Friday, February 28, 2014

Artist panel at Dorsky Gallery this Sunday

February 27, 2014

In conjunction with our current exhibition, Thaw, curated by Jill Conner, we are pleased to present  

A Panel Discussion:
"Extreme Environments"

A panel discussion moderated by  Jill Conner with artists, Janet Biggs, Elise Engler, Itty Neuhaus & Alexis Rockman 

Sunday, March 2, 2:00-3:30 PM

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During July 2012, space satellites produced representations showing the thaw of ice over a short time-span of several days. NASA stated that Greenland's ice cover was totally affected by this process. This warming is expected to shut down the conveyor belt that traverses the Atlantic Ocean, driving most of the earth's climate. This panel will address the issues of global warming as it relates to each artist's discussion of their work that is on view in the exhibition. 

Fade to White (2010) by Janet Biggs explores the icebergs of the Arctic and follows an explorer through rain, wind and sun yet never escaping the ice. Elise Engler's Ninety-Degree Draft (2009-11) reflect hundreds of detailed drawings of people, places, animals and things that she encountered on a trip to Antarctica during the Austral summer of 2009/2010. Understory (2013) by Itty Neuhaus puts into motion the suggestion of what an ice-cap environment looks like beneath the water,  while Alexis Rockman's work is a rich depiction of future landscapes as they might exist with impacts of climate change and evolution influenced by genetic engineering. InOmmission, The Fossil Record (1991)Rockman imagines the prehistoric era, slowly ossifying

Top: Fade to White (video still) by Janet Biggs
Middle: Understory by Itty Neuhaus
Bottom: Ninety-Degree Draft by Elise Engler

Janet Biggs is an American artist, known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has captured such events as speeding motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Olympic synchronized swimmers in their attempts to defy gravity, kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters, sulfur miners inside an active volcano, and a camel caravan crossing the Taklamakan desert of Western China. Biggs has had solo exhibitions and film screenings at the Musee d'art contemporain de MontrĂ©al; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Tampa Museum of Art; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; and Mint Museum of Art to name a few. Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker,  ArtForum, ARTNews, Art in America, Flash Art,, and many others. Biggs is the recipient of numerous grants including the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts Award, the Arctic Circle Fellowship/Residency, Art Matters, Inc., the Wexner Center Media Arts Program Residency, the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the NEA Fellowship Award. Her work is in collections including the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL: the High Museum, Atlanta,GA; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; and Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, NC.; and the New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT.

Elise Engler is an artist who lives and works in New York City, known for her travel drawings and paintings made both during and following her trip to Antarctica during the Austral of 2009/2010. Engler's drawings have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as the National Academy Museum's 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art. In 2012 the artist participated in a three-person show with Janet Biggs and Itty Neuhaus. Engler's most recent solo show occurred at the Robert Henry Contemporary Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from January 11th to February 10th, 2013. Her work appears in the collections of Agnes Gund, The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive in Miami and the Nobel collection in Switzerland. 

Itty Neuhaus is a sculptor who combines the aesthetics of drawing, photography, video and installation to refer to changing states of matter, bringing together global and personal forms of change. Her recent work addresses an interest in geology and environmental concerns as seen in the landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The artist continues to build two and three-dimensional representations of frozen landscapes with fragile-appearing materials, such as paper and photographs, altered by cutting and drawing. Neuhaus' art has appeared in numerous group and solo shows such as BiPOLAR, Journeys to the Ends of the World, hosted by the College of Saint Rose Gallery in Albany, NY from January 20th to March 1st, 2013. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant as well as awards from SUNY-New Paltz for Research and Creative Projects, including residencies through Hallwalls, NYSCA, Sculpture Space, Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. Itty Neuhaus is Professor of Art at SUNY-New Paltz who specializes in sculptural installations and environments. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexis Rockman is an artist based in New York City known for his paintings depicting nature and its intersections with humanity. He has exhibited his work in the United States since 1985. In 2004 the Brooklyn Museum hosted Alexis Rockman: Manifest Destiny which traveled to several museums, including RISD and the Wexner Center. In 2010 the Smithsonian American Art Museum organized Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, a survey of the artist's paintings and works on paper in 2010 that toured nationally. Rockman's work is included in important institutional collections, such as the Brooklyn Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Rockman recently collaborated with director Ang Lee on the prize-winning film "Life of Pi."
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January news...Two shows opening and promoting my SVA class that starts January 28th

On Sunday, January 19,  Thaw, curated by Jill Connor, opens at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City. The opening is from 2 till 5 PM.

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This drawing is one of 11 drawings included in the show. The series documents my experience in Antarctica with the National Science Foundation
Ninety-Degree Draft #5
color pencil and gouache on paper 29.5 x 40.25"
one of 10


Lifelogging opens at the Perlman  Teaching Museum at Carleton College , in Northfield, Minnesota  this Friday evening, January 17. I will have 10 suitcase drawings and 3 digitally printed accordion books in this show.
Featuring the works of twelve artists: Stephen Cartwright, Leona Christie, Jennifer Dalton, Elise Engler, Richard Garrison, Katie Lewis, Nathalie Miebach, Madelyn Roehrig, Clive Smith, Suzanne Szucs, Renato Umali, and Jorinde Voigt.
detail from Everything I Brought Back from Sicily, 2012
color pencil on paper

And lastly
There is still room for students in my class at SVA---in fact I need a few more students so the class will run

class starts January 28th!!!!

Please spread the word.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Antarctica work is at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC (actually Arlington, VA) Will give a talk there this Friday.

Three and one half years after returning from the ice my work has been installed on the third floor of the National Science Foundation, headquarters just outside of DC. It is all there from the watercolors and books done on site to the big 10 part drawing Ninety-Degree Draft. It will be there until December at which point some of the work will come back to NYC for a more local show.
Ninety-Degree Draft being installed....
and up....All 31.5 x 41", gouache, color pencil on paper.

The outer drawings were done on site--inventorying significant objects from Lake Hoare Field Camp with the camp landscape and NSF issued clothing etc. on the landscape at McMurdo Station. The center piece is a text drawing for Ninety-Degree Draft.  All 31.5 x 41", gouache, color pencil on paper.

Small oil paintings on wood panels


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Upstate...At the Esther Massry Gallery, College of Saint Rose--Bi POLAR

BiPOLAR /Journeys to the Ends of the Earth

Today, Sunday January 20, the exhibition BiPOLAR/ Journeys to the Ends of the Earth, opens in Albany. Curated and installed by the amazing Jeanne Flanagan, Saint Rose's long time gallery director, the show includes the work of Itty Neuhaus, Janet Biggs and Elise Engler. All three of us have made work as the result of journeys to the "top and bottom" of the Earth. Biggs has videos based on her time in the Arctic Circle, Neuhaus has a sculpture installation with videos as well as a large drawing/collage in the front window about Newfoundland, and my drawings paintings , books and video refer to time spent in Antarctica.

There will be a gallery reception on February 1 from 5 till 7 PM and then an artist's panel across the street at the Saint Joseph Auditorium, 985 Madison Avenue, at 7PM.


The work I have in this show includes the large painted mural installation Unpacking Antarctica with 30 small oil paint panels, the 10 -drawing series Ninety-Degree Draft, and a related text drawing. In addition there are 2 accordion books drawn and painted onsite--one at Lake Hoare field camp in the Antarctic Dry Valleys and the other at research center, McMurdo Station. There are also 2 large gouache landscapes done onsite that have color pencil drawings of significant objects drawn on the surface.
Two color pencil scrolls -one of my suitcase contents going and the other of the return contents (including depictions of all art made while there) are also part of the show as is an 18 minute video edited from hours of footage taken while in Antarctica.

The work is the result of the two months spent in two month trip to Antarctica with the National Science Foundation’s Antarctica Artist’s and Writers Program. I spent time at McMurdo Station, the penguin colonies at Cape Royds and Cape Crozier, at the Dry Valley’s field camp at Lake Hoare and and at the South Pole. Some of the art was made onsite and the rest since returning.

Here are some installation shots ---of the install, creating the giant mural (see--I am not only a miniaturist!) and the show--just before the installation was complete (I left before the extra garbage pails, carts, etc. were removed.

Saint Rose students helped with the install and I thank them--especially Kayley.

Work by Biggs and Neuhaus will be posted later....

Unpacking Antarctica , 11 x 14', house paint on wall with 30 oil panels on wood

Projection of photo taken at Cape Royds, Ross Island,  Antarctica


Another angle

pre -hanging --- book printed in Amsterdam top right

Wall finished--paintings on the floor

Art student/gallery  assistant Kayley hangs last painting

My muse Gumby--of course--is on every journey....

Everything I Took To Antarctica
color pencil on paper
49 x 12"
Everything I Brought Back from Antarctica
color pencil on paper
60 x 12"

Everything I Brought Back from Antarctica
color pencil on paper
60 x 12"

Ninety-Degree Draft Text Drawing
gouache, color pencil, ink on paper
29.5 x 41.5"

Ninety-Degree Draft
gouache, color pencil on paper
29.5 x 41.5"

Ninety-Degree Draft #5
gouache, color pencil on paper
29.5 x 41.5"

Lake Hoare Field Camp                     McMurdo Station Inventory
gouache, color pencil on paper
29.5 x 41.5"

Installation view with McMurdo Station Accordion Book
Original gouache and color pencil book back to back with digital print

Installation with Lake Hoare Accordion Book

Original gouache and color pencil book back to back with digital print 


also check out.....

Travel/Log at Robert Henry Contemporary-- January 11 through February 10