June 28 - July 19, 2018
On the Way: Judy Richardson and Karin Bruckner
On the Wall: Cassandra Jennings Hall
Opening reception: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: On the Way in the East Gallery featuring Karin Bruckner and Judy Richardson; Nine by Nine in the West Gallery featuring nextactART, a group of nine mixed media artists; and On the Wall featuring Cassandra Jennings Hall. The reception will be held June 28th, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from June 28th – July 19th at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In the exhibition On the Way, Karin Bruckner presents two new monoprints that straddle the lines between printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage. Printmaking became a focus in Bruckner’s work in 2006; she found the medium a congenial way of creating art given her professional background in architecture. Its unique combination of creative flow and process requires a structured, sequenced way of thinking in layers, shapes, and colors not unlike architectural plans. Over the years, constant experimentation propelled Bruckner’s monoprints into a painterly direction, incorporating paper lithography, etching, collagraph, chine collé, and viscosity techniques to achieve complexly layered visual landscapes of considerable depth. Karin Bruckner was born in Switzerland and received her education in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Technical University in Munich and a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University in New York, where she has lived since 1988. After working as an architect for Richard Meier & Partners and Philip Johnson Architects in NY she returned to her passion for art. Her work has sold worldwide and is in private collections in Europe, South America, Australia and the United States. Bruckner is a featured artist at Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, NY and has been featured by West Elm as well as online venues such as Art Crasher, Fresh Rag, Refinery 29, the UGallery blog, and the Printsy blog on Etsy.
In her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery, Judy Richardson presents sculptures that are built, assembled, and cast with familiar materials like wood, wire, metal, wax, and cloth. Her work is composed of elements that speak of the wonders of the everyday and depicts her interest in objects that have been used by people. Taking objects apart, keeping the most emblematic detail of those objects, using those parts as raw material, and reconstructing them into something new is how Richardson creates pieces that take on a theatrical, prop-like character that have their own narrative. The works become statements about political situations, emotional forces, and human follies and obsessions. Richardson states, “I work with urgency and humor, and feel that the intensity of our lives is shown in the things we make because we have to and need to make them. I believe in the mark of the human hand, and the beauty of human error.” Judy Richardson received a BFA in sculpture from the University of California in Berkeley and the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri and an MFA in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Richardson’s recent awards include the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Artist in Residence at Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the Willowtail Residency in Mancos, Colorado. Her pieces are in the permanent collections of the DiRosa Art and Nature Preserve in Napa, California, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art in Roswell, New Mexico, and the private collection of Ivan Karp. Richardson’s work has been reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle by Kenneth Baker, the New York Times by Pepe Karmel and Helen Harrison, Review Art by Matt Freedman, and many other publications. Richardson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
nextactART: Nine by Nine
Nine by Nine features nine works by nine mixed media artists who are members of the group nextactART. The group functions by its members inspiring and energizing one another through discourse, the motivation to keep creating work, building community, showcasing their work, and gaining recognition. The artists include Barbara Brier, Rena Diana, Ronnie Grill, Judy Kaplan, Madeline Farr, Madlyn Goldman, Patricia Miller, Stephanie Suskin, and Sheila Wolper. Barbara Brier’s series “Building Perspectives” studies and celebrates how buildings fit the spaces and places they occupy. Using original photographs that have been digitally manipulated, printed on vellum, manually collaged and augmented with assorted papers, paints and inks, Brier looks at the large and small details of the cities she loves to visit and photograph. In the series “Games People Play” artist Sheila Wolper utilizes vintage game boards, found and personal photographs, and children’s puzzles to reveal the psychological and sexual games played by adults. In contrast to the games children play for learning and socialization, many men and women use games of seduction, manipulation, power and control in the workplace and in their personal lives; Wolper’s timely work is a commentary on the relationships in our society. The nine artists featured in the exhibition are the original members of nextactART. The group is the brainchild of kindred spirits who found great meaning and satisfaction in pursuing visual arts as a second, third, or “umpteenth” career. The vision of nextactART’s founders, Barbara Brier, Madeline Farr, and Stephanie Suskin, is to inspire later-in-life creatives to build community and realize the value of artistic expression. They exhibited as a group at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton in May 2016 and at Cerces Gallery in December 2017, while several members of the group have participated in both solo and juried group shows in New York City and across the United States.
Cassandra Jennings Hall
Cassandra Jennings Hall presents mixed media abstract paintings brimming with color and texture for On the Wall. Inspired by a love of color Jennings Hall adds one color on top of another, layering white pigment in between to create a texturally and vividly complex surface, where brushstrokes create both rhythm and movement across the canvas. She states, “Layering creates mystery in the painting, as the viewer searches the depths of the work the prize is slowly revealed.” Cassandra Jennings Hall, born 1947 in Orangeburg, SC, is an abstract artist and collage artist. She studied with Michel Dillon, Jerry Samuels, Tsuigo Hattori, Dale Meyers, Lucia A. Salemme, Jack Henderson. Jennings Hall studied at the Art Students League, Fashion Institute of Technology, Meyer School of Fashion Design, and the Art Center of New Jersey. Initially working in a hard edge geometric style she became dissatisfied with the constriction of the linear form. She began to create works with subtle surfaces full of rich color, balancing calligraphic lines and soft edged shapes, which betray a studied simplicity. Cassandra Jennings Hall's work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, universities and corporations as well as in private and corporate art collections in the New York metropolitan area. Cassandra Jennings Hall continues to live and work in New Jersey.