Spatial Intelligence is the gallery’s fourth exhibition, featured works by Steven Baris, Thomas Lendvai, Ryan Sarah Murphy and James Pustorino
Spatial Intelligence: A hallmark of visual artists is their capacity to intuit and contextualize patterns, both metaphorically and physically. The four artists in Spatial Intelligence bring us to both real and imagined places and structures, while building upon their own personal language of space.
Exhibition Dates: October 10 - November 9, 2014
Steven Baris is drawn to spaces that are engineered to be placeless, precisely designed to be passed through as quickly and efficiently as possible: think big box stores, airports and distribution centers out in the middle of nowhere. The dichotomy of these largely overlooked, yet highly functioning, geometric forms in the landscape set up a tension that Baris addresses in his abstractions.
Born in Aberdeen Washington, Steven grew up on various American Indian reservations in Northern California, Montana, and Washington State. He received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and a MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He lives and teaches art in the Philadelphia area. He has exhibited widely throughout North America and Europe; his work is represented in San Francisco by K. Imperial Fine Art, in New York by DM Contemporary and in Philadelphia by the Pentimenti gallery.
Ryan Sarah Murphy makes wall-mounted collages made of found, colored cardboard. Referencing architecture, landscape and the interplay of urban & natural environments, these works are sculptural in form, coming off the wall in various layers suggestive of odd terrains, infrastructures and skylines. Murphy is interested in how cardboard, a simple, abundant and inherently impermanent material can be structured into quiet surfaces that convey both formation and dilapidation simultaneously.
Ryan Sarah Murphy graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2001 with a BFA in Sculpture. Since that time she has shown in galleries throughout the US & New York including Mixed Greens, Recession Arts, Radiator Arts (L.I.C) and Lehman College Art Gallery. In 2007 Murphy had her first solo show at Brooklyn’s Outrageous Look Gallery and was favorably reviewed in the April ‘08 issue of ArtNews Magazine. This past April ’13 she had a solo show called “Parameters” at the Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, TX, which featured a series of collaged works on paper. In 2013 she took part in the Greenpoint Brooklyn-based Artist Lecture Series (ALS #22) speaking along with artist Peter Soriano. Murphy's work is currently included in The Drawing Center, NurtureArt, White Columns and Art-I-Curate online registries. In 2012, she was accepted as a studio resident at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts where she will maintain a workspace through 2015.
In the inventiveness of its abstract elements and complexity of form James Pustorino seeks to travel beyond comics, through contemporary art and into the unknown in his large scale drawings. Synthesizing science fiction, comic books, Abstract Expressionism and psychedelic art, all in the service of approximating the profound mystery of existence, Pustorino creates a graphic universe with its’ working parts pushed and pulled by unseen forces.
James Pustorino is an, artist, curator, and arts organizer, and is Director of Victory Hall DRAWING ROOMS, a ten room art-space in Jersey City exhibiting hundreds of artists from the NY/NJ area. As Executive Director of Victory Hall Inc. a Jersey City based non-profit arts organization, he publishes books of artists' works and produces exhibitions and public art projects in Jersey City and lower Manhattan as well as directing many projects for students and classes for developmentally disabled artists. He has organized and curated or co-curated over 60 exhibitions in Jersey City, Manhattan and in Pittsburgh, where he began organizing exhibitions involving over 50 artists in public spaces and small museums in the 1990s. More recently, working with Victory Hall’s Victory Arts Projects, he has organized large scale exhibitions at MANA Fine Arts 2011 and the Jersey City Art Fair 2009/2010, a summer gallery at South Street Seaport, NYC 2009, and a display of 50 artwork banners encircling a city block at the 77 Hudson/70 Greene Building, JC.
Thereʼs a decidedly dreamlike aspect to Thomasʼ site-determined sculptures. They have an implied sense of passing through the architectural spaces that contain them. The maquettes in this exhibition are a combination of proposals for specific exhibition sites as well as imagined spaces. For Lendvai, these are sketches, or excerpts from a larger, overarching idea, like a word is to a poem.
Thomas Lendvai lives and works in Brooklyn. He creates sculptures and site-determined installations in a variety of media. He has exhibited throughout the US and abroad including Tokyo, Japan; Chicago, IL; Key West, FL; and more recently Hoboken, NJ; and Brooklyn, NY.