Many thanks to everyone who came out to support the exhibition Flag Me Down, Pick Me Up at Marquee Projects, what a celebratory night with like minds and hearts! At the end of the opening, Bob Morris read his poignant New York Times op-ed from 2016, entitled “From the Mountains, to the Prairies, to the Ocean to Vanuatu”, where the flag enters the frame at the other side of the world.
Flag Me Down, Pick Me Up
Opening Reception: Friday, November 30, 2018
6pm - 8pm
On View: November 30 - December 31, 2018
MARQUEE PROJECTS is pleased to present Flag Me Down, Pick Me Up, a group exhibition featuring recent artworks by Lisa Blas, Tyler Healy and Paul Weiner. A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, November 30th from 6pm to 8pm.
The artists brought together in this show will exhibit work that shares a common interest in the use of the American flag. Flags, in general, have much to do with traditional tribal tendencies and notions of identity: the idea of “us versus them.” But in today’s heated political climate it’s “us versus us,” with divided factions claiming that their allegiance to America is stronger than that of others. This exhibition hopes to bring about greater dialogue on what role the American flag, and what it signifies, now play. Can we pick up the pieces, strive to reduce conflict, and promote a greater sense of unity, peace and equality?
Contact: Mark Van Wagner and Tonja Pulfer:
14 Bellport Lane, Bellport NY 11713
Please join us Saturday, October 20th, for the opening of Spine, at Ortega y Gasset Projects, in Gowanus, Brooklyn!
Ortega y Gasset Projects
@ The Old American Can Factory
363 Third Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215
NOTE: Enter at Third Avenue
Opening reception with the artists: Saturday, October 20, 6-9 pm
Gallery: Saturdays & Sundays 1-6 pm and by appointment
The opening coincides with the Gowanus Open Studios.
Spine is featured in the Hyperallergic Fall Art 2018 Guide.
October 20 - December 2, 2018 | Curated by Suzanne McClelland and Leeza Meksin
Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to present SPINE, a group exhibition curated by artist Suzanne McClelland and OyG Co-Director and artist Leeza Meksin, featuring works by Cati Bestard, Lisa Blas, Sonia Louise Davis, Shoshana Dentz, Anne Eastman, Jenny Monick and Anne Vieux.
Opening at OyG on Saturday, October 20, 2018, during the weekend of Gowanus Open Studios, SPINE explores the mental and physical structures of a book and questions what is legible, optical, physical, emotional or cerebral. Reading is viewing and occurs any time anyone engages with visual art but it also happens when we’re handling and engaging with books as objects. Printed media lives in the realm of the physical and the private with a spine functioning as an interruption, an intersection, a fulcrum and a central structure, often simultaneously. The work presented in the exhibition questions when does the private act of reading become public and what is shared.
SPINE brings together a wide range of media, including drawing, photography, sculpture, video, fiber, multiples and artist books. Please join us for the opening with the artists and curators on Saturday, October 20th, 6 - 9pm. The exhibition will be on view October 20 - December 2, 2018.
For press inquiries, please contact:
Leeza Meksin, Co-founder and Co-director, Ortega y Gasset Projects
I have contributed a work to The Drawing Center for their 2018 Benefit Auction. Please join us Monday night, October 1, 2018, in support of one of New York’s most groundbreaking museums and their future programming! View the list of participating artists and works here: CATALOG
YOU ARE INVITED
The Drawing Center's
2018 BENEFIT AUCTION
Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Location: The Drawing Center | 35 Wooster Street
The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan's SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art, and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs. It was founded in 1977 by curator Martha Beck (1938–2014).
I am pleased to be participating in the inaugural group exhibition "Valediction" at Ejecta Projects, curated by artist Anthony Cervino and art historian Shannon Egan, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The gallery was founded after a book project the couple produced entitled "Ejecta", addressing their collaboration as artists, professors, writers, parents, and participants in the academic workplace and community life of Carlisle and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
In a beautifully written letter last January, Shannon and Anthony asked to include my work in an exhibition that would coincide with the opening of the gallery. Their venture seemed quite timely and a necessary antidote to these times of polarization and widespread discontent. Communities are in great need of new venues that arise from the spirit of collaboration and dialogue, where artists and exhibitions can be introduced to the public in a welcoming space for visitors, neighbors, colleagues and friends.
Please join us in support of this celebratory occasion of "Valediction" at Ejecta Projects from March 24 - May 5, 2018.
See you in Carlisle!
136 West High Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Flashback Friday, or, into the future.
After the recent events in Charlottesville, I am posting a partial image from Meet Me at the Mason Dixon: A project in painting, photography and installation that I realized during the years 2003-2009, while living and teaching in Washington, D.C.
The project in its entirety was exhibited at Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College in 2011, with a catalog and accompanying texts by Shannon Egan and Miguel de Baca. In brief, this project examines the contested legacy of race and identity from the American Civil War onward, and the sign systems that point to those fraught subjectivities and histories. It is uncanny that my initial intuition about the repressed issue of race relations before and after 9/11 was confirmed by the growing civil unrest in American cities throughout these past years. 9/11 turned the collective consciousness elsewhere, namely to a foreign invader, becoming the country’s addressee in a long, protracted war while the social fabric of American society was itself coming undone. The ongoing dispute over heritage and removal of Confederate monuments from public space highlights that the familial and cultural attachments to history are ephemeral, and subject to change with each new generation. This is the space that Meet Me at the Mason Dixon occupies. As Erika Doss wrote in a special issue of Public Art Dialogue, The Dilemma of Public Art’s Permanence, 2016, “Public art is processual, dependent on various cultural and social relationships and subject to the volatile intangibles of multiple publics and their fluctuating interests and feelings”…“Public art is not, in other words, forever.”