FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:             January 30, 2006

 

 

Out of the Blue

an exhibition about weather + the creative process

http://outoftheblueproject.org

 

March 4 - May 6, 2006

 

CURATOR'S TOUR & ARTISTS’ RECEPTION:

Saturday, March 4th, 3pm free and open to the public.

Curator's Talk begins at 3pm and is followed by the reception until 6pm.

 

Abington Art Center

515 Meetinghouse Road

Jenkintown, PA 19046

http://abingtonartcenter.org

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Works by:

Stephen Andrews, Robert Bordo, Emily Brown, Diane Burko, Dawn DeDeaux, Christos Dikeakos,

John Dougill, Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Erik Hanson, Geoffrey Hendricks,

J.J. L’Heureux, Bill Jones, Zoe Leonard, Frank Moore, Eileen Neff, Andrea Polli, Hunter Reynolds,

Austin Thomas, Bing Wright, Carrie Yamaoka

 

With a selection of ephemera and multiples by:

Colin Keefe, Richard Long, Ben Neill, Kiki Smith, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson, Andrea Zittel

and others…

 

JENKINTOWN, PA – Conceived by artists Joy Episalla and Joy Garnett, organized by Abington Art

Center curator Amy Lipton, Out of the Blue is one of the most significant shows to premier at

Abington Art Center, presenting works from 22 prominent regional, national and international artists

hailing from Philadelphia, NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, London, Toronto and Vancouver.

 

The exhibition focuses on the dynamics of human creativity as a metaphor for geological and atmospheric

phenomena. Treating issues of weather both literally and symbolically, Out of the Blue approaches the

creative process as a kind of weather system.

 

Ideas, like hurricanes, seem to come "out of the blue," though they arrive through a combination of complex

forces. Through metaphors provided by art, Out of the Blue leads us through the tangle of influences—both

innovative and destructive—that humans exert upon one another and the environment. Understanding and

cultivating these influences and relationships is the key to our cultural vitality in a world where technological

hubris and political arrogance overshadow tolerance and collaboration.

 

On display, in addition to artworks, is a selection of "ephemera" loaned by the curators and participating artists.

Found objects, artist multiples, books, CDs and vernacular artifacts interspersed throughout the exhibition and

displayed in nearby vitrines, reflect the artists' sources and provide a map of their thought processes.

 

Through this grouping of artists, artworks and objects, which are all connected to one another in some way,

Out of the Blue generates its own weather conditions, a storm of intertwined processes—artistic, social,

political, atmospheric, and geological. As we influence one another, we in turn affect our culture and the

environment, and creativity itself becomes a force of nature.

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ABOUT THE CURATORS

 

Joy Episalla is a New York artist who works in the interstices between photography, video and sculpture.

Her work focuses on the wealth of information that mundane architecture or an object can provide, like a

forensic examiner or palm reader, studying the cracks and stains inscribed on the surface—the secret

histories of places and things. A long time AIDS activist, she is on the board of Treatment Action Group

and the Gesso Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally including the Wexner

Center for the Arts; Debs & Co., NY; The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Aeroplastics Contemporary,

Brussels; and Studio 1.1, London. A solo exhibition at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago runs concurrently to

this exhibition. She is a 2003 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

 

Joy Garnett is a New York artist whose work focuses on images of the apocalyptic-sublime and its intersections

with media, politics and culture. Her paintings have been exhibited at Debs & Co., Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, Foxy

Production, Clementine Gallery, White Columns, Exit Art, and Schroeder Romero, NY; National Academy of Sciences,

Washington, DC; Aeroplastics Contemporary, De Witte Zaal, and De Bond, Belgium. In 2002 she organized the

traveling exhibition Night Vision, about networks, surveillance and media images of war that opened at Illinois State

University Galleries and traveled to White Columns, NY (2002) and Central Michigan University Art Gallery (2003).

In 2004 she received a grant from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. She is the Arts Editor at Cultural Politics,

an internationally refereed journal published by Berg, Oxford, UK.

 

Amy Lipton has been active as a curator since she opened her first gallery in New York's East Village in 1986. She

was the owner and director of Amy Lipton Gallery until 1995. In 1999 Lipton became Curator for ecoartspace, a

New York and California based non-profit organization dedicated to raising environmental awareness through the

arts. In June 2002, her curatorial project Ecovention, with an accompanying 160-page catalogue opened at the

Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2003-04 Lipton was Guest Curator of Imaging the River at the

Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. She is working with The Nature Conservancy, The Audubon Society, and

Nurture New York's Nature on a series of exhibitions and discussions titled Human/Nature: Art and the Environment.

Lipton has been Curator at Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA since December 2004.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

Stephen Andrews lives in Toronto, Ontario. His work deals with memory, identity, the body and the body politic. He has

recently had solo exhibitions at Paul Petro Gallery (Toronto) and Platform Gallery (Seattle) each in 2005 and in New York

City at the Cue Art Foundation and at Participant, Inc. in 2004.

 

Robert Bordo was born in Montreal and has lived in New York since 1972. His first New York solo show was held at Brooke

Alexander in 1987. His most recent solo show, “Robert Bordo: Another Day,” was held in September-October 2005 at

Alexander and Bonin, NYC.

 

Emily Brown is one of the Philadelphia area's most distinguished painters. In 2005 she had a 25 year retrospective, “Emily

Brown: The Evolving Landscape,” at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA.

 

Diane Burko was born in Brooklyn and is a Philadelphia-based painter and photographer. She has received many wards

including a Lila Acheson Wallace fellowship and a grant from the Leeway Foundation. Her most recent project is Iceland,

the most active volcanic territory on earth.

 

Dawn DeDeaux is a multimedia, digital and conceptual artist based in New Orleans. An exhibition scheduled at McKinney

Avenue Contemporary in Dallas has been postponed due to damage to her studio. DeDeaux herself was displaced by

Hurricane Katrina and currently resides in a tree house in coastal Alabama.

 

Christos Dikeakos is an artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since the late 1960s, his practice has played an important

role in the rise of conceptual and post-conceptual art in Vancouver. His works are concerned with the layering of histories over

time and the significance of urban spaces as sites to activate memory. His recent solo show, “Domicile/drift,” was held in

Nov 25, 2005 - Jan 16, 2006 at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

John Dougill has been an inspirational teacher at the Royal College of Art, London, and Central Saint Martins from the sixties

onwards. His habitual and (literally) self-effacing practice of reworking and updating each painting has led to too few sightings

of his art.

 

Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) was a Cuban artist who grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to New York City. He had

his first solo show at Andrea Rosen Gallery in 1990, where he continued to show his work until his death from AIDS. His estate

is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery.

 

Erik Hanson is a New York-based conceptual artist. His work apprehends non-visual sensual phenomena and translates/transforms

them using visual means. He is represented by Derek Eller Gallery, New York City.

 

Geoffrey Hendricks lives and works in New York and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Often referred to as "Cloudsmith," he has

been active with Fluxus since the mid-sixties. He uses sky imagery to describe changes, shifts and the passage of time, a form

of reflection, a vocabulary he builds and attaches to objects. His recent solo show, “Continuing Sky Dialogs," was held at

Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC January 5 – February 4, 2006.

 

JJ L'Heureux attended the San Francisco Art Institute and is based in Venice, CA. She has traveled extensively in Africa, South

America, the Galapagos Islands, North America, Tierra del Fuego, across the Southern Ocean and into the Antarctic wilderness.

Her photographs of Antarctica were shot over the course of five different expeditions spanning five years, in which she was a

passenger on Russian icebreakers.

 

Bill Jones is a photographer and installation artist. His work is concerned with the subject of light as physical phenomena and

metaphorical figure. For the past ten years he has collaborated with the musician/composer Ben Neill. His newest work will be

featured in the month-long program “Playvision” to take place at the World Financial Center, New York City, in May 2006.

 

Zoe Leonard is New York-based artist who works with black & white photography, sculpture, installation and film. Since her

inclusion in Documenta IX in 1992 she has had a major international solo career. She is a 2005 recipient of a grant from the

Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation.

 

Frank Moore (1953-2002) was born in New York and grew up on Long Island and in the Adirondacks. After his diagnosis with

AIDS, he became a noted AIDS activist, working with Visual AIDS on the launch of the Red Ribbon Project. He was included in

the 1995 Whitney Biennial and he had a mid-career retrospective in 2002 at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Albright Knox

Art Gallery in Buffalo. His work is represented in the collections of those museums, as well as in the Museum of Modern Art,

the Whitney, and the New York Public Library.

 

Eileen Neff is a photographer, installation artist and writer based in Philadelphia.  Her work explores the boundaries between

the image and its object. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Foundation

grant. She is represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia.

 

Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New York City. Her work addresses issues related to science and technology in

contemporary society, her projects often bringing together artists and scientists from various disciplines. Polli is currently

working in collaboration with meteorological scientists to develop systems for understanding storms and climate through sound.

For this work, she has been recognized by the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003.

 

Hunter Reynolds is an AIDS activist, visual and performance artist who was one of the founding members of ACT-UP and

ART-Positive. He has performed extensively nationally and internationally in the Patina du Prey Memorial Dress. He is represented

by Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles. His recent solo show, “The Moon Over Gerhard," was held at Mary Goldman Gallery, LA

in 2004. He currently resides in Miami.

 

Austin Thomas is a New York-based artist who builds structures known as “perches,” which are both functional and aesthetic

objects. She is a recipient of a Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, an LMCC studio residency, and Public Arts Fund Commission.

Her work was recently featured at The Drawing Center, NY and at the Corcoran Biennial, Washington, DC.

 

Bing Wright was born in Seattle and is a New York-based photographer. His work has been exhibited widely including at the

Queens Museum of Art, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, Lipton Owens Company, Pace Wildenstein McGill, Julie Saul Gallery, White Columns,

NY. He is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City.

 

Carrie Yamaoka lives and works in New York City. Her work has been included in exhibitions in the US and internationally,

including "Vanishing Point" at the Wexner Center, "Mirror, Mirror" at Mass MOCA, and in "Extreme Abstraction" at the Albright-

Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY.

 

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Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Thurs to 7pm; Sat 10am-3pm CLOSED Sunday & Monday

 

Abington Art Center

515 Meetinghouse Road

Jenkintown, PA 19046

t. (215) 887 4882 / http://abingtonartcenter.org

 

More information is available at the project website http://outoftheblueproject.org

High quality images are available upon request: joy.garnett @ gmail.com

 

 

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