Poetry Reading by Robert Kelly & Charles Stein at BRIAN WOOD:PAINTINGS
Sunday, Sept. 17th, 4:00pm
Cross Contemporary Art is pleased to present Christy Rupp: Catastrophozoic. The term Catastrophozoic, refers to an alternate classification of an era that emphasizes animal life rather than human existence This naming differs from the generally accepted term Anthropocene, which marks the age during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate. Christy Rupp's solo show at Cross Contemporary Art focuses on the ways that humans are currently contributing to climate chaos with activities ranging from indiscriminate carbon emissions, water contamination and resource extraction and the threat these unchecked behaviors have on planet and its many life forms.
Christy Rupp explores these themes in paper collages and sculptures that unite the irony of art history’s romantic vision of the natural world with the incongruity of watching nature fight back. In some of her works on paper, reproductions of Hudson River School paintings are bisected by train-pulled oil cars or a maze of leaking pipelines. Her
About Christy Rupp: Christy Rupp has been on the forefront of urban ecology living and working in New York City and the Catskills for the past 4 decades. Her wry humor paired with a naturalist’s curiosity had led her to explore the biosphere and its multi-layered systems.She has received grants from NYSCA, NEA, Art Matters INC., Anonymous Was a Woman, and a CALL grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Christy Rupp has exhibited her artwork internationally and as an early participant of CoLab, is also part of Art History.
CHRISTY RUPP: CATASTROPHOZOIC opens with a reception for the artist on Saturday, Sept 30, 5-8pm and runs through October 29, 2017.
Wood is very interested in the way images flash into awareness, fluoresce, and die. He makes a distinction between the images of fantasy (wishing, planning, regretting, wanting) and the very different experience of mental images that seem to arrive from outside of the ego and have the intensity of the real – they light up the nervous system and consciousness with an aliveness that approaches hallucination. It is this level of image and its transformations that he’s interested in discovering and experiencing in his painting – that first flash of image that arrives before the inevitable tip toward language, discursive thought, and narrative fantasy. Importantly, he discovers these pre-linguistic images in the direct process of painting - they could not exist in this form outside of painting. Rather than representations or illustrations of already experienced thought, the manipulation of paint reveals the image in its making.
As Eleanor Heartney describes Wood’s paintings: “They balance on the cusp between abstraction and representation, teasing us with details that seem sharp and tangible but refuse to cohere into any definitive image or narrative. … Wood’s paintings offer us glimpses of possibly recognizable things or places, but “human meaning” as [Wallace] Stevens would style it, remains just out of reach.” And as Holland Cotter recently wrote in the New York Times about Brian Wood: “…[Wood] creates a kind of Symbolist world in which emerging into life and being devoured by it are part of the same inexorable process. …the erotic and the spiritual are of a piece.”
About Brian Wood: Brian Wood, a Guggenheim Fellow, is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and is held in many other distinguished public and private collections. More about the artist: http://bit.ly/ccawood
Mono-a-Mono: Gregory Amenoff and Richard Bosman
GAMUT: A Group Show about Color with Jeffrey Bishop, Jeanette Fintz, Matthew Langley and David ProvanOpening Receptions: Fri & Sat. June 2 and 3rd, 5-8pm
Cross Contemporary Art
*NEW LOCATION* 99 Partition St. Saugerties, New York 12477 on view thru June 25 GALLERY HOURS: Thurs- Mon 12-5pmGAMUT: A Group Show about Color features paintings and drawings by Jeffrey Bishop, Jeanette Fintz and Matthew Langley and the sculpture of David Provan. The exhibition presents contemporary expressions of color and line through 2 and 3 dimensional space. The term "Gamut" is used in color theory to express the means by which the entire range of color can be represented. In this show, Bishop, Fintz, Langley and Provan explore the power and vibrations of colors as they interact with one another using line, form and gesture.
About the Artists:
Jeffrey Bishop: Jeffrey Bishop has shown his work nationally and internationally for many years including solo shows at the Seattle Art Museum, Miami University (Ohio), the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, MA and San Diego State University as well as numerous solo gallery and group shows. He taught for many years at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA but now makes his home and studio in Brooklyn, NY. He most recently completed a residency in Berlin. More about Jeffrey Bishop: http://jeffreybishop.com
Jeanette Fintz: Jeanette Fintz is a painter, art educator, art writer and independent curator who is the recipient of many grants, travel stipends, artist residencies and awards. Her abstract paintings have a geometric substructure that supports vibrant color expressions. Carter Ratcliff writes: "...we might well imagine that she (Jeanette Fintz) is the traveller, reflecting on experiences that are of course individual not universal.Yet she travels confidently in the realm of universals”. More about Jeanette Fintz and her work: http://jeanettefintz.com
Matthew Langley: Matthew Langley's prolific works on paper are studies about brushwork and gesture as well as color vibrations and their interactions. Stripping art down to the visual essentials and creating multiple paintings on minimalist themes, Langley, according to Kriston Capps, "proves to be more recidivist than redux". Mr. Langley has shown extensively throughout the United States and his work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections. More about Matthew Langley: http://matthewlangley.com
David Provan: David Provan explores color and form to create sculptural diagrams of spiritual experience. The chromatic brilliance of the powder coat surface on steel structures make an unambiguous statement about presence. Mr. Provan has been the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant and his work is in many private and public collections including the MTA Arts in the Subways Permanent Collection and in the Yale University Art Gallery. More about David Provan: http://davidprovan.comGAMUT: A Group Show about Color opens with two artists' receptions on Friday, June 2 at 5-8pm and on Saturday, June 3, 5-8pm and runs through June 25, 2017.
Paintings by Deborah Freedman and Jennifer Hicks
Nature/Nurture: Paintings by Deborah Freedman and Jennifer Hicks April 1- 30, 2017
Deborah Freedman's art is committed to exploring the rhythm of nature and capturing the fluctuations of its constantly changing space. Her paintings, drawings and printmaking find both the large cosmic patterns as well as the ephemeral fleeting moments with commanding brushwork and profound color. Ms. Freedman's landscape work is described by Stewart Waltzer, an analyst of Impressionist auctions for ARTnet, as "... as an anatomy lesson ...conflated with human form. Landscape which holds the promise of physical pleasure. The abstraction holds the emotional content. If it sounds simplistic, imagine trying to organize a coherent vision of something that does not exist. It mixes the personal with the impersonal, landscape in the guise of familiarity.”. Ms. Freedman's work is in many important collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, Rutgers University, The Department of State, the Library of Congress, IPCNY,The Hess Collection, CITI, Morgan Guarantee Trust, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.
Jennifer Hicks has a distinctive career as a movement, performance and installation artist as well as being a painter. Her painting is as informed by her work in dance as it is by her direct experience with pigments, paper and canvas. Her paintings reflect the mysterious presences that emerge from the forest as the evening transcends into dusk. Ms. Hicks' versatility in different media is determined by the needs of her artwork and she is comfortable being at once the object, subject and conduit for this expression. A long-time member of Mobius Artist Group, Jennifer Hicks has received her MFA from Naropa University in Contemporary Performance, her BFA from Tufts University and Degree in Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. Jennifer won the prestigious Traveling Scholars Award from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, participated as a guest artist at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia and is an alumna of Franklin Furnace in NYC. Her latest project is the establishment of 11 Jane, an art studio, workshop, gallery and performance space in Saugerties,NY.
Deborah FreedmanA BETTER WORLD 14 Oil on Canvas 12 x 24” © Deborah Freedman 2017
Deborah FreedmanA BETTER WORLD 15 Oil on canvas 12 x 16” © Deborah Freedman 2017 ?br>
PLATTE CLOVE TWILIGHT mixed media on wood 16" x 16" © Jennifer Hicks 2017
Jennifer Hicks PLATTE CLOVE TWILIGHT II mixed media on wood 16" x 16" © Jennifer Hicks 2017