuses to do yoga.
His work can be found online at: nickhayart.com & ecpiedra.com

Clarissa Rose Peppers was born in Cincinnati, OH. She received her BFA from Northern Kentucky University (2011) and her MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder (2013). She has exhibited nationally in Ohio, Kentucky, and Colorado. She currently lives and works in Nashville, TN, and she absolutely loves to do yoga.
Her work can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/user14995876

David King is an artist in Nashville, TN. He holds a BA from the University of Tennessee and currently studies at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film. In 2012 he curated the group exhibition It’s Hot in a Dog’s Head at Ground Floor Gallery + Studios (Nashville) and recently showed alongside collaborator David Anderson in Living on Mousemeat at Track One (Nashville).
To view more of his work visit www.rd-king.com

Amy Pleasant (b. 1972) is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY and Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA and currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama. She received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. She has held solo exhibitions in New York City at Jeff Bailey Gallery as well as Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA. In addition, she has held solo exhibitions at The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, CANDYLAND, Stockholm, Sweden, Rhodes College, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in venues such as The Knoxville Museum of Art, The Hunter Museum of American Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and The U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. Pleasant’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, The Commercial Appeal, Burnaway and artforum.com.
Her work can be found online at amypleasant.com

Zack Rafuls (b. 1992) was born in Miami, FL. He is a 2015 BFA graduate of Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film in Nashville, TN. In 2014, Rafuls studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as participant in the AICAD Mobility Program. From 2012 to 2014 Rafuls served as chair of artist collective Company H and is currently co-curator of The Packing Plant, an artist-run space in Nashville, TN. He has shown in both solo and group exhibitions in spaces in Nashville such as COOP Gallery, Track 13, Fort Houston, the Watkins Arcade Gallery, and Ground Floor Gallery + Studios. Recently Rafuls collaborated with artists Mike Womack, Scott Zieher, and Shane McAdams on the project HIGH/LOW/MIDDLE, a weeklong journey across the state of Wisconsin that culminated in an exhibition organized by The Museum of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
His work can be found online at zackrafuls.com

Cody Tumblin is from Nashville, Tennessee. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include a solo show, Tell Tale, at Devening Projects + Editions in Chicago, PRTY PPL curated by Josh Reames at Circuit 12 in Dallas and Forlorn Luck, a solo show at Lunchmoney Gallery in Aarhus, Denmark. Tumblin also recently participated in SHIT IS REAL at Devening Projects + Editions, a solo show with The Salon Series, and Pile Hunk Stage with Kayl Parker at Gallery X. This fall, Tumblin anticipates a two person show, Awkward Dimensions, with Jaime Angelopoulos at LVL3 in Chicago.
To view more of his work, please visit: codytumblin.com

Omar Velázquez (b. 1984) is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing his MFA in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has shown several times in individual projects at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, and the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art. He has also participated in a numerous group exhibitions, biennials and triennials including Japan, Beijing, Spain, Republic of Macedonia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia.
His work can be found online at www.omarvelazquezstudio.com

The Packing Plant is an artist-run project space located in Nashville, TN. Exhibiting artists, both local and national, new and established, respond to the constraints and peculiarities of the raw and atypical space. Focused on showcasing work that reflects criticality and awareness, The Packing Plant hopes to highlight relevant art practices in the region and in the broader contemporary arts community.

More info can be found online at thepackingplant.net
Margrethe Aanestad
Locus Mien

Opening: Thursday, August 27, 6-10 pm
On view August 27 - October 2

Site95 and Torrance Shipman Gallery are pleased to present “Locus Mien” a solo exhibition by Margrethe Aanestad.

The word “Locus” is defined as a place, a center, a source or locality. A starting point. “Mien” can be interpreted as an appearance or showing character. The hybrid title conveys the abstract and improvisational new body of work presented by Norway based artist Margrethe Aanestad. Locus Mien is the starting point in creating a site-specific exhibition inspired through the objects and atmosphere found and created in Torrance Shipman Gallery, New York.

Through the exploration of abstract and minimalist language, Aanestad investigates form, spatiality and materiality. In addition to painting and drawing, Aanestad uses a wide variety of discarded and found materials including: Styrofoam, cardboard, paper, textiles, wood, marble and stone, to create new work in both three and two-dimensional formats. These objects are collected through time and process as she explores new textures and substances. She activates these objects through their placement in space.

For her exhibition at Torrance Shipman Gallery, Aanestad seeks to explore the space and orchestrate components to reveal a sublime balance. Aanestad first approaches the space through observation as she works with the features of the room including light, atmosphere and content. She then responds to the space through the collection of materials and objects, eventually inspiring a new dialogue with the space. Materials, arrangements and compositions are derived from her experience, often allowing coincidences, fragments, layers and relationships between objects that open themselves in the process. It is between intent, intuition and chance that the installation is formed. The environment becomes a place for contemplation and silence, delivering a heightened awareness of materials, nuances and space.

Margrethe Aanestad (b. Stavanger, Norway 1974) is based in Stavanger and Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Dimensions Variable, Miami and Open Source Gallery, New York (2013). Selected group exhibitions; Another Space, Copenhagen (2014); Interno4, Bologna, Italy (2013); Galería Des Pacio de la Cruz, San Jose, Costa Rica (2013); ISCP, New York (2012); Tokyo Graphic Passport, Tokyo, Japan (2011); the 124th Annual National Art Exhibition in Norway, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2011). Currently, she is included in the exhibition at Tub Gallery, Miami and she will have an upcoming exhibition at Negativa Moderna, Gainesville, Florida. Additionally, Aanestad is working on a commission for British Petroleum Head Quarter in Norway and Studio 17, Stavanger, Norway. Aanestad is co-founder and co-curator of the artist run space Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger and is co-founder and co–owner of the co-working space Erfjorgata 8 in Stavanger.
Studio Visit and Conversation at TRACKSIDE Studios
Trackside Studios, 219 36th Street, 4th floor, Brooklyn, New York
Thursday, August 27, 6-10pm

$7 suggested donation
Email info@site95.org for further details. Visit Site95.org for information on past events.

Participating artists: Nathan Catlin, Matthew Fischer, Alexandra Lerman, Miryam Prodanovic, Jordan Rathus, Brie Ruais, Maria Stabio, Elena Soterakis

And Lea Cetera at 253 36th Street, 6th floor, Brooklyn, New York

Nathan Catlin (b.1984) is from California and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from Columbia University and BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. He mainly works with narrative using drawing, painting, and printmaking in order to explore morality, cause and effect, and the human psyche. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including New York City, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Bejing. He currently manages the printshop at the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University where he also acts as the current master printer and adjunct professor of art. Catlin is currently in a group show up at Davidson Contemporary in Chelsea (http://www.davidsoncontemporary.com) up until Sep 3rd.

Matthew Fischer lives and works in New York. He has exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, Junior Projects and 247365 in New York and Fjord and Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. He has been an artist in residence at The Edward F. Albee Foundation (2013/2015) in Montauk, NY and The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY in 2012. In 2011 he received an MFA from Columbia University. Fischer currently teaches studio art and art history at the 92Y in Manhattan and the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills, NY. www.matthew-fischer.com

Alexandra Lerman proposes clay as a discursive medium. Her ink circulation drawings and "memory negatives" refer to corporeal gestures, the body located within institutional and natural environments. She uses copyrighted and patented systems to explore the complexities of contemporary body language and issues of intellectual property through sculpture, drawing and performance. Lerman's individual and collaborative projects have been shown at the Drawing Center, SculptureCenter, Tina Kim gallery, Where, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Anthology Film Archives, Austrian Cultural Forum, Artists Space, Queens Museum, New Museum in New York and MUSAC in Spain. Alexandra took part in LMCC Workspace Program in New York and Banff Centre's "01 The Retreat: A Position of DOCUMENTA (13)" in Alberta, Canada. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, 2012 and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, 2004. alexandralerman.com

Miryam Prodanovic was born in Texas to a father and mother from disparate lands. She studied music, dance, art, anthropology, and once pursued mastery in printmaking. Troubled by the nature of change and consequence in a world that we all share, she is inclined to exercise balance through a language of abstract lines. The visual shapes that occur in this process are derivatives of the tree branch or mountainous rocky places -- expressions of growth and movement. She is looking to resolve interactions between parts whether by marking ink on paper, paint on canvas, harmonies in sound, or life. miryamproduction.com

Jordan Rathus (b. 1983 in Princeton, New Jersey) recontextualizes storytelling formats, such as narrative film and reality television, to humorously and critically examine our collective contributions to pop culture. Rathus earned her BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University in 2005. In 2012, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (New Genres) at Columbia University, New York and was the MFA Artist in Residence at Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI. She is a recipient of the Brooks Fellowship Award from Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO and the Tony Hawkins Award from New York University, New York. Solo and group exhibitions and performances have been held at venues such as The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; Art Institute of Malmo, Malmo, Sweden; Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR, The LILAC (with Site95), New York, NY; and Adams and Ollman Gallery, Portland, OR. Rathus lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is a professor in Media at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Jordanrathus.com

Brie Ruais (b. 1982, Southern California) received her MFA from Columbia University in 2011. Working primarily with clay, Ruais makes large-scale ceramic floor and wall pieces that covet their own self-sufficiency. Often beginning with a mass of clay that equals her body weight, the scripted actions employed result in forms that speak to the movement of bodies. Her work has been exhibited at Nicole Klagsbrun, New York; Mesler/Feuer, New York, Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles; Lefebrve & Fils Gallery, Paris; Fused Space, San Francisco; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Halsey McKay, East Hampton; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; The Horticultural Society, New York; Salon 94, New York; and The Abrons Arts Center, New York. Her work has been discussed in The New York Times, ArtNews, Modern Painters, Artforum, The New Yorker, Bomb, Artsy, TimeOut, and Architectural Digest. Ruais is the recipient of The Socrates EAF Fellowship, The Shandaken Project Residency, the Anderson Ranch Ceramics Residency, and the Abrons Arts Center Residency. Ruais’s work will be included in the upcoming exhibition “Crafted: Objects in Flux” at the MFA Boston in August 2015. brieruais.com

Elena Soterakis is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work explores the conflict between economic progress and environmental preservation, and raises the question of whether this conflict can ever be resolved.
The driving force in the creation of “Ecocide”, Soterakis’ most recent body of work is the interplay between traditional oil painting techniques and collage. Ecocide is defined as – “destruction of the natural environment, especially when willfully done”. This series addresses how our society is disconnected from nature, and how we have evolved in a way that has put us in a position where our way of life is at odds with the planet.
Soterakis received her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, where she was a Merit Scholar. She received her BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. In recent years, Soterakis received a fellowship from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been published in Artist Portfolio Magazine and has been exhibited in a variety of venues, including, Flowers Gallery, The Islip Museum, Sotheby’s New York, the NPR/WNYC Jerome L. Greene Space, Baroque College’s Mishkin Gallery, and Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam.
Soterakis was born and raised in the suburbs of Long Island where the conflict between suburban monoculture and the natural landscape became a formative influence in her work and continues to be to this day. www.elenasoterakis.com

Maria Stabio (b. 1985 San Francisco) is a first generation Filipino-American artist and curator. Her current work addresses feelings of loneliness and isolation through the use of comedic text combined with the painted image.
She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Boston University and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Artist in Residence Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, serving as artist in residence and adjunct faculty for one academic year in Doha, Qatar.
She is a co-founder of Trackside Studios and Torrance Shipman Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives and works in New York. For more information, visit mariastabio.com.

Lea Cetera produces temporal installations that examine the mediation of technology and the alienation of the human body. Through recent installations that include filmed performances, where projections of the “ghosted” human body wash over sculptural elements, the artist attempts to create an alienating/disorienting illusory effect that reflects an increasing loss of the corporeal gesture in the every day, the infinite attempt at calibrating the body to technology, as well as the entrapment of the human psyche within it; manipulating and playing with memory, space and time.
Emerging from a collaborative background in theater and filmmaking, Cetera has performed and shown work in the US and internationally at venues such as The Drawing Center, Art in General, Sculpture Center, The Jewish Museum, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Southard Reid, Pilar Corrias, Simone Subal, High Desert Test Sites, Poetry Project at St. Marks Church on the Bowery, Anthology Film Archives and participated in Portugal Arte 2010 and the New Wight Biennial 2012. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, 2012 and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, 2005. She lives and works in New York City. www.leacetera.com
Sisrahtac opens Tuesday December 16, 7 PM

December 16 - January 16, 2015
Opening: Tuesday, December 16, 7-9pm 
219 36th St, 4th Floor in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

After the opening, the gallery is open by appointment only. Please email torranceshipmangallery@gmail.com to make an appointment. Price list available upon request.

Gregory AmenoffSonya DermanAmanda FriedmanNora Griffin • Stephanie Gonzalez-Turner • Haley HughesJon Kessler • Jenni Knight • Reuben Lorch-MillerNicole Maloof • Robbie McDonald • Kaitlin McDonoughSophy Naess • Sam Payne • Brie RuaisCarolyn SalasMaria Stabio • Kendra Sullivan • Katie Vida
Organized by Brie Ruais and Maria Stabio



Closing Reception for Ensilicated PowerPoints
by Laura Miller Saturday, October 4th, 8pm

Laura will perform two PowerPoint pieces beginning at 8:30 PM. One performance uses snakes as tools for preparing expectations of future occurrences in PowerPoint. The second performance, produced with sounds by Daniela DiDonato, weaves the point of PowerPoint into a darkened mesh.

Following the performances there will be a festive celebration and music by DJ Pan!

Ensilicated PowerPoints
by Laura Miller

Torrance Shipman Gallery is excited to present Ensilicated PowerPoints, first solo show by Laura Miller. The exhibition opens on July 26th with an evening of three PowerPoint performances presented in the context of a ceramic installation based upon the concept of an inside-out urn. The first performance explores cognitive training, the second performance with Daniela di Donato uncovers a secret to success from a new novel re-envisioning the epic poem of Beowulf in present day Tuscon, Arizona, and the third performance features Armen Enikolopov in presenting their collaborative work of towering sculptural uncertainty titled Two Up.

Merging ancient burial techniques with digital business presentation technology, Ensilicated PowerPoints presents an earnest wrestling with capital limitations posed by the fragility of clay and the temporal light of the projector.

The title refers to the process by which Laura Miller coats PowerPoint presentations in ceramic material (ensilication) to make them digestable and spiritually pungent. At Torrance Shipman Laura will push the Microsoft PowerPoint program to near destruction by compressing the frames of projected presentation. Ceramics encase the presentation as both a stage for performance, and ritual objects forged through collective meaning expounded upon during the presentations. Miller’s unique use of clay form combined with ink finishing techniques forge playfully dense objects which obsess over ceramic’s material tactility.

Laura Linda Miller lives and works in New York City. Her studio is currently in the South Bronx. MFA ’13 Columbia University. MSPPM ’11 Carnegie Mellon University. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Organized by Alexandra Lerman

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