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, William Daniels, and Witts.

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:
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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

Joseph Cavalieri Solo Exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Exhibit: Joseph Cavalieri: “Deliver Us From Our Addictions”

Joseph Cavalieri’s “Deliver  Us From Our Addictions” is a meditative and somewhat comical series of  21st century dependencies in stained glass. The  series illustrates a grouping of mental and physical addictions to which  we moderns are  prone, ranging from  consumerism, mind-altering drugs, smoking, over-eating, love obsession, to fashion victims and outright evil!This winter, Openings proudly presents “Deliver Us From Our Addictions”, a solo exhibition featuring hand-painted illuminated stained glass works by East Village artist Joseph Cavalieri, specifically made for the exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

Many  of  these addictions start as an  innocent activity that unwittingly slips from  a moderate to an  immoderate preoccupation, unknowingly slipping down  the  dark road to a compulsive obsession. Some of  Cavalieri’s modern day  addictions are  not  so much sins as they  are  self- centered preoccupations, mindlessly embraced. The  worst are  actively destructive to others or to self;  the  least are  distracting and wasteful. No one  contemplates the  greater good when in a shopping frenzy!!  Addictions, no matter how mild, all high-jack the  mind and turn it from worthwhile thought and action.

These ten  illuminated works  are  done in stained glass, an  art form  with a long  history of story telling. “The  warm illumination of  stained glass has a tradition of  mesmerizing the observer. My aim  is to capture the  on-lookers’ attention, then have  them choose which  of these addictions exist  within  themselves. My hope is to make art that results in a serious examination of  the  spectators’ personal lives”  says Cavalieri.

Subversively smart,  cleverly thought-provoking, Cavalieri’s work adds a piquant page to the long history of  stained glass as a popular medium for instruction and contemplation. His work could be  placed in a time capsule as a splendid specimen of  contemporary consciousness.

Exhibition:

January 7- February 13, 2014

Reception:
Thursday, January 9, 2014; 7-9pm

Hours:
Monday through Friday 8 am  until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

About

Joseph Cavalieri is recognized for his  distinctive painted and silk-screened glass art, His work mixes thought provoking concepts and contemporary graphic design, with the  Medieval medium of  enamel painted and kiln fired  stained glass.  Cavalieri lectures, teaches  and exhibits internationally. Recently his  award winning work has been acquired for the  permanent collections of  the Museum of  Arts and Design, and the  Leslie-Lohman Museum. In 2013 Cavalieri had four  one-man shows including The  Society of  Arts and Crafts (Boston),  Theater for the  New City Gallery  (NYC), the  Duncan McClellan Gallery  (FL) and twice  at Dixon Place (NYC). His work has also been show  at TS Art Projects (Berlin), Lucky  Street (Key West), Smart Clothes Gallery  (NYC), and the  International Arte Laguna Prize in Venice. Joseph’s MTA Arts for Transit public art commission can  be  viewed  at the  Philipse Manor Train  Station in Westchester, New York. Cavalieri maintains a private studio in the  East Village  of  Manhattan. 

visit Joseph Cavalieri’s site: www.cavaglass.com


January 12, 2014 VIEW POST

Joel Carreiro Solo Exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Openings presents Joel Carreiro
From John LaFarge to Stanford White and Bela Pratt to Lumen Winter, The Church of St Paul the Apostle has had one main goal since its inception - to combine the artistic ideals of the past with the American genius of the present day.
This fall Openings proudly presents:

Joel Carreiro
Fierce Bliss
 A Solo Exhibition 

Image: Realm, 2013. Heat transfer & milk paint on Birch panel. 20” x 24”
 In the collection of Marcy Rose Water & Mark Gibian


 “The central concern driving my explorations in the visual arts is the notion of transformation. I am interested in how one thing can turn into another and what changes in meaning occur along the way, as something is coerced out of its customary identity into a new, uncertain life. My process involves selecting source imagery and reproducing, manipulating and recomposing it to create new images, which then function as paintings, although arrived at through a collage process.” – Joel Carreiro
 
In an age where ideas of beauty, the sublime, or transcendence are looked at with some degree of suspicion, Joel Carreiro’s work embraces these concepts.  Rejecting the mythological narrative of the untamed, wild artist expressing his angst with abandon on each canvas, Carreiro elicits and achieves a strong emotional resonance in his work via structure, content, and transformation. Carreiro’s approach is firmly grounded in collage but the works he creates operate as paintings that vacillate between abstraction and narrative as one changes their physical relationship to the work. Carreiro fragments reproductions of various works from the Renaissance and the Baroque Era, work mainly produced in service of the church, and puts them in what he refers to as a conceptual Cuisinart, reconfiguring the elements to create new and exciting compositions that are contemporary, abstract, and complex yet still retain a strong sense of the spiritual. With this exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the source imagery that Carreiro chooses comes full circle, reconstituted, reimagined, reinvigorated and back to the church but in the service of us all.
 
Exhibition curated by Michael Berube.
 
•            Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2013. 7-9pm
•            Exhibition Dates: Oct. 30 – Nov. 30, 2013
•            Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
•            Sat - Sun 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 
 Location: Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Corner of West 60th & Columbus Ave. (212) 265-3495
New York, New York 10019
 
Press Contact: Frank Sabatté, (212) 265-3209 x218,
artists@openingsny.com   www.openingsny.com “Openings believes that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides.”
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October 22, 2013 VIEW POST