Cati Bestard, Lisa Blas, Sonia Louise Davis, Shoshana Dentz, Anne Eastman,
Jenny Monick and Anne Vieux
Curated by Suzanne McClelland and Leeza Meksin
October 20 - December 2, 2018
Opening reception with the artists: Saturday, October 20, 6-9pm
Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to present SPINE, a group exhibition curated by artist Suzanne McClelland and OyG Co-Director and artist Leeza Meksin, featuring works by Cati Bestard, Lisa Blas, Sonia Louise Davis, Shoshana Dentz, Anne Eastman, Jenny Monick and Anne Vieux.
Opening at OyG on Saturday, October 20, 2018, during the weekend of Gowanus Open Studios, SPINE explores the mental and physical structures of a book and questions what is legible, optical, physical, emotional or cerebral. Reading is viewing and occurs any time anyone engages with visual art but it also happens when we’re handling and engaging with books as objects. Printed media lives in the realm of the physical and the private with a spine functioning as an interruption, an intersection, a fulcrum and a central structure, often simultaneously. The work presented in the exhibition questions when does the private act of reading become public and what is shared.
SPINE brings together a wide range of media, including drawing, photography, sculpture, video, fiber, multiples and artist books. Please join us for the opening with the artists and curators on Saturday, October 20th, 6 - 9pm. The exhibition will be on view October 20 - December 2, 2018.
Ortega y Gasset Projects came together as an artist-run space in April 2013 when a group of artists realized how much their practices were dictated by their circumstances. José Ortega y Gasset’s famous maxim “yo soy yo i mi circunstancia” (I’m myself and my circumstance) deeply resonated with the group, so they named the space as a nod to the philosopher’s pragmatism and realist phenomenology, that came to be known as the “philosophy of life.” Ortega y Gasset Projects celebrated 5 years in May, 2018.
For press inquiries, please contact:
Leeza Meksin, Co-founder and Co-director, Ortega y Gasset Projects
Threshold – Adam Liam Rose
September 15 - December 2, 2018
Opening: September 15 6-9 pm
Adam Liam Rose's Threshold is an installation of objects, video, and a tunnel constructed of collapsible frames. While site specific, the work is built as a film set in flux, with the idea that it may operate in another context. The installation turns the gallery’s entryway into an underground “safe” space or shelter, continuing the artist’s exploration of physical, economic, and social accessibility within space, and pointing to invisible systems that create limited access. The work recalls Israeli bomb shelters, convict escape tunnels, smuggler routes, brutalist bunkers from WWII, and catacombs. As the architecture of the gallery does not allow for indiscriminate entry, Rose is interested in highlighting the failures of infrastructure and of the language of inclusion within art spaces and other sites of public exchange. While marking a ceremonial transition of the body from the street into the “sacred” space of the gallery, the threshold in this installation refers to a line of access, a point of entry, and to a point of no return. In this way, the work alludes to the precipice between life and death.
In the case of a natural disaster or nuclear explosion, whose bodies are most protected? In what ways do communities deal with these dangers, and in what ways does culture relegate them to the imaginary, the screen, and the immaterial? How does one's relationship to a given environment transform in the physical body versus the screen? What dangers are perceived? What spaces, if any, are safe?
Adam Liam Rose (b. 1990) is an interdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, photography, video and installation. Born in Jerusalem and raised mostly in the United States, his works investigate the aesthetic systems of power embedded within architecture. Rose has exhibited at museums and institutions including the Jewish Museum (New York, NY), the Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), Marinaro Gallery (New York, NY), Mana Contemporary (Chicago, IL), Sullivan Galleries (Chicago, IL) the Pfizer Building (New York, NY) and others. He was awarded residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Ox-Bow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI), A-Z West: Institute of Investigative Living (Joshua Tree, CA), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and the Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Residency (Chicago, IL). In 2018 Rose acted as a Fellow within the Art & Law Program (New York, NY), he received an Artis Contemporary Residency Grant, and will be a participant in the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ AIM Program. Rose received his BFA in Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ('12) and an MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University School of the Arts (‘17). He Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.