“Future Starts Slow” at Launch F18

Installation view of Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18, New York (image courtesy of the artists and LAUNCH F18).
Installation view of Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18, New York (image courtesy of the artists and LAUNCH F18).
Installation view of Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18, New York (image courtesy of the artists and LAUNCH F18).
Installation view of Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18, New York (image courtesy of the artists and LAUNCH F18).
Installation view of Future Starts Slow at LAUNCH F18, New York (image courtesy of the artists and LAUNCH F18).

PR: LAUNCH F18 is delighted to present Future Starts Slow, a group exhibition featuring the work of Corinne Bernard, Chiaozza, Nathan Dilworth, Erika Mahr, Dan Perkins, Taylor O. Thomas and Rose Vickers.  The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 29th and is on view through August 17, 2019.  Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, June 29th from 6-9 PM.

“In this culture, people who want to hold on to power realize that they have to control memory—past, present, and future,” Gretchen Bender, Untitled journal entry

Future Starts Slow takes its name from the 2011 song written and recorded by the British-American band, The Kills.  A piercing, fast-moving guitar cuts through sound and time as the band sings, “ I could never get back up when the future starts so slow.”

Future Starts Slow is an exhibition comparing and contrasting captured moments and alternative segments of time and space. Curators Christin Graham and Sam Trioli present the works within the exhibition as metaphorical portals, reflecting and expanding experiences and ideas.

Seven included artists cross individual frequencies of ideas, emotional connections and visual movements of space and time. The many parts of this exhibition function together like a musical composition. They collect in a raucous multitude of moments, actions, memories and experiences to yield endless visual and emotional complexity.  Conversely, each piece has a border, an edge, or a definitive moment where it starts and ends, a reference point for our natural search for definition.

Future Starts Slow translates these ideas through painting, photography, drawing and sculpture.  The carefully selected group of works applies a pluralistic framework to the exhibition. Rather than apply brilliant touches of abstract painting by Nathan Dilworth and Taylor O. Thomas, or the powerful and commanding minimal work of Erika Mahr to one singular narrative, the individualized meanings consist of multiple, parallel states.

Corinne Bernard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design. She is the co-founder of curatorial non-profit group PEZ.

Chiaozza (rhymes with “wowza”) is the collaborative multidisciplinary studio of Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao.  Frezza & Chiao have had solo shows at Wave Hill in The Bronx, NY; Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY; Owen James Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY; and Cooler Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The studio has installed public artworks in New York City and Gainesville, FL. Together, they have been artists-in-residence at Villa Lena (Tuscany, Italy), Kökarkultur (Kökar, Finland), Starry Night (Truth or Consequences, NM), The School of Making Thinking (Delancey, NY), The Lloyd Library (Cincinnati, OH), and BRIC Media Arts (Brooklyn, NY). In 2017, they installed an acre-spanning sculpture garden with 32 large-scale works for the Coachella Arts & Music Festival in Indio, CA.  The artists live and work in Brooklyn, NY.

Dan Perkins lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from American University in 2013. Recent exhibitions include: Re_Arrange at Juxtapoz Projects (2018), DRIFT: Dan Perkins and Joe Ferriso, at Brilliant Champions (2018), and Three Squared at the Geoffrey Young Gallery (2018). His work is held in the collection of the Capital One Corporate Art Collection, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Katzen Museum of American University, as well as in many private collections. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Booooooom, Art of Choice, Two Coats of Paint, Artsy, ArtMaze Mag, Bmore Art, the Washington Post, and the Baltimore City Paper.

Erika Mahr was born on Long Island, New York. She received her MFA from Hunter College and currently lives and works in the Hudson of Valley of New York. Mahr has had solo exhibitions at Launch F18 Gallery, Hap Gallery, and The Susan B. Hilles Gallery. Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions at The New Hampshire Institute, the Seattle Art Fair, Theirry Goldberg Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, Art Current, among others. Mahr received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2009, was a recipient of the Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in 2016, and was nominated for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant.

Nathan Dilworth was born in 1983 in Dallas, Texas. He graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Previous exhibitions include “Something and Something Else,” Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo, The Neatherlands (2008); “Room Tones,” St. Cecilia Convent, Brooklyn, NY (2009); “Don’t Wake Up,” North Henry Annex, Brooklyn, NY (2011); “Wild Things,” LAUNCH F18, New York, NY (2011), “Nathan Dilworth & Frankie Rice,” Art Current, Provincetown, MA (2012), “Peripheral Prose,” Long House Projects, New York, NY (2013). Previous solo exhibitions include “Look For Small Recorders,” LAUNCH F18, New York (2011); “Nathan Dilworth,” Picture Menu, Brooklyn (2012); “Mushrooms Demystified,” LAUNCH F18, New York (2013) and “Nathan Dilworth,” LAUNCH F18, New York (2015). Nathan lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Rose Vickers is an Australian artist, writer and curator based in New York. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Sydney. Her dissertation interrogates Robert Smithson’s trajectory in the Yucatán peninsula.

Taylor O. Thomas is an American painter from Birmingham, Alabama who uses gestural

painting as a means of making manifest human tendencies, ways of seeing, and the interconnection between the body and the mind.  Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and private collections across the United States, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and China. In 2012, Thomas graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College with a BA in Studio Art. She was then awarded a Graduate Fellowship by the University of South Florida and earned her MFA in 2019.

Thomas is the recipient of an inaugural Innovate Artist Grant, a Peripheral Vision Publication Fellowship, a two-time role as Publication Juror for Friend of the Artist, a Regional Artist Project Grant by the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a residency fellowship to attend Benaco Arte in Sirmione, Italy. Other residencies include MassArt: Art New England and Deli Grocery New York. Thomas currently lives and works in Tampa, Florida.

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