NEW’August 14th - Oct 3rd, 2021
Aydo Studio · Bill Brand · Jacob Gerard· Jeanne Tremel · Micòl Hernández · Mika Saito · Yuto and more...
Nicholas Oh and Ayoung Yu are a collaborative artist duo based in New York. Through performance-based film and site-specific installation, we re-imagine Korean folklore and precolonial spiritual practices to reflect personal and Asian American perspectives. We are not faithful to historical canon and transgress older traditions, regenerating them within diasporic contexts through methods of disruption and transformation. Performances are filmed in spaces ranging from ritual spaces and temples to sites of colonization and ongoing political tension, from disfigured buildings and unmarked graves, to immersive environments constructed in the studio. We activate these spaces by distilling narratives and visual cues from our heritage and, through processes of reimagination, create new stories. New stories explore themes of race, Western imperialism, gender, sexuality, and migration.
Well known for his iconic Masstransiscope subway art, Bill Brand spent the pandemic learning the incredibly difficult technique of Chinese ink drawing. The technique has inspired a brand new series of paintings. Influenced by his own film stills and his daily walks.
These paintings are part of an ongoing series of works inspired by daily walks in my Jackson Heights, Queens neighborhood. My drawings and paintings have a strong relationship to photography, not only in relation to composition, but also in terms of perspective, line, illusion and representation. Part of what engages me in my recent studies of Chinese painting is the profound differences and similarities between Chinese and Western traditions when thinking about photography and modernism. Over many decades I have been concerned with an epistemological examination of the photograph and photographic materials and mechanisms. Masstransiscope, my public artwork in the subway, is part of this as are my minimalist films and installation works from the 1970's and my later maximalist works. These interests may be more obvious in my video Ornithology 6 which also grew out of neighborhood walks.
"Faces" is a series of porcelain sculptures Micòl began work on shortly after moving to NYC from Spain. Overwhelmed by the diversity of personalities, styles, ethnicities, and traditions existing side by side in every neighborhood, Micòl was moved to begin this series of faces, each exploring a different culture, style, or mood she encountered.
“Faces” is an ongoing project.
Mika Saito “Nostalgia for Vacant Time”
This series was created at the beginning of the lockdown when the world had to stop the normal daily activities. Taking a walk was the only activity she could enjoy outside of her apartment. She felt so strange, different and so surreal every time she took a walk because it was so pretty, quiet and felt so peaceful. Everyone on earth went through a difficult time and many many people were having the toughest time and it was so important to her to not to forget this vacant time. She took photos and videos during her walks and combined them with her small toy-like clay sculptures to capture those precious short moments to remember.
Jacob Gerard is a true outsider artist with no formal training. His work is powerful, brilliant in creativity, and rich in humor. His colors, brightness, attention to details, emphasize a scale of production usually found in a well seasoned educated artist. In less than 2 years of painting exclusively he has amassed a small arsenal of paintings that would be considered a full career for many. Whether this is an attempt to never go back to construction or years of pent up creativity the current results will last a lifetime. At this moment in time all signs point to this being the beginning of a flourishing artistic career.
Jeremy Yuto Nakamura
Jeremy Yuto Nakamura b.1989 is a painter from New York City born to two artist parents. After school, he continued studies in figurative painting at Art Students League of NY and has been working in various applied art related jobs.
The paintings are composed of imagery that I found powerful as viewpoints of New York life, but moreover emblematic of the current social and interpersonal (clear meditations on mid-COVID precariousness) questions of trust in shared spaces. The
dusty and gritty palettes help contrast against the fleeting emergence of color and intersecting forms. I wanted to convey strong feelings of liminality within the quotidian.
I make sculpture from beach-combings and a lifetime of collected odds and ends.
Lately the most interesting items come from Dead Horse Bay, an old landfill in Brooklyn that was never sealed and leaks into the ocean. Much of the trash is from the 30's and 40's when tenants were evicted from their homes when highways were built through their neighborhoods. Much of the debris found there are personal items (mixed with toxic waste, apparently) and the whole area - which oddly, is part of a National Park, evokes a sense of loss and mismanagement, feelings that certainly persist in our current politics and pandemic.
Sculpture is a long process of carefully selecting, adding and subtracting - balancing and attaching. It can be very meditative and calming, unless I'm trying to find an exact what-not in my vast stash. Sewing is a daily relief. I try to surprise myself and come up with something new that delights me. Making art is healing and helps me have a small sense of control.