March 23 - April 28 2019

Opening Reception Saturday, March 23rd 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Closing Reception Sunday, April 28th 3:00 PM - 5:00PM
Q&A with David Humphrey, Keisha Prioleau-Martin, Patrice Helmar and Catherine Haggarty.
*Performance at 4pm with David Humphrey's band, 'Still life with dog'.

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to announce Footloose, a two person exhibition featuring David Humphrey and Keisha Prioleau-Martin curated by Co-Director Catherine Haggarty. The Opening Reception is on Saturday, March 23rd, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The exhibition will run through April 28, 2019.

Footloose is a painting show about the connection and rhythm between two artists. Although they do not work collaboratively, Keisha Prioleau-Martin and David Humphrey share similarities and differences just the same. Their pairing in this show is not for similar subject matter, but for their shared attitude and how that generates our perception.

Ultimately painting and dancing are centered around the body. Both provide the opportunity to move fluidly and free the mind from concern. Deep down inside, everybody loves to dance. Perhaps just the same, painting is like dancing: expressive, uninhibited and mysterious - and it becomes harder to do freely as you get older.

Dancing mirrors several facets within the field of painting - it can reveal and demonstrate moments of self revelation in a way that is often ineffable. Often, awkward, clumsy and sexy moves are stand-ins for how the body navigates physical space.  Dancing can be as primal as music and is a form of expression that releases endorphins as soon as it begins. Within painting, the audience often projects, dissects, imbues, and translates what they see in relationship to what they already know. Footloose is a celebration of painting and of the endearing effort to be a part of something much larger than yourself.

David Humphrey is a New York-based artist who has shown nationally and internationally. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize, among other awards. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was published by Periscope Publishing in 2010. He teaches in the MFA programs at Columbia and is represented by Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, NY.

Keisha Prioleau-Martin currently lives and works in Ridgewood, New York. She received her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and her work was recently included in Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York’s The 2018 Flat File: Year Five.

Catherine Haggarty is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty earned her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Hofstra University. In 2018, Haggarty was the Anderson Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University and the Juror for Espositivo Residency in Madrid, Spain.

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and by appointment


The Skirt 

Patrice Aphrodite Helmar: Feeling Good About Me

February 9 - April 28th, 2019

Feeling Good About Me Installation View

Feeling Good About Me Installation View

Opening Reception: February 9, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to present Feeling Good About Me, a site-specific installation in The Skirt by Patrice Aphrodite Helmar. There is a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 9th, from 6-9pm in conjunction with the reception for Carl Hazlewood’s show in the main exhibition space. Feeling Good About Me runs until Sunday, April 28th.

Originally from Alaska, Helmar grew up within a small frontier community where the local bar was the essential site of initiation and belonging. In Feeling Good About Me (her second solo exhibition in New York since earning her MFA from Columbia University in 2015) Helmar incorporates her black-and-white photographs with found objects and installation. Together, these elements celebrate and question the notion of the local bar as a site of queer safety, revelry, escape, and resistance. Helmar’s portrait photographs evoke the demimonde of the cities in which they are shot: Paris, New Orleans, and Juneau, Alaska. Hung above an installation of wood paneling in The Skirt, the feel of a traditional working-class barroom is conjured. A shelf acts as a symbolic barroom counter, complete with a mirror where viewers can both look at themselves and watch the door behind them. A 1950’s coin operated jukebox contains 45’s selected by Helmar as a soundtrack to the photographs.

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Patrice Aphrodite Helmar (b. 1981, Juneau, Alaska) is an artist and curator who lives and works in Queens, NY. She is a graduate of Columbia University's Visual Arts MFA program, and has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, and Fordham. Helmar's work has appeared internationally, including at the Jewish Museum, National Museum of Iceland, Gaa Gallery, Paper Machine in New Orleans, Houston Center for Photography, IRL Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Alaska State Museum. In the spring of 2019, Antenna Gallery will publish a portfolio of Helmar’s work made while in residence in New Orleans. In 2016, she founded and continues to curate the Marble Hill Camera and Supper Club. The Camera Club is an ongoing discussion with photographers, and artists using photography in their work modeled after queer family skillshare workshops.