April 5 - 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th 6-8 pm
Curated by Michael Fleming, Olivia Swider and Rachel Tretter
With works by Audrée Anid, Nicholas Cueva, Vincent Dermody and Darryl Westly
Chromatic Reveries unites four artists - Audrée Anid, Nicholas Cueva, Vincent Dermody, and Darryl Westly - working across painting, sculpture, and found photography. Their practice shares a specific affinity for using the surface as a palimpsest for layering meaning and memory. This exhibition explores the excavation of personal history, fractured realities, and the character of the cities where these four artists have spent time creating.
Audrée Anid is a Lebanese-American mixed-media artist and independent curator whose work spans photography, painting, and printmaking. Audrée was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1990 and grew up in the Bronx, New York. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Her work has exhibited at Photoville NYC at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Humble Arts Foundation, Equity Gallery, Brooklyn Fire Proof East Gallery, Gallery at BRIC House, and Robert Miller Gallery among others. International exhibitions include Arts Suzhou in Suzhou, China, The Beirut Contemporary Global Art Fair in Beirut, Lebanon and Beit Beirut, Museum and Urban Cultural Center in Beirut, Lebanon. She recently completed the Artist on Art Program at Olana State Historic Site, in Hudson, New York in partnership with IAIA I Institute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York. Her work is in the permanent collection of Teachers College, Columbia University. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Nicholas Cueva was born in 1983 in Los Alamitos, California. He earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting and Drawing, where he advised with with Albert Oehlen and Jerry Saltz, among others. He has lived and worked in New York since 2011 and is an active member of the Bushwick art scene.
Vincent Dermody (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Solo exhibitions include: Nervous Service, 65 Grand, Chicago, IL; What Burns Never Returns, MOUNTAIN, Brooklyn, NY; Unretouched: Proof, The Storefront, Chicago, IL; Dick Dermody’s Invincible, Heaven Gallery, IL; You’re Still Under 30, Suitable Gallery, Chicago, IL; and 33 Jobs, T.B.A. Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL. Recent group exhibitions include: Normann X Brask Art Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark; Meisenfloo, Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin, Italy; Twelfth Show: Abstraction, EDDY’S ROOM, Brooklyn, NY; I Amaze Myself, Common People, Brooklyn, NY; Robert Davis feat. Law Office Presents, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico; CEMETARIUM, Regina Rex Gallery at Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; The Physical Impossibility of a Hangover in the Mind of Someone Drinking, Hills Esthetic Center, Chicago, IL; Eraser, curated by Rachel Furnari, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY; and Fun Gun, curated by Brad Troemel, Satan Satin Gallery, Chicago, IL. Select press includes: Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, The Miami Herald, and The Breeder Magazine. Dermody received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Darryl Westly is an artist and curator based in New York whose paintings experiment with hyperrealism, architectural elements and visual layering to create disruptive portraits of contemporary western culture. A graduate of Cooper Union's school of art, Westly has honed his craft working for artist Jeff Koons and now exhibits across the globe. He has curated shows for Christies Auction House, FiveMyles and Miranda Kuo, and most recently designed a Digital watch for Fossil. He currently works alongside the art collective Bruce High Quality in Industry City, Brooklyn and his studio in Chinatown, Manhattan.
Michael Fleming (b. 1985, Illinois, USA) is an artist, educator, and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Fleming received his BFA in Painting from UIUC, his MFA in Studio from SAIC, and a Business Certificate from Columbia University, where he currently works. He was the director of MOUNTAIN, an apartment gallery in the heart of Bushwick (2016-2018). His gallery was written about by Artnet News, Art F City, Brooklyn Magazine, and The New York Times. In September of 2018 he combined programs with Selena gallery and Olivia Swider to form Selenas Mountain in Ridgewood, NY. Fleming has held previous positions as Co-Producer/Curator of the IMPACT Performance Festival, Chicago, IL; Co-Director/Board Member of artist-run space OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL; Gallery Assistant at Gladstone Gallery, NY and Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago, IL. In his artistic practice Michael has made performance, video art, and sculpture with his collaborator (and identical twin brother) Alan Fleming for the past decade. Together, they have had residencies at the Oxbow School of Art, MI; ACRE Residency, WI; NARS Foundation, NY; and the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum, NY. They have exhibited and performed internationally, including shows in Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Scotland, and the Ukraine.
Olivia Swider (b. 1987, Illinois, USA) is an artist, curator and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Swider received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She is the cofounder of Hungryman (2008-2012, Chicago, IL) and Selena (2016-2018, Brooklyn, NY). While directing Selena, Swider focused the program on curating artists of color. Closing in 2018, Selena combined programs with MOUNTAIN directed by Michael Fleming. Relocating to Ridgewood, NY, Selenas Mountain opened with its inaugural show this past September. As an artist Swider has exhibited at Filter Photo, Chicago, IL; Fresh Window, Brooklyn, NY; Kustera Projects, Brooklyn, NY; MOUNTAIN, Brooklyn, NY; Three Walls, Chicago, IL; Pentagon Gallery, Chicago, IL; and the Verge Art Fair at Miami Basel, Miami, FL. Her exhibitions have been featured in The Art Newspaper, Artnet News, Artforum, Art F City, Burnaway, Bedford + Bowery, Bad at Sports, Editorial Magazine, New City, The Chicago Tribune, The Fader, The Visualist and Univision News.
Rachel Tretter is an independent curator and consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in European History and French from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. In 2018, she co-founded RATA Projects with Audrée Anid to provide a platform for emerging contemporary artists through cohesive exhibitions. Recent RATA shows include 'Skip/Salvage' and 'Signs Foretelling' at 131 Chrystie Street and LA BODEGA Y MÁS in collaboration with Good To Know Collective during Miami Art Basel 2018. RATA Projects has been covered by The New York Times and ARTNEWS, among other publications. Tretter also serves as associate director of albertz benda in Chelsea. She is the editor of numerous gallery publications including Painting as Process: Ed Moses Works 1951-1999, Tess Jaray RA: The Light Surrounded, and Tsibi Geva: Jolt. Previously, Tretter has worked as the collections manager & archivist for the Pennwick Foundation, which holds the world’s largest collection of Robert Frank photographs, and as a fine art conservator.