ERNESTO BURGOS, ROBIN CAMERON, KIRAN CHANDRA,
DAVID DE TSCHARNER, ANDREW ERDOS, MARIANA GARIBAY RAEKE,
JESS WILLA WHEATON
ARCHIPELAGO EXPLORES FRAGMENTED TERRITORIES WHERE FANTASIES, PRECARIOUS BALANCE AND PARALLEL REALITIES SEEM TO COALESCE INSIDE THE CHIMNEY. THE ARTISTS’ WORKS ARE CONSIDERED AS ISLANDS OF THOUGHTS, PRACTICES AND FORMS WHERE DISCARDED AND EVERYDAY MATERIALS HAVE BEEN RE-USED TO EMANATE NEW EXOTIC REALMS. OSCILLATING BETWEEN COLLAPSE AND RENEWAL, BIOMORPHIC FIGURES AND ABSOLUTE ABSTRACTION, THE WORKS CREATE A SENSUAL VISUAL DIALOGUE THAT DEFY SINGULAR POINT OF REFERENCES AND ENDORSE DIVERSE TRUTHS.
JUNE 9 - JULY 16, 2017
Ernesto Burgos’ Hiraeth's organic shape rises and invades viewers’ territory. Made of cardboard, fiberglass, charcoal and paint, his sculpture seems to contort into amorphous forms and reveals on its surface, the expressiveness and controlled randomness of the spray paint. Asymmetric, undeterminable, seemingly instable, his sculpture seems to elude the laws of proportion. The directions in which the forms grow appear boundless and unrestricted, offering our gaze an interrupted rhythm.
Robin Cameron’s sculptures are poetic assemblages that allude to anthropomorphic shapes. By selecting broken shards of found and discarded ceramics, deemed as failures and re-firing the shards with new porcelain to give the works a second life. While the works may suggest functionality through the medium of ceramics and their resemblance to the body or objects such as vases, the vulnerability of these joined ceramic fragments celebrate the idea of productive failure.
Movement of forms and indefinite state are manifested in David de Tscharner’s suspended installation Frost. Those mobiles are the accidental result of paint inserted in resin and Plexiglas and constitute a tridimensional puzzle. Resembling a chaotic system, this assemblage relies on a fragile equilibrium that demands to be altered and re-arranged by the public into new volumes and shapes.
Kiran Chandra'sinterest in language systems is shown in a vitrine installation containing abstract watercolor and gouache paintings, paired with hand made and natural objects - stones, dried bark, driftwood, shells, and seed husks. Through the placement of objects - natural and artificial - with images she makes a space for new linkages, connections and rhythms in the visual repetitions that develop between and amongst them- presenting as a phenomenological and subjective lexicon.
Andrew Erdos' most recent series of works consist of abstract dystopian landscapes created by uncontrolled chemical reactions between glass, silver and intense heat. Similar to tectonic plates colliding, the fused glass panels create a map of reckless geometry, islands of color and texture. In continuity with his exploration of time, Erdos further delves into Man's quest to become “master and possessor” of nature.
Mariana Garibay Raeke's ceramic and paper pieces explore folding as a way of transforming flatness into three-dimensional objects. In one instance, angular lines become a flexible matrix where paper and concrete harden into geometric husks. In the other, line drawings of liquid clay are lifted and folded into rounded bodies colored by chemical reactions induced by heat. Each process and the resulting objects are specific to the unique characteristics of the materials. Placed over a plinth of gypsum , the ceramic pieces are arranged in conversations with natural elements such as rocks, which refer to the origin and source of the clay, as well as to the chemical elements that produce their coloring.
Jess Willa Wheaton’s collages address the plethora and mutability of images available today, through a tactile process of cutting, combining, adding and subtracting. Her two works are each mounted on an individual wall that is proportional to the work and reflective of its color, serving as an expanded frame. Architecturally, these walls/frames also function as positive manifestation of the negative space of the niches present in The Chimney's industrial brickwork. Working with found printed images from diverse sources, in each collage Wheaton creates a spatial construction that exists between preternatural landscape and almost tactile abstraction; melding to transcend the images' original history and divulge a new and nuanced visual melody.
ERNESTO BURGOS (b.1970, Santa Clara, CA), originally from Chile, completed his BFA from California College of the Arts (2004) and his MFA from New York University (2008). Burgos held solo exhibitions at Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (2016), The Goma, Madrid (2015,2012), Kate Werble Gallery, New York (2017, 2014, 2012), and Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton (2013). He held a solo project at David Castillo Gallery, Miami (2007), and a two-person exhibition with Aaron Raymer at Kate Werble Gallery in 2010. His work has been shown at galleries and institutions including Van Horn, Dusseldorf; Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg; El Museo Del Barrio, New York; Nada, New York; Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, ES; Second Home Projects, Berlin; Apex Art, New York; Ideobox, Miami; The Paper Miller Gallery, Sydney, to name a few. Burgos’ work has been reviewed in publications including Flash Art; The New York Times; The Huffington Post; El Cultural; Arte Al Dia; Timeout NY; The Village Voice and San Francisco Bay Guardian. His work is in the collection of the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg, DE. Burgos lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
ROBIN CAMERON (b.1981, British Columbia, Canada) graduated in 2012 with an MFA from Columbia University. Cameron has participated in a residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada. She has received an Ontario Arts Council Grant. Her work has been featured in notable group exhibitions including "Sense and Sensibility" curated by Chris Sharp at SpazioA in Pistoia, Italy and "The Built Environment" curated by Kathleen Madden in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work has been shown at Artissima in Turin Italy as part of the "Future Present" section, she has also had a solo show of her ceramic works entitled "Une Seconde Vie", Galerie Lefebvre & fils, Paris, France. Her books are available at Printed Matter and held in the collection of the MoMA library. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum.
MARIANA GARIBAY RAEKE (b. Guadalajara, Mexico) completed her BFA at California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2012) and her MFA at Yale University School of Art, New Haven (2014) where she was awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize. Her solo exhibitions include “Polychromes”, Zughaus Gallery, Berkeley, CA (2012); “Life Elsewhere”, The Consulate General of Mexico, San Francisco, CA (2007); “Translations”, de Young Art Center, San Francisco, CA (2005). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Young Art Center, The Consulate General of Mexico, SFMOMA Artist Gallery, all in San Francisco; the MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose; Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen; Instituto Cervantes, New York; Transmitter, Brooklyn; Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, among others. Garibay Raeke has participated in residency at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2017), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO (2017), the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco (2005). She was a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann grants, New York (2015) and was included in Smack Mellon Hot Picks (2015). She was awarded several scholarship, among which the California College of the Arts President’s Scholarship (2011). She is a founding member of Colectivo Grupo and co-founder and editor of Asteroid and Asterism.
DAVID DE TSCHARNER (b. Lausanne, Switzerland, 1979) graduated from ESBA in Geneva and La Cambre in Brussels (2005) where he currently teaches. His solo exhibitions include “Next” at Galerie Albert Baronian Brussels (2009); “One Sculpture a Day” at Aliceday Gallery Brussels (2012); Fantasmagorie at Frac des Pays de la Loire Nantes (2014); les Ambassadeurs at Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro Paris, “Frost” presented by Bunk Club (2017) among others. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, notably at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, FR; Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Piacé le Radieux, Bézard - Le Corbusier, Piacé, FR. Between 2005 and 2007, de Tscharner was an art director of the magazine Code. He also collaborates with artists like Florence Doléac, Benoît Platéus, Eric Croes and Jean-Baptiste Bernadet. De Tscharner has several publications notably with Triangle Books and Wandering Arts Book. He was awarded the Prix Winsor & Newton, Art Contest, Bruxelles (2009). He lives and works between Brussels and Paris.
ANDREW ERDOS (b. 1985, Norwalk, CT) graduated with a BFA from Alfred University. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York, with Invaluable (2015) and Guaranteed Impermanence (2013), and “Slow Motion Castrophy” at The Chimney NYC, New York. The youngest recipient of the Rakow Commission of the Corning Museum of Glass, his work has been exhibited worldwide and throughout the United States. Notable group exhibitions include “Piece by Piece” at the Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City (2015); “Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations” at the New Britain Museum of American Art (2014); “Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass” at the Knoxville Museum of Art (2014); “Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012” at the Toledo Museum of Art (2012); “Cyberfest” at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (2009), “Art Parade” at Deitch Projects in New York (2008), and “Insatiable Streams” at Beijing BS1 Contemporary Art Center in Beijing (2007).
Erdos’ work can be found in the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Toledo Museum of Art; the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Corning Museum of Glass; the 21c Museum in Durham, and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. Andrew Erdos lives and works in New York City
KIRAN CHANDRA earned an Honors BA from St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University, a BFA from Lesley University’s Art Institute of Boston and an MFA from Hunter College. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and abroad, including The Whitney Houston Biennial, New York, NY; Momenta Art and Bogart Salon, Brooklyn, NY; Project 88, Mumbai, India; Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India; Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, India. She has been awarded a Cisneros Scholarship, a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship and a Women’s Edge Award, among other prizes. Residencies include SOMA Summer International Program, Mexico City, Mexico; Studio Arts Center, Florence, Italy; The Cooper Union’s Summer Art Intensive, New York, NY. Chandra is the co-founder of Temporary Agency, an artist-run, alternative space. She lives and works in New York.
JESS WILLA WHEATON (b. 1984, Sebastopol, CA) earned her BFA and several scholarships from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2009), and her MFA from Hunter College, New York (2014), where she also received the Kossak Travel Grant and faculty nomination for the Dedalus MFA Fellowhip in Painting. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include “Soft Slice Corral”, with Audrey Hope, Goodnight Projects, San Francisco CA (2015), and “Regolith”, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC (2014). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada; CK2, New York; Present Company, New York; Edward Thorp Gallery, New York; Guest Room Project Space, Carrboro NC; and Underdonk, New York; among others. She was Artist in Residence at Camosun College in 2014, and lives and works in New York.