Great White is an exhibit based on ideas relating to the physical gallery space of Culture Lounge, its proximity to its harbor setting, and the broader community need for exhibition space.
Inspired by the design of collapsible shipping containers and art handling crates, artist Victoria Munro designed and constructed a small, folding, portable gallery, debuting and testing the prototype in Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge over the course of 10 weeks. This portable gallery, called Great White, will sit inside the Culture Lounge gallery space and function both as its own gallery and as a model for possible future exhibitions in other locations involving the broader Staten Island and New York arts community.
Great White aims to create a dialogue around contemporary notions of art making and exhibition practice, curatorial roles, the role of gallery and its impact on the creation and viewing of art, and sustainable practices both in art making and shipping industry.
Visitors to the gallery will be able to walk inside and experience the ‘show within a show’. The portable gallery itself when not in use will fold down to a flat rectangle made of lightweight plywood for easy installation and transportation.
During the course of the exhibit there will be four, solo, one-day exhibitions held in the portable gallery to exercise its flexible design and function. The exhibiting artists, Rossana Martinez, Arrow Muller, Lisa Dahl and Holli McEntegart, all maintain practices that engage with notions of the “gallery space.” The artists will have individual opening celebrations for their work/performance/installation/intervention. Great White will culminate with a panel discussion by the participating artists and Victoria Munro to explore contemporary ideas around gallery practices for artists and curators. Organized by Monica Valenzuela.
November 7 – December 19, 2015
MINUS SPACE is delighted to present the group exhibition Fiber Optic, highlighting several generations of artists innovating at the intersection of geometry and fiber. The exhibition will feature works by fifteen artists from across the country, including Anni Albers, Joell Baxter, Samantha Bittman, Chris Bogia, Martha Clippinger, Gabriel Dawe, Michelle Grabner, Lynne Harlow, Linda King Ferguson, Victoria Munro, Gabriel Pionkowski, Carrie Pollack, Sue Ravitz, Stephen Westfall, and Emi Winter.
Over the past decade, there has been a strong resurgence of interest among contemporary artists in traditional forms associated with fiber and textiles. Fiber Optic will feature geometric, patterned, and color-based work across a wide array of media, including weaving, needlepoint, photography, painting, print, sculpture, and installation. As a spiritual and material touchstone for many of the participating artists, the exhibition will begin with a single, patterned gouache on paper study by the late, legendary Bauhaus artist and weaver Anni Albers (1899-1994). The exhibition will continue with artists Gabriel Dawe, Sue Ravitz, and Chris Borgia, who will present stitched, embroidered, and appliqued works comprised primarily of colored string or yarn.
Fiber Optic will also feature a new impastoed painting by Michelle Grabner depicting a gingham fabric pattern; Samantha Bittman’s black and white pattern painting over a handwoven textile; Victoria Munro’s brightly-colored cotton duck weaving using a painting stretcher as a loom; Linda King Ferguson’s lozenge-shaped acrylic painting on cut stretched linen; Gabriel Pionkowski’s deconstructed work with cut, woven, plaited, and painted canvas; Carrie Pollack’s photographs of rugs digitally printed in grayscale onto linen; Lynne Harlow’s repurposed Fender amplifier grill cloth mounted over a wooden stretcher; and Joell Baxter’s large-scale, chromatic window installation consisting of screenprinted, cut, and woven papers. The exhibition will conclude with large wool weavings by Emi Winter, Martha Clippinger, and Stephen Westfall, which were produced in collaboration with traditional master weavers in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.
We are grateful to the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Hionas Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, Lennon Weinberg, Outlet, and The Hole for their generous assistance with this exhibition.
Fiber Optic at MINUS SPACE, 10 Exhibitions Opening This Week, MutualArt, November 3, 2015
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