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"Untitled" sculpture by Jolynn Krystosek, Bloomingdales/Elle Decor Design Innovators work by Richard Saja
Curated by MaDora Frey & Katerina Lanfranco
December 13, 2013 – January 19, 2014
Reception: Friday December 13, 6-8 PM
A-Side/B-Side is an exhibition that examines the trend of artists extending their creativity outside the realm of a traditional studio practice and into the everyday world. The notion of the artist as an isolated genius consumed with divine inspiration in their studio is an outdated model, especially given the current economy and the prevalence of a DIY culture. This crossover raises essential issues of highbrow versus lowbrow, craft versus fine art, and the class value judgment that is implied by this distinction. The artists featured in this exhibition make interesting and provocative artwork in their studio, while their side-projects serve a different purpose. The studio work is art for art's sake, and the side projects connect artistic creativity to everyday life; blurring the distinction between private and public engagement and artistic activities.
Jolynn Krystosek’s artwork explores the physical vulnerability of the material as a visual metaphor for our own corporeal experience. Though abstract, these recent sculptures reference sensual/sexual floral forms. Sharon Louden creates characters that in their simplest form, to evoke imagination and promote conversation through abstract and formal language in a variety of media, using line and gesture. Rachel Ostrow’s paintings exist in a fantastic realm where each is a small world dense with the activity of painting, and where distorted spaces and warped forms merge into one another and question boundaries between inside and outside, body and environment. Don Porcella seeks to transform low-brow materials such a pipe cleaners, wax, pen and paper - and elevate them to a high art context, while simultaneously finding humor in the human condition and presenting a unique world that is shamelessly awkward and unabashedly comical. Richard Saja’s work involves embroidering quirky, brightly colored interventions on traditional French toile (a 18th century linen fabric scenes of bucolic country life), specifically the figures by embellishing them with face tattoos and clown outfits. And Nicole Tschampel’s work is a combination of diaristic reflection and the keen eye of an objective ethnographer/sociologist - where each artwork determines the material used, for example: “The Commerce of Economy” evolved out a combined anxiety over finances and the formal and conceptual deconstruction of an American dollar bill.
Porcella Coffee Roasters was founded in 2012 and is a business that roasts and sells coffee beans in small batches. The premium beans are sourced directly from small farms around the world to ensure the best possible relationship to the farm, farmers and coffee beans. The artisanal, small batch coffee is lovingly roasted by Don Porcella who grew up on an almond ranch in California and comes from a distinguished lineage of apple farmers and fruit packers in Watsonville, California.
Brooklyn Magazine article
MaDora Frey and Katerina Lanfranco are co-curators of “A-Side/B-Side”.
MaDora Frey is a multi-media artist and curator working in New York City. Her current work takes the form of kinetic sculptures, photographic images, and drawings. More can be found at www.madorafrey.com.
Katerina Lanfranco is an artist, curator and educator. She works in mixed media, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. More can be found atwww.katerinalanfranco.com
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