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'Folded' Opens this Friday

Added on by Jacquelyn Gleisner.

This Friday I have several works on paper included in Folded: New Acquisitions to the Artspace Flatfile. More information is below and here

Folded: New Acquisitions to the Artspace Flatfile

June 8-29, 2018

Opening Reception: Folded

Friday, Jun 8 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Second Story Gallery and Workshop on 1144 Chapel St, New Haven, CT
Opening reception: Friday, June 8th from 5-7pm
Open gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 2-6pm

Artspace invites the viewer to consider the implications of the folded/unfolded as a way of making, a state of being, and a conceptual structure in this survey of works from new acquisitions to our flatfile collection.

Several of these artists embrace unfolding in their creative process, allowing outside forces of materiality and instinct to reveal next steps in their work.  Reading “unfolding” in this sense, “folding” does not serve as its opposite. Instead, it sits parallel to it: the difference between giving up and giving in. Some of the subjects celebrated here reject this sense of folding by asserting their own agency—instead of letting their stories unfold they are actively writing their own.

How the human form folds physically is an essential component of our body language and is intertwined with our relationship to space.  A power stance reads as such because it spreads the body wide; the protruding elbow-fold of a hand on a hip stakes a claim over the space being occupied.  This ability of folding to materially alter a subject can also apply more abstractly to an artwork. Bending a form allows for simultaneous existence in multiple spaces, even blurring the line between the 2-D and 3-D.  It can embed or enmesh once disparate forms, removing the space between them and rendering them inseparable.

Compositionally, folds in an artwork open up opportunities that aid the artist in conveying their message.  Halving the visual field encourages direct comparisons and highlights juxtapositions. Contortions create compositions that have no beginning or end, inviting contemplation of the infinite.  Layering builds complexity, emphasizing the multidimensionality of a subject or obfuscating it to slow down the viewer’s perception.

The principles of what can be achieved through folding structurally also apply to modes of thought: expectations and ideas can fold in on themselves, questioning and subverting what were once oversimplified notions.


"Silence Breakers" opening at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art

Added on by Jacquelyn Gleisner.

Join me this Thursday for the opening of Silence Breakers at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art. 

March 4, 2018 - April 5, 2018

Public Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5 – 8 pm
Public Closing Reception: Thursday, April 5, 5 – 8 pm

An unjuried exhibition in collaboration with Nasty Women Connecticut


2018 Flat File: Year Five at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Added on by Jacquelyn Gleisner.

I'm very excited to have this painting on paper included in "The 2018 Flat File: Year Five" opening this Friday, December 1, from 6-9pm at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York. 1329 Willoughby Ave, #2A, Brooklyn, NY

The 2018 Flat File features works by: Paolo Arao, Carlos Beltran Arechiga, Caetlynn Booth, Ellen Burchenal, Emily Burns, Eddie Chu, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Jacquelyn Gleisner, Rhia Hurt, Raymie Iadevaia, Vanessa Irzyk, Chris Joy, Tricia Keightley, Songyi Kim, Rachel Klinghoffer, Alison Kudlow, Vanessa Larsen, Mary Laube, Amanda Lechner, Tonya Lee, Greg Lindquist, Elizabeth Livingston, Leeza Meksin, Bridget Mullen, Ryan Sarah Murphy, Erin Murray, Justin Plakas, Keisha Prioleau-Martin, Lauren Rice, Kristen Schiele, Jennifer Shepard, Niki Singleton, Sarah Slappey, Melinda Steffy, Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, Bettina Weiß, and James Woodfill.



Added on by Jacquelyn Gleisner.
[The] simple act of tying a knot is an adventure in unlimited space … an excursion that is limited only by the scope of our own imagery and the length of the rope maker’s coil.
— Clifford Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots, published 1944 

For the past few weeks, I have been reading about different kinds of knots and making a series of gouache paintings on paper loosely tied to different types of knots. 

In a 2014 article in T Magazine, Jody Rosen discusses the importance of knots throughout history. Still nots are an undervalued craft today, often relegated to the storage rooms of major collections. More here

all works are 9 inches square, gouache on paper

all works are 9 inches square, gouache on paper

Knots have been on my mind for a long time, and they've surfaced in various forms in prior drawings and paintings. Since ancient times, knots were an essential form of technology for seafarers, among others. Moreover, knots have served deeply symbolic purposes; they were used to keep records for the Incas, celebrate a birth or marriage in numerous cultures, and summon strong winds for the Laplanders, for example. They are practical, yet deeply mystical at the same time.