Garis & Hahn is pleased to announce Surface Tension a group exhibition that features four breakout female artists - Lala Abaddon, Jamie Powell, Sarah Sieradzki and Rachael Wren - who push the limits of their respective media in extraordinary ways. Surface Tension draws comparisons between the way each artist employs unique techniques to explore surface and dimensionality. Garis & Hahn will host an opening reception on October 15th at 263 Bowery from 6 to 8 p.m.
The artists featured in Surface Tension render their compositions with eye-fooling exactitude, achieving spatiality in their artwork in revolutionary ways. Both witty and serious, these artists play a game of tromp l’oeil with spectators to raise questions about the nature of perception.
Lala Abaddon, will present new mixed media works created using her signature weaving technique. Her process, which can take months, involves deconstructing large-format photos and painstakingly weaving them into bright, fabric-like canvases. Hundreds of photographic strips are hand-woven to create complex undulating patterns. The final product conceals the original photographs within new abstract compositions. Sometimes chaotic and other times rhythmic, they communicate with viewers on an emotional level.
Rachael Wren creates large scale landscape paintings using a precise and technical method that incorporates geometry and stylistic pointillism. The dense, luminous atmosphere of these paintings is inspired by natural phenomena and implements mathematical precision to structure ephemeral sensation. Through an accumulation of small, repeated brush marks, her work explores the tension between architecture and space, to create a sense of place where the borders between background and foreground dissolve.
Sarah Sieradzki presents an ongoing series of paintings and photographs which she calls Arrangements, a reference to the methodical process she employs to manipulate the patterns in the images. The application of paint to canvas through a marbling technique of floating acrylic polymers and the photographic creation of a physical space that appears digitally rendered. These two mediums are divergent in method but not necessarily in context. By exhibiting the works together in the same space, a visual language is built that transcends specific mediums into one conceptual agenda.
Jamie Powell takes a completely different approach to exploring spatiality and surface than the other artists in this exhibition: she transforms canvases into three dimensional objects by cutting into the surface of her artwork to reveal and transform the space behind it. The sculptural forms of the paintings in the exhibition are characterized by artificial color and simplified forms that work together to achieve a lively and unsettling effect. Culled from popular culture, cartoons, and nightmares, Powell’s paintings create a personal system of recognition and recollection.
About the Artists
Lala Abaddon is a self-taught Brooklyn, NY based artist. She has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and Canada. Her work has been exhibited at Castor Gallery, New York (2015), Contact Photography Festival, Toronto (2015), Anonymous Gallery, New York (2015) and at CultureFix, New York (2014). She was awarded a grant by the Artha Project in 2015.
Jamie Powell received her MFA from Rutgers University in 20016 and was awarded the Paul Robeson Emerging Artist Award. Powell has received grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and Pratt Institute. She has exhibited extensively over the last eight years including: FLUXspace in Philadelphia, Soil Gallery in Seattle, Parallel Art Space in Queens and Garis & Hahn in New York.
Sarah Sieradzki (born in 1986, New York, NY) received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and was the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Venues that have exhibited her work include the Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles (2010), Rainbo Club, Chicago, Monument 2 Gallery, Chicago (2010) and New York Studio Program, Brooklyn (2009). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Rachael Wren received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 2002. She has exhibited her work in numerous group shows throughout the US. Wren was awarded the Julius Hallgarten Prize in 2006 from the National Academy Museum and an Aljira Fellowship in 2007.