For one evening twice a year the New York Studio Residency Program in DUMBO transforms into a gallery setting. The studio program which accepts twelve undergrad students a semester from art colleges across the country, came alive on December 12th for a one night pop up exhibition. The exhibit entitled “Post Mode” featured the work of Dominic Chambers, Michael Fraley, Madeline Claire Fuller, Griffin Goodman, Muriel Holloway, Blake Lipper, Joseph McGehee, Erin O’Brien, Johnathan Onyschuk, Emma Jo Shatto, Kellymarie Stamper and Linan Su.
Some of the stand out pieces from the show included Kellymarie Stamper, Griffin Goodman and Erin O’Brien. Stamper who is currently at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, created an installation that completely changed the space that previously functioned as her studio. The Confessional resulted in confined intimate space, which could fit one to three people at a time. On the walls of the installation Stamper placed various tiles that she had written, painted, or collaged onto. Many of the phrases, images and sentences scrawled across the wall dealt with larger issues surrounding gender, sexuality, and femininity. Given Stamper’s use of material and the larger engagement with feminist art, the piece felt reminiscent of Judy Chicago’s iconic Dinner Party.
Griffin Goodman’s work explored larger issues of pop and celebrity culture through a series of large-scale mixed media drawings. Goodman, who is studying at the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida, created large scale canvases that featured the a range of celebrities stemming from Justin Beiber to The Weeknd. His minimal approach to the bigger than life individuals he has depicted are challenged through their use of color and space. The work also seems to be channeling early Elizabeth Peyton and her very stylized portraiture of celebrities.
Erin O’Brien photographs and small-scale installation create their own environment. O’Brien’s pieces inhabit a space between the natural and constructed worlds we live and the tension that exists between these dichotomies. By calling attention to the natural and unnatural O’Brien, who is a senior at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, is putting pressure on the materials she is using and the larger conceptual statement she is making. This can be seen in A Kind of Bankruptcy, which combines projected image, plexiglass and other materials to really hammer home this notion of a constructed inner space.
This exciting group show is on a measuring stick to what the next generation of artists is investigating. There are a variety of complex issues being tackled in this exhibit and this is the stuff that success careers are made of.
Writing by Anni Irish
Photographs by Olya Turcihin