MADE is pleased to be showing "The Heist," curated to tease and seduce, while perpetuating a disarming and delightful brain twist, with work by Steve DeFrank and Laurel Farrin. In addition, we are featuring smaller work from the “not-so-flat files” by Nancy Baker, Janice Caswell, Alex Paik, and Nicolas Touron. The work is affordably priced and includes gouache drawings, mixed media paintings and sculptures, ceramics and video. Scroll down to see images.
Where: Temporary Storage Galleries at Brooklyn Fireproof, 119 Ingraham St. at Porter Ave
Hours: Thurs 12-6pm; Fri 12-9pm; Sat & Sun 12-6pm
Directions via subway: L train to Morgan. Get out on the Harrison St side. Walk one block over to Ingraham. Walk up Ingraham (towards Knickerbocker Ave) 2 blocks.
Exchange Rates: The Bushwick International Exposition, a collaborative platform that merges the visions of artist-run and emerging galleries in Bushwick, Brooklyn, with those of kindred galleries and itinerant projects from around the world. MADE will be joined by European galleries Campbell Works, Collar, Epodium Gallery, Gallery North, and Vacuous at our location.
THE HEIST: FEATURED ARTISTS
Often drawing on pop culture like TV sitcoms, tattoo culture, or Mexican lucha libra wrestling, Steve DeFrank’s work is a playful tease that delights and sparks curiosity. His abstract paintings disrupt how 2D work is often experienced. He often includes chromed elements, blown glass, and/or images on the wall to expand the visual space of the piece. Steve’s series of abstract drawings can be read as suprematist images but refer to the imaginary floorpans of iconic sitcom homes.
Steve DeFrank, I Wish My Mom Married Santa Claus, casein, aqua resin, black chrome on wood panels, 40" x 40" x 7", 2016
Steve DeFrank, 6151 Richmond Street Miami, (Golden Girls), pastel, ink and casein on paper, 18" x 18", 2016
Steve DeFrank, Apartment 5A, 129 West 81st Street, NYC (Jerry Seinfeld) pastel, ink and casein on paper, 18" x 18", 2016
Steve DeFrank, 245 East 73rd Street, NYC (Carrie Bradshaw), pastel, ink and casein on paper, 18" x 18", 2016
Laurel Farrin is a painter who also makes sculptures and videos. Her latest work, shown at Exchange Rates, playfully looks at the structure of humor in the world of abstraction. As she writes, “We act as antennas sensing the world, absorbing ever-shifting experiences with the weight and substance of a human body’s gravitational presence. How do we glean information and make meaning? … My body and the materials wrestle and collaborate to reconfigure something into another thing that is unpredictable and surprising--sometimes awkwardly funny but also present and true to material and self.”
Laurel Farrin, Audience, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16", 2016
Laurel Farrin, Zig Zag, shoe heels, 20" x 3", 2016
Laurel Farrin, Fart Joke, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24", 2016
Laurel Farrin, Tool, shoe heels, shims, 26" x 8", 2016
FROM THE "NOT-SO-FLAT" FILES
Nancy Baker hand cuts jewel-like geometric shapes and assembles them into what seems like ferocious lace. Out of these webs, a word or phrase may appear, much like the way Nancy encounters fragments of overheard conversation. These brightly-colored structures, however, are far from static or merely decorative. Instead, they are bundles of pent-up intensity that feel as if they're hurling through space or about to burst off the wall. Taken together, these knots of words, shapes, and energy communicate meaning out of serendipity - or serendipity out of meaning.
Nancy Baker, Crown, paper construction: acrylic paint on hand-cut paper, 18" x13", 2016
Nancy Baker, paper construction: acrylic paint on hand-cut paper, 2016
Janice Caswell uses found cardboard to make her constructions. She isolates shapes, paints them, and sometimes incorporates photographs in the collages. The pieces range from smaller flat pieces to larger 3D constructions that play with the ideas of abstraction, color, and sculpture.
Janice Caswell, Construction 41, acrylic, ink and collage on cardboard construction, 7" x 7" x 4", 2015
Janice Caswell, Construction 14, acrylic, ink and collage on cardboard construction, 6" x 10", 2015
Alex Paik uses cut and folded hand-colored paper to explore reflected color, visual counterpoint, and repetition as a tool for development. His work is influenced by his childhood training as a classical musician and his interest in polyphonic musical structures. Alex's "Rearrangable Drawings" are composed of 3 layers of drawings and gouache paintings on translucent vellum. As the title suggests, they can be rearranged for different configurations depending on how the sheets are layered.
Alex Paik, Rearrangeable Drawing - Octagon (C), gouache and colored pencil on vellum sheets, 10" x 8", 2016
Alex Paik, Rearrangeable Drawing - Hexagon (Klint), gouache and colored pencil on vellum sheets, 10" x 8", 2016
Often densely populated with a menagerie of characters and forms, Nicolas Touron's work reveals itself slowly and weaves a kind of never-ending story. In this video sculpture, he combines whimsical ceramic forms with a video taken at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. His work - complexly-structured and imbued with humor and irony - sets a narrative in motion that is ultimately left to each viewer to finish.
Nicolas Touron, Artificial Terrain 3, porcelain, aluminum, video projector, 10"H x 5" x 50", 2015