Factory Fictions

Andrew Graham and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

curated by John J. McGurk

Good Work Gallery, NY, NY May 3 - May 25, 2014

Factory Fictions is an exhibition featuring the work of two artists using just a few of the forever expanding technologies available to artists in the 21st century.  The artists in this exhibition are not only creating a whole new aesthetic vocabulary and sensibility, but are also embracing shifting notions of production and commoditization.


Ellie Krakow

Bring the Lights Into the Shot

curated by John J. McGurk

Spring Break Art Show, NY, NY March 3 - March 9, 2014

Bring the Lights Into the Shot is an installation by emerging artist Ellie Krakow.  A poetic conceptual piece that includes a video element, displayed photographs, and an artist book, each component is a part of the whole.

Presented as a part of Spring Break Art Show's PRIVATEPUBLIC themed fair, Krakow’s piece is uniquely suited as it has elements of each within the installation.  Making the studio lights the actor’s performance, Krakow has taken an element usually hidden from sight and made them the stars.  Instead of the backstage role, they are given front stage to act out a very private narrative of two lovers, made public through the structure and composition of the piece.


Breathless

Divya Anantharaman, Charles Browning, Jennifer Catron + Paul Outlaw, Julia Colavita, Ken Currie, Jane Edden, Rachel Frank, Carson Fox, Amit Greenberg, Jane Hammond, Hugh Hayden, Aubrey Learner, Jackie Mock, Joey Parlett, Amanda Sciullo, Andrea Stanislav, Marc Swanson, Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Chris Vicini, Paul Villinski, Adam Wallacavage, Kimberly Witham, and Dustin Yellin

curated by House of the Nobleman (John J. McGurk, Kristin Sancken, Anastasiya Siro)

Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY February 27 - April 11, 2014

In collaboration and working in an advisory capacity, McG is happy to announceHOUSE OF THE NOBLEMAN's new exhibition, Breathless, a group exhibition based on a contemporary examination of artists who turn once-living creatures into inanimate aesthetic objects. Through various media, including taxidermy, painting, drawing, embroidery, and sculpture, the works in this exhibition re-contextualize the scientific into an artistic observation where the grotesque is upheld as an object of beauty. 

When viewed from this vantage, natural history is seen as a craft or practice in which emphasis is placed on the existential experience of the observer rather than the scientific characteristics of the objects or organisms. Even though breathless, the works in this exhibition maintain characteristics of being alive, achieving their immortality by becoming art.  


Ursula Schneider

Solo Exhibition

curated by John J. McGurk

Culturefix Gallery, NY, NY January 23 - February 2, 2014

Ursula Schneider is the most in depth presentation of Schneider's artwork in NYC for over a decade.  The exhibition will display her most recent series of work alongside older more formative pieces in a broad look at the arch of Schneider's creativity.  Other works displayed will be Hanga woodcuts, a traditional Japanese form of woodblock printing.


Collage-Age

Samuel T. Adams, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, JSTNCLMN, Maj Anya Debear, Christopher Gideon, Esther Ruiz, Alexandria Smith, John Whitlock, and Charles Wilkin

curated by John J. McGurk and Adam Mignanelli of Ballast Projects

Culturefix Gallery, 9 Clinton St, NY, NY, December 10 - 23, 2013

The artists in Collage-Age all work under a vast umbrella, but all have a technique and process that stands on its own.  In today’s world, visual stimuli is shared by all.  Artists use these pieces and fragments to make new worlds and tell stories while adding cultural references and emotions, creating an imaginative take on history and current events.  This exhibition is a great survey or artists continuing this rich tradition today.


Joseph Burwell

Reconstruction of the Garage: The Dormant Phase

curated by John J. McGurk

Wish Meme Exhibition, curated by The They Co., Old School, 233 Mott St, NY, NY, May 4 - 12, 2013

Wish Meme Art Exhibition will examine ideas of 21st Century wish fulfillment in the Recession world.   Acting as a type of "period room", it is a "reconstruction" of the museum storage facilities housing a fictitious archeological exhibit of Burwell's own studio.


Mikhail Zakin

Journey in Clay: A Retrospective

curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, May 2 - June 4, 2013

For the month of May, the legacy of Mikhail Zakin's work and life will be brought into focus, creating a window into the mind of a truly independent and uncompromising artist.  When viewing even the most basic of utilitarian objects created by Zakin, one is confronted with a visual and cerebral contemplation of the essence of what it means to be human.

 


Ursula Schneider

earth, air, water

curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, March 23 - April 25, 2013

In earth, air, water, Schneider is showcasing new and older works in her first solo exhibition at the Mikhail Zakin Gallery.  In her larger landscape paintings, she mixes acrylic pigment with water-based urethane which she applies to sheets of nylon that are laminated together to create a strong, yet flexible surface to paint on. Her other works are Hanga woodcuts, a traditional Japanese form of woodblock printing.


Ghosts of Their Former Selves

Kathryn Eddy, Gregory Hilton, Ellie Krakow, John Morton, Linsey Wallace

curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, February 22 - March 20, 2013

Whether using computers, video or sound in their artistic investigations, artists today have unprecedented access to new techniques and technologies with which to explore.  Ghosts of Their Former Selves is an exhibition of five artists using some of these new mediums and materials in their practices.


Paradise Deferred

Lisa Dahl, Mark Masyga, Casey Ruble

curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, January 18 - February 16, 2013

Three contemporary artists grappling with suburban and rural themes through the imagery and metaphors in their work.


Elements

Joseph Burwell, Gillian Christy, Tricia Keightley, Beth Krebs, Sylvan Lionni, Christian Nguyen, Stacy Seiler

Curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, December 13 - January 12, 2013

Elements is an exhibition examining artists’ use of architectural signs, techniques, and styles to bring about new metaphors and inquiries into the metaphysical and intangible elements of art and architecture. Unrestrained by the physical requirements of architects, artists are free to use the seemingly mundane elements of architecture to bring forward inspiring visions.


Works on Paper Holiday Sale

Andrew Moon Bain, Dorothy Cochran, Adrien Broom, Shawn Gilheeney, Noah Breuer, Devin Powers, Ellen Singer

Online print sale for the holiday season.


AN ANIMAL WITH CLAWS WANTS TO HAVE TO USE THEM

William Latta and Amanda Sciullo

Curated by Susi Kenna  and John J. McGurk

Culturefix, 9 Clinton St, NY, NY, June 19 - July 5, 2012

Created layer by layer, William Latta's large-scale un-stretched paintings are reinforced by their own internal structure built by tiling segments of linen, silk and cotton together through the meticulous transfer of acrylic, latex, enamel and ink. Amanda Sciullo's less subtle layering process, created from the fusion of abstract and representational images of wild animals, is also rooted in how she records what she takes in on a daily basis.  


AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD LIKE A WORM EATEN SUN

Quinn Corey, Carl Eckhoff, Jason Leinwand

Curated by John J. McGurk

Culturefix, 9 Clinton St, NY, NY, March 7- 16, 2012

Enter the world of post-pop psychedelia at its finest.  Featuring the work of three artists working in the genre, At the Edge is an exhibition focused on the various styles and techniques used today.  Respectively, each artist uses a different medium, from acrylic on vinyl, oil on canvas to cut paper collage. 

 

BORDER LINE

Elizabeth Alexander,  David Allyn,  Suzanne Golden,  Susan Hamburger,  Jan Huling,  Jimmy McBride,  Alicia Ross, Chris Vicini

Curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, January 27 - February 24, 2012 

The craft of fine art exhibited by artists working with traditional mediums in new and inspiring ways. Each blurs the line between "fine art" and "craft". 

 

ART PALM BEACH

Devin Powers & Chris Vicini

Palm Beach Convention Center, WPB, FL, January 20 - 23, 2012

Invited by collectors Marvin & Elaynes Mordes of the White Space Collection to select a number of works to be presented at their booth.


ANNUAL WINTER SALON

Andrew Moon Bain, Andrew Graham, Devin Powers, Emet Sosna

Curated by John J. McGurk

Culturefix, 9 Clinton St, NY, NY, January 9 - 16th, 2012

Four disparate artists brought together for the Annual Winter Salon, each representing a different genre within the larger landscape of contemporary art production.  All combined, the artists' references and departure points for their work engages with sweeping and broad art historical perspectives. 


AIPOTU II

Andrew Moon Bain, Chris Ballantyne, Brandon Friend, Kim Holleman, Ross Racine, Patricia Smith, Gillian Stoneburner

Curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, 561 Piermont Rd, Demarest, NJ, December 12, 2011 - January 17, 2012

Artists inspired by notions of utopia and dystopia. In a range of media, the show extends a long legacy of artists pursuing ideas of perfection.


CAST, TINT, SHADE, GLOW

 Palma Blank, Susan Lisbin, Matt Mignanelli, Leigh Rupple, Susanna Starr

Curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, 561 Piermont Rd, Demarest, NJ, October 21 - November 19, 2011

"There is much more to be done; in fact, color is almost brand new in the world." - Donald Judd. Five contemporary artists working with color and abstraction.


Picture This, Imagine That

Ken Madore, Patricia Mamatos, Sarah Petruziello, Peter Watts

Curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, 561 Piermont Rd, Demarest, NJ, May 2 - May 31, 2011

An exhibition of four artists creating exceptional works on paper.  Using graphite and/or pen, the work encompasses the large scale and the miniature, the realistic and the surrealistic, with each artist using the potential intimacy of the medium to create artwork that engages and stretches the imagination.


A CONNECTION THAT BINDS

Devin Powers and Chris Vicini

Curated by John J. McGurk

White Space Collection, West Palm Beach, FL, January 7 - March 12, 2011

Exhibition at the White Space Collection in WPB, FL featuring the work of a geometric abstract painter juxtaposed with a narrative sculptor creating a unique dialogue about meaning and representation. 


Frozen In Time

Hank Gans, Jonathan Grassi, Jessica M. Kaufman, James Leynse, Carolyn Monastra

Curated by John J. McGurk

Mikhail Zakin Gallery, 561 Piermont Rd, Demarest, NJ, December 10 - January 7, 2010

As the idyllic America of Ansel Adams’ west has faded into our memory and been placed on our coffee tables, the inspirations for landscape photographers have changed dramatically.  In our present time, photographers document our changed landscape with all its beauty, blemishes, and collective memories.