Rosebud references aside, there are certain tangible objects that exert such a palpable psychological presence that entire communities are irrevocably altered by its existence.
Take, for example, artist and gallerist Michael David’s iconic yellow chair.
Over the years, the statement piece has served as seating and centerpiece for artists and visitors alike. This lived-in stalwart has served as a comfy beacon for the myriad guests who have encountered it since David opened his studio, the original home to the yellow chair, as its own exhibition space. Gradually, sitting in the yellow chair to have a portrait taken has evolved into a right of passage of sorts for artists based in North Brooklyn and beyond. Tongue in cheek, yet reverential, David & Schweitzer Contemporary’s Yellow Chair Holiday Extravaganza taps into the sense of home and community-building embedded within our considerations of holiday cheer, with an added twist: artist members of the critique group trans-cen-der have been invited to submit work for the show, with final selections presented in a salon-style hang throughout the cavernous space along with artworks selected from the gallery’s flat file archives. trans-cen-der’s leadership team Tim Gowan, Sharilyn Neidhardt and Meer Musa have joined forces with Keith Schweitzer/Kay Sirikul Pattachote and Michael David of David & Schweitzer contemporary to curate this joyous, kaleidoscopic view of contemporary art.
Sharilyn Neidhardt, artist and one of the three co-founders of trans-cen-der art critique group, spoke about the intuitive hang that resulted once the final selections for the show were confirmed. Beginning with a separate section in the gallery featuring intimate works complemented by David’s yellow chair, such as Neidhardt’s intimate portrait of the chair itself, the curators have also separated the neon artworks far enough apart so that they add to the exhibition without overpowering other artworks. For such a wide range of works shown, the exhibition reveals instinctual visual relationships, with works arranged like captivating jazz stanzas across the walls of the gallery.
Diversity cascades vibrantly through the exhibition: in one area, a definite color palette pervades a group of works, while in another, correlating textures create a cohesive cluster. Sculptures and oil on canvas works mingle with mixed media and works on paper. Minimal works by Christopher Stout occupy more circumspect corners, alongside the witty wordplay of artist Lisa Levy, while across the floorboards bright mixed media works by Sylvia Schwartz, Seren Morey and Tim Gowan vie for the viewer’s attention. A balance between minimal and maximal, painterly and geometric, the exhibition is a clear manifestation of the power of diversity lying within artistic communities: wide-ranging yet complimentary, the works on view represent over seventy artists yet the visit is never confronted with jarring idiosyncrasies. The space is certainly not empty, yet for the wide array of artists present within the community, this exhibition strikes a confident balance between quantity and quality.
Participating Artists: David Ambrose, Christopher Arvans, Meg Atkinson, Zeren Badar, Len Bellinger, Richard Berardino, Jeffrey Bishop, Ethan Boisvert, Farrell Brickhouse, Deborah Brown, Petey Brown, Susan Carr, Lynn Christian, Jaynie Crimmins, Paul D’Agostino, Michael David, Tara De La Garza, John Descarfino, Mary DeVincentis, Cathy Diamond, Danielle Draik, Patricia Fabricant, Gordon Fearey, Peter Fox, Daniel John Gadd, Abby Goodman, Tim Gowan, Art Guerra, Leah Harper, Seth Ruggles Hiler, Dana James, Elisa Jensen, Sara Jimenez Vicki Khuzami, Clinton King, Barbara Laube, Kerry Law, Annesta Le, Lisa Levy, Luis Martin, Jamie Martinez, Nao Matsumoto, David Meanix, Levan Mindiashvili, Lizbeth Mitty, Seren Morey, Heather Morgan, Meer Musa, Nick Naber, Sharilyn Neidhardt, C. Michael Norton, Fran O’Neill, Sirikul Pattachote, David Pollack, Benjamin Pritchard, Nicholas Rispoli, Andrew Cornell Robinson, Dan Romer, Grace Roselli, Anne Russinoff, Hazel Lee Santino, Sylvia Schwartz, Karen Schwartz, Mike Serafino, Denise Sfraga, Jackie Shatz, Christopher Stout, Jeanne Tremel, Rosa Valado, Prang Vejjajiva, Cibele Vieira, Norton WR, Etty Yaniv, and Maria Ylvisaker.
Yellow Chair Holiday Extravaganza runs through December 31, 2017, at David&Schweitzer contemporary at 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The full list of 70+ artists showing work is available at the exhibition’s website, and gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 1-6 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
trans-cen-der art critique group http://Facebook.com/transcenderart