Zig-Zag is a group exhibition that derives from a formal drawing-base aesthetic, while encapsulating a political regard. The exhibition will consider the departure from the formulaic critique of the line to recognizing that the mere action of drawing a line represents a primal political act; the divide. Making no distinction between drawing and intervention, forming a relationship in which artist and intent is merged, thus nullifying the neutralizing effects of formalism on the discussion.
Works By: Shaun Flynn, Katie Kehoe, Rob de Oude, Meridith Pingree
Lifted from Curator notes: Thinking Your self into Oblivion ; Politics- Formality- Context
“The mutual disdain between Art and Politics has been repeatedly defined and examined, within each separate category. Determining that Art has a singular context in relation to the Artist’s intent limits a contextual critique, thus persuading a singular perspective. The attitude of defining art as ‘if I call it so’ usually is tied up in an ideology of self ego. The object is usually critiqued and examined within the construct of the time and place it was made, and by whom. If a piece has an anonymous author, a romanticized artist persona is created, thus displacing the formality as something intrinsic to the nature of the object itself. The role of curation is to allude to the creator’s original intent, ownership and demise. However, rarely does the Artist’s intent for an object get completely seen through; if it is, how long can it be preserved? The ability to critique a work from an ‘Art object’s perspective’ may fulfill the role in which its contextually regarded and serves the idea that, since all art is created from opposition, it is inherently political.”
Katie Kehoe (b. Canada, 1979) earned an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA. Katie uses the word “AND” as a mode of expression as well as a structural tool and by drawing it through processes of repetition, overlap, magnification and distortion she investigates the nature of form and language as constructions. Her work has been presented in various festivals and galleries in Canada and across the United States. Recent exhibitions include LOL: A Decade of Antic Art, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore and Construct, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore.
Dutch native Rob de Oude lives and paints in Brooklyn, NY. He has been educated at the Hoge School voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam, in painting, sculpture and art history and has followed the Graduate program for painting at SUNY Purchase, NY, as part of an educational exchange program. de Oude has shown in the Netherlands, the US and France. He has participated in Red Dot and Fountain Art Fairs in New York and Miami, Slick Art Fair in Paris and has, amongst others, been featured in the NY Post, L Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Artnet Magazine and NYArts Magazine. As initiator and founding member, de Oude is the current gallery director of Camel Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.
Based in Baltimore, Shaun Flynn has been an active member of the city’s art and music community for the past 14 years. He also is a founding member of the multi-purpose performance, music, and arts venue Floristree, that has been hosting memorable shows and events and feasts since 2004. His body of work is a varied but complementary synthesis of these elements, often utilizing photography-as-evidence-as-the-art of his ephemeral sculptures and interventions in public spaces. Formally, the sculptures seem to be concerned with extracting difficult and fragile realizations of common material elements, like plywood, sheetrock, sign-making vinyl, and traffic cones, in and out of the spaces where these materials are indigenous. Flynn recent exhibited at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Space 1026, Philadelphia, and Contemporary Museum, Baltimore.
Meridith Pingree is a New York based artist known for her quirky reactive sculptures, and squishy geometric forms. Her work has been shown in New York, LA, and around the country including two recent solo exhibitions at Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, and Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Other recent exhibitions including her work have taken place at the Bronx Museum, Smack Mellon, The Soap Factory, BravinLee Programs, Triple Candie, James Nicholson Gallery, among others. Pingree received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in sculpture and an alumni of Skowhegan. Pingree’s work has been written about in the New York Times, Art Week, The Brooklyn Rail, Vellum Magazine, and numerous art blogs. She recently finished a kinetic sculpture commissioned by Richard and Lisa Baker.