Gold/scopophilia* Contemporary Art Gallery Opens in Upper Montclair September 8 5-7pm
Inaugural exhibition: Radical Vernacular
Kirsten Hassenfeld (Brooklyn), Meg Lipke (Brooklyn), Leah Tacha (Brooklyn), Heidi Pollard (New Mexico), Melissa Vandenberg (Kentucky), Patricia Satterlee (Brooklyn)
Gold/scopophilia* is a new contemporary art space located at 594 Valley Road in the Mews courtyard in Upper Montclair. Owned and directed by Montclair resident Jennifer Wroblewski. Ms. Wroblewski leverages decades as an exhibiting artist, professor of fine arts, and independent curator to offer exceptional work by contemporary artists at a remarkable value, with price points suitable to residential and early collectors. Advising and consultation are also offered.
There will be a public reception with the artists on September 8 from 5-7 pm.
For the inaugural program of Gold / scopophilia* Contemporary, six mid-career artists come together to bewitch and entertain. This is easy work to love. There is an abundance of joy, clarity, and swagger in every hand crafted object or surface on display.
Leah Tacha makes free-standing sculpture from glazed ceramics that incorporate printmaking, foam, metal, and paper inventively and improvisationally, all in service of a more rigorous thematic through-line. Jauntily titled, often with playful urban vernacular, the work tempts anthropomorphizing and misplaced empathy. Leah’s solo show at 106 Greene Gallery was reviewed by Stephen Maine for Hyperallergic.
Kirsten Hassenfeld’s woven sculptures incorporate a variety of found and recycled materials. Her process evolves a tradition of craft that is in many ways the most rigorous language of the domestic realm. Decoration is prime. An alumna of RISD and Skowhegan, and a veteran of solo shows at Smack Mellon, Bellwether, and other important institutions, Hassenfeld has spent decades developing a unique aesthetic merging craft technique, meaningful materiality, and formal beauty without shying away from the political conversations this work elicits.
Heidi Pollard has been making paintings and sculpture since the 1980s. An astute and luminous thinker and a prolific maker, Pollard’s work has been included in numerous important group shows and has earned her prestigious fellowships and awards; including a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a Gottleib fellowship, and a recent award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Meg Lipke is a third generation textile artist whose large-scale works on paper are radically pleasure-inducing and dizzyingly beautiful. Meg deals in real, serious beauty. Lipke’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been reviewed in Art in America, The Village Voice, The New York Times and many online publications.
Melissa Vandenberg is the most overtly political artist in the group, making objects that address the dark shadows of nationalism and identity of place. Vandenberg has a nuanced sensitivity to materiality and construction. The show includes a suite of passive drawings made with melted popsicles.
Patricia Satterlee. “Patricia Satterlee is a superb painter whose work hasn’t quite achieved the level of visibility it deserves.” – Thomas Micchelli, Hyperallergic. Exhibitions include Zurcher (Paris), Valentine Gallery, and Frosch and Portmann (Manhattan). A pair of delightful chalk and wax crayon drawings hang in Radical Vernacular.