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Ah, them neighbors...

  • Suzanne Geiss Company
  • Suzanne Geiss Company
June 19, 2014
Ana Bambic Kostov is an art historian with passion for contemporary art.

Seven artists who share conceptually similar approach to the rendering of the surfaces through layering, kneading, dressing them in various materials will gather in a show evocatively titled That’s the Neighbor, Always Dressing These Boulders in the Yard. Hosted by Suzanne Geiss Company and curated by Torey Thornton, this intriguing exhibition is scheduled to open on June 27, running throughout the summer till August 2, 2014. The seven of participating artists, namely Brian Belott, Ted Gahl, Graham Hamilton, Yi-Hsuan Lin, Eric Mack, Chris Martin, Odessa Straub, will present their novel series, pertinent to the energy and expression of each of their individual styles.

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Graham Hamilton

That’s The Neighbor, Always Dressing These Boulders In The Yard

The immediate impression given out by the works brought together by the curator speaks a crude language. Textures and gestures exude the emotional and impulsive relationships between the metaphysical and the material in the works, if generally gutsy, rhythmical and potent artwork of the seven artists. The idea of the group show is to exclude these works from the postmodern context and to emphasize individuality and intimate observances of each of the creatives. Paintings presented are made in multiple and mixed media, fusing paint with string, glitter, glass, wood or velvet, alluding to the more contemplative realms, evoking various standpoints. They are spontaneous, expressive, abrupt and passionate, not resting on any of the openly formal grounds.

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The Curator

Torey Thornton is a Brooklyn based artist. At a very young age, he already exhibited in New York and Paris, while group exhibitions he participated in stretch from NY to Lebanon and Los Angeles. At the Neighbors show he assumes the role of the curator, assembling a curious roster of artists who create works connected through his curatorial concept.

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Chris Martin

The Artists

Odessa Straub is the only lady in the selection. Born in 1989, she received her BFA at The Cooper Union last year and she resides and works in New York. Her pieces were a part of group expos at the Bleecker Street Arts Club and the Cooper gallery in NY.

Brian Belott is an artist from Brooklyn, born in 1973. His works were recently shown at Zurcher Studio, while his curatorial activity includes Draw Gym exhibition at 247365 space in Brooklyn.

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Odessa Straub

Ted Gahl was born in 1983 and he lives and works in Connecticut. He completed an MFA program at THe Rhode Island School of Design and his recent solo exhibition was osted by Dodge Gallery in NY.

Graham Hamilton is a New York based artist, who got his education at the NYU, graduating in 2011 with a BFA.

Yi-Hsuan Lin was born in 1985 and is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, although his origins lie in Taiwan. His recent solo exhibition was realized in Sao Paulo at Galeria Logo.

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Brian Belott

Eric N. Mack is another New York based creative, born in 1987. He received his MFA from Yale University in 2012, the same year his artwork was a part of the Fore exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.

Chris Martin is the veteran among the crowd. Also based in Brooklyn, he exhibited around the globe, while his notable solo exhibits include the 2013 presentation at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam in Holland.

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Ted Gahl