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August 11, 2014 VIEW POST

#occupycommonground Openings Fall Exhibition

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#occupycommonground

"The 8th annual group art exhibition from Openings Collective at

 the Church of St. Paul the Apostle”

Where is our common ground?  This is the question to which 27 artists responded with a myriad of interpretations.  Painting, photography, installation, sculpture, video, and performance find their common ground at the exhibit that opens on September 11, 2014 at the Church of St. Paul The Apostle, corner of Columbus Ave. and W. 60th St.  

Opening night reception is September 18, 2014 from 7-9 pm.

Curated by Keena Gonzalez and Michael Berube.

In its eighth annual group show Openings Collective invited artists to reflect on what is often called “the paradox of social media.” Intended to create immediate connections across a globalized world, social media also breeds isolation and disillusionment.  This could be one of the most ambivalent characteristics of social media: It seemingly satisfies our need to be social without requiring us to leave our immediate comfort zone.  

The manner in which digital platforms mediate our relationships with others inevitably reflect in our everyday life. This raises challenging questions. Are we analog persons living in an increasingly digital world? How do we create common ground in this digital age? Painter Ariel Zakarison found inspiration in social media. Her haunting paintings are based on images from the FDNY Instagram account. Another painter, Wei Xiaoguang uses the Windows landscape screensaver as a subject and transforms it, reawakening awareness of an often overlooked everyday image that somehow seems more “real” once mediated by the artist’s hand. Artist Matthew Garrison presents an installation of photographs of seemingly mundane intentions so that they, in total, become ethereal and moving. With an array of mediums and approaches, including dance, collage, sculpture, drawing, video, calligraphy, community engagement and painting, each of the participating artists have found ways to address this theme with fascinating results to create a compelling exhibition that is only strengthened by this unique non-neutral environment.

Amidst the disorientation of virtual worlds there’s a need to understand and embrace the continuous changes in the actual world and its digital counterpart. The #occupycommonground artists make us aware that no matter how far technology takes us, it is still intended to be at the service of the human being as it responds to one of our most basic needs: The need of the other.

Participating artists:  Amy HillAnthony SantellaAntonio Serna and Hsaio Chen, April TraceyAriel ZakarisonAshley Norwood CooperBrian Cavanaugh, Catalina Viejo Lopez de RodaCecilia CharltonElinor Aishah Holland and Aysha Venjara, Idan Bitton, jdxJoey Kilrain, Joyce YamadaKaren Dana, Lauren Slone (with Michael Feld and Empty Nave Projects), Marjan Moghaddam, Mark AtteberyMary DeVincentisMatthew GarrisonScott Wayne IndianaThe AArchetypes, Timm Mettler, Wei Xiaoguang.

Exhibition opens: September 11, 2014 7-9 pm

Opening reception: September 18, 2014 7-9 pm 

Artists’ walk-thru (guided tour led by the curators): October 2, 2014 7-9 pm

Exhibition ends: October 23, 2014

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Location: 

Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Corner of West 60th & Columbus Ave. (212) 265-3495

New York, New York 10019

Press Contact: Frank Sabatte, (212) 265-3209 x218, artists@openingsny.com

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Openings believes that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides.

August 3, 2014 VIEW POST

LIBERALIS - an Openings Collective fundraiser

This summer Openings presents:

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A fundraising event spanning the course of two evenings in June at Novella Gallery in New York City.

Openings, a collective of visual artists whose mission is to explore the connections between creativity and transcendence, is raising capital to support their future programming. All donated artwork will be priced affordably, from $50 to $250, and all work will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Liberalis, curated by Keena Gonzalez and Joey Kilrain, will feature over 60 artists who have generously donated artwork along with the eclectic music of DJ Brother Daniel who will be spinning live both nights of the event. The amazing artists participating in Liberalis are: Aaron Crider, Alan Richards, Amy HillAnthony Santella, Antonio Serna, April Tracey, Ariel Zakarison, Ashley Garrett, Ashley Norwood Cooper, Baris Gokturk, Brian Cavanaugh, Brian Wood, Cecilia Charlton, Chava Weisberg, Chris Leib, Daniel Nelson, Denise Gieseke Penizzotto, Dennis Santella, Elisa Soliven, Eric Jiaju Lee, Erik Dalzen, Frank Sabatte, Georgia Elrod, Idan Bitton, Iliyan Ivanov, Ingrid Roe, J Grabowski, James Vanderberg, Janna Dyk, jdx, Jess Willa Wheaton, Joachim Marx, Joel Carreiro, Joey Kilrain, Jon Billing, Joyce Yamada, Julia Whitney Barnes, Karen Dana, Kate Stamps, Katie Rubright, Keena Gonzalez, Kenny Macon, Laura Frantz, Lauren Gohara, Lauren Slone, Marjan Moghaddam, Mark Attebery, Mark Brennan, Mary DeVincentis, Matthew Garrison, Meg Graham, Michael Berube, Monica Espitia, Oksana Prokopenko, Peter Fankhauser, Rebecca Simon, Reginald Jean-Felix, Reiner Hansen, Robert Aitchison, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sarah Hollars, Seldon Yuan, Summer McCorkle, Tim Rusterholz, Timm Mettler, Timothy Collins, Visakh Menon, Wei Xiaoguang, Werd, and William Daniels.

Fundraising Event: Friday June 6, 2014 7-10 p.m. and Saturday June 7, 2014 7-10 p.m.

Location: Novella Gallery l 164 Orchard St. l NYC l 10002 

Press Contact: Frank Sabatte, (212) 265-3209 x218, artists@openingsny.com

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* LIBERALIS - Latin word for Generous *             

April 17, 2014 VIEW POST

The L Magazine reviews Brian Wood’s show “Enceinte”

Posted by on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:42 PM

The review reads in part: “… Michael Berube has curated a rather properly timed show of gracefully rendered, organically loose, at times elegantly conchological graphite drawings and photographs by Brian Wood. Nestled in the church’s nave and gathered under the title Enceinte—a French term that most directly translates to ‘pregnant,’ but can also refer to a protective girding or enclosure—the works on show seem verged upon budding to life, effervescent in a way, or calmed into modes of repose. Fitting, to be sure, for a vernally timed show—burgeoning flora, reproductive forms, certain holidays. Fitting too, and quite touchingly, for an exhibit the artist has dedicated to his mother, who recently passed away …”

To read the full review click here: http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2014/03/27/4-art-exhibits-you-need-to-see

March 28, 2014 VIEW POST

Select reception images from the New York Times reviewed show “Enceinte”

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March 17, 2014 VIEW POST

Brian Wood’s show “Enceinte” reviewed in the New York Times!!!

“Passage,” a 2012 graphite drawing by Brian Wood, is being displayed in the nave at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Courtesy of the artist

Read the review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/arts/design/brian-wood-enceinte.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0

March 14, 2014 VIEW POST

Brian Wood Solo Exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle

BRIAN WOOD
Enceinte

Quicken, 2012, Graphite on paper, 14 x 11 inches

March 7th-April 13th, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13th, 7-9pm

Openings Collective is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Brian Wood in the Church of St. Paul the Apostle curated by Michael Berube.

Works in this exhibition will include graphite drawings, ink/photo hybrid drawings, and a large-scale photograph. Wood’s explorations in these various media allow access to different states of mind and differing experiences of time and space. His highly attuned attention to consciousness and the fluctuating states of awareness manifest the core imagery of his work.

Wood states:
“The pre-lingual lack of separation from one’s mother and the undifferentiated void of the infant’s world quickly give way to the necessary experience of difference, boundaries, self-awareness, language, and time. The death of Orpheus is an arresting image of the tail-end of this state: his body torn to pieces and cast into the landscape while his head is held by the flowing river Hebrus, singing as it is swept out to sea. In that head, floating to Lesbos, live memories of underworld and ecstasy.

I’m particularly interested in the mysterious way images constantly arrive in consciousness, fluoresce, and die. All this in a flash that remains largely unconscious as images instantly reify toward meaning and language and are then put to service as identity, self, and workaday narcissism. I experience the process of drawing as a tracing of arising being and imagery, shifting mental states, embodied experience, and fragments of memory. Once reaching a state of holding/stasis and fully immanent with meaning, but just before solidifying into a particular meaning, the drawing is complete. The resultant image often feels very alien to me and each drawing is quite different.

This exhibition has coalesced around mourning for my mother, Phyllis Cicily Ana Wood, who recently passed away. It will include work that refers to my earliest experience of mother and the show will be dedicated to her.”

Brian Wood is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, and many others.

His awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, numerous Canada Council Grants, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include The Printed Picture at the Museum of Modern Art, Brian Wood: Drawings at Jeannie Freilich Contemporary in Chelsea, Le Choix du Coeur with Gandy Gallery in Prague, and recent group shows at Julie Saul Gallery, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, and Schema Projects in Brooklyn.

The Church of St. Paul is located on the corner of West 60th Street and Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. For press inquires, please contact Frank Sabatte at artists@openingsny.com or call (212)-265-3209 extension 218.

Brian Wood: http://www.brianwoodstudio.com

Openings:
Website: http://www.openingsny.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/openingsny (@openings)
Facebook: http://facebook.com/openingscollective

March 12, 2014 VIEW POST

Openings 8th Annual Art Exhibition call for entries

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Deadline for submissions: February 22, 2014. Midnight EST

Openings is a collective of visual artists who believe that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides (www.openingsny.com). Each year the group presents an exhibition addressing a particular theme. The theme for the 2014 exhibition is #occupycommonground, a group art exhibition taking place in Fall 2014.

With this year’s theme, #occupycommonground, Openings is asking you to reflect on the artistic, social, and political implications of common ground, particularly what we perceive to be the paradox of social media. Intended to create immediate connections across a globalized world, social media also breeds isolation and disillusionment. How do digital platforms mediate your relationships with others and with your art practices? Are you an analog person living in an increasingly digital world? Are technology and analog thinking at odds? If not through social media, how do you create common ground in this digital age? Your response addresses the timely question: “Where is our common ground?”

Artists are asked to submit a detailed proposal for artwork in any medium which explores their interpretation of this theme, addressed either personally, publicly, politically, aesthetically, conceptually, or spiritually. Artwork will be exhibited within the unique space of the interior of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Columbus Avenue at W 60th Street in New York City. 

Submission Guidelines:

Artists are asked to submit the following materials:

• Detailed Visual Proposal for #occupycommonground, which includes clear and descriptive text/drawings/sketches/schematics of a proposed artwork for the exhibition or images of finished artwork that you are proposing to show. Artists are encouraged to visit the exhibition space within the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in advance of sending their proposal. 
• Proposal Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format) describing the proposed artwork and how it addresses the theme
• Contact Information: name, address, email, telephone, website URL (only in .doc or .docx format).
• 10 separate jpeg images of recent work (no greater than 800 pixels or 11 inches at 72 dpi). Each file must be labeled with title, medium, dimensions and artist’s name.
• Current CV (only in .doc or .docx format).
• Artist Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format).

Submissions that do not follow requested formats will be rejected.

Eligibility:

This call for entries is open to any visual artist over the age of 18. All submissions must be received via email to occupyexhibition@gmail.com. There is no fee for submitting a proposal; however, we will request a fee of $60 once you have been accepted into the exhibition. This fee will go towards the cost of promotion, hanging, publicity, and opening reception. Artists will be selected by a jury of current Openings members and invited guest jurors from the field. In addition, selected artists are required to sign an exhibition contract and to comply with the terms therein. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All selected artists will be asked to schedule a studio/work space visit with one or more of the exhibition’s curators as a way to show/discuss works-in-progress as they relate to the theme of the exhibition. The suggested studio visit will also be used as an opportunity to record photo/video material for the purposes of generating PR for the show. Artists or their representatives must be present for both the delivery and installation of artwork, as well as the de-installation and removal of artwork on the dates specified below. Openings and the Church of St. Paul the Apostle will not accept or store works delivered in advance of the installation day and cannot store artworks after the de-installation date. Openings reserves the right to refuse to exhibit artworks that differ substantially from submitted proposals. It is strongly recommended that you visit the church to get an idea of the space (if you can) or visit our Facebook page to view installation shots of last year’s exhibition to get some sense of how our exhibitions are installed. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.719861258027339.1073741831.111890398824431&type=1&l=2d31ffe97e

(Please note: nothing can be hung from the ceiling)

Event Schedule:

February 22, 2014: Completed submissions due via email.
March 10, 2014: Notification of selected artists by email.
March 26, 2014: Artist meeting, exhibition space walk-through.
May 7, 2014: Artist progress / issues / PR update via email.
June 7, 2014: Begin studio visits with selected artists.
August 14, 2014: Deadline to submit work-in-progress reports.
September 10, 2014: Delivery/Installation of exhibition at Church of St. Paul the Apostle.
September 11, 2014: Exhibition opens to the public.
September 18, 2014: Opening Reception.
October 2, 2014: Artist walk-through.
October 23, 2014: De-installation of exhibition.

Please send all submissions via email to occupyexhibition@gmail.com.

Any questions pertaining to Openings or the exhibition can be directed to occupyexhibition@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is Midnight (EST), Saturday, February 22, 2014.

January 13, 2014 VIEW POST

Select images from Joseph Cavalieri’s opening reception

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January 12, 2014 VIEW POST