Thursday, October 22, 2015

Elise Engler: A Year On Broadway October 30 - December 20, 2015 Opening reception: Friday, October 30 from 6-9pm

I spent exactly one year drawing every block of Broadway in Manhattan starting on May 19, 2014 at the Broadway Bridge, just above 221st Street and several days later at Bowling Green and then alternated heading north and south. I finished A Year on Broadway on my corner at Broadway and 107th Street exactly one year later, on May 18, 2015.  There are drawings of the 252 blocks depicting all four seasons including this year’s brush freezing and snowy February and March. (I wasn’t allowed to complain as I was a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctica Artist and Writer’s Grant several years ago.) On the street I made first layer of drawing/ watercolor and then completed the drawing using colored pencil and watercolors in my studio (with the help of digital images.) I enlisted a passerby to take a picture on me at every location. The final accordion folded drawing is roughly 102 feet long and 6 inches high. The drawing and the photographs will be on exhibit at the gallery.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Paper Jam at Schema Projects, Bushwick, until May 3

Schema Projects, 92 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
April 3rd through May 3, 2015

Paper Jam at Schema Projects, curated by Larry Walczak in Bushwick, until May 3.

This drawing, The Garden of Unearthly Dismay,  is part of the exhibition.

Press release below.

The Garden of Unearthly Dismay
gouache, pencil, color pencil on paper 22 x 30" 2015

PAPER JAM: Exploring Visual Strategies for Social Concern
PAPER JAM is a celebration of paper and its use in visual art as well as a collection of socially conscious compositions. Participating artists were encouraged to focus on a current social/political issue that has affected them. The result is a diverse installation of both thought-provoking statements and well-crafted, beautiful artworks.
The artists were invited primarily on the basis of being well informed on current social topics. Additionally, this group represents a variety of different visual disciplines. Nearly all the work in PAPER JAM was created specifically for this exhibition. Artists entered into a dialogue with the curator to select and develop a topical subject appropriate for this show. This approach helped prevent overlap and ensured a coherent installation of the 13 artworks. PAPER JAM features everything from lush watercolors to compositions referencing street-art picture making. This collection of new art aims to re-think the notion that socially conscious art is inherently limited to angry one-note slogans and propaganda in general.
Artworks include Thomas Broadbent’s large watercolor juxtaposing two handguns, one a revolver and the other a toy pistol. Meticulously rendered in lush color, both weapons become surprisingly seductive. . David Pierce offers viewers a comparison of two examples of police headgear: one the cloth hat with visor that completes a cop’s uniform and the other a more contemporary helmet/hat associated with riot gear, showing the transformation of police officer into combat soldier. Pam Butler offers her take on climate change with an extended mixed media composition using street style graphics.  Jim Torok’s cartoonish Jesus image is an obvious reference to the tragedy at Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Patricia Fabricant’s “Paper Dolls for the  Millennium” address’ the way our apparel affects perceptions, from the Jihadi Bride whose only clothing option isa burka to the Republican party candidate whose sanctimonious attempts to be a mouthpiece for the medical community and the clergy mask a double life.
The painting exhibited in Paper Jam, entitled The Garden Of Unearthly Dismay by Elise Engler, is a compendium of the many of the maladies that have affected our planet in recent times, from political corruption, to ever present surveillance, to disasters of war, to climate change. The myriad of images are superimposed on a landscape very loosely based on Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delight.
Phil Buehler turns police surveillance around by reassembling fragments of shredded paper that he appropriated from the trash of a New York City police precinct.
Aubrey Roemer tells us that the cloth, plastic twine & clothespins are all sourced from Nicaragua. Each painting will be two-sided. I have the rendered portrait facing one side and as ghostly Mono-print created by the painting affixed to the back. This way you see literal and abstract-the mono-print looks like a portrait exploding out of blood-much like cutters die from CKDnT. The seven images are from a series of twenty-three cloth portraits of men  who died from CKDnT. In a town (Chichagalpa) of over 50,000. There have been 10,000 deaths from this disease.  The 20 something paintings are representative of the 20% of the population that have died.
Michael Waugh’s piece utilizes decorative motifs derived from 19th century etchings on top of a cobalt-hued watercolor. Waterboarding is literally a subtext in this piece-as the image itself is composed entirely out of text copied from the recent US Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program and the extra legal site set up by the agency, code named SITE COBALT.
Brent Ridge’s work-on-paper is titled “In God We Trust” and offers the viewers a political style poster graphic with praying hands.
Larry Walczak’s HEROES & VILLIANS showcases 21different portraits via American trading and/or bubblegum cards. It features politicians, celebrities, atheletes, and even costumed heroes in a gallery of faces that begs the viewer to select the Hero or Villian..or can one be both? This artwork also questions the very nature of photographic documentation in contemporary art.
Ellie Murphy’s “Stolen 276/365″ is a work on paper made as a tribute to the abducted schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria. This astounding incident—the female students were taken from their school while taking their final exams—is a sad act of violence which also points to the important issue of the right of every woman and girl to an education, a right we often take for granted. This tribute coincides with the one-year anniversary of the abduction. 219 girls have yet to return.

PAPER JAM attempts to create a visual dialogue regarding current domestic and global issues. If it raises consciousness in just one viewer I will consider this exhibition a success.
The exhibition is hosted by Schema Projects, 92 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
April 3rd through May 3, 2015
Opening reception Friday, April 3 6-9pm
eyewash is an independent migratory gallery founded by Larry Walczak in 1997 in a tenement building in Williamsburg, Bklyn. eyewash has organized exhibitions in Newark, Philadelphia, Gent, Belgium & Berlin.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Exhibition opens at Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College

My exhibition Taxing Times opened at the Handwerker Gallery, at Ithaca College on March 17. I was there last week to give a talk. The link that holds all the work together is the fact that all the work has relationship to tax paying. There are drawings from the earlier Tax-–onomies series. where I made drawings documenting how tax money is spent. There is also the Antarctica work, where the expedition was paid for by tax dollars through the National Science Foundation’s Antarctica Artist and Writer’s Program.

In addition there is one new work made especially for the exhibition. Missing or Sold was made in response to a request from gallery director Mara Baldwin to document the college’s missing work.  In October, during Ithaca College’s  parent weekend, gallery attendees were handed a registrar's folder that contained a description and sometimes a photo of a piece of art that went missing or was sold from the college's collection (in the 80's ) when the college art museum was sold. The parents, siblings, students, and faculty then made a color pencil drawing on. 4 x 6" card. I redrew all of the 300 drawings on a ghost image of the sold museum building (Boardman House.) the gallery director then made a poster from my drawing so the collection lives on.

Monday, February 2, 2015

I will be giving a Public Lecture at the Explorer's Club Monday February 9!

The Explorer’s Club
NYC - Public Lecture Series
Elise Engler
February 09, 2015        6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture
Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Unpacking Antarctica

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Visiting Artist Ithaca College

In October I was a visiting artist at Ithaca College. Although the sign says I was drawing, in fact everyone was drawing except me. I encouraged visiting parents, students, siblings and faculty to draw from the records of work gone missing (in the 80's) from Ithaca's collection. I have their over 200 drawings (4 x 6") in my studio-they are the impetus for a drawing I will make for Ithaca College's current collection.

This piece along with other work will be part of a solo exhibition opening in March of 2015. The show will include work from Antarctica, the tax dollar work and some more recent work as well.

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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