Greg Climer, Julien Gardair, Hee Chan Kim, Angelo Jones, Roarke Menzies, Jonathan Niederer, Andrew Cornell Robinson, Brett Sroka, Brian Andrew Whiteley

Andrew Cornell Robinson is an artist, known mainly for his ceramic sculpture and character driven cross-dressing historical revisions. He works in multiple media from sculpture, embroidered costumes and printmaking to photography, painting and performance. Robinson’s ceramic work uses glazed surfaces of banal and abstracted forms decorated with text, graphic line and bright colors, depicting subjects at odds with their appearance, e.g. riots and revolutions.  According to Doug McClemont of Saatchi Art Magazine, "…Robinson uses his unique, theatrical approach to ceramics and sculpture to beguile the audience then thwart expectations. Trophies for the non-heroic and glazed clay effigies of flowerless houseplants are quirky and charming, but also possess a kind of magic.

Robinson challenges the idea, implicit in the craft tradition, that pottery is merely decorative or functional and cannot express ideas. His work embodies craft forms to convey larger personal and historical narratives. As well as ceramics, Robinson will be creating new work including a wood and print construction based on his research into post war corporate office planning and the birth of the "action office" and the cubicle.

Table Stack, 2014 - 2015, Ceramic, wood, metal, enamel, 72 x 36 x 24 inches.


Hee Chan Kim is a sculptor and woodworker who explores conceptual spaces about human encounters with the structural processes of hand made forms. He explore issues of intense emotional tension, obsession, violence and sexuality through the material process of bending thin wood strips and stitching them with metal wires. These construction methods express the understanding that every human being is connected, bounded and destined to exist together. As such, the form of the human body itself deeply influences his work. For this exhibition Hee Chan will create a hand made "3D Print" of the human head.

Hee Chan describes his work as follows, "I see my objects as containers. The word, ‘to contain’, has an important role in my body of work. As a container, the object makes a boundary of inside and outside, creating a new space and volume. Ultimately, it synthesizes all the elements of the object making possibilities to become more than what it is. It is in this synthesis of elements that the objects speak to our experience as humans. When we surrender our view of distinction and containment, we allow ourselves the possibility to become something much greater."

3D Printed Portrait, pigment on linen.


Brett Sroka is a composer, musician and sound artist for film, dance, installation and has released five records with his electro-acoustic jazz trio Ergo, and melodronoise duo Cherubim. According to the Village Voice, Brett Sroka is… "an Ellington fiend who likes to get his computerized space-dub on, the trombonist has lots of sound sculpture in him. His rather dramatic art music is both texturally rich and compositionally engaging."  His first record, Hearsay (from Fresh Sound - New Talent Records) featured then newcomers Jason Moran, Avishai Cohen and Eric Harland, but being a trombonist in jazz engendered an outsider's perspective on the idiom, inspiring Sroka to begin exploring electronic music as well. His process has subsequently been an effort to reconcile these disparate fields: to develop an organic, improvisational approach to computer instruments, and to seek out dynamic, technological possibilities in music.


Greg Climer is a fashion designer and interdisciplinary artist whose work bridges media exploring fashion, ephemeral experiences, film, sculpture and technology. His exploration of craft forms inverts methods and explores making through a queer lens. His series of pornography quilts inverts traditional forms and the craft of quilt construction. His work transgresses traditionally feminine craft forms through the lens of the other and the culturally taboo.

The work is intentionally made to be viewed differently on screen and in person. There are two level of engagement with the quilts, in person and screen-based. In person, the work is ephemeral and emotive. If the viewer captures the image on via a cellphone camera and views the work through a screen the quilts come into focus as distinct rich images.

The viewer gives up soft textures in exchange for clarity of image through the screen-based viewing. Just as in our daily lives, relationships, and experiences are not entirely digital or manual, these crafts are intended to be viewed through both sets of eyes and engaged with in both realms.

Knitted Film test shot from G.J.Climer on Vimeo.

Knitted Film, knitted sequence of a film, approximately one New York city block long.


Julien Gardair, a French artist based in Brooklyn, transforms material and form through an intuitive approach to making. By cutting into a rigid form in a single, continuous line, Gardair frees the life inside it, giving it a new dimension. He creates the marvelous from the mundane by transforming it from its original purpose.

from Real on Rock Street, by Julien Gardair

Sports Ilustrated cutout from between the lines series by Julien Gardair


Angelo Jones, born in Barbados, is a New York based artist and student of architecture. Though his primary medium is pen and ink, he examines space through model making. His project explores the notion of architecture as environment. This work is a scale model of the Steilneset Memorial by Architect Peter Zumthor, in collaboration with artist Louise Bourgeois. It operates as both sculptural and architectural form through tectonic construction. The structure, which is based in Norway, serves as a memorial to nintyfive persons accused of witch craft who were burned at the stake.

Model of the Steilneset Memorial by Angelo Jones


Jonathan Niederer, a recent graduate of Parsons, practices story telling through filmmaking, photo collage, printmaking, and design. He is interested in tinkering with the line between fantasy and the built environment, exploring outcomes such as site specific installations and interventions exploring social issues; visual commentaries that critique social structures. His work blends and explores the relationship of nature with the urban.

Pushing The Screen, digital light projection. Jonathan Niederer in collaboration with Zachary Hurly and Rhiho Mineta. By passing multiple images through silk screen, computer screen, and projection screen, this resulting piece is the evolution of the image transformed by physical and digital methods.


Roarke Menzies is an artist and composer based in New York. The New Yorker has described his work as "a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering." Roarke will present new work including "Corporeal" a collection of textural, ambient collages developed using heavily processed sounds of his voice, mouth and body, as well as sounds generated using sheet metal, wooden drum sticks and field recordings. In these works, the audio signal chain operates to extend the expressive and performative as well as the accidental and incomprehensible gestures of the body. Wet, breathy, sometimes microscopic sounds are amplified, expanded, contorted and multiplied using close-miking and a series of on-the-fly hardware effects, including reverberation, looping and delay. 

Photograph of Roarke Menzies from a performance of Calypso by Menzies and Paul Rome



Brian Andrew Whiteley typically creates sculptural work, incorporating performative elements and video. His recent shenanigans had the news broadcasters scouring Greenwood Cemetery for a creepy clown, and Prospect Park for the elusive Bigfoot (both Whiteley). For Fred Frelinghuysen Whiteley will try his hand at painting (Something he swore off years ago) He will debut a new series entitled "Best Paintings Ever Created" - images of dolphins, unicorns, rainbows, dragons, and mermaids.

From Bigfoot World, by Brian Andrew Whiteley

Passions of Christ by Brian Andrew Whiteley

 

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