Art Expand is a series of solo exhibitions in 2016 by emerging artists, each of whom demonstrate a unique approach to art-making today. “The act of sharing what’s relevant and potentially important allows us to demystify contemporary art for people who don’t get an opportunity to visit galleries in New York City,” says Matt Ross, Founder of One River School of Art & Design and Curator of Art Expand. Each of the artists have been part of recent shows in New York and many have appeared internationally and at important art fairs in the last year.
Exhibition Dates: August 6 - September 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6th
Conor Backman’s (b.1988) lives and works in Hudson, NY. His photo-realistic paintings, assemblages, and sculptures carefully reproduce and re-contextualize the detritus and ephemera of the studio and popular culture. His work blurs narratives and layers references, often combining painted imagery with physical objects that function as analogues to the problems and procedures of both representational and abstract painting.
Exhibition Dates: September 17 - October 30, 2-16
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17th
Ross Simonini is an artist, writer and musician living in New York and California. He recently showed a new body of paintings at Eddie Martinez's studio in Brooklyn and has shown his work at Jack Hanley gallery, Martos gallery, 247365, Human Resources, Shoot the Lobster, Harper's Books and Andrew Edlin Gallery. He is a founding member of the band, NewVillager, and has performed at the Andy Warhol Museum, MOCA, Brooklyn museum, Performa, and Queens museum.
Exhibition Dates: November 5 - December 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5th
Yevgeniya Baras is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Yevgeniya has a BA and MS from the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). Yevgeniya’s work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in New York including: Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, Zurcher studio, Asya Geisberg Gallery, Allegra LaViola Gallery. She has also shown at Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Detroit, MI; Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem; Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College; Real ArtWays Gallery in Hartford, CT.