Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rhombus Space Presents "Select" Featuring Artwork by Katherine Keltner, Alexandra Posen, Shawn Powell and Aaron Williams

Katherine Keltner, Crossing Paths, 2014. Archival Injet print on canvas with thread 48 x 34”

Rhombus Space presents Select, an exhibition featuring artwork by Katherine Keltner, Alexandra Posen, Shawn Powell and Aaron Williams.
Curated by Katerina Lanfranco
Exhi­­bition Dates: May 13 – May 17, 2015.

These four artists explore their work in a fresh approach that expands our notion of abstractions. Katherine Keltner sews into digitally printed and stretched canvas to draw out formal connections. Alexandra Posen applies her experience in fashion to create layered chiffon silk paintings where the material translucency exposes the inner workings of the piece. Shawn Powell makes paintings on sheet rock and canvas to explore the distance between the painting and the wall. Aaron Williams' work also questions the relationship between a painting and the wall by interrupting the viewer's expectations in making works that show a connection between modes of interior design and painting.

Keltner, Posen, Powell and Williams respond to current dialogues in abstract art, by making visually stunning work that presents a thoughtful and disciplined investigation of form and material in abstraction.

Rhombus Space is presenting "Select" at the Select Art Fair at Booth 408.
Additional Public Programming: 
Rhombus Space and TSA Gallery co-moderate: "Artist as Curator". Panel participants include: Mathew Deleget (Minus Space), Ben King (HKJB), Mira Schor, Julie Torres, and Sun You.
Saturday May 16th 4-5:30PM.
Rhombus Space presents Katherine Keltner's One Year: Somewhere in Between (A Life in 365 Days). Books will be available and the artist will be present to talk about the work and sign copies of the book.
Saturday May 16th 3PM.

Katherine Keltner, My Right Foot, 2014. Archival print on canvas with thread, 48 x 34”
Katherine Keltner is a New York based artist. Keltner earned her MFA (Distinction) from American University and AB (High Honors) from Dartmouth College. Her work has been exhibited at The American University Museum / Katzen Arts Center, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Arts@Renaissance, Jamaica Center for the Arts, Max Protetch Gallery, and Creative Time. Keltner is the recipient of the Arteles Center Fellowship, the Vermont Studio Center Grant and was a finalist for the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize. Her work has been reviewed in L Magazine, ARTINFO, and the Village Voice.

Alexandra Posen, Aeolis Mons, 2014. Chiffon silk, ink, pins and wood, 10 x 10"
Alexandra Posen was born in NYC. She is a graduate of Brown University, and L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Posen studied physical & visual theater with an emphasis on mask making and puppetry. In 2001, she began her wax drawing series FIELDS, and became co-founder and Creative Director of Zac Posen, working for nearly a decade to establish the company as a global brand. Alexandra Posen’s extensive knowledge of couture fabric and technique has translated into a unique formal language in her abstract paintings. Posen’s work has been exhibited at Lynch Tham, NYCAMS, The Watermill Center, and reviewed in Bullett Magazine.
Shawn Powell, Drifter, 2014. Acrylic on Hand Cut Sheetrock, 15 x 10”    
Shawn Powell is a NYC based artist who completed his BFA in art history and painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and then earned his MFA from Hunter College in painting. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition Blue Tomorrows, at Chapter NY. Powel also had another solo show, Cabin Fever, at the Fine Arts Gallery at the Westchester Community College at the State University of New York. He is the recipient of the Tony Smith Award, of the H and R Block Artspace Guest Critique Program KCAI. His work is shown extensively in NYC and nationally.

Aaron Williams, Monochrome 4, 2015. Mounted C- Print in Red Stained Frame, 24 ½ x 18 ½”
Aaron Williams was born in Rhode Island, lives and works in Queens, NY. He earned his BFA from the Maine College of Art, and his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Williams has exhibited nationally and internationally with solo shows at LaMontagne Gallery (Boston), Mulherin + Pollard (NYC), Max Protetch Gallery (NYC), OH+T Gallery (Boston), Domo Gallery (Summit, NJ), and Baumgartner Gallery (NYC). His awards include the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, Paintings Edge Residency Scholarship, Idyllwild, CA, Giza- Daniels Endesha Award, and the Rutgers University. Williams’ work has been featured is many local and national press reviews.

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