Please join us today in Gowanus for the catalog launch and closing reception of Spine at Ortega y Gasset Projects! A review by the Brooklyn Rail is now online.
Come meet the curators, artists, writers and publisher involved with this expansive and beautiful exhibition. Poetry readings by Mònica de la Torre and Wayne Koestenbaum will illuminate the gallery at 4:30 pm.
My broadsheet, Enter Stage Left (Monday’s image, v. 1), is on view and will be available for purchase at the gallery, and via Space Sisters Press.
Closing reception: Sunday, December 9, 2018
3:00 pm: Walk-through with The Skirt's exhibition artist Adam Liam Rose.
4:30 pm: Poetry reading by Wayne Koestenbaum and Mònica de la Torre
Reception to follow | Catalogs will be for sale at the event.
Ortega y Gasset Projects
363 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
curated by Suzanne McClelland and Leeza Meksin
October 20 - December 9, 2018
SPINE is 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.
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 works presented in this exhibition question what is shared when the private act of reading becomes public.
Please join us tonight!
For the opening of Under Erasure, curated by Heather + Raphael Rubinstein at Pierogi Gallery. The curators have designed a beautiful website featuring the curatorial text and work of all artists/writers/collaborators. The exhibition will be on view through January 6, 2019. (Catalog available).
Wednesday, 28 November, 2018.
5:00 - 8:00 pm.
Pierogi Gallery | 155 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002
28 November, 2018—6 January, 2019
Joe Amrhein | Jenni B. Baker | Jean-Michel Basquiat | Heather Bause Rubinstein | Joshua Beckman | Gene Beery | Jen Bervin | Charles Bernstein | Luca Bertolo | Joseph Beuys | Lisa Blas | Mel Bochner | Ariana Boussard-Reifel | Pierre Buraglio | Doris Cross | The Deletionist.com, Amaranth Borsuk + Jesper Juul + Nick Montfort | David Diao | Peter Gallo | Dana Frankfort | Guerilla Girls | Harmony Hammond | Jane Hammond | Ann Hamilton | Matthea Harvey + Amy Jean Porter | Christian Hawkey + Uljana Wolf | Charline von Heyl | Dennis Hollingsworth | Janet Holmes | Jenny Holzer | Emilio Isgrò | Samuel Jablon | Ray Johnson | Ronald Johnson | Kim Jones | Joseph Kosuth | Cody Ledvina | Tony Lewis | Glenn Ligon | Mark Lombardi | Travis Macdonald | Suzanne McClelland | Arnold Mesches | Dan Miller | Donna Moylan | Kristen Mueller | Loren Munk | Bruce Nauman | Joshua Neustein | Nina Papaconstantinou | Bruce Pearson + Mónica de la Torre | M. NourbeSe Philip | Tom Phillips | Niina Pollari | Richard Prince | Edouard Prulhière + Raphael Rubinstein | Sylvia Ptak | Archie Rand | Stephen Ratcliffe | Robert Rauschenberg | Srikanth Reddy | David Reed | Ridykeulous + AL Steiner + Nicole Eisenman | Mary Ruefle | Jerry Saltz + Anonymous Artist | David Scher | Mira Schor | Teresa Serrano | John Sparagana | Antoni Tàpies | Shane Tolbert | Betty Tompkins | Jim Torok | Xiaofu Wang
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).
Social Photography VI is now open!
I have contributed a photograph to Carriage Trade's sixth benefit exhibition which meditates on the ubiquitous use of cell phone photography and its connection to the art community. Come view this immersive exhibition in situ, a precise grid of images installed on two facing walls in the gallery.
"While Instagram tends to emphasize the medium's social utility, carriage trade's Social Photography exhibitions have tracked an alternate course, inviting participants and viewers to encounter these images in a format free of peer-generated tallies, while offering the option of a sustained look afforded by a gallery setting."
All photographs can be viewed and purchased online:
carriage trade, 277 Grand St, 2nd Fl. , New York, NY 10002
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.”
Join us tonight for the opening of "Social Photography V" at Carriage Trade, a non-profit art organization in the Lower East Side. The exhibition will be on view July 11 - August 12, 2017.
I have contributed a photograph along with many others in the art community to support future programming at the gallery. My work, and all other works in the exhibition can be viewed and purchased online:
Hope to see you there!
Opening: 6 - 9 pm
277 Grand St, 2nd FL
New York, NY 10002
Opening today! A national survey on contemporary drawing practices.
Drawing Practice/Bellingham National 2017
June 11 - September 10, 2017 / Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
Juried by Catharina Manchanda (Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum)
Juror tour of the exhibition: Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:00 pm
Whatcom Museum, Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA: 360.778.8930
Please join us!
Lisa Blas / "Monday's image" at Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, on March 23, 2017. Many thanks to all who attended this one night special event!
March 23, 2017
1:00 - 9:00pm
Opening March 23 - 7:00pm
Monday's image is a weekly web-based project begun in 2015 by Lisa Blas in the News section of her website, presented as a video work for a special one night-event at the EHF.
Natasha Becker presents three New York City artists, LISA BLAS, BRADLEY McCALLUM and DAAPO REO, at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 novel about identity and belonging in a global landscape.
Contained within Adichie’s neologism, Americanah, is the word Americana which describes the many different kinds of artifacts that make up the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. The American flag is an iconic symbol within this collection of artefacts, representing a national identity that is based on the principles of liberty, justice, and humanity. It is an inspiring image but one that can also highlight moments where the nation falls short.
By adding an ‘h’ at the end of the existing word, Adichie extends its meaning to describe, defend, and criticize a complex process of becoming in which identity is not predicated on the seeds of nationality or the ground of place but rather on experience (relations of identity, nationality, race, difference, loneliness, aspiration, love) and trajectory (the path one follows through place and time).
The exhibition explores the delicate balance between expressions of American idealism and the freedom of artists to comment on times where nations falls short of their ideals.
Lisa Blas investigates how a single representation is mediated in its time of origin and redeployed in changing economies of signs and significations. Her poetic flag portraits representing Emily Perez (the highest decorated African-American and Hispanic woman to have died in the recent Iraq War) are potent symbols of vulnerability and in her newest series of vibrant collages, entitled “The Instability of Nature Morte (reconsidering monument[ality] under the throwaway evidence of work”, she explores personal and activist responses to contemporary political culture.
Bradley McCallum transforms news media images of burnings of the American flag into shimmering abstractions of flames, figures and fragments. Flag burning is a practice long associated with protest against the policies of a government or nation. His series of protest paintings (2015/2016) link the power and beauty of national icons with intense longing and demands for fairness and justice.
Daapo Reo reinvents the popular red, white and blue as a symbol of African aspirations, “ALCOHOLOTOPIA (A GEOPOLITICAL DREAM UNDER THE INFLUENCE,” and belonging, “AFRIKAN HISTORY X: GAY IS THE OLD BLACK, BITCHES!”. Reo’s flags are made from different African textiles representing layers of personal history, cultural memory, and conflicting experiences to comment on utopian aspirations and past and current realities, poking fun at privileged elites and anonymous masses along the way.
“Americanah” at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, 1 - 6 MARCH 2017, NEW YORK Times Square, NYC (entrance on 43rd Street)
For queries please CONTACT | NATASHA BECKER | curator | T: 917.601.6625 | E: n firstname.lastname@example.org