Curated by Adrianne Rubenstein
January 17 2015 - March 7 2015
January 17, 2015
I was speaking with Al yesterday. We love children lots for their creative innocence and quirky motor skills, but the thing we love most about them is stealing their ideas. Students, beware! We spend a lot of time reflecting on our youth and trying to connect the dots between a favorite pastime and a precious keepsake. These coded things continue to lead the way into adulthood. Diaries are embarrassing but relics are unfolding, the more vintage the better, worn but not broken. We’re trying to be a bit crazy, a little bit ‘not the norm’ but thank god for counselors and instructors who remind us to behave and provide containment for our tomfoolery. Who is in charge?
Al Freeman uses big sticks to make stretcher bars for monochrome paintings, James Yakimicki makes dystopian aerial landscapes straight out of Risk or Civilization, Chris Hood uses a reverse staining process for his conceptual tie dye cartoons, Alicia Gibson embeds precious objects in her text and image paintings that appear to be written on Lisa Frank’s inspiration board, and Alex Chaves makes romantic portraits and with still life tableaux. I've been told by some that my paintings resemble Kandinsky in a junk drawer. I am the curator and these artists are my playmates. We create textural abnormalities from insouciant autobiography and we throw darts at the color wheel to understand its meaning.
Alex Chaves (b 1989, New Jersey) earned his BA from Wesleyan in 2012. He has a concurrent exhibition this January at Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles, where he lives and works.
Al Freeman (b 1981, Toronto) earned her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and her MFA from Yale in 2010. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Zach Feuer, Brennan & Griffin, 247365, and CANADA, New York. This January she is included in a Keith Varadi curated booth at Art Los Angeles Contemporary with Brand New Gallery, Milan. Al lives and works in New York.
Alicia Gibson (b 1980, Manhasset, NY) received her BA from Boston College and a Post-Bac from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She completed her MFA at Hunter College in 2009. Gibson’s work has been included in exhibitions at Regina Rex, Derek Eller, Newman Popiashvili, Calicoon and CANADA, New York. Alicia lives and works in New York.
Chris Hood (b 1984, Atlanta) completed his undergraduate work in Atlanta, Georgia and earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. His work has been included in exhibitions at Jack Hanley and CANADA, New York, and Matt Higgs selected him for second place in the VIP Fair’s MFA Edition in 2012. This January he will have a solo booth at Zona Maco in Mexico City with et al. gallery, San Francisco. Chris lives and works in New York.
Adrianne Rubenstein (b 1983, Montreal) completed her undergraduate work at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Derek Eller, David Petersen Gallery in Minneapolis, et al. in San Francisco and CANADA, New York . She has curated exhibitions ‘Forget About the Sweetbreads’ with Joanne Greenbaum at James Fuentes (2013), ‘Snail Salon’ at Regina Rex (2013) and ‘If a Spider Falls from a Window, Does it Break?’ at Brennan & Griffin (2014). Adrianne works as the Director of CANADA, New York. She lives and works in New York.
James Yakimicki (b 1980, Beach Grove, IN) earned his BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MFA from Columbia in 2012. In 2013 he won a scholarship from Apex Art that allowed him to spend a month traveling in Bangkok, Thailand. James has been exhibited at Brennan & Griffin. He splits his time between New York and Indiana where he works private short-term contracts with civilian unmanned vehicles / drones. Exhibitions include a solo show at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado (2009), Affordable Art Fair NYC (2012), The Red Door, Brooklyn (2013) and Brennan and Griffin (2014).