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Artist Talks at OyG: Tirtzah Bassel, Catherine Haggarty, and Will Hutnick
Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm
 

Please join us Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm for a night of Artist Talks with OyG Co-Directors Catherine Haggarty and Will Hutnick, and current exhibition artist Tirtzah Bassel! This event kicks off a series of Artist Talks for our 2018-19 season featuring OyG Co-Directors and our exhibition artists. Come discover who we are and who we support!
This is also one of your last chances to check out Tirtzah Bassel's installation "Keynote" in The Skirt, OyG's dedicated space for site-specific installations. 
Snacks and wine will be provided. Hope to see you there!

TIRTZAH BASSEL is an Israeli artist based in New York. Her drawings, paintings and site-responsive installations explore the relationships between power and space, and the permeable borders between public and private domains. Recent exhibition venues include Kunstverein Worms, Germany (2017), Volta NY (2017), FOR-SITE Foundation, California (2016), BRIC Arts Media Center, Brooklyn (2016), The Visual Arts Center, New Jersey (2015), Slag Gallery, Brooklyn (2014, 2015), Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn (2015), The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery at Nassua Community College, New York (2015) and Volta Basel, Switzerland (2015). Her work has appeared in Hyperallergic, Frieze Magazine, The Boston Globe, KQED, San Fransisco Chronicle, The Art Newspaper, Huffington Post, Arts in Bushwick and Al Jezeera English, among others. Tirtzah holds an MFA from Boston University and she studied drawing and painting at the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel. She is assistant director of the Brandeis Institute of Music and Art at Brandeis University and a resident artist in the Chashama Workspace Program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Tirtzah is represented by Slag Gallery in Brooklyn and Galerie Thomas Fuchs in Stuttgart. 

CATHERINE HAGGARTY, Catherine Haggarty is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty is currently the co-director of Ortegay Gasset Projects, a non-profit artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. She is a contributing writer for The Curator and Art Savvy. Haggarty’s paintings and curatorial work have been reviewed by and featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Brooklyn Magazine, The New York Times, Maake Magazine, The Black and White Project (UK), Sound and Vision Podcast, and Young Space. Exhibiting nationally and internationally for a decade, select shows include: Leftfield Slo and Hashimoto Contemporary (CA), The Provincial (MI), Tripp Gallery (London), Bridge Productions (Seattle, WA), CGK Gallery (Copenhagen), Art on Paper Fair (Armory Week), Paper Paris (France), Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA) and Design Sublime (Miami, FL). Solo shows include This Friday Next Friday (NYC), Next to Nothing (NYC), Papier 2018 (Projet Pangee), One River School of Art and Design, Proto Gallery (NJ), and Look and Listen in Marseille France.In 2018 Haggarty was the Anderson Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University and 2016, she was the juror of The Boston Young Contemporaries New England MFA Exhibition at Boston University. Guest critic invitations include but are not limited to, Nars Foundation, Residency Unlimited, The Wassaic Project, Abrons Center for the Arts, and Trestle Projects in New York City. Teaching experience includes Rutgers University, Abrons Art Center, Princeton Day School, Philadelphia Mural Arts and One River School of Art and Design. Haggarty earned her MFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2011.


WILL HUTNICK is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, NY. He received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and his B.A. from Providence College (Providence, RI). His work has been exhibited most recently at Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn), Providence College Galleries (Providence, solo), The Java Project (Brooklyn, solo) and Pratt Institute. Hutnick has curated numerous exhibitions at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute (New York and Brooklyn) and Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC). He has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), DNA Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and a curator-in-residence at Benaco Arte (Sirmione, Italy) and Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). Hutnick is a 2017 Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant recipient from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as well as a 2015 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. He is the Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Brooklyn, and is currently the Residency Director at the Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization that uses art and art education to foster positive social change.

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The Skirt
Keynote – Tirtzah Bassel  
Opening Reception:
Saturday June 2, 6pm

On View: June 2 – September 2018

Tirtzah Bassel has created a site specific (and event-specific!)  installation using duct tape in The Skirt: OyG's site specific installation space. In a culture increasingly propelled by personal branding, Bassel is interested in moments of congregation and the search for a deeper sense of connection and transcendence. Using the audience of a star-studded gala as subject, “Keynote” is an immersive installation depicting enraptured members of a crowd as they listen to the keynote speaker. Their uplifted gazes are directed at the center of the space, effectively situating the viewer as the subject of their attention. Bassel’s expressive use of duct tape to render the figures speaks to the evanescent nature of these cultural moments, while the painted elements of the mural imply deeper social and political structures at play.

Bassel explores the tension between anonymity and individuality, highlighting the desire for closeness and recognition that often drives our performances in real and virtual encounters. Inspired by work such as Marlene Dumas’ “Chlorosis” and the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an, China, Bassel uses the traditional genre of portraiture in conjunction with the obscurity of a crowd to allow a sense of intimacy to unfold, even within the monumental scale of her work. Engaging the line between painting and sculpture, Bassel uses duct tape and paint to create an exciting visual vocabulary that probes the borders between public and private spheres, implicating the viewer in a relationship to the work that is both as shared and as personal as the spaces that it considers.

Tirtzah Bassel is an Israeli artist based in New York. Her drawings, paintings and site-responsive installations explore the relationships between power and space, and the permeable borders between public and private domains. Recent exhibition venues include Kunstverein Worms, Germany (2017), Volta NY (2017), FOR-SITE Foundation, California (2016), BRIC Arts Media Center, Brooklyn (2016), The Visual Arts Center, New Jersey (2015),  Slag Gallery, Brooklyn (2014, 2015), Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn (2015),  The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery at Nassua Community College, New York (2015) and Volta Basel, Switzerland (2015). Her work has appeared in HyperallergicFrieze MagazineThe Boston GlobeKQEDSan Fransisco ChronicleThe Art NewspaperHuffington PostArts in Bushwick and Al Jezeera English, among others. Tirtzah holds an MFA from Boston University and she studied drawing and painting at the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel. She is assistant director of the Brandeis Institute of Music and Art at Brandeis University and a resident artist in the Chashama Workspace Program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Tirtzah is represented by Slag Gallery in Brooklyn and Galerie Thomas Fuchs in Stuttgart. 

 

ONLINE EXHIBITION
Second Daytime
an online exhibition of performance art on video
February­ August 2018
www.oygprojects.com/second-daytime