Curated by Fran Holstrom, in collaboration with Aquarius Studios in Ridgewood, Queens
Aquarius proudly presents Spring Fling, our first gallery exhibition, in collaboration with Neesh Interactive. This pop-up exhibition considers a selection of artists featured in the print publication, “Neesh, Issue No. 1, Spring 2017”, produced by the curator and founder of Neesh, Fran Holstrom. Neesh offers a sample of the distinct conceptual and material motivations utilized in the emerging art scene at large. Please join us for an opening reception featuring works by:
Opening: Friday, April 7th, 7-9pm
On view: Saturdays April 8th & 15th, Noon - 6pm
Bill Dilworth’s practice centers on mark-making, and involves a variety of novel approaches. The artist’s body is an instrument to skoot, push and smear paint: oversize canvases record footwork in action, while meandering installations record the artist’s fingerprints as they feel their way around the room. Dilworth also incorporates a conceptual practice that notes the passage of time, finds connections in nature, and across linguistic patterns.
Jennifer Grimyser’s photographs have the professional polish of a glossy magazine, yet use none of the digital tricks. Each photograph is painstakingly constructed in the studio. The resulting images have a heavy graphic nature, tight cropping, and pictorial flattening, yet provide visual clues to help the viewer navigate. Words, symbols, and diagrams are placed within the image concretely, often casting shadows, while 3D imagery is collapsed to freely intermingle in the textual field.
Eric Hibit’s paintings are characterized by crisp imagery and exquisite detail. Lovingly considered from conception to the final embellishments, Hibit excels in two tandem modes of painting: one flat, representational and intimately scaled, the other abstract and constructed to bulge off the wall. Textiles such as tapestry and needlepoint have influenced his repeated gesture, evidenced in the application of innumerable hand-painted dots.
Katarina Jerinic draws attention to our interactions with the built landscape. Katarina’s artwork manifests itself in maps, suites of photographs, walking tours, videos, and handmade editions. The project Beautification This Site, document Jerinic’s interaction with a leftover piece of land acquired through the Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. This series of photographs exemplify the artist’s dark humor centering on the notion of ‘territory’ in its expectant state.
Matt Miller builds each painting through an idiosyncratic dance of reductive and additive processes. Embracing dissonance with anachronistic color and dense gestures, Miller’s raw, underworked aesthetic is the result of a time-consuming process. The resulting pocks in the ground and raised surface of each brushstroke are often a springboard for the addition of yet more collapsed shapes, that add dimensionality until the painting pushes towards sculpture. work relies on deeply textured, bold, expressionist brushstrokes.
Neesh features emerging artists making original, collectible work from their extensive network, and encourages dialogue with the artists. Visit www.neesh.io to request a studio visit or buy artwork online.
Aquarius is located at 1116-A Wyckoff Avenue, Queens, NY.
For the gallery, enter through the driveway. www.aquariusstudiosnyc.com
(L to Halsey / M to Myrtle Wyckoff / B26 bus from downtown Brooklyn)
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