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  Construction Site
 June 17 - August 13, 2016
 

Construction Site examines the influence of architecture and the built world on abstraction. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography and textile pieces by Cathryn Arcomano, Mel Bernstine, Samantha Bittman, Eric Brown, Kellyann Burns, Paul Corio, Alison Hall, Jason Karolak, Liv Mette Larsen, Noah Loesberg, Christian Maychack, Erin O’Keefe, Gary Stephan, Altoon Sultan, Don Voisine, Laura Watt and Will Yackulic.
 
Gary Stephan’s painting references a wide variety of architectural forms, from cruciform floor plans, the structural decoration of a cross vaulted ceiling, to inverted volutes. While also exploiting a cruciform structure, Laura Watt executes an imaginary ceiling decoration in a kaleidoscopic pattern recalling tilework, as does Paul Corio’s optically charged and vividly colored painting which creates dimensional space through transitions from light to dark. Norwegian-born Liv Mette Larsen draws inspiration from the industrial environment of Bushwick, where she now lives and works on her reductive geometric paintings. Mel Bernstine’s colorful and playful interlocking polygons capture the rhythms and patterns of the urban environment. Jason Karolak’s linear paintings allude to architectural forms seen in his Brooklyn studio environment as well as travels to Italy, while his palette is suggestive of neon colors found in commercial signage. Kellyann Burns polishes the surfaces of her paintings, revealing earlier layers and creating multiple surface textures to convey the beauty of erosion and regeneration seen in the built world. Erin O’Keefe is a trained architect as well as a photographer; she explores the ambiguity of spatial perceptions by transforming three-dimensional arrangements of simple materials in her elegant staged photographs. The subtle and irregular geometries in Eric Brown’s paintings suggest the simplicity of a shadow cast on an urban sidewalk as well window frames or floor plans. Samantha Bittman’s geometric paintings are hand-woven on a loom and augmented with acrylic paint, in works whose patterns recall structures, passageways and architectural decoration. The simple, koan-like geometric shapes in Cathryn Arcomano’s paintings are set against richly surfaced gold or silver grounds, inspired by architectural forms seen in Fra Angelico’s paintings. Similarly, Noah Loesberg encases linear wooden patterns in resin sculptures that reference architecture depicted in Islamic manuscript painting. Will Yackulic thinks of his small scale ceramic vessels as portraits of individuals but rendered in the vocabulary of architecture: pyramidal forms, ziggurats, coffering, and even smokestacks. Christian Maychack deconstructs forms found in the built world in his painting/sculpture hybrids. Wooden slats and an asymmetric frame reveal intersections of colorfully stained epoxy sheets which resemble torn sheetrock and plaster. Don Voisine’s paintings of simple overlapping geometries are influenced by architectural plans and elevation views; the monumentality of his forms suggests the scale of the built environment. Altoon Sultan lives and works in rural Vermont. In an egg tempera on parchment painting she explores the subtle but glowing effects of light and shadow articulating the architectural surface of a shed for newborn calves. In her hooked wool textile piece, blues squares centered on the boundary between lighter and darker fields is at once purely abstract but also recalls windowed barn structures. Alison Hall’s paintings in indigo or black use Venetian plaster grounds of gesso and rabbit skin glue, painstakingly applied in multiple layers. They are adorned with subtle and shimmering linear geometric patterns inspired by architectural details seen during frequent travels in Italy.
 
 
Cathryn Arcomano
Arcangel XVII, 2006
Oil on canvas
8 x 8 inches

Cathryn Arcomano
Arcangelo XX, 2007-8
Oil on canvas
8 x 8 inches

Cathryn Arcomano
Angelico I, 2008
Oil on canvas
8 x 8 inches
 
Cathryn Arcomano
Angelico II, 2008
Oil on canvas
8 x 8 inches

Mel Bernstine
Clean Scene, 2016
Acrylic on linen
32 x 25 1/2 inches

Samantha Bittman
Untitled, 2016
Acrylic on hand-woven textile
20 x 16 inches
 
Samantha Bittman
Untitled, 2016
Acrylic on hand-woven textile
20 x 16 inches

Eric Brown
Tilt, 2016
Oil on linen
24 x 30 inches

Eric Brown
Two, 2016
Oil on linen
10 x 12 inches
 
Kellyann Burns
7:15 PM 5/19/16, 2016
Oil on alu-dibond
48 x 18 inches

Paul Corio
Thing One, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Alison Hall
The Ground Below Us, August 2015, 2016
Oil, graphite and plaster on panel
13 x 11 inches
 
Alison Hall
The Ceiling Above Us, August 2015, 2016
Oil, graphite and plaster on panel
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1623), 2016
Oil on linen over panel
17 x 15 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1608), 2016
Oil on linen over panel
16 x 14 inches
 
Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1614), 2016
Oil on linen over panel
16 x 14 inches

Jason Karolak
Untitled (P-1611), 2016
Oil on linen over panel
14 x 16 inches

Liv Mette Larsen
Concrete Factory XXX, 2015-16
Egg tempera on linen
17 x 24 inches
 
Liv Mette Larsen
Concrete Factory I, 2015-16
Egg tempera on linen
17 x 24 inches

Liv Mette Larsen
Concrete Factory IX, 2015-16
Egg tempera on linen
17 x 24 inches

Noah Loesberg
Illuminated Manuscript Page #16, 2016
Polyurethane resin and wood
15 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches
 
Noah Loesberg
Illuminated Manuscript Page #14, 2016
Polyurethane resin and wood
16 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches

Noah Loesberg
Illuminated Manuscript Page #15, 2016
Polyurethane resin and wood
15 1/4 x 10 x 1 5/8 inches

Christian Maychack
Compound Flat #46, 2015
Epoxy clay, pigment and wood
45 1/2 x 26 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches
 
Erin O'Keefe
Things As They Are #38, 2016
Archival inkjet print mounted on museum board
Edition of 3
20 x 16 inches

Erin O'Keefe
Things As They Are #37, 2016
Archival inkjet print mounted on museum board
Edition of 3
20 x 16 inches

Gary Stephan
Untitled, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches
 
Altoon Sultan
White Wall, 2015
Egg tempera on parchment stretched over wood
8 1/4 x 11 inches

Altoon Sultan
Blue Squares, 2016
Hand dyed wool on linen
10 x 23 1/2 inches

Don Voisine
Facade, 2016
Oil on wood panel
20 x 28 inches
 
Don Voisine
Revolver, 2016
Oil on wood panel
44 x 44 inches

Laura Watt
Idea for Open Ceiling #2, 2016
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches

Will Yackulic
Module 3.2, 2014
Glazed earthenware
9 1/4 x 4 x 4 inches
 
Will Yackulic
Module 2.2, 2014
Glazed earthenware
7 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches
 
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