MARCH 2ND – 29TH 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY MARCH 2ND, 7PM-11PM
The Loom Gallery
1087 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237
L – train to Morgan Ave [Map]
“Hello Earth/Hello Earth/With just one hand held up high/I can blot you out/Out of sight.” – Kate Bush
HELLO EARTH is a group exhibition of artists whose works investigate notions of perception, mutability, knowledge, and definition. Sparked by ideas about cognitive development and control, the exhibition focuses on ways in which accumulated sensory experience informs knowledge. The works included offer both unique and universal approaches to memory, visualization, and object permanence. Using a variety of media and processes, these artists explore interconnected, momentary relationships with the exterior—creating a distillation of parts and exploring how parts hint at a whole.
Jenny Calivas lives in Brooklyn and works primarily in the medium of photography. Her work for this exhibition experiments with interpretive processes of composing video and the transient moments carried by evocative objects—players in an abstract vocabulary that nonetheless approach emotional narratives. Through domestic and disassociated visual references, her work reflects upon the tension between inner and outer realities activated through unconscious projection.
Elizabeth Conn-Hollyn records experiences of identification, both physical and theoretical. Her series of star maps focuses on the process of following, unknowing, and the relationship between the designated pursuit of an idea and the record or the found. Conceptual guidelines, boundaries, and naming are points of obsession; the resulting works challenge our ingrained identities and speak to a mode of self-portraiture that assigns rather than reflects.
Allison Duncan is a mutant persona created by Robert Gray and Lindsay Ruoff. Based in Portland, Oregon, Allison is a writer and multimedia artist considering the collaborative creative process as a means of dissolving barriers of identification and expanding venues for communication. In her work, language and mark-making are both subjects and tools used to redefine narratives between characters, animals, objects, and materials.
Tony Grant is a photographer based in Santa Cruz, California. He employs minimal mediation and intimate observation to create photos that explore humor, absurdity, the transformation of ordinary life, and the elevation of the commonplace.
Sophie Beatrice Grant incorporates painting, printmaking, and collage with graphite drawings to explore both formal and conceptual relationships. Manipulating detail and seeking disharmony in her work, she questions ideas of the repressed and regenerative. Interested in childhood perceptions of reality and agency, her work reflects upon the education of the senses. Sophie lives and works in New York.
Nathan Hayden is an artist based in Santa Barbara, California. Dancing one hour each day, he induces visions from which he synthesizes his work. Recorded in the form of ink drawings on small pieces of paper referred to as “the cards”, these thoughts and snippets are built upon in paintings and installations.
Melinda Kiefer’s curiosity lies in the materiality and changeable meaning of cultural objects and residue. By reassigning our transient leftovers new functions in her systematic installations, she reflects on the human cycle within the context of the universe. Living and working in Brooklyn, she explores microcosms and intimate moments within urban spaces and society.
Ariel Kitch is a Brooklyn based artist and teacher interested in lithography and the intersections between traditional paper-based processes and new media. Collecting found photographs as both relic and record of public and private experiences, her work examines misplaced moments and the semantics of images.
Sara Krugman makes sculpture, video, and mixed media installations to explore pragmatism and modes of survival. Challenging ideas of physical relief and conventions of control, she creates systems and objects that examine understandings of purpose and progress. Most recently based in Brooklyn, she is currently a MA candidate at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design.
Casey Loose slices and affixes familiar fragments of collected imagery in his disjointed drawings and paintings. Suspended somewhere before the storm or beyond the aftermath, his intricate collage works fuse references to media sources, pop icons, and natural patterns. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Akemi Martin is an artist and avid papermaker living and working in Brooklyn. Working in multiple media, she accumulates and repositions intimate and artificial materials displaced from their original sources. Elusive, yet acutely physical, the material complexity and repetition in her work invite us to experience and make present those things that become invisible.
Justin Martin lives and sometimes works in Brooklyn. He makes paintings, prints when he can, and sometimes produces sculptures, concerning himself most recently with repeating patterns and wallpaper.
Alisa Ochoa is based in Brooklyn. After years of collecting old book clippings, junk mail advertisements, and found photographs, she has developed an interchangeable archive of visual materials which inform her prints, collages, videos, and sculptures. Playing with form and adornment, her sculptures consider the malleability of parts that gives rise to both personality and individuality.
Jessie Pellegrino is an artist, illusionist, and maker of props. Living and working in Brooklyn, she is interested in facilitating spectacular environments for intimate and social experiences in which dance, otherworldly notions, and dreams can thrive.
Emily Peters’ photographs are composites of pieces. In each, the intended subject is removed, leaving blurry, almost abject interiors that feel simultaneously familiar and repulsive. Examining quantitative audience investment in YouTube videos, her portraits deal with the idea of longing and the internet as mirror. Peters lives and works in Brooklyn.
Benjamin Ritter is an artist based in Brooklyn. In his drawings, forms are first generated using 3D animation software – a design process that allows for interactive modification of position and shape. Undulating and unassertive in their relationship with gravity and light, the resulting graphite works on paper engender polymorphous agendas and environments that challenge our conception of sequenced processes and hybridism.
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES:
HELLO EARTH is curated by Sophie Beatrice Grant
Gallery Hours: M-S, 10AM-7PM
For more information please contact Sophie Beatrice Grant at 831-227-3367
(image: Nathan Hayden, similar sentiments about the wind and the trees,
Project proposal drawing for Hello Earth, 2012, Ink on paper, 3” x 2”)