Please join me this Thursday at Pegasus Gallery, Middlesex Community College for the opening of my solo show Paper Cuts.
At long last, I have made a new scroll! This is the eleventh scroll in the series, which began in 2014. For the past two years, I have mostly been experimenting with other forms, but I wanted to return to this series after spending time reflecting on my work and practice. I recently started reading the book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. Though it’s been two years since I made a scroll, I still feel interested in their apparent purposelessness, an idea Odell explores in her book. Odell argues that we are increasingly asked to be productive or transparent. Within the art world, I think this translates to the ubiquity of easy to read, logical works. That said, I don’t think of this series as meaningless or arbitrary.
The repeating pattern in this scroll comes from a quilt block. In a sense, this work on paper becomes a safety blanket—something cozy or alluring yet strikingly different from its surroundings.
This summer I am collecting and posting lists of reading recommendations on my blog, Connecticut Art Review. You can view all the lists here. One of my favorite novels from the past year is Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing—a story about ghosts, family, addiction, and persistent racism. My blurb from the blog is reposted below.
Sing, Unburied, Sing follows one family in a fictional town called Bois Sauvage in rural Mississippi. Death both opens and closes this novel: thirteen-year-old Jojo witnesses his grandfather, Pop, slaughter a goat in the opening scene and the story ends with the loss of Jojo’s grandmother, who is slowly dying of cancer throughout the narrative. In between, Ward unfurls Jojo’s fraught relationship with his mother, Leonie, a young black woman who struggles with drug addiction and co-dependency with Jojo’s white father, Michael. When Michael gets released from prison, Leonie packs Jojo and his toddler sister, Kalya, into her friend’s car to drive across the state. Throughout the story, the narrator switches from Jojo to Leonie (among others) and the reader learns about the presence of the ghosts who haunt various characters. These spirits are trapped in this world by the unresolved injustices that consume them. Ward’s fluid, poetic writing does not distract from the searing tragedies of the book and its message lingers as do her otherworldly characters.
"near orbit: in state, on paper" is a focused yet freewheeling survey of recent works by artists based throughout Connecticut, slightly complicated by the inclusion of one historical work by William Kent, a Yale-trained musician but self-taught visual artist who worked in New Haven and Durham from the late 1940s till his death in 2012. The Kent work ("Leave The Moon Alone!", 1964, embossed print from carved slate) came two years after his discovery of Pop Art in New York galleries and an iteration of the print was included in the 1966 Whitney Annual. It serves as a talismanic presence in the exhibition and a leaping-off point to muse on the range of options of engagement with Art World currents available to artists within the daytrip radius, the transmission of ideas and influence, and notions of freedom and dispersion."
Curated by Eric Litke
Opening Saturday, March 30, 4 - 6 p.m.
1 North Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 USA
Studio Visit with Jaclyn Conley
Pick up the current issue of the Art New England magazine to read my studio visit with New Haven-based artist, Jaclyn Conley. In her ongoing series of paintings, All The President’s Children, Conley references the archived photographs of First Ladies and Presidents sourced from Presidential Library collections across the country.
Also in the March/April issue of the Art New England magazine is my preview of the exhibition, Blue Collar Ornament. Read it online here.
Mark Burns’ show is on view at the Joseloff Gallery in Hartford, CT through March 29, 2019.
This week I posted two new exhibition reviews on my blog, Connecticut Art Review:
Bun Keo is a Hartford-based conceptual artist. His show, silence like lasagna, forces viewers to think about commonplace items in new ways. On view through March 7, 2019.
Burke uses a unique process called solargraphy to forge connections with early experiments in the field of photography.
Leah Andelsmith from the Arts Paper visited our POD over the weekend and gave us a shoutout in the writeup for the weekend’s events. Here’s a link to learn more:
Come visit our POD this weekend in downtown Westville as part of City-Wide Open Studios! We’ll be there Saturday and Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
The student exhibition Spotlight opens this week at the Mitchell Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library system. Co-curated with Melanie Carr, the show includes works from students at the University of New Haven and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
Saturday, October 13, 12-2 p.m.
Mitchell Branch Library, 37 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515
The reception for my show at the Constance Lavino Bell Library Gallery will be September 28, 6-7 p.m.
There is also an exhibition of photographs by Dan Mead and Sally Eagle in an adjacent gallery on campus.
Ethel Walker School
230 Bushy Hill Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070
Below are some installation photos of my current exhibition Splice at the Constance Lavino Bell Gallery at the Ethel Walker School.
This show includes two related installations and several works on paper that repeat the double helix form. Together the works create a bridge between genetic engineering, textile traditions, and abstract art. Spreading across a corner, the installation appears viral and organic. Upon closer inspection, a viewer can see that the paper forms have been delicately woven together, mimicking the intricate perforations of lace. Textiles, like DNA, are often rooted in patterns. The connection between the two elements shows that our desires to see and create patterns originates in our genetic makeup.
The show is on view through November and there will be a public reception at the end of September.
I am excited to share that I will have a show at the Constance Lavino Bell Gallery this fall. More information coming soon!
If you're in Manchester, New Hampshire this Thursday, check out the opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for "Everything Happens So Much" at Kelley Stelling Contemporary.
Kelley Stelling Contemporary presents a juried group exhibition titled “Everything Happens So Much,” featuring works selected by Currier Museum of Art Curator Kurt Sundstrom, Ph.D. The show is on view through September 15, 2018
221 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH
hours: Wednesdays + Thursdays + Fridays 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment
Filter Bubble provides a visual metaphor for the meaning of work's title. The concept of the "filter bubble" refers to algorithms that reflect information back to a user based on previous searches and cached information. We are bombarded with information online, though this information is unwittingly biased by our specific experiences and preferences.
Listen to my interview on iTunes with the host, David Livingston, on his new podcast, First Stop Art, here .
In this episode we talk about a series of work I started in 2014 called Scrolls. We also discuss more recent works like the knots.
First Stop Art Website
Check out the images on the website for the podcast:
The First Stop
My colleague and friend, David Livingston, is the host of a brand new podcast featuring artists from around New Haven. The podcast is called The First Stop and I stopped by the recording studio at the University of New Haven to record an interview with David this morning.
Stay tuned for my interview and the official launch of the podcast on iTunes! Find The First Stop on Instagram here.