Observe how an artist moves between materials, from sculpey to ceramic and paint, to playfully touch on the ways color can test the limits of beauty and ugliness.
Keltie Ferris discusses her exhibition M\A\R\C\H at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, for which she covered herself in oil and pigment and lay on top of large sheets of paper.
“Repetition is a great tool to show difference, structure thought, and question authenticity. It’s a way for me to understand and study the logic behind things.”
“I’m trying to make explicit the questions I ask myself: Can the figure bossily occupy the restraining space of the canvas?”
Chicago-based artist William Pope.L works in a variety of mediums, including painting, spoken word, installation, and performance, to challenge ideas of race and social stereotypes.
Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins works with paint, ceramics, and furniture to create pieces that are personal, conceptual, and formal.
Mark Flood Resents was an artist-run gallery, showroom, exhibition space, hangout, and crash pad where nothing was for sale.
The Brooklyn-based painter Tamara Gonzales works with spray paint and lace to create digital, optical, urban, and electric paintings.
Wafaa Bilal asks us to bear witness, examine, and understand recent history. He places himself in his art to raise awareness and alter our perceptions.
“As poets remain unpaid workers there is a perverse comfort in the façade of integrity, promised as resulting from that misfortune, which beckons me to trust their company. The idea of a strategy is still alien to poets.”
I met Aaron Johnson on Facebook. A couple months ago I saw his call for socks in my newsfeed, and I was curious why he wanted them. I messaged him and we started talking, and then arranged for me to drop off a large bag of particularly destroyed socks. When I delivered them, I saw the work. It was the last thing I expected. The images were gross, haunting, and beautiful.
Gowanus is a vibrant neighborhood filled with artists in every cubbyhole, and last weekend the neighborhood opened its studios to the public.