The Drawing is the Wide Open Window
Nikki Rene Anderson
January 5, 2019 to February 28, 2019
The Drawing is the Wide Open Window is an online-only group exhibition featuring a selection of drawings by ten artists who are generally otherwise known for their work in other media.
Each of the 30 drawings presented on the PROTO Gallery Artsy page are available for real-world viewing at PROTO Gallery within the duration of the online exhibition by appointment, or during regular gallery hours.
Nikki Rene Anderson is known for the ceramic sculptures and installations produced in her Chicago, Illinois studio, which have been exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally with recent exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), The Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Zola/Lieberman Gallery (Chicago, IL), The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago, IL) and the International Museum of Ceramics (Faenza, Italy). She holds a MFA from Stony Brook University and a BFA from Drake University. She currently teaches in the Art and Art History Department and the Design Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Louis Ardine is a multi-disciplinary artist received a BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2018 with a concentration in sculpture. His work was featured recently in the SOFT REBOOT group exhibition at PROTO Gallery. Drawing has become an integral focus of his work and life functioning as a meditative process which, for him, highlights the role of the artist as present observer. Working diligently and mindfully, the process of drawing becomes an experience of present awareness and discovery as a means of feeling joy and intuition.
Kat Chamberlin was born in the Netherlands and spent her childhood in Turkey and is now a Brooklyn-based conceptual artist whose work centers on fictions that fill vacuums of historic knowledge, such as legends, conspiracies or supernatural phenomena. She holds a BFA in painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MFA in performance art and sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally, featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art andThe Chicago Cultural Center, (Chicago, IL), Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery (Boston, MA) and Gana Art (New York, NY).
Brian Edmonds is an artist and curator based in Huntsville, AL, where he paints abstract compositions of symbols and shapes which seek to evade direct interpretation, instead suggesting a flattened space into which the viewers imagination is projected. In 2012, Edmonds launched Curating Contemporary, a website hosting artist-curated exhibitions on a rotating monthly basis. His work has been exhibited recently at The Provincial (Kaleva, MI), Lowe Mill (Huntsville, AL), Gallery Molly Krom (New York, NY) and Look&Listen, (Saint Charmas, FR).
Karl England is a London-based social-practice conceptual artist and sculptor who works in a variety of media including assemblage, found objects, and video. He is also the a founder and co-director of Sluice, an artist-run interdisciplinary organization that itself exists as a social-practice artwork. Sluice’s programming includes exhibitions, talks, a series of international art expos, and the semi-annual Sluice Magazine.
Enrico Gomez is an artist and independent curator creating purely abstract works driven by the fundamentals of color, form, and line. He is one of the founders of Parallel Art Space in Brooklyn (2021-2014), and his The Dorado Project promotes and exhibits emerging artists in exhibitions and fairs nationally and internationally. He is a partner at MEN Gallery in New York City and has also curated multiple recent exhibitions including group shows at PROTO Gallery, Marquee Projects (Belport, NY), and Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). His work has been shown extensively in the NYC area and beyond.
Rachael Gorchov is an interdisciplinary sculptor working in mixed media, often with a material specialization in ceramics, focused on relationships between physical form and colorful painted imagery. Her work has been included in several recent group exhibitions at, Overhang Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Scotty Enterprises (Berlin, Germany), and PROTO Gallery. She recently completed a residency at The Cooper Union (New York, NY) and had a solo exhibition at Owen James Gallery in 2017. Additionally, Gorchov is a writer, independent curator, and co-director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York (Brooklyn, NY). She earned a BFA from Tyler school of Art, Temple University (Elkins Park, PA) and a MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York (New York,NY).
John Kramer is a Chicago-area multi-disciplinary artist. He eared a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and studied sculpture at Ox-bow. Kramer’s work explores American social politics and masculinity through seemingly campy sculptures fabricated from everyday, yet culturally loaded, materials. He has recently exhibited work at The Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago, IL), Gallery 400 (Chicago, IL), Four Eleven Gallery (Provincetown, MA), and several of his mixed media sculptures were included in BARBERINI or Totes Masc for Samesies at PROTO Gallery in 2018.
Ana Wolovick creates collage-based paintings and works on paper by incorporating her photographs of public monuments into visually spliced compositions which combine digital and conventional collage and painting techniques. She received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA and a MFA in Painting from Yale University. Wolovick is a co-founder and partner of Black Ball Projects, an artist-run gallery in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been included in several recent group exhibitions including at Joshua Liner Gallery, (New York, NY) and SEPTEMBER (Hudson, NY). In the spring of 2018 she travelled to North Africa for the AIRSefrou residency in Sefrou, Morocco, during which she created the three frottage works featured in this exhibition.