If summer is the time for play and youthful expansion, March may well be the moment for reflection in an atmosphere of relative sobriety. Yesterday I found myself in just such a mood. Notwithstanding a beery lunch and social media flâneur interlude, (plus a crowded opening), I saw work by two artists, Carrie Yamaoka and Kate Teale with current solo shows in Bushwick that fit the bill.
Both shows will remain open through early April. Here are the coordinates and some info:
Storefront Bushwick [map, directions]
March 15 – April 14, 2013
From the press release:
Carrie Yamaoka makes paintings that are deeply involved with materiality and process but not with pictorial imagery. All of her work has reflectivity built in whether it involves stark, though malleable, verisimilitude or a more muted receptivity to light, making appearances changeable depending on the vantage point of the viewer. The viewer becomes a part of the picture, becoming simultaneously an agent and a subject. As the viewer engages and spends time looking, vistas of indeterminate spatial depth open up and quiver on the threshold of legibility.
Carrie Yamaoka is a New York-based artist who has shown her work both nationally and internationally since the 80s. Her most recent solo exhibitions took place at Studio 1.1 in London, Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels and Galerie Lange + Pult in Zurich. Yamaoka’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, L’Express, Time Out, Bomb and The New Yorker, among other publications. Her work can be found in the public collections of The Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.Kate Teale: Roiled 2 (2013) Oil on rice paper on canvas. 18"x24" [Detail]
The Sea Is All Around Us
Studio 10, Bushwick [map, directions]
March 8, 2013 – April 7, 2013
From the press release:
Studio10 presents The Sea Is All Around Us, a solo exhibition of oil paintings and graphite drawings by New York based artist, Kate Teale. In this series, Teale examines two vastly different subjects concurrently: the domestic space of her bed and the Japanese Tsunami of March 2011. She identifies and depicts the visual similarities between the warm folds of her bedclothes and the inexorable swell of the Tsunami caught in freeze-framed footage. The soft graphite of the drawings coupled with Teale’s smooth rendering of the water’s surface belie the wave’s inevitable destruction. Threats to domestic stability, with particular reference to climate change, and the inexhaustible effort to find places where calm and equilibrium can be established are underlying themes.
Kate Teale lives and works in New York City. Born in England, she received her B.A. at Oxford University; her Painting Diploma at City and Guilds of London Art School and her MFA at C.U.N.Y. Hunter College. Kate’s first solo show in New York City was at Spring Gallery in SoHo in 1996. Recent exhibitions include: Monya Rowe Gallery, Chelsea NYC; Jim Kempner Gallery, Chelsea NYC; AIR Gallery NYC; ‘Keeping It Real’, at Richmond Center for the Arts, Kalamazoo; and she has had solo shows at Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art, NYC; Hampden Gallery, UMASS, Amherst and Yearsley Spring Gallery, Philadelphia. Work can also be seen at Pierogi Gallery flat files, Brooklyn. Kate teaches at Parsons School of Design, and has also taught at Pratt Institute, Hunter College, and Yale (Graduate drawing, School of Architecture). Kate was a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in Painting 2008. She is founder/director of Big&Small/Casual Gallery in Long Island City www.bigandsmallcasual.net