Good Work Gallery store front
May 30 – June 15, 2014. Sat-Sun 12-6pm
Opening Reception: Friday May 30, 7 PM.
Good Work Gallery is pleased to present Spring Mix, a group exhibition in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios featuring work contributed by the artists of 1100 Broadway: Michael Assiff, Chantri Collective, Emily Collins, Scott Goodman, Phyllis Ma, Alex Philips, Saki Sato, Ashley Zangle and Faren Ziello. Good Work is the storefront exhibition space connected to 1100 Broadway studios. Coming from an eclectic mix of arts and cultural backgrounds, each artist has submitted a piece that will be on display for the duration of BOS. In addition, visitors will be able to view works in the context of the studios they were created in.
Michael Assiff (b. 1983) St. Petersburg, Florida
Michael will be displaying three poured plastic paintings of golf course fairways. Assiff’s work engages in the aesthetics of deforestation, the anthropogenic rainforest, and energy drink culture. Within the three fairway paintings, as par for the course with Michael’s work, there is imagery lifted from 19th century landscape painter Henri Rousseau’s junglescapes, which offer a highly atomized, mechanistic specter of nature.
Chantri Collective is a Thai performance art group started in New York City in 2012 by Korakrit Aranundchai (b. 1986), an artist living in New York and Bangkok, Thailand. He attended Bangkok Christian college and the new international school of Thailand. He has recently been making work after the Thai performance artist Duangjai Jansaonoi and the Thai national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
Emily Collins (b.1986) New York, New York
Emily has participated in the world of storytelling using various mediums from animation and illustration to theater and sculpture to create her pieces. Among the work that will be included will be a collection of frames from her current animation/live-action documentary project Rafael.
Scott Goodman (b.1983) New York, New York
Scott is the Director of Good Work Gallery and shares the studio at 1100 Broadway. He will be displaying pieces that work with domestic and showroom space. Scott creates completely flat works that use facades and interior design elements distilled from the language of commercial signage and display.
Phyllis Ma (b.1987) Guangzhou, China
Phyllis will be showing a trio of garments inspired by Emoji icons expanded to absurd proportions. Mixing the rigor of fashion sewing techniques with the tactility of painting, she creates pieces that question the form and function of clothing.
Alexandra Philips (b.1988) Raleigh, North Carolina
Alexandra will include selections from a new body of work comprised of banners and sculptures. This work explores the intersection of the natural and the man made, combining the casual language of advertising and everyday objects with a more formal sculptural language.
Saki Sato (b. 1987) Oceanside, NY
Saki creates over-simplified and exaggerated pieces using symbols and everyday objects that even a child could understand. Her sculptures and video use familiar forms to draw in viewers, while not initially giving away the deeper meaning behind the piece. At first glance the subject matter may look like it was stolen from Candy Land, but holds a heavier meaning underneath its familiar surface.
Ashley Zangle (b. 1985) Babylon, New York
Ashley is including a poured pigment and bubble bath work on paper. The pour, like much of her work, harnesses a natural process in a controlled environment to create works that appear to be natural objects. On closer inspection something suspicious reveals itself, something ominous and inorganic disrupts the beauty; like a lab made mineral or fluorescent dyed fish in a pet store whose unearthly glow raises questions of authenticity.
Faren Ziello (b.1986) Huntington, New York Faren’s art juxtaposes the banal and fanciful looking for the eccentricities that lie within monotonous everyday moments, using animation, collage, and sculptures to transform the mundane into the absurd using a cacophony of color and emotion to cause viewers to shift from delight to discomfort on a dime.
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12PM – 6PM, and by appointment.
Curated by John J. McGurk
Featuring Andrew Graham and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.
May 3 – May 25, 2014. Sat-Sun 12-6pm
Opening Reception: Saturday May 3, 6 – 8 PM.
Good Work Gallery presents Factory Fictions, an exhibition curated by John J McGurk.
“Factory Fictions” highlights the work of two artists using just a few of the forever expanding technologies available to artists in the 21st century. The artists in this exhibition are creating a whole new aesthetic vocabulary and sensibility, while also embracing shifting notions of production and commoditization. “Factory Fictions” features the work of two emerging artists Andrew Graham and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.
Andrew Graham is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. Presenting a brand new series of works created solely on his smart phone, Graham has truly made the city his studio. Able to paint at any place, any time, he is using technology to fulfill his own desire for creative production and simultaneously modernizing the traditional notion of the plein air painter. Graham’s large-scale prints are a window into the lyrical and frenetic world of an American city that never sleeps.
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is a designer and artist based in London, England. Using 3-D scanning technology, photo equipment and custom developed 3-D interfaces; Plummer-Fernandez takes everyday household objects and creates new and visually stunning 3-D sculptures. With his works, Plummer-Fernandez is not only working with the formal aspects of representation, but quite possibly revolutionizing our ideas about the production and showcasing of art and artifacts.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>ABOUT JOHN J. MCGURK, CURATOR
McGurk Art Advisory</p>
John J. McGurk an independent curator and advisor, has founded numerous projects and organizations intended to bring exposure to emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. He is presently Associate Director with House of the Nobleman, a curatorial and advisory firm in London and NYC. <a href=”http://www.mcgurkartadvisory.com/”>www.mcgurkartadvisory.com</a>
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