Sunday, February 28, 2021

GROWTH - Exhibition March 1 - May 31, 2021

GROWTH - Rhombus Space - Exhibition Dates: March 1 - May 31, 2021

Rhombus Space is pleased to present our first online exhibition entitled GROWTH, featuring work by Ward Yoshimoto, K. Tauches, Mel Prest, Damien Olsen, Rhia Hurt, Petra Gupta Valentova, MaDora Frey, and Samanta Batra Mehta. In response to our current world constrained by the realities of the pandemic, Rhombus Space will be celebrating art and the exchange of ideas through a series of online art exhibitions. In GROWTH,  the first of the series, four artists whose work seems to evoke notions of growth were asked to participate and to invite another artist whose work could also be in dialogue with the exhibition’s theme. Each artist is exhibiting two artworks. In contrast to the restrictions that the virus has enacted in our society, GROWTH, sets out to champion the nurturing and expansive aspects of life. All of the artists in this exhibition engage in creative processes that resonate with generative design.

Ward Yoshimoto and Damien Olsen are both sculptors who make work through an additive process. They share a maximal aesthetic that comes together through the assembling of smaller building blocks. Yoshimoto works between assemblage and wire sculpture. He employs humor and social critique that is implied in the narrative content of the work as well as the material metaphor of the objects he selects. Olsen is invested in the assembling of wood and mixed media. His elaborate approach amplifies form and structure through the deliberate formal unifying technique of limiting his color palette.

K. Tauches and MaDora Frey are both interested in how we relate to the natural landscape. Tauches is presenting works from two series; Disappeared Houses, and MTN Top Removals. These works are artistic intervention as a form of imagining nature’s return to the environment.  Frey’s interest in presenting the mysterious, ineffable, and sublime experience in nature, resulting in sculptures that are made in nature after hiking onto location and responding to both the terra firma and flora and the atmospheric qualities of changing light. 

Mel Prest and Rhia Hurt explore additive abstraction in their paintings. Both artists work in a visual language of non-objective abstraction with deliberate mark-making. Prest’s all-over geometric compositions focus on linear patterns that create an energetic optical vibration. Hurt’s paintings are also precise in their selective approach to mark-making, and her forms are ovular and organic. Hurt’s paintings capture unique composite forms that look like unknown flowers and plants. Hurt allows the organic qualities of water and paint pigment to set as the moisture evaporates to create forms and unexpected patterns - finished off with collaged mixed media elements. 

Petra Gupta Valentova and Samanta Batra Mehta investigate ideas of femininity and identity in their work. Gupta Valentova uses embroidery as a drawing tool in her recent cyanotype works. Embroidery is a slow drawing process that links to the craft and labor of women. At times nearly invisible, embroidery emerges over time and connects the line and shape elements in the artist’s work. Batra Mehta's work explores ideas of identity and the interconnectedness of the feminine and nature. Her elaborate garden drawings echo the tradition of detailed miniature painting and botanical illustrations.

Curated by: Katerina Lanfranco

Saturday, February 13, 2016

You're invited! Rhombus Space presents our first annual drawing marathon March 12th

Drop in and draw with us at our first annual drawing marathon on March 12th from 9 AM-9 PM, hosted by Artist-in-Residence Katherine Keltner! 

Free admission. All ages welcome. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Check out our fb event page and RSPV here.

See ya there! 

Rhombus Space Welcomes Katherine Keltner as our Artist-in-Residence!

"My art walks a fine line between figuration and abstraction, centering on the body as the expression of identity/who and where I am in the world. I make collage-paintings using objects and images from my immediate surroundings that often seem at first to be insignificant but are too important to throw away, and, in a real way, describe the poignant actuality of everyday life—scraps of paper that I have collected, old drawings, and fragments of photographs. I combine these objects and images in two ways: editing digital images of some of them and printing those compositions on canvas; and attaching others directly to the canvas using thread or adhesive. Lines of thread, ink, and paint on the surface exaggerate the composition and create land or body masses that the viewer can imagine occupying. Parts of each painting are recognizable and parts are masked so that the resulting collaged image looks more map-like than figure-like. In these works, I explore the same method of selective and piecemeal self-definition facilitated by social media and the same obfuscation of the female body that we see in the images all around us, and I grapple with the balance between the desire to be noticed and the desire for privacy. One's own identity is always relative to other factors and histories. The works I create ask the viewer to decide how much of the image is real and how much it even matters; ultimately, we all decide for ourselves where our truth resides."   -- Katherine Keltner

"Retrofit": Exhibition Photos

Carrie Rubinstein at the opening of Retrofit, her immersive solo exhibition at Rhombus Space on September 25th, 2015.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rhombus Space Presents "Retrofit" by Carrie Rubinstein

Something's aglow at Rhombus Space!

We proudly present Retrofit, an intricately crafted, immersive installation by Brooklyn artist Carrie Rubinstein. Rubinstein's work embodies a space beyond the confines of ordinary reality. Transforming the gallery with pen and ink on paper, and constructed and handmade paper objects, Rubinstein creates an invented domestic environment. The viewer encounters a room where space is carefully assembled with layered paper, and expands through pictorial illusion. Translucent embossed ceiling tiles accented by a paper chandelier, filter the gallery’s light that enfolds visitors as they explore an improvised world. Honoring truth and fiction, Rubinstein embraces an intuitive methodology of making through a trial and error system. Retrofit invites us to contemplate presence and absence.

Retrofit opened September 25th, 2015. See our fb event page here.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

From New York With Love: Exhibition Photos

Left to right: Katherine Keltner, Shawn Powell, Justin Neely, Albert Weaver, Chris Lucius, Qiana Mestrich, MaDora Frey, Rika Laser, Rhia Hurt, Ward Yoshimoto, Rachael Gorchov.

Cutouts, drawings, and installation by Katerina Lanfranco.

Drawings, installation, and paintings by Katerina Lanfranco.

Installation, paintings, and Tyvek cutouts by Katerina Lanfranco.

Tyvek cutouts and yarn wall drawing by Katerina Lanfranco.

Rhombus Space presents "From New York With Love" at Toronto's Red Head Gallery

"From New York with Love" is Katerina Lanfranco’s debut solo show in Toronto. The show is comprised of works on paper, collages, cut-outs, paintings, sculptures, and site-specific installations. Lanfranco grew up in Toronto and was one of Red Head Gallery's first interns. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, she exhibits her work internationally. 

Featured in From New York with Love will be a curatorial project in care of Rhombus Space - featuring works on paper by MaDora Frey, Rachael Gorchov, Rhia Hurt, Katherine Keltner, Chris Lucius, Rika Laser, Qiana Mestrich, Justin Neely, Shawn Powell, Albert Weaver, & Ward Yoshimoto.

Bioluminescence series by Katerina Lanfranco. 
Prismacolor pencil and mica powder on black paper. 2009.

Katerina Lanfranco received her MFA in Painting from Hunter College, City University of New York. In 2010, Lanfranco was a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Arts Fellow as part of the Japan-US Friendship Commission, and did a 6-month artist residency in Kyoto studying traditional Japanese arts. She has been awarded artists’ residencies at the UCSC Sesnon Gallery, Byrdcliffe Art Residency, Vermont Studio Center, and at the Elizabeth Foundation. She teaches drawing and painting at Hunter College and the Museum of Modern Art. Lanfranco has exhibited internationally, and her artwork is in several permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin, Germany, and the Corning Museum of Glass. She is the founder and director of Rhombus Space, an experimental exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY, and represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York, and by the Piacsek Gallery in London. Lanfranco’s work addresses the intersection of nature, science, and fantasy. She explores metaphors of nature in relation to culture, cultural forms of framing and displaying nature, and how our concept of nature informs our construction of identity. 

Opened July 22, 2015. View our fb event page here.

The Red Head Gallery
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 115 
Toronto, On M5V 3A8

Rhombus Space Presents "No Sleep Till Berlin"

Rhombus Space proudly presents "No Sleep Till Berlin," an exhibition that showcases new 3D yarn/paint/wood works by curator Katerina Lanfranco alongside works on paper by some of our favorite artists: MaDora Frey, Rachael Gorchov, Rhia Hurt, Katherine Keltner, Chris Lucius, Rika Laser, Qiana Mestrich, Justin Neely, Shawn Powell, Albert Weaver, and Ward Yoshimoto.

Left: Qiana Mestrich. Top right: Shawn Powell. Bottom right: Katherine Keltner

Berlin is an epicenter of contemporary art and of cutting-edge culture, and Rhombus Space thought we'd bring a little taste of Brooklyn to the good people of this great city at Josty, Bergstraße 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte from 4-9PM.
By the way, in the 20th Century, the old Café Josty in Berlin was where the German Expressionists and artists affiliated with the Neo-Objectivity movement regularly met to discuss art and culture.

View our fb event page here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

"No Sleep Till Berlin": Exhibition Photos

Our exhibition No Sleep Till Berlin at Josty, Bergstraße 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte opened June 13th, 2015 and featured drawings by MaDora Frey, Rachael Gorchov, Rhia Hurt, Katherine Keltner, Chris Lucius, Rika Laser, Qiana Mestrich, Justin Neely, Shawn Powell, Albert Weaver, Ward Yoshimoto and 3D work by Katerina Lanfranco.

Left: Selected Rhombus Space artists. Right: Yarn, wood, and paint sculptures by Katerina Lanfranco.

Left to right: Rachael Gorchov, Shawn Powell, Justin Neely, and Rhia Hurt.

On the left: Albert Weaver.

Shawn Powell

 Katherine Keltner and Chris Lucius.

 Shawn Powell.

Chris Lucius. 

Rika Laser. 

Yarn and stick works by Katerina Lanfranco.

Katerina Lanfranco.

Rhombus Space at Select Art Fair: Installation Photos

Left to right: Shawn Powell, Katherine Keltner, and Alexandra Posen.

Aaron Williams (left) and Shawn Powell (right).

Katherine Keltner (left and right) and Alexandra Posen (center).