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Nancy Shaver curates,
The Look Of Things


Jared Buckheister, Kenji Fujita, Beka Goedde, Sara Magenheimer, Joyce Robins,
Nancy Shaver, Oliver Strand and Emi Winter

Sept 13–Oct 18, 2015

Opening Reception
Sunday, September 13,
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Shaver curates The Look of Things
Jared Buckheister, Kenji Fujita, Beka Goedde, Sara Magenheimer, Joyce Robins,
Nancy Shaver, Oliver Strand and Emi Winter
September 13–October 18, 2015

Opening Reception Sunday, September 13, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Screening by Sara Magenheimer on October 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Soloway is pleased to present an exhibition of works selected by Nancy Shaver titled The Look Of Things.* Her razor-sharp eye has been at work since her photographs of ordinary objects and scavenging quests with Walker Evans in the 1970s. Shaver's "heightened visual understanding" and "operations of selection and reframing" are at work in this collection of exceptional artists and objects.** The hierarchy-bending connections between Oliver Strand's three handmade spoons and Beka Goedde's upright backyard totems are a hallmark of Shaver's. These diverse works by artists of different generations and sensibilities all have an un-namable magnetism, much like the collection assembled in Shaver's store, Henry, located in Hudson, New York.

The Group, 2015, is a collaborative work by Nancy Shaver and Emi Winter. Shaver's sculptures, in which fabrics play a primary role, are poised on top of Winter's contribution, a rug made by weavers in a village outside of the city of Oaxaca. As Richard Klein, the exhibitions director of the Aldrich Museum explains: Shaver "selects fabrics not just for the abstract patterning and color, but also for their encoded sociological meaning. By wrapping fabric around wooden blocks and assembling the blocks into three-dimensional objects, she is declaring them to be more a part of the world of art—not craft—a position where both making and philosophical inquiry are on an equal footing.***

"Jared Buckhiester begins with a found photograph, whose outlines he transfers to a copper plate [resulting in] an apparent maelstrom of fragmented body parts in a storm of black lines, white space and violet stains….Watercolor bathing suits and snippets of Conan the Barbarian comics are coated with methylcellulose and affixed to still-wet paper in a second pass, along with delicate pools of flushed and bloody watercolor."****

Kenji Fujita makes work out of ordinary materials such as cardboard, aluminum foil, felt, wood, fabric, paper and paint. With these materials, he creates commonplace geometries of shape and form that are then cut, torn and glued into unexpected amalgams of order and disorder.

Beka Goedde's tall, totem-like figures are installed in the space behind the gallery. Goedde is concerned with the way all things living and inert are in a constant state of motion. These sculptures will inevitably become transformed by the elements through a slow and invisible process.

Sara Magenheimer's practice spans sculpture, collage, installation, video, sound, and performance. She engages the way language performs as physical material; vibrating the air as sound, moving on a screen as text or on a page as graphic image.

Joyce Robins' sculpture is made of clay, glaze and paint. She is investigating the areas between volumetric sculpture and flat painting using low-relief. Robins has been discovering richer and more sensual ways to manipulate color and space using as little as possible to make so much—a rule that animates woman's arts through history.

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*The Look of Things by John Berger, 1975.
**Shaver's Razor: Social Values,Visual Glory,and Ordinary Object by Jean-Philippe Antoine, translated by Anna Moschovakis. The full essay is available on the artists website: http://www.nancyshaverartist.com/ - !shavers-razor/ckgw
***Richard Klein on Nancy Shaver's exhibition Reconciliation at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, May 3–October 25, 2015, http://www.aldrichart.org/exhibitions/shaver.php
****Excerpts from Will Heinrich's essay, Avoiding A Fruitless Hold

        


ARTISTS BIOS:

Jared Buckhiester is a teaching artist at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2012 he received his MFA in Sculpture from Bard College, in 1999 he received his BFA with a focus in Photography from Pratt Institute. Beginning in 2006, he has had solo exhibitions of his drawing and sculpture with Envoy Enterprises; Feature Inc.; Gallerie Du Jour, Paris; Thomas Rehbein, Cologne; and Dear Future Me, Brussels. He has been included in many group exhibitions including shows with Paul Kasmin, Cheim and Read, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Buckhiester is the recipient of grants from The Dedalus Foundaion for the Arts, and the Albert K. Murray Foundation. Since completing his MFA he has been a resident artist at OxBow, Millay Colony, The Dedalus Foundation, and The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
http://www.jaredbuckhiester.com/

Kenji Fujita is a visual artist who has been making and showing work for over thirty years. He was born and raised in New York City and now lives and works in Staatsburg, NY. He teaches at Bard College and The School of Visual Arts. Education: BA, Bennington College; MFA, Queens College (CUNY); Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Selected solo exhibitions: Samson Projects, Boston; Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York; Jean Bernier, Athens; Cable Gallery, New York; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles. Selected group exhibitions include: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; The Company (Anat Ebgi), Los Angeles; The Other End of the Line, a project by Francis Cape, The High Line, New York; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Aperto 88, Venice Biennale; Brooklyn Museum. Grants and Fellowships include: Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts.
http://kenjifujita.com/

Beka Goedde is a sculptor and printmaker who has recently exhibited work at Inside Out Art Museum (Beijing, China), Deborah Berke Partners (New York), SHOW ROOM (Brooklyn), Habersham Mills (Atlanta, GA), and Helen Day Art Center (Stowe, VT), among other venues. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College, and holds a BA from Barnard College in Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy. Goedde has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, JTHAR, Millay Colony, and PS122. Goedde was the recipient of a 2015 Brooklyn Arts Council grant to produce Fictitious Force, 2015-16, in partnership with NYC Parks & Recreation.
www.bekagoedde.com

Sara Magenheimer is a Brooklyn-based artist. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Cleopatra's, Brooklyn; The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Soloway, Brooklyn; MOMA, Portland OR; Brooklyn Academy of Music; SiteWork, NC; and Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic. As a musician she has toured both nationally and internationally as a member of the bands WOOM and Flying, releasing five records. Since 2012, as a performer and collaborator, she has performed at Cage Gallery, Recess Art, MOMA P.S.1, Issue Project Room, Canada Gallery, the Performa 13 Biennial as part of a Triple Canopy commission, and she is currently working on a commission from EMPAC, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was named one of Blouin Art Info and Modern Painters Top 25 Artists to Watch in 2014.
http://www.saramagenheimer.com/

Joyce Robins has had twenty one-person shows. She has exhibited most recently at Come Together, Surviving Sandy in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 2013. In the Spring of 2013, she had a mid-career survey at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Previous exhibitions include shows at: John Davis Gallery, Neiman Gallery of Columbia University, PS1, Meulenstein Gallery, The New York Studio School, Jane Hartsook Gallery (New York); The Biennale International de Vallauris in France; David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago; Rebecca Ibel Gallery in Columbus, Ohio; and the Schoolhouse Center in Provincetown, MA. Her work has been seen in group shows at galleries and museums, including: The National Academy of Design, Lesley Heller Gallery, Edward Thorp Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, Lennon Weinberg Gallery and Pierogi Gallery (New York); Rubicon Gallery (Dublin); The Gasworks (London); The Delaware Art Museum; Vassar College Art Gallery; and Pewabic Pottery (Detroit).
http://joycerobins.net/

Nancy Shaver was born in 1946 in Appleton, New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1969, and from 1970 to 1972 audited Walker Evans's photography class at Yale University. Her work has been shown in many galleries including: John Davis Gallery, Feature Inc., Curt Marcus Gallery, and Hundred Acres Gallery. Shaver's awards include the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Yaddo Fellowship, and McDowell Colony Fellowship.
http://www.nancyshaverartist.com/

Oliver Strand is an MFA candidate in poetry at Brown University. He received his BA in literature from Harvard College, where he also studied music composition. He spent a year in Japan as a Michael C. Rockefeller fellow studying woodworking. His furniture has been exhibited at the New Hampshire Furniture Masters' Gallery; his music compositions have been performed at the Salle Cortot of the École Normale de Musique in Paris, the Juilliard School's Morse Hall, and Boston's Jordan Hall; and his writing has appeared in Anomalous and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Emi Winter is primarily a painter but also works with printmaking and textiles. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Bard College and received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College. She has had solo exhibitions at El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico; Centro Cultural Jardín Borda, Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Mexico. She has participated in group shows at Museo Tamayo, Mexico; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico; Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM; James Kelly, Santa Fe, NM; Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles. In 2001 she was artist in residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and in 2011 was awarded the acquisition prize in the XV edition of the Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial in Mexico. She was born in Oaxaca and lives in New Jersey.
http://emiwinter.com/