Abstract Communication


The artists in “Abstract Communication” each use a unique method of communication with startling results: from the simplicity and beauty of Morse code, to the immediacy of Google maps and the proliferation and dominance of the ever-present ‘selfie’ culture.   Faced with multiple ways to communicate with one another, are we sending the right message? Or just getting lost in translation? 


The show includes the work of Kat Chamberlain, John Chang, Rick Herron, Scott Hug, Amy Richards, Jeffrey Teuton and Quinn Tivey.

March 16 to May 6, 2017
HERE Art Center, 145 6th Avenue, New York City


(image: Rick Herron, Suffering Pond, 2017, archival pigment print.)



Unearthed - Artforum's Critic's Pick

Unearthed
Co-curated by Geo Gonzalez and Dan Halm

March 25-May 21, 2016
ROCKELMANN&, Berlin, Germany

UNEARTHED runs parallel to our digital era. We are constantly reminded of our concerns about concealing our identities and our personal information from systematic surveillance. UNEARTHED hacks into this system and leaves behind its traces in it. The viewer gets a glimpse of these traces through human effects on material. UNEARTHED is undoubtedly built from the human touch; its DNA is impossible to hide. UNEARTHED is present, visceral, and real.

UNEARTHED takes inspiration from past rebellious groups of artists who founded the outsider ceramics movement such as Kenneth Price, Jerry Rothman, and John Mason. In the 1950s, abstract expressionist clay sculptures merged the divide between craft and the fine arts movement, often coined as ‘total freedom.’ Howard Kottler also paved the way for controversial ceramic art in the 60’s and 70’s. He has been described as “setting the stage for the new genre of in-your-face clay.” UNEARTHED honours this history but also allows the viewer a rare chance to see the emergence of new names and works.

(image: Katy Stubbs, David Buys Golitha's Body for One Night of Passion, 2015, ceramic)


FiveSixSevenEight


The rhythm, the synchronicity of motion, music pulsating, undulating, bodies contorting.  Dance continues to inspire and motivate artists and vice versa; this relationship between the two art forms has a rich historical significance, most notably Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.  This perfect marriage between the two art forms allows viewers to experience the power of dance, the vehicles for expression, the motivation of collaboration and the grace and beauty of it all. 

 

The show includes the work of Nir Arieli, Glenys Barton, Tad Beck, Dana Bell and Rachel Papo.


August 20 - October 10, 2015

Here Art Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, NYC


(Image: Tad Beck, Double Document – Neal Beasley 1, 2013, Ultrachrome print, edition of 3.)


Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo


I like art with a little bit of a bite to it, just make sure it's sugarcoated. The artists selected for this exhibition on the surface present cheery, candy-colored images but look a bit deeper and you’ll notice they are tackling darker, and in some cases sad themes of love, family, and self doubt.

The show includes the work of Matt Bucy, Brandon Davey, Colleen Ford, Katya Grokhovsky, Scooter LaForge, LJ Lindhurst, Gregg Louis, Tawnie Silva and Richard Stauffacher.

A spoonful of sugar definitely makes the medicine go down, in a most delightful way!

April 17 - May 24, 2014 (Here Art Center, 145 Avenue of the Americas, NYC)

(image: LJ Lindhurst, Magenta Sweet Soaker, 2013, acrylic on canvas)


Summer Camp II: Like a Moth to the Flame


As part of the Summer camp series, I will be curating a show of work based on images and bodies of work that I am immediately attracted to without a second thought and in many of the cases became aware of via the internet.

July 11 - August 8
Opening Reception: August 1, 6-10pm
Music by Trevor Lee Larson & friends

Artists participating in the exhibition are Steven Bindernagel, Christophe Chemin, Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo, Patrick Giglio, Zachari Logan, Charlotte McGowan-Griffin, John Monteith, Augustus Nazzaro, Hermes Payrhuber, Robert Schatz and Jonathan VanDyke.

The Pleasure Seekers


Chashama is pleased to present The Pleasure Seekers, an exhibition of work based on the quest for carnal delights that ooze with both sexuality and vitality, curated by artist, curator and writer Dan Halm.

What is a pleasure seeker in 2009? In a culture embroiled in war and facing economic distress, one tends to look for a way to escape worry and pain, hence the birth of a pleasure seeker. Hunting out hedonistic desires –sexual freedom, drugs, alcohol and the pursuit of free love – allows one to enjoy life and rediscover hope.

Artists including in the exhibition:
Baishian Bai, Michael Bilsborough, Andrew Criss, Eric Doeringer, Marianna Ellenberg, Karlos Carcamo, Patrick Giglio, George Harvey, Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo, Cesar Chavez Lechowick, Jesse Finley Reed, Chad States

Th exhibition runs until April 25, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm

(image: Eric Doeringer, Untitled (Purple), 2002, mixed media)

Skin Trade


Chashama is pleased to present Skin Trade, an exhibition of work based on man’s relationship to animals as decorative trophies; the beauty of the natural world in an artificial setting; and our own arrogance in pertaining to the animal kingdom.

Why are we compelled to capture and preserve our killings? Is this man’s need to feel superior over the animal kingdom? Or is it a way to capture a moment in time, between hunter and prey? A way to celebrate one’s hunting accomplishments or simply a way to preserve what once roamed the Earth?

Featuring the work of Elaine Bradford, Simen Johan, Eric Lendl, Christian Siekmeier, Amy Stein and Kimberly Witham.

The exhibition runs from October 30 - November 22, 2008.

Chashama ABC, 169 Avenue C

(image: Amy Stein, Pelt, 2004, digital C-print)

And So On... A Curatorial Project in Groups of 100

I got to thinking about if there is any correlation between inspiration and the network of artists who we choose to associate ourselves with. Which got me thinking about networking, which then reminded me of that old Breck shampoo TV commercial where "she told two friends, and so on and so on...". Hence the birth of this curatorial project.

Each artist selected to partake in this project invites two additional artists until we reach our core number of 100. Then the game starts all over again.

Click Chic: The Fine Art of Fashion Photography


This past September at the Visual Arts Museum, I curated a show of six brilliant fashion photographers (Roderick Angle, Guy Aroch, Maki Kawakita, Ryan Michael Kelly, Chiun-Kai Shih and Sarah Silver). Elle Magazine called the exhibition "the must see fashion photography show of the fall."

Visual Arts Musuem at the School of Visual Arts
September 6 - October 6, 2007

(image: Sarah Silver)
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