229 Cook St, Brooklyn NY 11206
July 3, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ellen Hackl Fagan
229 Cook Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher
July 13 - August 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 6-8 pm
Flat File Artists
Elizabeth Gourlay and Morgan O'Hara
Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher
Dataatadata: 3-Sphere is a sculptural installation and visual exploration of the universe and higher dimensional space --- a minimalist artistic expression of profoundly complex concepts. Touching on the idea of infinity and folded space, artists Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher employ materials using resin, acrylic, light and sound to create multi-dimensional references to form and space that seems both fluid and solid at the same time.
Their current series, Dataatadata, a play on Dadaism, centers on the beauty of information and the poetry of numbers, and how they can be used to express complex ideas in a visual and experiential way.
Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher, a married Brooklyn based duo, embarked on their first direct collaboration with their hugely successful installation, Symphony in D Minor, a self contained thunderstorm, which is now part of the permanent collection of Hydropolis Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. Their work is multimedia and multidimensional, their subject matter is driven by specific projects, environments and experiences. Overall, they look to explore new technologies and to use them to express immense ideas on a human scale; employing sound, sculpture, video, projection mapping, composites, digital new media and performance.
Over the past seven years, their collaboration has brought each of their strengths, personal expertise and vision together in a way that accelerates each project in to more ambitious territories.
Chris and Patrick’s art has exhibited in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Oklahoma, Spain, Italy and Poland.
Their works have been written about around the globe, in Fast Company, The Atlantic, Designboom, Creators Project,TSpain: The New York Times Style Magazine and Wallpaper to name a few. They have received grants The Brooklyn Arts Council and Black Rock Arts Foundation.
ODETTA’s Flat Files are curated to tie in with every exhibition. Elizabeth Gourlay and Morgan O’Hara have each created a series that bring viewers into a more intimate encounter with their work. Opening each drawer in the cabinet presents interactive site-specific installations on a micro-scale that offer an element of surprise with the breadth of dimensionality in materials. Morgan O’Hara’s large Live Transmission Movement of the hands of Martha Argerich while playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Bergamo e Brescia, 11 June 2001, drawing will be the Flat File Feature on the main wall in the studio.
Created in spontaneous bursts of concentration, off-cuts of fabric and found and painted paper pieces have accumulated during the development of larger, more orchestrated works. Paper and cloth are cut, arranged and edited in ordered and chaotic ways.
They are akin to an instrumental chord: taken in at a glance. The emotive quality strikes one immediately with a limited evolution keeping that sensation fresh. The subtle time development feels akin to a musical chord. Minute changes in color, area, edge shape, orientation can either enhance or destroy the unique emotive resonance. Because background is so important to the reading of the piece, many subtly different arrangements are investigated.
Elizabeth Gourlay earned her MFA at Yale University School of Art and her BA from Edinburgh College of Art. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the United States and she is the recipient of numerous residencies, fellowships and awards including 2 Individual Artists Grants from the CT Office of the Arts, invited Artist in Residence at the studio of Sol LeWitt in Spoleto, Italy and invited Juror and Visiting Artist to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Gourlay’s work has been written about in The New Criterion, Painters’ Table and many other publications.
Her work is shown nationally and internationally including at MASS MoCA, The National Academy and School of fine Arts, the Cummings Arts Center at Connecticut College, the Hecksher Museum and the Widener Gallery at Trinity College, and at the Drawing Center in New York City. She teaches Applied Color and Painting & Abstraction in Continuing Ed at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and 2D Design and Abstract Painting & Color at The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
“Elizabeth Gourlay explores the dynamic interplay between color and form in abstract paintings that have extraordinary power. The bold geometry, such as the mesmerizing repetition of a horizontal grid, may draw you in, but the small details, the suggestions of inadvertent imperfections, demand your attention. Gourlay brings an exacting rigor to the process of revealing subtle undercurrents of visual dissonance, and these surprising notes—an accent of deep red against a backdrop of moody gray, or a jagged edge of cerulean blue—elevate her work beyond simple beauty into something far more complex.
There is a distinctive contrast between what at first glance appears to be Gourlay’s straightforward, if gorgeous, paintings and the emotional charge that her deliberate constructions of line and color create. And that’s exactly the point. Past masters of minimalism, from Anni Albers to Piet Mondrian to Agnes Martin—all of whom Gourlay cites as important influences—focused on reducing artistic elements to their essential form. Gourlay’s work demonstrates, as theirs did, that an elusive narrative isn’t any less evocative. In fact, the freedom to interpret the meaning behind any work of art allows for the most intimate of connections.”
Caroline Cunningham, 2016
Morgan O'Hara's conceptually based performative drawing researches the vital movement of living beings, the human experience of time and space. It is culturally contextualized in the practice of drawing as a fundamental human endeavor. Her work is continuous with the time-honored practice of life and requires presence, connection, direct observation and LIVE TRANSMISSION. Through this work, she transcends arbitrary "oppositions" between abstract and figurative art, between purely gestural expression and documentary intent, creating narrative work which results in a final product which is not figurative. The method she has developed requires close observation and actual drawing in real time with multiple razor-sharp pencils and both hands. Simultaneous to an action taking place, she condenses movement into accumulations of graphite line, combining the controlled refinement of classical drawing with the sensuality of spontaneous gesture. O'Hara has done her LIVE TRANSMISSION performative drawings on five continents.
Morgan O'Hara (b. Los Angeles 1941) was raised in an international community in post-war Japan. She earned a Master's Degree in Art from California State University at Los Angeles, had her first solo exhibition in the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1978. In the 1980s she began doing performative drawing in international performance art festivals, did her first site-specific wall drawings and began the practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art. In 1997 O'Hara's work was honored with a solo show in the Drawing Room at the Drawing Center in New York.
Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including: The British Museum, London; Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, Germany; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Czech National Gallery, Prague; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; Hood Museum of Art - Dartmouth College, New Hampshire; Janacek Museum, Brno, Czech Republic; Macau Art Museum, Macau, China; Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Olomouc Museum of Art, Czech Republic; Stedelijk Museum and the Vrie Universiteit OZW, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Amsterdam;
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic; Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Her permanent site-specific wall drawings can be found in the Macau Art Museum, Macau, China; The Canadian Academy Kobe, Japan, and the Vrije Universiteit OZW Building, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
She has been awarded numerous international residencies and is the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation including the Lee Krasner Award for lifetime achievement; the Gottleib Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Leon Levy Foundation, David and Rosamond Putnam Travel Fund and Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. O'Hara maintained her studio in Europe for 25 years. She currently resides in New York and works internationally.
Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher, scale model and sketch, Dataatadata: 3-Sphere, 2018.
Dataatadata: 3-Sphere will open with an artist reception on Friday July 13 from 6 to 8 pm.
Gallery Hours: Friday-Sunday 1-6 pm and by appointment.
Saturday July 21, 4 to 6 pm, Concert, 7 Knives with Patrick Todd, Life Without Furniture, Sharon McDermott poetry reading and book signing
Sunday July 29, 3 pm Artist Talk
All of these events are free and open to the public.
ODETTA is a Bushwick-based gallery created and run by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan. The gallery exhibits the works of contemporary artists focusing on Color Theory, Minimalism, Glyphs, Buddha Mind, Fluxus, History, Humor, Psychedelia, Ephemera, Science, Math and Music.
There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, July 13, 2018, from 6 – 8:00 pm and the public is invited. Gallery hours are Friday thru Sunday 1-6 pm, and by appointment.
To get there: Cook Street is bordered between Bogart Street to the north and Evergreen Street to the south. The Morgan Ave stop on the L train is 3.5 blocks from Cook Street.
Ellen Hackl Fagan
229 Cook Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206