“Open Plan”: Todd Keyser’s (MFAST ’11) Solo Exhibition at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia

Todd Keyser’s use of constructed pictorial space maximizes the expressive potential found within both the self-imposed limitations chosen by the artist and the inherent constraints of working on a rectangular canvas. With his compositions rigorously decided, Keyser finds openness through engagement with the edge of the canvas and the physical space beyond the image. He says that the “intent [of his compositions]…is to suggest that more could be added to each painting…that the space beyond the painting can continue.”

His use of paint treatment, texture, and color vary from painting to painting, but occur within repeating, predetermined geometric structures. Through Keyser’s range of related versions, the viewer is reminded of the richness which can be experienced through variations on a theme which occur frequently in the world of music and, in the visual arts, that harken to Josef Albers’ chromatic painting series: “Homage to the Square.”

Open Plan will be on view from May 3 – 26, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, May 5 from 5 – 7 pm.

Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S. Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-665-8138
http://www.grossmccleaf.com
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 – 5

Laura Borneman (MFAST ‘14), Nikki Moser (MFAST ‘14) and Dianne Pappas (MFAST ‘12) present “Three Notions of Work”

“Three Notions of Work” is an exhibition that grew out of an on-going dialogue that started between Laura Borneman, Nikki Moser and Dianne Pappas while at MICA. This conversation continues to challenge and test their work today.

Questions of home, neighborhood, and community in relation to inclusion and exclusion; research surrounding the historical intersection of philosophy, religion and architecture in our contemporary prison system; and the system of an archive as a means of self-organizing are distinct themes of the exhibition.

“Three Notions of Work” will be on view through April 29, 2017 at STEAMworks in Scranton, PA. For more information, please contact Nikki Moser at nikkijmoser@gmail.com.

“Is it Just Me?”: Solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Clough (MFAST ’17) at MICA’s Gateway Gallery

“These paintings are rooted in graphology and semiotics, and begin as mere words. The form the text assumes responds to the content of the phrase; sometimes it is measured and precise, sometimes it’s scrawled and imperfect. They are meant to be seen in sunlight, under ultraviolet light. These works allow the viewers to control their experience: what is illuminated, what is unearthed, what remains buried or unexamined. This experiential series demonstrates the subjectivity of perception, the impossibility of a shared and common vision, and the deficiencies of language – its potential for vacuity, arbitrariness, and incomprehensibility.”  -Sarah Clough

Opening on Friday, March 24, 2017, 7-8:30 pm, and on view through April 13, 2017

Gateway Building, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore MD 21217

For more on the artist, visit www.sarahclough.com

Fritz Horstman (MFAST ‘11) featured in conversation at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and in upcoming exhibition “River/Woman” at ODETTA Gallery in Brooklyn

“Elemental, universal, sustenance, beautiful, dangerous, the river and the woman merge and become one entity. Sharing a deep passion for the River Woman, our artists express their awe while raising awareness of the fragility and the amazing resilience of the rivers in our lives. “ – Nancy Cohen

This exhibit will feature new work by Nancy Cohen, Fritz Horstman, Ellen Kozak, and Kathleen Vance.

Opening of the exhibition River/Woman at ODETTA Gallery in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 18 from 6-8pm with an artists talk at the gallery on Sunday March 26 at 3pm.

ODETTA Gallery is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at 229 Cook St.

Additionally, Fritz Horstman was recently in conversation with MIT Geophysicist Daniel H. Rothman at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum about water flow through natural landscapes.

“Poems from the Mountains”, an exhibition of new paintings and poetry, by Bart O’Reilly (MFAST ‘12) now on view

Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD presents “Poems from the Mountains”, a new series of paintings and poetry by Bart O’Reilly.

O’Reilly states: “The work comes from impulse. A desire to capture something as quickly and effectively as possible before moving on to the next set of unknowable circumstances. Not to act on the impulse means the next day the painting or the poem will be something entirely different. This is why most of these paintings and writings are the result of one intensive session. They are intricately bound up in the now, the instantaneous, the desire to articulate, the personal, perceptions of the external and the potential mixtures of all of these intensities. Forget and remember their original intention, then leave a door open for the next moment, always in a state of becoming.”

Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College is located at 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

Opening reception and poetry reading on Thursday, March 9 from 5:30-7:00pm.

Exhibition on view through April 2, 2017.

Jacqueline Bishop (MFAST ’16) part of the 2017 Jamaica Biennial at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston

The 2017 Jamaica Biennial is organized by the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. With a focus on Jamaica and Jamaica Diaspora artists with specially invited artists from other Caribbean nations, the Biennial includes 35 invited Jamaican artists, 49 local, juried Jamaican artists and 7 special projects by Caribbean artists.

“Part invitational and part juried, the Biennial is a very inclusive exhibition which brings into dialogue work in traditional and new media and established and emerging artists from Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons’ reflections to recent art school graduates such as Kelly-Ann Lindo,” says Dr. Veerle Poupeye, the Biennual’s lead curator. “There is no imposed theme but for each edition, certain shared themes come to the fore that reflect the concerns of the present moment, such as the politics of race, hair, migration, violence, human rights, and climate change.”

 

The exhibition is on view from February 28 to May 28, 2017.

 

For more information on the artist, please visit www.jacquelineabishop.com.

“When Our Breaths Run”: a site-specific installation by Emily Harris (MFAST ’13) on view at North Willow

In her site-specific installation When Our Breaths Run, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Emily Harris continues her exploration of the body, technology and time with breath.

Each glass form is a record of the shape of one continuous exhale into molten glass created by Megan Biddle, an artist and glassblower commissioned by Harris.  A total of five of these glass pieces took shape through Megan’s breath, her movements, through the heated glass bulb, and the external conditions in the fabrication space.

Harris incorporates audio and video components within the installation space, as well as a set of drawings and interactive thread structures which reflect on breath through different technologies activated by the viewer.

This experience of the potential of one’s conscious physical presence in a chaotic social landscape is what moved Harris in the direction for this project.  “Being perceptive and using your body simply, can be the most radical act,” she says.

When Our Breaths Run is on view by appointment through April 9, 2017 at North Willow in  Montclair, NJ.

For more information on the artist, please visit www.emilymharris.com.