Flat Touch 2018-07-23T20:22:34+00:00

FLAT TOUCH

Curated by Karen Tepaz & Jason Segall

In our daily activity, we are confronted with a screen, an image, an object in a space that is both physical and intangible. Our sense of touch has been flattened, and our sense of scale and weight has dispersed into thin air. The complexity of our reality is constantly shifting and in an attempt to embrace the new, many artists use this new source of medium to create, and form their reality.

This exhibition presents work from nine emerging artists exploring a hybridized approach to sculpture, photography, and painting. Flatness is not seen as a one dimensional surface, rather a space for process and subtle layered detail to take place and open a world of depth to embrace and unravel.

Artist Bio:

Dachal Choi is a New York based artist born in Seoul, Korea. Her work has been presented at Triangle Arts Association, Socrates Sculpture Park, Franklin Street Works, Hyundai Motor Studio, Seoul Art Space Seogyo, among others. She is a recipient of Artist Community Engagement Grant from Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Individual Grant from Asian Cultural Council, George R. Bunker Award and Lipson Allen Scholarship Award. She holds a B.F.A from School of Visual Arts and an M.F.A. from Yale University.

Florencia Escudero (b.Singapore/ Nationality: Argentina, 1987) is an artist living and working in New York City. She holds a degree from The School of Visual Arts in Fine Arts and from Yale School of Art( M.F.A/Sculpture). Her works have been shown in the US and Internationally. Escudero is interested in the exploration of socio-political laws that regulate our behavior. Inspired by physical and virtual bodies, her post-humanistic objects/images serve as tools for influencing the way we interact with each other.

Claudia Cortinez received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at Yale University. She is the recipient of the Alice Kimball Travel Grant from Yale University (2012), the Blair Dickinson Memorial Grant from Yale University (2013), and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant in NYC (2013), among others. She has participated in artist residencies at Real Time and Space (2018), Mass MoCA (2017), La Ira de Dios (2016), LMCC Swing Space (2013), among others.

Esperanza Mayobre is a Brooklyn-based artist that grew up in Caracas during the Venezuelan oil boom. She holds a degree in cabinetmaking from the IACT in Caricuao and studied Fine Arts at the Museum School in Boston. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at the Westchester Community College State University of New York, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) fellowship at the Air and Space Museum Washington D.C.and a curatorial project at Momenta Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

John Szlasa (b. New Jersey, 1982) received an MFA from the Yale School of Art, and has exhibited in group shows at South First Gallery, Family Business, David Zwirner, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, Szlasa had a solo exhibition at Museumofamericabooks in Brooklyn, NY entitled “Fatigue Bones”. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Martyna Szczesna (b.1984, Poland) is a multi-disciplinary artist working with photography and installation, currently residing in Brooklyn. Recent exhibitions include: Disarming Geometries, Dorsky Gallery, The Third Bronx Biennial at the Bronx Museum and The Subterraneans at Leeds School of Art. Szczesna’s work has been supported by residencies such as Bullseye Projects, the Watermill Center, Kala and the AIM program. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union and completed her MFA studies at UCLA in 2016.

Michael Sims(b. Houston Texas, 1988) is an artist living and working in New York City. He holds a diploma from MFA in Boston, MA and a MFA degree from Yale

Karen Tepaz (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a B.F.A in Ceramics from California State University Long Beach and received an M.F.A in Sculpture from Yale University in 2013. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at CACTTUS Gallery in Long Beach, CA, was a recipient to Art Farm Nebraska Residency 2017 and her work has been exhibited in group shows, at SARDINE gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Basement Projects, Santa Ana, CA. The 2017 Whitney Houston Biennial, NY and The Shirley Fiterman Art Center BMCC, NY among others.

Jason Segall is a New York based artist born in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A in Ceramics from Alfred University. Recent exhibitions include: The Thomas Hunter Projects, Touch Art Gallery, and the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. He has participated in artist residencies at the L.H. Project and California State University Long Beach. His work is part of multiple private collections, including the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.