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Ballast Projects

An Independent Curatorial Initiative by Adam G. Mignanelli

Collage-Age

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Collage-Age, a group exhibition of contemporary artists using collage and assemblage techniques in their artistic practice.  NYC based curator Adam Mignanelli from Ballast Projects was invited to create this exhibition in collaboration with gallery director John J. McGurk.  The exhibit opens on October 18, 2013 and is on view through November 15.  There is a free, public reception on Thursday, October 24th, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

In the contemporary world, we are now overwhelmed with images.  Due to the internet and mobile technology, as well as the more classic forms of newspapers, magazines, and street posters we are constantly exposed to an endless barrage of images, particularly in urban centers.

Assemblage takes many different forms, and historically, as Picasso and Braque made this art form more common-place and popular, it has continually taken massive strides and rebuilt itself as an art form.  In a sense, collage speaks to the collector in all of us.  The artist curates a group of previously designed products, advertisements, periodicals and even trash and then begins a process of a reconfiguration.  The ritual itself of discovering and collecting items to make a new whole is where the creation starts to build into what we see as a final composition.

The artists in Collage-Age all work under this vast umbrella, but all have a technique and process that stands on its own.  In today’s world, visual stimuli is shared by all.  Artists use these pieces and fragments to make new worlds and tell stories while adding cultural references and emotions, creating an imaginative take on history and current events.

 

Hisham Akira Bharoocha uses both collaged imagery and drawing to create artworks that bring forth a mind full of meandering thoughts and visions and the relationships this creates with out experiences.

Christopher Gideon’s main materials for his collages are the baseball cards collected in his youth.  Through repetition and strange juxtapositions, Gideon uses the imagery and design of baseball cards as his main subject matter, whether literal or abstracted.

Esther Ruiz’s works are the only 3-D collage pieces in the exhibition.  Using a number of different materials, including geodes, concrete, neon, and other materials, Ruiz creates strange compositions of unknown or yet to be discovered lands.

Alexandria Smith uses a combination of materials and techniques to create loaded imagery engaging with adolescent anxieties and fears combined with cultural and sexual tensions.

John Whitlock uses materials taken from vintage magazines to create formalist compositions of intricate styles combined with deceptively simple geometric shapes and patterns.

Charles Wilkin draws his material from a broad range of sources, creating unstable and vaguely familiar compositions that challenge the viewer into new yet strangely familiar territory.

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Make Your Own Luck: Ideas City in partnership with New Museum

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School Nite OPENING, May 4TH,  6-11PM SUMMER SCHOOL “WISH MEME”, May 8-12TH,  12-6PM Daily

The Old School, 233 Mott Street, New York City

Ballast Projects is pleased to present five painters approaching their introduction into the journeys and hopes in sharing their passion and gift of artistic thinking, storytelling, image making and purpose. Their works which are made with a community and global audience behind them governed by one another’s values and social structures helps their wishes become reality. With this comes risk, lending, trading and borrowing of tools and knowledge based wealth, mixed in with love, passion and purpose.

In order for the works and ideas to derive from ones self, dreams conjure in the mind of gifted talent. All attainable strength cannot stop this dream and purpose from the talent that knows it’s path. From there we grow from youth to adult with decrease in wonder, and faced with the issues of providing, but some prevail  with help from their fostering communities and begin the pathway to creating the objects of desire that in turn again builds the action for another cycle.

Artists Exhibited:

Samuel T. Adams   |   Devin Powers   |   JENNA RANSOM   |   IAN TOMS   |   RUSSELL TYLER

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Matthew Hassell

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P1210035P1210035 MATTHEW HASSELL (1983)

Born in Weymouth, MA

Lives in New York, New York

EDUCATION

MFA Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY

BFA University of Connecticut

Hassell’s current work is an amassing or collision of gestures in a common space, creating an omni-representational visual static. Hassell hopes to encourage imaginative and introspective investigation from the viewer in order to connect the eye and the imagination more freely. They are designed to differ subtly per each unique viewing, as well as in relation to the local light of their hanging situation.

 

Working out of Brooklyn, NY, Matthew Hassell is an avid painter and independent art critic. He earned a BFA from University of Connecticut before completing his MFA at Pratt Institute. His  evenings are spent viewing art while his days are busy painting and writing reviews of work he has seen. Matthew’s writing has appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYC ArtParasites, Idiom, and is self-published in his own personal blog titled Fragments and Reconstructions. Having partaken in various group shows since moving to New York five years ago, his work earned him a selection in NY Art Magazine’s 30 Artists to Watch in 2012.

Ted Gahl

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Born in New Haven , CT

Lives and works in Litchfield, CT

EDUCATION

MFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY

Ted Gahl’s paintings of varying scale are energetic works made with intuitive brush strokes and deeply personal imagery. Re- occurring motifs – such as doorways, abstracted figures and storyboard narratives morph alongside bold technique and shifting illusions of space. Gahl’s paintings often read as elements of subconscious activities – reveries, dreams, memories and warped histories, while being firmly grounded in the act of painting itself. Paint on canvas will sometimes be joined by constructed dimensions, which playfully shift the work between surface and object.

Ted Gahl was born in 1983 in New Haven, CT. Recent group exhibitions include: Daphne, Fjord Projects, Philadelphia, PA; Epiphanic Glow curated by Brad Hajzak at Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA; Where My Cones At?, Double Break Gallery, San Diego, CA; Not The Way You Remembered curated by Jamillah James at Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Out of Practice curated by Nudashank and presented by Art Blog Art Blog, New York, NY; and Shakedown at DODGEgallery, New York, NY. Solo projects include Night Painter at DODGEgallery, Ted Gahl curated by 62nd Dimension at Green Gallery West, Milwaukee, WI and Ted Gahl at Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY. His work has been reviewed in various publications including White Hot Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, and Time Out New York. Gahl lives and works in Litchfield, CT. This April Gahl will be showing at Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton in a solo show titled “Gin Blossoms”.

Ted Gahl is represented by DODGEgallery in New York City.

Rachel Rossin

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Born in West Palm Beach, FL

Lives in New York, New York

EDUCATION

BFA Florida State University

Rachel Rossin’s work thematically grapples with metaphysical and spiritual themes. Her most recent solo show at the Arts-District CoRK presented by MOCA in Jacksonville, Florida: “Holy See” invited visitors to experience walking on 3,000 hollow eggs while traversing through a hologram comprised of translucent curtains. Creating this new series for Spring/Break out of her most recent show, Rossin includes her plaster and mixed-media sculptures titled “Waiting.” The  plaster hands are dissected and shattered to reveal brightly colored patterns adorned with symbolism yielding to inform the viewer’s inferences about time, owning power and heralding transcendence.

 

Rachel Rossin is a New York based artist, working in Brooklyn. She exhibited at last year’s Spring/Break, The Brucennial, The Bowery Basement Annex and Charles Bank Gallery.

Chuck Webster

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CHUCK WEBSTER (1970)

Born in Binghamton, NY

Lives in New York, New York

EDUCATION

MFA American University, Washington, DC

BA Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

Chuck Webster is known for his playful quasi-abstract paintings and drawings. Lyrical voluminous forms loosely refer to animals, plants, architecture, and human bodies. Webster’s deadpan compositions feature a centered graphic floating nonchalantly against a vibrant, usually monochrome, background. His saturated colors and playful biomorphic forms evoke the spuriously naïve abstractions of Paul Klee and late Matisse, as well as outsider artist Forrest Bess. Although these paintings may seem capricious, they are carefully created and reworked over the course of six to eight months. In more recent work, however, Webster has begun to apply the speed and spontaneity of his drawings to the painting process.

Webster’s work has been exhibited in group shows at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the San Diego Museum of Art, MOCA Detroit, and the Berkshire Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the MFA Houston.

Chuck Webster is represented by Zieher Smith Gallery in New York City.

Russell Tyler

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RUSSELL TYLER (1981)

Born in Tennessee

Lives in New York, New York

EDUCATION

MFA Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY

BFA Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

Tyler’s paintings are inspired by images from outdated sources such as early video game graphics, computer screens and old television.  He places the work in the crude digital landscapes of 8-bit graphics.  There is a shallow depth to the paintings as well as a simple color language.  Tyler sees his interaction with the picture plane as not unlike my relationship with the screen.  There is a sense of the hypothetical to the work; the paintings could be a setting for an action that will never take place.  The paintings are in part blurred memories of the technologies he grew up with.  These imaging systems inform both how he compose the painting as well as how the work is read by the viewer.

 

Recent Exhibitions include: 2013: Brian Morris Gallery, Tectonic Drift, New York, NY  |  2012: Bosi Contempoary, Aggro Crag, New York, NY  |  Galerie van de Loo Projekte,  Gastspiel Paris Munich Teil 2”, Munich  |  2011: Mr. Killer & Lady Paranoia. Act I, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris  |  2010: EbersMoore Gallery, Ah Wilderness, Chicago IL  |  ArtLexis, Dead Cat Bounce, Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Russell Tyler has been recently published in: Johnson, Ken, The Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends), NY Times, August 2012

Meier, Allison. Three Summer MFA Shows Tackle Painting and its Discontent, Hyperallergic,  July 2012, Stopa, Jason, 30 Artists to Watch in 2012, NY Art’s, February 2012

Jane Moseley

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Jane Moseley was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Moseley graduated from Bard College in 2009 with a BA in Studio Arts. She is an artist with The Still House group, and recently left Manhattan to work in Hudson New York.  

Talia Shulze

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Talia Shulze  was born in 1984 in Minneapolis, M.N. Shulze earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2006 from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Charlotte Hallberg

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Charlotte Hallberg received her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2010, and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. She was an Annenberg Fellow in Visual Arts from 2010-2012. Her work has been exhibited most recenly at Grizzly Grizzly gallery in Philadelphia,PA, and at Bridge Gallery, NY, NY.  She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Kris Scheifele

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Kris Scheifele is an artist based in New York City. She received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute and a BFA in painting and a BA in English from Cornell University. She also attended Skowhegan and was a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant recipient. Her artwork has been exhibited at CUE Art Foundation, PS122 Gallery, 92Y Tribeca, and Janet Kurnatowski.

Passion Fade, 2012 acrylic paint and acetate 13  x 17  x 4 inches

Matt Mignanelli

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MATT MIGNANELLI (1983)

 

Born in Providence, RI

 

Lives in New York, New York

EDUCATION

BFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

Mignanelli’s painting explores relationships between structure and nature, which are relayed through the use of light and architectural elements in a limited palette to create enigmatic environments. Drawing inspiration from energy, pattern, and light he strives for purity in painting. In his monochromes, Mignanelli reexamines the evolving interactions amongst light and surface. Through the use of reflective gloss and absorbing matte finishes he creates a constantly evolving viewing experience. The resulting subtleties highlight the materiality of the paintings. Mignanelli fully immerses the viewer within his environments while altering the perception of dimensional space.

Aesthetic and process define his practice. Painted entirely free-hand, he constantly challenges personal boundaries striving for perfection and purity in his execution.

Mignanelli’s paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally with solo exhibitions at Marianne Friis, Copenhagen (forthcoming), Artpark, Warsaw, Medicine Agency, San Francisco, and Recoat Gallery, Glasgow. He has exhibited at Art Copenhagen with Marianne Friis Gallery (2012), Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas (2012), Quint Contemporary, San Diego (2012), SCOPE Art Show in New York City with Spinello Projects (2011), Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City (2011), and Mark Wolfe Contemporary San Francisco, CA (2011). Mignanelli has lectured at Parsons The New School for Design and the Art Director’s Club of Tulsa. In 2011 he was awarded an Artist’s Grant and attended the Vermont Studio Center as an artist-in-residence.

Matt Mignanelli is represented by Marianne Friis Gallery, Copenhagen

 

 

Carte Blanche II, 2012 Gloss and matte black enamel on canvas 36 x 36 inches

 

Maia Ruth Lee

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Maia Ruth Lee is a Seoul-born, Nepal-raised, and New York-based artist. Lee recently exhibited at Spring/Break Art Show this past March. She works with found objects, himalayan folklore, and rituals.

Oliver Jones

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Oliver Jones was born in Fredericksburg, VA.  He received his BA from the College of William & Mary where he studied Sculpture, History & Religion.  He apprenticed for four years at Bronze Craft Foundry in Waynesboro, Va.In 2003, He graduated with a MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts where he ran the Visiting Artist Program and co-founded a student-run journal for theory and criticism.  In recent years, he has contributed to the Bruce High Quality Foundation's University and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and Elsewhere Collaborative in Greensboro, NC.

 

Suitcase Votive, 2012 Silkscreen, tape, and wood

Ryan Foerster

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Ryan Foerster was born in Newmarket Canada, 1983. He lives in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Foerster has exhibited with Martos Gallery, New York, West Street Gallery, New York, and Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva. He was included in The 2011 Bridgehampton Biennial, curated by Bob Nickas, as well as most recently exhibiting in The Quality of Presence at the Chelsea Hotel.

 

Amy Feldman

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Amy Feldman received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Rutgers University. She has recently been included in exhibitions at Sue Scott Gallery, New York; Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York; and Participant Inc., New York. Feldman has been a Visiting Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University, Lehman College, and Wave Hill, and has received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant. She also was awarded fellowships from VCU Arts at Plant Zero, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Amy Feldman is currently an artist-in-residence at The Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Art Center. She recently received a fellowship from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and is preparing for a solo exhibition at Blackston Gallery, New York, and upcoming group exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles.

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Michael Dotson

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Michael Dotson was born in Cleveland, OH, where he grew up hanging around his mom while she attended the Cleveland Institute of Art as she studied Industrial Design. After moving to Buffalo, NY and Providence, RI respectively Michael moved back to Cleveland to pursue a BFA in painting.  He later received his MFA from American University in Washington, DC before moving to Brooklyn, NY where he currently lives and works.

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