Clark Derbes, Diana Horowitz, Kahn & Selesnick, Leslie Murray, Alice O’Malley
July 18 – Aug 6, 2014
CLARK DERBES was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Baton Rouge. Derbes was exposed at an early age to the vernacular craft arts of the south, including; vibrantly painted carvings, quilts, and the beaded pageantry of Mardi Gras. These influences, along with the road-side chainsaw carvings he has witnessed in Vermont, collided with his practice of ab-ex geometric painting. His work employs a vocabulary of forms & shapes adapted from familiar architectures translated into sculptures of carved wood finished with a variety of complex patina processes or vivid color, sometimes in combination and all driven by his straightforwardness and skill. His current body of carved and poly-chromed wood sculpture are a synthesis of these influences; a ‘gumbo’ of American art history stirred with the wooden spoon of folk tradition. Derbes earned a BFA at Louisiana State University and exhibits extensively throughout the US. He currently lives and works in Vermont with his wife, artist Wylie Sofia Garcia, and their son.
Born in New York City, 1958, painter DIANA HOROWITZ earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has taught at many places including the School of the Art Institute Chicago, Tyler School of Art / Temple Abroad Rome, International School of Art, Umbria, Italy and currently teaches at Brooklyn College. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Recent exhibitions include several at Hirschl & Adler Modern, NY; P.P.O.W., NY; MB Modern, NY; several shows at Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, and Sazama Gallery, Chicago. Group exhibits include Lori Bookstein Fine Art, NY; Museum of the City of New York; Provincetown Art Association and Museum; List Gallery, Swarthmore College; American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; National Academy Museum; New York Studio School, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; the Bayley Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA; and the Neuberger Museum of Art.
Her work is included in the collections of of the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of the City of New York, New-York Historical Society; Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN; Hunter Museum, Chattanooga TN; Ballinglen Foundation, Ballycastle Ireland; and the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. She is a recipient of an Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize, National Academy of Design; Rosenthal Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts & Letters; and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Pollock Krasner foundation; and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, World Views program; and the Ballinglen Fellowship in Ballycastle, Ireland.
RICHARD SELESNICK and NICHOLAS KAHN have been collaborating as Kahn/Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations. They were both born in 1964, in New York City and London respectively and both are British citizens. They met at Washington University in St Louis where they collaborated informally from 1982-86 as photography majors. After graduation and a couple of years of showing their art separately they migrated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to work on an evolving series of projects, some painting based, some photo based, all involving fictional attributions, narratives and sculpture. A residency at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Massachusetts helped them create an elaborate full-scale oaken chapel; ‘Der Ruteloft des Bet’ubten Bienenkaisers (The Rood-Loft of the Drunken Beekeeper) with 120 painted panels, all of heads in profile sprouting psychoactive plants from their mouths. For this exhibition they will present new work from The Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World which will include: documentary-style panoramic and square photographs that combine absurdist fantasy and bogus anthropology; elaborately crafted artifact, costumes and sculpture, often constructed of unlikely materials such as bread or fur, painting and drawings ranging from large scale works on plaster to pages of conceptual doodling.
LESLIE MURRAY received her BFA from the Maine College of Art in 2008 and her Master’s degree from New York University in 2013. She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and twice at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She currently resides in Portland, Maine, where she teaches at the Maine College of Art. She has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine, Michael Rosenthal Gallery in San Francisco, and exhibits regularly at the Schoolhouse Gallery. She will present a suite of new paintings.
ALICE O’MALLEY mainly makes black-&-white portraits, a tiny portion of which have been published in the book Community of Elsewheres.The portraits are done simply – frontal, centered, and collaborative with the subjects. O’Malley moved to New York City from Buffalo in 1990, and the friends she has met in New York have long been the focus of her work: Antony Hegarty, the singer; Kenny Kenny, a downtown club fixture; Lucy Sexton, a dancer; and assorted poets, artists and creative souls. O’Malley captured them wherever her studio happened to be at the time — or on the street when there was no space to be had — often in costumes the artists brought themselves and occasionally on borrowed time. In time O’Malley learned to use a 4-by-5 camera — and, by choice, available light — by trial and error, which led her to the series of photos that would eventually become ‘‘Community of Elsewheres,’’ a collective portrait of a slowly disappearing Lower East Side bohemia. And while she no longer cites Cecil Beaton as an influence (Peter Hujar, Claude Cahun and Deborah Turbeville still make the cut), she is still a society photographer, just with a different sort of society. For this exhibition she will present a suite of portraits.