April 29 – May 29, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 29, 6-9
The Parlour Bushwick is pleased to present “Meddwl”, featuring work by Jonathan Cowan, Christopher Manning, Jessica Langley, and Christopher Dunlap
Taking a reflective approach to image-making the artists in the exhibition entitled “Meddwl”; a Gaelic term for thinking, create work that calls for a contemplative gaze. Each coming from a distinct working process whether it is a bonding of two separate art practices, repetition of shape and color, or cataloging and manipulating that which they see in nature their process allows them to visualize and come to understand their relationship to the natural world. Through metaphor, memory, and daily life they create a visual experience that takes time to process.… Read more here
Make it Real
The work in this exhibition blurs the definitions of Realist and Representational art. While the artists are making work based on observing what they see, their work is not specifically about rendering for the sake of rendering or mastering a technique. What makes their imagery resonate is how their ironic humor, unique use of materials, and commitment to subject matter draws the viewer into their work.
Hilary Doyle paints the people she observes around her. Her inquisitive yet analytical approach towards materials creates innovative portraits that draw attention to abstraction, surface, and an awkward humanism.
Amy Hill paints portraits in a highly stylized manner that evokes different art historical genres and styles such as the Rembrandtesque images of her heavy metal musicians or painting modern day hipsters in a manner reminiscent of the Renaissance.… Read more here
The Hand that Creates the I
Symbols, metaphors, and physical size are a few ways that the artists in “The Hand that Creates the I” reveal a human presence in their work.
Carol Bruns builds her abstracted forms out of wire, plaster, and paper. Grounded in the human form her larger than life pieces while initially made to be cast in bronze become entities unto themselves. Painted and colored they are at once symbols and expressions of the human
Erika Ranee does large abstract paintings. Ranee brings a physicality to her work through the process of pouring thin layers of paint and simultaneously lifting and turning the paintings to change the paints course.… Read more here
“No Irony Here”
September 25 – November 1, 2015
Reception: Friday, September 25, 6-9
The Parlour Bushwick is pleased to present “No Irony Here”, featuring work by David Kramer, Cate Giordano, Paul Gagner, and Claudia Bitran.
“No Irony Here” showcases four artists that use irony to express their disappointment, explore gender identity, come to understand that which seems larger than life and to visualize their conflicting desires of self-expression.
Using a style that replicates lifestyle magazine advertisements from 1970’s, David Kramer’s imagery describes a life of ease, wealth and romance; yet the text that goes along with the image turns the narrative on its head. Rather than selling a glamorous ideal the work creates feelings of discomfort, failure and disillusionment.… Read more here
May 22 – June 28, 2015
The Parlour Bushwick presents Neo-Craftivism, co-organized by Rachael Gorchov, Roxanne Jackson and Robin Kang. Featuring the work of Sarah Bednarek, Rachael Gorchov, Roxanne Jackson, Robin Kang, Katerina Lanfranco, Heidi Lau, Rebecca Morgan, Courtney Puckett and Nichole Van Beek.
Contemporary crafter and activist, Betsy Greer, coined the term Craftivism, in 2003. A single word designed to merge craft and social activism, identifying a movement that, in line with the Third-wave feminist movement, utilized craft as subversive. Through showcasing artists working with traditional craft media in current and contemporary ways, we have assembled new voices in visual art who are engaging in this conversation.
Drawing from a scope of ideas, ranging from the banal beauty of contemporary landscape and culture, the absurdity of pop culture, digital-age iconography, horror film and sci-fi imagery, the artists in this show blend and appropriate these images to create something uncommon, fresh, and contradictory.… Read more here