Love is in the Air at Mayson Gallery

Even though Valentine’s Day has past, love never enters onto the scene at an inappropriate time. If anything, the current show at Mayson Gallery is about trying something new without leaving the comforts of that which is already familiar; it’s like trying a new restaurant with someone you love, or going to a country you’ve never been to, but one in which you speak the language. The ambitious exhibition eases its viewer in with a collection of provocative Picasso etchings dated from 1968. Like the gallery notes:

“In 1968, near the end of his life, Picasso made 347 etchings that show his interest in television and film, wrestling, and the female nude. Some of the prints refer to old Celestina, the cunning marriage arranger featured in Fernando de Rojas’s play. Others investigate the aging process, voyeurism, the orientalized setting of the harem, and explicit lovemaking as the Pope looks on. When the etchings were exhibited in Paris, and later Chicago, there was heated controversy on their status as pornography.”[1]

 

Femme au Lit avec Visiteurs en Costume du XVII Siecle

The work of Monica Ramos is characteristically busy, but in such an effortless and logical way that her works feel more like completed puzzles than they do crowded parties. In “Naked Dance Party” (1 and 2) the lack of clarity as to where one woman ends and another begins makes its positioning amidst Picasso’s “Femme au Lit avec Visiteurs en Costume du XVII Siecle” (1971) an effortless transition from one naked party to the next. Ana Garces Kiley’s “Entre el Aliento y Saliva (X)” (2007) is an acrylic on voile piece hanging at the back of the gallery faced toward the entrance like the head of a table presiding over an evening. Picasso and Monica Ramos are playing with their food on one end, while Miki Lee stays cool, collected, and concentric in “A Poet’s Dream” on the other. The titles of Miki Lee’s pieces, alluding to “personal narrative[s] to otherwise non-objective arrangements,” also condition the group show as a whole, the cohesiveness of which is cultivated through non-objectifiable dreamscapes made coherent through images of concrete human relation and feeling.[2]

 

Naked Dance Party

Works from thirteen artists, Picasso included, are on view now at Mayson Gallery. “Love is in the Air” is a dynamic collection with pieces carefully selected to add to the collection’s purposivity of joy and lightness. Paintings by Susan Block feel like an embodiment of the entire collection; the mixed media collages are complex and sensual, real and non-objectifiable. The concrete flows into the abstract and vice versa; paint flows into pen flows into sculpture. Such is the nature of love and levity, to abstract from different mediums and minds that which unites them all.

 

Entre el Aliento y Saliva (X)

“Love is in the Air” continues at Mayson Gallery through March 18, 2014. Mayson Gallery is located at 254 Broome Street, between Ludlow and Orchard. For more information and gallery hours, visit www.maysongallery.com.

Amie Zimmer

Images courtesy of http://www.phillips.com/Xigen/lotimg/Pablo-Picasso/UK000110/13/605/550/false/false/false, http://dizbe.com/uploads/image/base_file/1286/Ramos-NakedDanceParty.jpg, and http://www.maysongallery.com/uploads/9/5/4/1/9541369/5653438_orig.jpg
[1] http://www.maysongallery.com/recent-acquisitions.html
[2] http://www.davidsongalleries.com/news/?p=76

Posted on 02.21.14

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New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century
Detroit Museum of New Art (MONA)
October 2 - October 30, 2010

 

Detroit's Museum of New Art (MONA) will be opening a new exhibition as part of the city's Art Detroit Now week:

 

The show, "New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century," will feature the work of Ana Garces Kiley and over 50 other international, national, and regional artists who explore femininity, masculinity, desire, pleasure, family politics, liberation and repression, pornography, prostitution, sexual violence, exhibitionism and other topics.

 

The show's theme recognizes that our digital media culture is saturated with sexual representations and complex issues of sexuality from teen "sexting" with mobile phones to YouTube "Booty" videos. The work displayed in this exhibition will probe, comment on, and question such issues through artwork produced in many media including video, performance, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, interactive computer games, and printmaking.

 

The opening on Saturday, October 2 (6 to 9pm), will also feature several performances.

The three curators of the show are MONA Director Jef Bourgeau, and guest curators Jonathan Lillie of Loyola University Maryland and local visual artist Steve Coy.

 

The show will be launched in collaboration with a special issue of NmediaC, the online Journal of New Media and Culture, which will feature academic articles on the same topic of "New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century."

Contact:
Guest Curator Steve Coy: loucoy@hotmail.com
Guest Curator Jonathan Lillie: jlillie@loyola.edu

 



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Famous Accountants is thrilled to present Little Deaths: a two person show featuring paintings of figures in ecstatic states of becoming. These are depictions of the kind of tantric, violent thunder of the self that propels one upward, toward the divine. Figures in union, dissolving into one another, rupturing and dividing… Little Deaths is a show of experimental paintings by two artists, Ana Garcés Kiley and Myles Bennett, who have developed distinctive, individual approaches to their craft.

Ana Garcés Kiley was born in Colombia in 1974 and is an MFA graduate of Columbia University. 

Myles Bennett was born in the United States and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design.
Both artists live and work in Bushwick.
Please join us for an opening reception on Friday May 14th from 7-10PM. The exhibit will be on view from May 14, 2010 - June 13, 2010. We will be open Sundays 1-6PM and by appointment.

Famous Accountants is excited to feature Little Deaths as a part of
our participation in Bushwick Open Studios 2010. Bushwick Open Studios is taking place June 4-6, 2010. Famous Accountants is a Hub Space for BOS and will be open from Noon – 7 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.
Famous Accountants
1673 Gates Avenue
Bushwick, BK

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Ana Garcés Kiley 

March 28 - May 10th, 2008

"Beating Between Our Veins"

Taller Boriqua, New York City

 

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Ana Garcés Kiley - Entre el Aliento y Saliva

February 21 - April 12, 2008


Latincollector is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition at the gallery of Ana Garcés Kiley;  entre el aliento y saliva will include life size paintings and mixed media works.

Garcés Kiley explores intimacy in a highly refined way that evokes the sensory delights of sexual activity and the often intangible nature of pleasure, embracing the earthly and the ethereal, and hinting at the peculiar, beguiling realm of dreams.   Her erotic representations address a provocative and complex subject, one of the great givens of the human condition, while simultaneously questioning the social acceptability in our time of images of the sexual act.

Through superimposed images and layers in her paintings she suggestively blends natural or animal forms with human bodies.   These transformations are part of the poetic representation of myths that since ancient times have owed much to written sources.   Garcés Kiley culls her inspiration from the poetry of William Blake to the lyrics of Control Machete, amongst others.

With an acute sensitivity to texture and the inherent properties of materials, Garcés Kiley employs drawing, impasto and staining to render these vulnerable moments in airy, harmonious compositions.   Painting on thin, translucent polyester she transgresses the usual practice of completely covering the supporting ground of a painting leaving large surface areas exposed, sparing any narrative that might distract the viewer from the intensity conveyed by the writhing bodies in space. slides where the thighs cut superimposes the image of an eagle to a couple's intercourse as their floating bodies descend almost weightlessly, whence becoming hybrid. The woman sprouts delicate wings as if she is about to take flight, and circling out of her lips tiny flies escape in ecstasy.   In entre el aliento y saliva VII a couple stands in a curled embrace, an exchange of tricking fluids gets tucked in the warm pockets of her body, while her long and liquid hair gets transformed into a paused city that marvelously mutates into a sprouting tree. Scattered throughout though, are skulls and bones, reminders of the ephemerality of these moments and of the cruelty of our condition which allows us such pleasures.

Ana Garcés Kiley was born in Colombia in 1974 and is an MFA graduate of Columbia University.     She is the recipient of numerous awards including the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies Fellowship, (1998), National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (1999), the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, (2000), the Kimbrough Award from the Dallas Museum of Art (2003) and the Wheeler Foundation Grant, (2007). Furthermore, she was a resident artist at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York in 2000.   Garcés Kiley has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.   Concurrently to her show at Latincollector she will   exhibit at Taller Boricua, New York in a two person show curated by Marcos Dimas, and a group show in Turin, Italy entitled, ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes'' curated by Ombretta Agro.  

For further information or press materials, please contact Mónica Espinel at 212-334-7813 or monica@latincollector.com.
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" Nightmares & Dreamscapes"

Alberto Peola Gallery 

Turin, Italy

 

A group show of seven New-York-based painters
curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff

Ana Garcés Kiley
Jeffrey Beebe John Grande
Bradley Castellanos Jonathan Podwil
Zachary Clement Dasha Shishkin

The exhibition Nightmares & Dreamscapes was born out of the desire to show for the first time to an Italian audience the paintings and drawings of seven artists, none of them born in New York, but all currently living and working in the Big Apple.

It is a known fact that painting, after the photography and video boom of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, has come back in full swing and its importance on the international art scene is evident. It would be presumptuous on the curator’s behalf to invest these seven artists with the role of “representatives” of New York painting practices. However, it is fair to say that the diversity of the styles and of the media adopted by them provides significant examples of the development and directions of painting and drawing practices in the American metropolis.

But it’s not only their two-dimensional aspect that brings together these works. The title of the exhibition, “stolen” from an advertisement billboard seen one late summer night coming back into the City, seemed perfect to summarize, on one hand, a similar fascination with dreamlike, surrealistic landscapes, as portrayed by Bradley Castellanos, originally from Connecticut, which mixes the photographic medium with painting, or intended more as an ethereal and atmospheric mental dimension with a strong allegorical connotation, as in the works by Jonathan Podwil, born in Pennsylvania.

The second part of the title, the one that relates to “nightmares”, brings together the work of Dasha Shishkin, of Russian origin but living in the US for approximately 15 years, Zachary Clement, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Colombian Ana Garces Kiley and Long Islander John Grande. While Grande portrays as a background in his photo-realistic paintings the “nightmares” brought to us by real-life events (such as a nuclear mushroom cloud or the 9/11 explosion at the Pentagon), the other three artists explore a more intimate and at times “darker” and tormented dimension, one that leads to the creation of bizarre, mythical, sometimes sinister, at other times comical characters, that often become alter egos of the artists themselves.

Jeffrey Beebe, born in Indiana, acts somehow as the link between the two groups with his watercolors on paper depicting a surreal world inhabited by comic-like characters often situated in dreamlike landscapes.

For more information please contact Ombretta Agró Andruff: ombretta@ombrettaagro.com
T: +1-212-433 0878 www.ombrettaagro.com