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I made these watercolors on my kitchen wall during lockdown. Being mostly indoors throughout that time and unable to see people or socialise, time felt different. Each day was as endless and dull as the previous one, yet strangely weeks seemed to be flying by. I spent a lot of time either reminiscing and remembering the past or hoping and worrying about the future.
I found myself paying more attention to the things around me at home, like bodega flowers or candles, and the way they spoke simultaneously of both loss and joy, and the passing of time. Sightings on my daily walks also provided inspiration - things I might have overlooked before became creative encounters (a fountain at night or a delivery sign in a restaurant window).
Aglaé Bassens (b. 1986, Belgium) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Solo exhibitions include Surface Tension at Nars Foundation, Brooklyn (2018), You Can See Better From Here at CRUSH Curatorial, New York (2018) and Front Parting, Cabin Gallery London (2016). Recent group shows include Still Here, Newington Gallery, London (2019), Chains, Central Park Gallery, Los Angeles (2019), HEADS, The Java Project, Brooklyn (2017), Contemporary British Painting Prize, London (2016), Biennial Of Painting: The Painter's Touch, Museum of Deinze, Belgium (2014), PAPER, Saatchi Gallery, London (2013) and Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2012). Her work is featured in New American Paintings No 134 Northeast Issue, and in 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames and Hudson (2014). She has a BA in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (2007) and an MFA in Fine Art Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2011).
I've spent this time in quarantine focusing on intimate drawings that reflect private moments of fantastical musings and close observations of daily activity. Social distance has left space for subconscious explorations and I'm thankful that the studio has become a quiet place to work out ideas and take refuge from dark times. Hoping these works will transport us to a space of curiosity, introspection, and play.
Jaqueline Cedar was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1985 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 2009 she received an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Cat Head Press, Indianapolis (2019), Marsh Gallery, Indiana University (2017), Crush Curatorial, Chelsea (2016), Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston (2016) and 106 Green Gallery, Brooklyn (2014). She has also been included in exhibitions at David Risley Gallery Velvet Ropes, Copenhagen (2018), Zero Zero Velvet Ropes, Los Angeles (2018), Underdonk, Brooklyn (2018), The Hole Velvet Ropes, New York (2017), and Ortega y Gasset, Brooklyn (2017). Press includes Huffington Post, New American Paintings, Gorky's Granddaughter, Painters' Table, and The Boston Globe. Cedar's paintings and drawings address uncanny scenarios where characters engage themselves and one another with sincerity and purpose. Moments of desire, self-reflection, and lack of control motivate postures filled with bravado and vulnerability.
During these challenging times I find comfort in drawing. I return over and over again to the repetitive, meticulous, and meditative practice drawing provides. My work is often driven by the desire to animate my internal state, seeking understanding by creating tangible forms of sentiment, memory and relationship. I am fascinated by the desire for bodily containment; the concept of nature, and our inability to control it. Quarantine has highlighted these internal spaces, taking away many distractions from daily life. The current climate demands a greater outward awareness while granting an opportunity for singular introspection. I aim to combine these postures, creating art that extends from personal to universal, while highlighting sympathetic tropes.
Devra Fox (b. 1989) received her MFA in visual art from Columbia University in 2016 and BA in studio art from Bard College in 2011. She participated in residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop, The Vermont Studio Center, Pocoapoco, Kala Art Institute and was a Visiting Artist at Cow House Studios.
Devra was a Neiman Fellow at Columbia University and received the Christina R. Tarsell Award for Studio Arts from Bard College. She has received merit based awards from The Morty Frank Travel Fellowship, The Hemera Foundation, and Urban Glass. She has shown in galleries in New York and California, and internationally in Germany and China.
Devra lives and works as an artist and educator in San Francisco, CA.
Powerful humor is able to place us in a location that can terrify and console simultaneously. Humor can be a glowing brightness which illuminates a small fraction of a darkened landscape. That brightness, that laughter, however small or large it is, however far it casts, is somehow able to at least replace fear of the unknown with curiosity and when curiosity holds you, exploration comes next.
Eliot Greenwald (b. 1983) is a contemporary American artist who was born and raised in Portland, Maine and now lives and works in New York City. Eliot is a self taught artist who has been included in numerous group shows in New York City and throughout the US. Recently he has shown his work at Emmanuel Barbault Gallery (NYC), Spring Break Art Fair (NYC), Christie's (NYC). Eliot had a solo booth at The Spring Break Art Fair (NYC) in 2019 and has received press on-line through media outlets such as ArtNews, Artsy, Hyperallergic and Young Space as well as been published in Let's Panic Magazine and Maake Magazine. He has participated in many charitable exhibitions hosted by: Art Walk NY (NYC), Yossi Milo Gallery (NYC), Monica King Contemporary (NYC), Gavin Brown's Enterprise (NYC), and Let's Panic Magazine (NYC). Selected group shows at: Wassaic Project (NY), Cunsthaus (FL), Art Movement (LA), Ortega y Gassett (NY), Latchkey Gallery (NY), Unisex Salon (NY), Bruce High Quality Foundation (NY), Idio Gallery (NY).
Drawing and works on paper are essential to my studio practice. Covid 19 has amplified that fact. I made 93 free drawings as part of my "Quarantine Drawing Project", where I asked people what their favorite colors are, and where their Happy Place is. My hope and desire was to do something positive and constructive in light of the pandemic. The portability and immediacy of my marker drawings helps to shortcut the layered process of painting and sculpting, to share other people's visions, entertain my own intuition, and rapidly explore new territory.
Barry Hazard is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. He holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts (2008), a BFA from Tufts University (1989) and a Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (1988). In addition to being an artist, he is also a construction supervisor, and youth worker for YouthBuild.
Barry has displayed his work in group and solo exhibitions including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, HallSpace Gallery, Boston MA, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, Exit Art, NY, Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn and Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn. His work has been reviewed and included in the Provincetown Arts Magazine, Art New England, Brooklyn Rail, New American Paintings and the Boston Globe.
The drawings I have included in this show were made from observation, mostly in my apartment in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. I made them during the first month of the lockdown in NYC, at a time when things seemed particularly uncertain and collectively many of us were staying indoors as much as possible. These drawings are reflections of that moment but also investigations into time. That is, the drawings were a way for me to mark the time quite literally, and to gather a sense of where I was both physically and emotionally. These drawings also served as a means to process the loss of life that occured in New York and the loss of life in a cultural sense--the loss of our lives as they functioned before the pandemic for those of us who remained healthy sheltering in place in varying degrees of isolation.
Peter LaBier is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, music, dance and performance. His work has been exhibited in New York, LA, Miami, Houston, and internationally in Berlin and Hamburg. LaBier received his B.A. from Vassar College and his MFA from Columbia University. He is the founding member of the New York based band Psychobuildings.
I work in a "studio" of sorts in my apartment so when in March we were all asked to stay at home it was not a great change in terms of space but it did mean that my partner and 5 year old were also always home. Working on paper was the perfect medium for this time when I would only have a handful of moments throughout the day to make work. Though not totally alone during this period, the extended quarantine forced me to confront the important role loneliness and isolation play in the work I create.
Sophie Larrimore (b. 1980) grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2004 she received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York. She lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Make me One with Everything, Grifter (New York, NY); We Go Fast, Left Field Gallery (Los Osos, CA); Some New Paintings, 0-0LA, Los Angeles, CA; Between The Acts, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Artsy Editorial, Art Maze Magazine, It's Nice That and others.
Larrimore is included in the citywide exhibition Art on the Grid organized by The Public Art Fund which asked 50 artists to make work in response to the current pandemic and social justice movements - Art on the Grid
This year has been a time for self-reflection, re-evaluation of the essential, and longing for physical connection. Intensely aware of personal space and touch, I find myself thinking about bodies: as singular beings and in reciprocal and interconnected relationships with one another. In social isolation, things felt both frivolous and urgent, looming and insignificant.I was able to be acutely self-critical and forgiving, to crave personal time and space while longing for physical touch and proximity. Humor became a crutch and a tool in my drawings, which were practices in awareness of self and positionality, meditations on physical touch, thank you notes to those who were with me during this time.
Elizabeth Schweizer is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her interdisciplinary practice moves between drawing and textile techniques such as weaving and knitting; investigating the relationship between fine art and craft, performance and utility, and two and three dimensions. Elizabeth's work is both a practice in self-awareness and an exploration of color and material, engaging a dialogue through humor and personal narrative.
Elizabeth received a BFA in textiles from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2019, and was a 2019 Windgate-Lamar fellow at The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, NC. Her work has been shown at ADDSDONNA (Chicago, IL) and through Good Naked (Brooklyn, NY).
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