May 19 - June 14th, 2011
Viewfinder: Selected works from the NARS International Artist Residency Program New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation in collaboration with ArtGate Gallery is pleased to present four artists' work from the current and past participants of the NARS International Artist Residency Program. The exhibition brings together artists whose artistic practice involves references to familiar situations that invite the spectator to simultaneously link personal experience with the collective imagination.
Brian Lund, the first artist to participate in the residency program, works with drawings that translate motion picture editing systems into engaging colorful abstract compositions. He studies films of interest to create an archive of edit cut lists, notes and film-still sketches that document specifics within a production.
Maia Cruz Palileo's installations investigate a hyphenated cultural identity within a domestic environment based on remembered experiences and photographs from the 1970s and 80s. As a first generation Filipino-American, Palileo explores how outward appearances such as house décor, cars, bric a brac, and brand name ownership can represent assimilation into American culture while Filipino cultural signifiers such as language, food, and moral values remain unseen.
Daniele Genadry's colorful but quiet paintings investigate notions of time and place using material collected from her travels. Using shifting viewpoints and the changing conditions of seeing, found images and snapshots taken during bus, car and train rides are elongated into a slower form and allowed to re-present themselves as experience. Genadry recreates and reenacts these images as if they were a distinct location – a space and frame, in and of itself – with infinite possibilities. Moments and minute peculiarities become placeholders as they are recognized, recorded and lost.
Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp between public art and community action, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers. He merges heavy material demands with a carefully crafted but somewhat perverse work-process to create awkwardly intimate social collaborations.