Experimental Glass Blowing
to Dec 23

Experimental Glass Blowing

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I am very excited to announce that I was a recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Fund Grant program through the Brooklyn Arts Council for 2019.

Watch my progress as I create new works on Instagram. I will be creating new glass artworks with the grant and exhibiting them this year. Stay tuned for more information.

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Summation & Absence - curatorial project at BioBat Art Space
to Aug 16

Summation & Absence - curatorial project at BioBat Art Space


Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 2019, 7-9PM

“In nature nothing exists alone.”     

-Rachel Carson, from “Silent Spring,” 1962 

The group exhibition at BioBat Art Space features installation work by 6 artists who explore throughout rigorous and long-term research processes unexpected connectivity between science and visual art forms. Ranging from biology to ecology, the exhibition highlights both the difference and the common ground between the artists - their research methods, artistic processes and the resulting diversity in their visual vocabularies. Overall, the artwork in “Summation & Absence” consists of abstracted and tactile sculptural immersive installations where the artists engage with research suggesting that through exploration of the human condition, additions and/or removal of such variants as information, technology, disease and toxins have both great scientific and artistic results. By methodically drawing on the natural world, each installation opens a fresh portal into what is at stake for life on this planet, inviting the viewer to reflect on the beauty and complexity of life within a vulnerable ecosystem.

BIOBAT Art Space

Brooklyn Army Terminal, Building A

140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Among Friends / Entre Amigos
to May 12

Among Friends / Entre Amigos

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AMONG FRIENDS is back and bigger and better than ever!
Organized by Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Beth Dary & Patricia Fabricant

Inspired by the Robert Rauschenberg artwork “Hiccups,” AMONG FRIENDS reflects and responds to the strength and illumination we find through art, friendship and community.

The show will consist of over 200 pieces of 9 x 7”
paper, each worked on by a different artist,
zipped together into one continuous, exuberant piece.
Individual works will be for sale for $250 apiece,
with 10% going to The Lower East Side Girls Club.

May 3–5, 8–12, 12 to 7pm
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, NYC

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Fauna of Mirrors at Long Island University
to May 17

Fauna of Mirrors at Long Island University

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Fauna of Mirrors


Artists: Charlotte Becket, Samuelle Green, Tamara Kostianovsky, Jessica Lagunas,

Christina Massey, Lina Puerta, Kathleen Vance

Curated by Etty Yaniv

Dates: Monday, March 4th through Fri, May 17th

Closing Reception: Friday, May 10th, 6-8 PM


In his short story “Fauna of Mirrors,” Jorge Luis Borges portrays an alternative world which is believed to exist behind all mirrors and inhabited by diverse and mysterious life forms. The group exhibition “Fauna of Mirrors” features sculptural installation work of seven NYC female artists who probe with superb skill, rigor, and fresh imagination at the intersection between nature and artifice, materiality and fragility. Due to the way that these artists utilize the unique architectural traits of the space - its transparency, columns, height, and curved shape, the gallery space transforms into a solarium or an aviary. The space itself becomes a conduit for a fantastic world inhabited by hybrid forms which represent a diverse range of life. At first glance this encapsulated universe may seem exotic and separate from our own, but as we get closer it resonates with familiar connectivity, eliciting concerns about the fragility of our ecosystem and our place in it.

Charlotte Becket’s kinetic sculpture consists of bulging, rigid, and symmetrical forms made of dark reflective surfaces - slowly swelling, collapsing, and resuming composure; irregularly at times, like breathing. Automation, information, consumerism, progress and erosion altogether collapse into a rhythmic motion which transforms the sculptures from motorized machines to figural abstractions or landscapes. These bloated bodies are creaking and laboring, moaning and muttering to themselves in an unresolved internal dialogue - both embracing and questioning the banality of the human condition.

Samuelle Green coalesces in her large-scale sprawling environments found and upcycled materials, drawing upon occurring design principles in nature such as repetitious decentralization of barnacle formations, or rhythmic gradations of the sea floor. Abandoned objects, urban waste, and institutional refuse metamorphose into natural patterns which heave in her installation with renewed life.

Tamara Kostianovsky’s naturalistic birds made of discarded clothing, transform the "repulsive" into the “tolerable,” the "disgusting" into the “appealing”- processes of birth, growth, and decay found in nature reintegrate back into the viewer’s field of vision. Drawing upon art historical Still Lives and images of butchered meat she encountered while growing up in Argentina, Kostianovsky’s brutally beautiful creatures open a window into the world of abjection and degradation, of the body that exists behind the scenes of our manicured lives.

Jessica Lagunas displays in the case by the entrance both assorted pages for artist books and jewelry, all made of leaves and other natural materials she collected from Wave Hill and Inwood Hill Park. The delicate book pages are produced by applying meticulous bookbinding techniques, and all objects are lavishly decorated: the pages with lace or machine embroidery; the jewelry with gold leaf. Associated with a decorative or creative function, this display of encased intimate sculptural objects resonates a sense of fragility, ephemerality, and in the end, extinction.

Christina Massey‘s mixed media sculptures clustered together create an installation that hints at possible futuristic or alien-like plant forms, the artist’s imaginative take on the possibilities of plant life as they must adapt to the chemicals and plastics inescapable in our environment today. Hand blown glass bulbs created as a part of her ongoing "Experimental Glass Blowing" project grow within a nest of "foliage" made from aluminum and plastic altogether create exotic or mutated organic forms that suspend from the ceiling, sit atop pedestals, and appear to grow from the floor - both familiar and foreign, abstracted and realistic. Experimental Glass Blowing is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Lina Puerta’s cast iron sculpture, built through Kohler Arts/Industry Program, represents a bold expansion of her artistic vocabulary, beyond her signature mixed media. Puerta’s work is guided by the physical qualities of a wide range of materials with varied textures, form, and color, altogether exploring the cyclical evolution of natural systems and representing the human form as its own small universe within the constructed worlds they inhabit.

Kathleen Vance’s river installation connects people to aspects of nature that are overlooked, while considering the need to protect our under-appreciated natural resources. Environmental issues such as water sustainability, personal land ownership, water rights, the necessity for preservation of our green areas and water sources play central role in her visual explorations. She brings nature back into the viewer’s hurried daily pace, inviting them for a moment of respite and reflection.

Etty Yaniv is an artist, curator, and art writer based in Dumbo. Yaniv has curated multiple group exhibitions in the NYC area, with special emphasis on featuring female and underrepresented artists in projects that involve engagement with the local communities. This is her third curatorial project at LIU Brooklyn.

Location: Humanities Gallery, LIU, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

At the intersection of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues, downtown Brooklyn Transportation: B, M, Q, R trains to DeKalb; 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Nevins  For press inquiries please email: etty.yaniv@gmail.com

Continuators: Brooklyn Arts Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

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Reviews of TRILL MATRIX at the Clemente
to Jan 31

Reviews of TRILL MATRIX at the Clemente

Written by Jonathan Goodman

Written by Jonathan Goodman

“Christina Massey works with repurposed beer cans so that their text and barcode become visual information rather than information intended to be read. Hidden Within (2018) is a flower-like form sitting on a low pedestal with three other of the artist’s works; it is composed of long petals made of differing materials, including the beer-can aluminum. Using industrial substances, Massey has created an image seemingly taken from nature–something as beautiful as if it had directly come from nature itself. “

Read the full text here: https://artefuse.com/2019/01/03/trill-matrix-at-the-clemente/

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Written by Audra Lambert

Written by Audra Lambert

“In Trill Matrix, “trill” alludes to a moment in hip-hop culture where the words “true” and “real” blended together to suggest authenticity and cultural ascendancy. Playing off this idea of reconciling two distinct words, artists on view in the exhibit remix disparate mediums to form new hybrids. Strips of fabric gathered together form a soft-sculpture-turned-light-installation, while works composed of glass and aluminum fragments hold court with another work re-claiming electronic wires and plastic into a single immersive sculpture. The network these works forms invites closer inspection, often bringing the visitor to realize a greater understanding of the beauty that lies in waste.

Christina Massey is one of the exhibiting artists whose works present the meeting point of upcycled materials and careful composition. The artist’s Crafty Collusions series brings together fragments from upcycled craft beer cans with a blend of other materials, cleverly juxtaposing the male-dominated industry of craft beer with the “femininity” of crafting. Massey reflected on the work involved in bridging the gaps while making mixed media artworks. “The materials in themselves bring certain complications, where one material doesn’t easily adhere to another,” noted Massey. “A certain amount of experimentation has to be done to find the right glues, mixture of paint, thickness of thread, etc., but I love that experimentation, that’s where you discover new things that maybe you didn’t realize were a possibility. That can be very freeing…  just allowing yourself to manipulate, play and learn, admitting that the material is going to have a certain mind of its own.”

Read the full text here: https://antemag.com/2019/01/14/the-thrill-of-trill-matrix-at-the-abrazo-interno-gallery-clemente-soto-velez-center/

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