120 Essex Street, Delancey / Rivington (inside the Essex St. Food Market at the South end of the building), 212-420-9202
East Village / Lower East Side
August 19 - September 23, 2006
Reception: Saturday, September 9, 4 - 6 PM
An exhibition of artists from AAI’s Rotating Studio Program Fall/05 and Spring/06
Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Zeina Assaf
Jesse Bercowetz and Matt Bua are artists whose work crosses disciplines, and actively engages the community. Often blurring the lines between work, play, manhood and boyhood, their process is elastic, crossing genres, and mixing materials.
Amy Chan primarily works in gouache on paper, painting landscapes specific to her experience of growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. Conjuring from memory mixed emotions of nostalgia, desire and discomfort.
Cat Chow is a multimedia artist most recently working in Chicago. Ms. Chow’s use of unconventional and common materials challenge viewers presumptions about everyday items and how they relate to issues of social context and sexual identity.
Chitra Ganesh, through use of various media, draws from Greek and Hindu mythology, 19th century portraiture and Bollywood and zine culture, to explore how memories and their repression shape moments of both personal and social crisis.
Linda Griggs, influenced by traditional Dutch Still Life style of painting, recreates stories, bizarre, funny and true. However, her subjects depicting class, race and death in rural America contain a demoralizing tone, lightened by wit and wry humor.
Rune Olsen creates sculpture of simple materials, tape, markers, newspaper and wire, replicating humans and animals. The work brings to life the tension between authority and complacency, the urge to create, and the urge to destroy.
Nola Romano uses the single character of a “girl” in each of her paintings to represent different aspects of her self. Purposely appealing, yet disturbing, the characters are used in a dangerous play on traditional notions of cuteness and femininity.
Jenny Rogers critiques the absurdity of gender categories and works across a wide variety of media including video and performance. Projects involve everything from underwater cowboy ballets to shape-shifting surrealist paintings.