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DGCP's Spring Exhibitions & Events:

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April 16 – April 27, 2014
In Defense Of: St. John's University BFA Thesis Exhibition
Featuring the work of Dallas Adams, Lucia Burrafato, Evane Corder, Georgina Diaz, Sharlotte Fondeur-Casas, Kristin Hauser, Sabrina Issagholian, Lauren Muggeo, Lourdes Rivera, Kalen Na’il Roach, Caroline Roecker, Elena Suarez, Diamond Watts-Walker, Rebekah Yeh, & Kaixi Zhou

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 26, 3:00-6:00 pm

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March 2, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm
Extreme Environments
A Panel Discussion with Janet Biggs, Elise Engler,
Itty Neuhaus & Alexis Rockman

Seating will be limited | RSVP to info@dorsky.org

Biggs Image Neuhaus Image

Engler Image
Top left: Fade to White (video still) by Janet Biggs, Top Right: Understory by Itty Neuhaus,
Bottom: Ninety-Degree Draft by Elise Engler

During July 2012, space satellites produced representations showing the thaw of ice over a short time-span of several days. NASA stated that Greenland’s ice cover was totally affected by this process. This warming is expected to shut down the conveyor belt that traverses the Atlantic Ocean, driving most of the earth’s climate. This panel will address the issues of global warming as it relates to each artist’s discussion of their work that is on view in the exhibition. Fade to White (2010) by Janet Biggs explores the icebergs of the Arctic and follows an explorer through rain, wind and sun yet never escaping the ice. Elise Engler’s Ninety-Degree Draft (2009-11) reflect hundreds of detailed drawings of people, places, animals and things that she encountered on a trip to Antarctica during the Austral summer of 2009/2010. Understory (2013) by Itty Neuhaus puts into motion the suggestion of what an ice-cap environment looks like beneath the water while South (2008) by Alexis Rockman presents a colossal, highly detailed portrait of the Antarctic Peninsula that stretches across 30 feet in seven panels painted with oil and wax on gessoed paper.

Janet Biggs is an American artist, known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has captured such events as speeding motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Olympic synchronized swimmers in their attempts to defy gravity, kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters, sulfur miners inside an active volcano, and a camel caravan crossing the Taklamakan desert of Western China. Biggs has had solo exhibitions and film screenings at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montréal; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Tampa Museum of Art; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; and Mint Museum of Art to name a few. Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, ArtForum, ARTNews, Art in America, Flash Art, Artnet.com, and many others. Biggs is the recipient of numerous grants including the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts Award, the Arctic Circle Fellowship/Residency, Art Matters, Inc., the Wexner Center Media Arts Program Residency, the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the NEA Fellowship Award. Her work is in collections including the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL: the High Museum, Atlanta,GA; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; and Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, NC.; and the New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT.

Elise Engler is an artist who lives and works in New York City, known for her travel drawings and paintings made both during and following her trip to Antarctica during the Austral of 2009/2010. Engler’s drawings have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as the National Academy Museum’s 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art. In 2012 the artist participated in a three-person show with Janet Biggs and Itty Neuhaus. Engler’s most recent solo show occurred at the Robert Henry Contemporary Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from January 11th to February 10th, 2013. Her work appears in the collections of Agnes Gund, The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive in Miami and the Nobel collection in Switzerland.

Itty Neuhaus is a sculptor who combines the aesthetics of drawing, photography, video and installation to refer to changing states of matter, bringing together global and personal forms of change. Her recent work addresses an interest in geology and environmental concerns as seen in the landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The artist continues to build two and three-dimensional representations of frozen landscapes with fragile-appearing materials, such as paper and photographs, altered by cutting and drawing. Neuhaus’ art has appeared in numerous group and solo shows such as BiPOLAR, Journeys to the Ends of the World, hosted by the College of Saint Rose Gallery in Albany, NY from January 20th to March 1st, 2013. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant as well as awards from SUNY-New Paltz for Research and Creative Projects, including residencies through Hallwalls, NYSCA, Sculpture Space, Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. Itty Neuhaus is Professor of Art at SUNY-New Paltz who specializes in sculptural installations and environments. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexis Rockman is an artist based in New York City known for his paintings depicting nature and its intersections with humanity. He has exhibited his work in the United States since 1985. In 2004 the Brooklyn Museum hosted Alexis Rockman: Manifest Destiny which travelled to several museums, including RISD and the Wexner Center. In 2010 the Smithsonian American Art Museum organized Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, a survey of the artist’s paintings and works on paper in 2010 that toured nationally. Rockman’s work is included in important institutional collections, such as the Brooklyn Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Rockman recently collaborated with director Ang Lee on the prize-winning film “Life of Pi.”

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March 16, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm
Elise Engler: Documenting Antarctica
An Artist Talk and Book-making Demonstration

Seating will be limited | RSVP to info@dorsky.org

McMurdo Station Book; opening pages

Engler Full Accordian Book

McMurdo Station; Carpenter Shop
McMurdo Station Windows Accordian Book, 2013
From top: Opening pages; Full accordian book; Carpenter shop

The exhibition Thaw includes three of Elise Engler’s hand-made, limited-edition books which are part of her series of works from time spent in Antarctica as a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctica Artist and Writers’ Program. Engler will discuss the content of the original books and other works in the exhibition that were created as part of that residency in Antarctica how they relate to her larger body of work.

Engler will demonstrate the process of making these accordion books, using digitally printed images, folding techniques, archival board and fabric.

The three limited-edition books, McMurdo Station Windows Accordion Book, 2013, Lake Hoare Accordion Book, 2013, and Ninety-Degree Draft, Art Amidst Science in Antarctica, 2013 will be available for sale.

Elise Engler is an artist who lives and works in New York City, known for her travel drawings and paintings made both during and following her trip to Antarctica during the Austral of 2009/2010. Engler’s drawings have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as the National Academy Museum’s 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art. In 2012 the artist participated in a three-person show with Janet Biggs and Itty Neuhaus. Engler’s most recent solo show occurred at the Robert Henry Contemporary Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from January 11th to February 10th, 2013. Her work appears in the collections of Agnes Gund, The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive in Miami and the Nobel collection in Switzerland.

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March 30, 2014, 2:00-3:00 pm
Thawed Out
A curator's tour of Thaw with Jill Conner

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DaSilva Image Jordan Image Ewen Image
From left: Anthropocene by Vicki DaSilva, The Moon Gazing Hare by Elizabeth Jordan,
Northern Waters by Phyllis Ewen

Thaw presents a series of works that call attention to the changes taking place in the some of the most remote sites within the Western hemisphere. The exhibition features work by Janet Biggs, Michele Brody, Blane De St. Croix, Vicki DaSilva, Elise Engler, Phyllis Ewen, Andrea Galvani, Elizabeth Jordan, Itty Neuhaus, Alexis Rockman and Scott Walden most of whom have ventured out to locations such as Antarctica, Cape Breton, Haiti, Newfoundland, the Svalbard Islands and the Gobi Desert before returning with depictions gathered from these sites. The curator’s tour will present in detail the art on view in Thaw providing an opportunity for observers to engage each piece more in depth.

Jill Conner is an art critic and curator based in New York City. She is founder of AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS and a Board Member of AICA-USA. She has been a Visiting Critic to Art OMI and the LMCC, and is also the New York Editor of Whitehot Magazine, Editor of On-Verge as well as a contributor to Afterimage, Art in America, Interview Magazine, Performance Art Journal and Sculpture Magazine.

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