"Black Moon New York" began as a conversation between five friends - four fine artists and one curator – marveling at the 20+ year careers they never could have imagined, making and showing work they love, and building lifelong friendships and community. That feeling of joy, gratitude and camaraderie took root, providing inspiration that eventually led to “Black Moon,” a two-day exhibition that took place in Los Angeles in Fall 2013. The experience was such a pleasure, and enormous success, artists Marion Peck, Camille Rose Garcia, Elizabeth McGrath and Jessicka Addams and gallerist Alix Sloan (Sloan Fine Art) joined forces again to bring “Black Moon” to New York. Using everyone’s favorite time of year – autumn – as the focal point, each artist has created a separate but complimentary new body of work featuring delightfully dark, playful and chilling paintings, sculpture and/or works on paper. "Black Moon New York" opens Friday, October 24th at Site/109 on the Lower East Side, just two blocks south of Sloan Fine Art's former New York City location. The exhibition runs through November 2nd. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 6pm.
In her work, self-taught artist Jessicka Addams explores issues of identity, vulnerability and loss of innocence while maintaining an element of absurdity, thus lightening the heaviness of her melancholy sculptures and paintings. Inspirations include Goth culture, religious iconography, the Easter Bunny, cats, decapitations, sea creatures, and all things John Waters. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and displayed at galleries throughout the United States, including LeBasse Projects and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles and LTD Gallery in Seattle. Addams is also a founding member and singer of such seminal indie rock bands "Jack Off Jill" and "Scarling." She is also the resident curator and researcher at Dark Dark Science, a curatorial project dedicated to promoting emerging talent.
The child of a Mexican activist filmmaker father and a muralist/painter mother, Camille Rose Garcia's layered, broken narratives of wasteland fairy tales are influenced by William Burroughs' cut-up writings and surrealist film, as well as vintage Disney and Fleischer cartoons, along with her non-traditional upbringing. Her paintings are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society. Garcia's work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Resnick Collection and the San Jose Museum of Art, which held a retrospective of her work, entitled "Tragic Kingdom." Garcia's recent book, "The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland" (published by Harper Collins), was a New York Times Bestseller.
Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life. This appreciation is nowhere more evident than in her artwork. Inspired by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture, she brings forth a cavalcade of creatures from the darker corners of the streets, the city, and her twisted imagination. Her wildly intricate, at times whimsical, sculptures celebrate the beauty of the natural world while drawing attention to our responsibility - and failure - as humans to preserve it. McGrath's work has been exhibited worldwide including recent inclusion in the "HEY! Modern Art and Pop Culture" exhibition at the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, as well as exhibitions in Barcelona, London, Tokyo, and all across the US.
Marion Peck grew up in Seattle before heading east to earn a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. She went on to study in two different MFA programs (Syracuse University in New York and Temple University in Rome) and has traveled the globe absorbing culture and studying art. She is particularly interested in interpreting dream imagery into her work and in exploring historical and contemporary attitudes towards gender roles, childhood and death. Her delicate, intricate paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Laguna Art Museum, the Bristol City Museum and Gallery and two solo exhibitions with Sloan Fine Art.
Alix Sloan worked as a freelance consultant, curator and writer for several years before becoming a trailblazer and champion of New York's Lower East side, opening Sloan Fine Art on Rivington Street in January 2008. After four fabulous years in that location, she closed the space to explore a less restrictive, more collaborative and nomadic approach to exhibiting and sharing contemporary art. Since 2012, she has been mounting alternative and pop up exhibitions under the Sloan Fine Art banner across the country with excellent response. Well-known for including a large number of female artists in her gallery's program, and favoring work that is painstakingly well executed and emotionally riveting, "Black Moon New York" promises to be a superb representation of her curatorial vision and a treat for those who miss visiting her New York location. Also a well-respected fiction and arts writer, Sloan wrote the introduction to "Incurable Disorder: The Art of Elizabeth McGrath," published by Last Gasp in 2013.