Latchkey Gallery presents Techno Abstractions, beginning June 1, at CORE: club, 66 East 55th Street NYC. Featuring the work of Devra Freelander, Eliot Greenwald, Grant Stoops, Justine Hill & Norma Markley, Techno Abstractions brings together five artists to create a visual vibration of saturated color and gesture. Bridging a multitude of complex surfaces, this exhibition unlocks a collision of color and untamed visual indulgence.
Techno Abstractions may be viewed by appointment only from June 1 - August 31st. To attend the artist reception, kindly RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Devra Freelander is a sculptor and video artist whose work explores climate change and geology from an ecofeminist and millennial lens. Her work exists at the intersection of geology and technology, engaging vibrant fluorescent colors with polar features that are threatened by climate change like icebergs and glaciers. Looking to digital software like Google Earth and Photoshop, Freelander explores how this technology has changed the way we interact with distant and esoteric places like Antarctica, by increasing visual access and stimulating virtual interaction as a proxy for firsthand physical exploration.
Freelander received her MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, and her BA with honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College. She is the co-founder of the feminist sculptor collective MATERIAL GIRLS, and a recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. She has participated in the Arctic Circle Residency, Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, and many others.
Eliot Greenwald is a self-taught artist whose work speaks to the absurdity of the human mind. His sculptures are a rejection of reality, and a rebellion against the banal. Skillfully crafted, teetering on hyper-real, Greenwald draws the viewer into his world with a twist of warped and exaggerated illogicality.
Greenwald's work has exhibited in Los Angeles, and New York and most recently at SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
Grant Stoops paintings are a translation across many mediums. Molding a cast of characters through clay, Stoops photographs his muses setting scenes that are then digitally composed into diorama-like spaces. The combination of these mediums is the basis for his paintings which erode all obvious reference to reality while creating an alternate world in high detail. His characters call to mind universal mythologies from universes of illusionistic space and at times trigger our innate empathy to human forms to create unintended and surprising narratives.
Stoops received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York and recently had his solo show debut at Kustera Projects in Brooklyn. He is a Rema HortMann Foundation nominee.
Justine Hill makes abstract paintings using elemental marks and shapes that are distinguished by color, value, and opacity. She works by adding layers, which while physical and permanent, allude in form and opacity to digital painting tools. She works in both a traditional rectangular painting format and in sculptural, shaped canvases she calls "Cut-Outs," reminiscent of Elizabeth Murray. Hill writes, "the recent non-rectangular pieces are highly personified… they are creatures with their own quirky and complex stories."
Justine Hill received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from the College of the Holy Cross. She has been in critically reviewed group shows such as Metamodern at Denny Gallery (New York) and Immediate Female at Judith Charles Gallery (New York). Her work has been reviewed or featured in Hyperallergic, New York Magazine, The Observer, The Huffington Post, The Art Newspaper, Artsy, Artspace, Arte Fuse, and Two Coats of Paint.
Norma Markley's works are carefully designed pieces that invoke the legacy of pop art, focusing on a strange social intersection of motels, towels, neon, take-out food, and sex. Creating unpredictable formal variations on this select group of products and services, Markley recombines an idiosyncratic mix of social spaces and social signage with the appropriated language of commodified sex, affixing provocative phrases to products that unblushingly suggest all kinds of hardcore action. Markley's work transforms products from ephemeral commercial encounters into stylishly produced, thoughtful symbols of throwaway culture.
Norma Markley received her MFA from Columbia University and BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has exhibited extensively both in the United States and abroad. Notable exhibitions include Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn at BAM and Everything All at Once at the Queens Museum of Art.
LatchKey Gallery is a nomadic contemporary art gallery that looks to re-imagine the brick and mortar via intimately curated exhibitions, salon series, and events by partnering with various spaces around NYC. LKG is a response to the changing marketplace and the erosion of the traditional art gallery. It is the brainchild of Style Curator, Natalie Kates and gallerist/curator, Amanda L. Uribe. Each with their unique curatorial approaches, come together to create experiences centered around emerging and mid-career artists.
LatchKey Gallery is open by appointment only. Inquiries into LKG salon series and events can be made by emailing info@LatchKeyGallery.com. Artwork from the exhibition is featured on www.LatchKeyGallery.com