Glowlab @ Gitana Rosa Gallery is Glowlab’s first collaboration with a fellow Williamsburg gallery and the inaugural exhibition in a space recently acquired by Gitana Rosa. The show features new works by artists Jason Cantoro, Cathelijn van Goor, Alice Jarry, David Kesting and Mark Price.
Glowlab @ Gitana Rosa is a group show featuring experimental installations, with artists transforming the previously raw space into a focused depiction of human interaction in relation to the urban environment. The works reflect Glowlab’s mission to present artistic approaches to contemporary psychogeography, the creative investigation of the physical and psychological landscape of cities.
Jason Cantoro and Alice Jarry work collaboratively in Montreal and are exhibiting for the first time in New York. Cantoro mines images of the past and present to create densely layered landscapes where antique airplanes, roller coasters and motorcycles clash with stormy skies, marching armies and flocks of birds in spaces charged with potential. Jarry’s prints present an imaginary territory where anecdotes, scènes de genre, consumer goods, and urban architecture describe the tenuous relationships between humans and their comfort zones.
Cathelijn van Goor lives and works in Amsterdam. Her graphite works on paper present futuristic images blurring the boundary between the figurative and the abstract. Inspired by human locomotion within the urban landscape, van Goors’ black and white ambulatory shapes stutter and dissolve into invisible architectures while retaining the essence of individual figures. For this exhibition – her first in the U.S. – van Goor presents the same works both in “real space” and in a virtual exhibition in Second Life in collaboration with the Conflux festival.
Brooklyn-based artist David Kesting’s work reflects a keen interest in the tensions and vulnerabilities of human relationships. His observations of subtle gestures coupled with covertly powerful language are recorded as works on paper and collage in which a memorable cast of characters offer witty perspectives and caustic advice. Kesting is co-founder of Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery and in 2006 launched the Fountain Art Fair in collaboration with other Williamsburg galleries.
Taking us into the next millennium of psychogeography, the work of Philadelphia-based artist Mark Price reflects a post-apocalyptic world in which man/machine hybrids attempt to interact through what remains of human nature. For this show, Price creates a site-specific installation of drawings and screenprinted works over a hand-painted mural. Price is a member of the artist collective Space 1026 where he has self-produced several screenprinted books, and he recently wrapped up a nationwide tour with his noise band Cars Will Burn.
Glowlab is an independent, Brooklyn-based production studio with a gallery in Williamsburg and a web-based magazine at glowlab.com. Founded in 2002 as a curatorial project of artist and curator Christina Ray, we produce experimental art/technology projects exploring the nature of cities; curate and present exhibitions and events; host a monthly salon; and produce Conflux, the annual festival in New York for the creative investigation of urban public space. In the past five years, we have produced exhibitions and projects in cities including New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.
Glowlab @ Gitana Rosa is held in conjunction with Glowlab’s Conflux Festival. For information please visit confluxfestival.org. The opening reception coincides with the Williamsburg Gallery Association’s Williamsburg Every Second: Art After Hours event. For information please visit williamsburggalleryassociation.com.