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.
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:
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.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Joy Episalla is a
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
for the Arts; Debs & Co., NY; The
this exhibition. She is a 2003 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.
Joy Garnett is a
with media, politics and culture. Her paintings have been exhibited at Debs & Co., Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, Foxy
Clementine Gallery, White Columns, Exit Art, and
traveling exhibition Night Vision, about
networks, surveillance and media images of war that opened at
Galleries and traveled to White Columns, NY (2002) and
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,
Amy Lipton has been active as a curator since she opened her first
was the owner and director of Amy Lipton Gallery until 1995. In 1999 Lipton became Curator for ecoartspace, a
arts. In June 2002, her curatorial project Ecovention, with an accompanying 160-page catalogue opened at the
has been Curator at
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Stephen Andrews lives in
recently had solo exhibitions at Paul Petro Gallery (
City at the Cue Art Foundation and at Participant, Inc. in 2004.
Robert Bordo was born in
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
Brown: The Evolving Landscape,” at the
Diane Burko was born in
including a Lila Acheson Wallace fellowship and a
grant from the Leeway Foundation. Her most recent project is
the most active volcanic territory on earth.
Dawn DeDeaux is a multimedia,
digital and conceptual artist based in
Katrina and currently resides in a tree house in coastal
Christos Dikeakos is an artist based
role in the rise of conceptual and
post-conceptual art in
time and the significance of urban spaces as sites to activate memory. His recent solo show, “Domicile/drift,” was held in
25, 2005 - Jan 16, 2006 at Catriona Jeffries Gallery,
John Dougill has been an
inspirational teacher at the Royal College of Art,
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
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
Geoffrey Hendricks lives and works in
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
America, the Galapagos Islands, North America, Tierra del Fuego, across the Southern Ocean and into the Antarctic wilderness.
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
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
the Whitney, and the
Eileen Neff is a photographer, installation artist and writer based
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,
Andrea Polli is a digital media
artist living 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,
in 2004. He currently resides in
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.
work was recently featured at The Drawing Center, NY and at the
Wright was born in
Museum of Art, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, Lipton Owens
Company, Pace Wildenstein McGill,
NY. He is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City.
Carrie Yamaoka lives and works in
including "Vanishing Point" at the
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Thurs to 7pm; Sat 10am-3pm CLOSED Sunday & Monday
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More information is available at the project website http://outoftheblueproject.org
High quality images are available upon request: joy.garnett @ gmail.com