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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Artspace late winter shows opening Thursday, Feb. 7

50 Orange St, New Haven, (203) 772-2709
Late winter exhibition series
Through Mar. 29, 2008
Opening Reception: Thurs., Feb. 7, 6—8 p.m., preceded by an artist talk at 5 p.m.

Press release

Artspace is pleased to announce our late winter exhibitions on view from Feb. 2 through Mar. 29, 2008. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2008 from 6—8 p.m., following an artist talk at 5 p.m.

Unnameable Things
This exhibition highlights seven painters working in a large-scale abstract language. While these artists focus on elements of color, shape, and surface, their works allude to structures, figures and things in the world. Their paintings begin to suggest recognizable forms, yet remain abstract and unnameable. The exhibition, curated by Clint Jukkala, includes work by Matt Connors, Keltie Ferris, Chris Martin, Carrie Moyer, Baker Overstreet, Palma Blank Rosenblum and Chuck Webster.

Mt. Grandeur: Paintings by Cham Hendon
Like Chinese ink and brush paintings, Cham Hendon's large-scale poured paint pieces are at the same time fluid in their strokes and inflexible once they are dry. In this series, he reworks typical mountain imagery by mixing California culture with the Far East.

Unjoined Unity 3: Constructions and new work by Liz Pagano
Simultaneously pushing the limitations of chance and control, Liz Pagano layers transparent plexiglass marked with stains, swirls, and spots to create assemblages that come alive when placed near light.

Anomalies and other Oddities: A new installation by Tim Nikiforuk
Drawing from various aspects of cellular growth and mutation, Tim Nikiforuk's vast wall drawings explode with a flux of mutated abstract organisms that envelop its viewing audience as they virally spread from the nooks and crannies of the room.

Suspended Animation 1 & 2: A new installation by John Bent
In this two-part animation and installation, John Bent explores the relationship of time to our bodies and personal identities. Suspended Animation 1 presents a continuous churning mass of abstracted organ-like forms, exposing the rift between the real and perceived time of our internal body. Suspended Animation 2 is presented from within a wax and latex form, and portrays the continual, largely unnoticed changes and cycles of our external body's appearance.

thoughts of you...
This exhibition, curated by Jessica Smolinski, presents a selection of photographic works from Flatfile artists Hannah Cole, Judy Gelles, Martin Kruck and Christine Shank. Each artist uses text or titles to conjure stories that accompany the visual image, inviting the viewer to construct a narrative by piecing together the written and visual information. These works represent a particular time, place or person as subject without being visibly present.


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