Cool and Collected '18 - Katie Barrie, Rebecca Levitan, Laini Nemett, Alex Osborne and Sophie Treppendahl
Curated by Lani Holloway and Avery Syrig
August 2 - September 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
K A T I E B A R R I E
Barrie's work explores the perceptive and psychological effects of color and geometric abstraction. Influenced by architecture, midcentury modernism, the history of utopias, and color theory, her aim is to create works that dance along the border between attractive and ugly. Notions of taste, playfulness, and optical effects permeate throughout controlled compositions. She uses highly pigmented, matte acrylic paints that create a smooth, velvety, unreflective surface, while elements of rough organic texture created with pumice and sand break up the flatness of the canvas. Channeling hard edge abstraction, design archetypes, and subjective perception, her method of working is a way to process what color can come to represent for an individual.
Barrie received her BFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan in 2011, and is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University. Katie is from the Midwest, though has spent the majority of her adult life living in California. She has exhibited at various venues throughout the US, and has participated in residencies such as the Vermont Studio Center, 100 West Corsicana, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, and the Creative Center of Stödvarfjördur in the East Fjords of Iceland.
R E B E C C A L E V I T A N
Rebecca Levitan's work explores the sensory overload of our world brought about by the omnipresence of wildly different images and visual cues juxtaposed and given equal importance. Photos, ads, strange hybrids of a multitude of formats reside on the same billboard or news feed, interfering with our ability to focus on any one image with a single perspective. This modern cacophony poses a challenge to Levitan’s painterly process which strives to make work that embraces this chaos as a vehicle for offering dense, perceptual, emotional experiences of seemingly mundane moments.
Levitan is an MFA candidate for Painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College. She has exhibited through the Northeast at the NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), Spoke the Hub (Brooklyn, NY), and the Harvard Monday Gallery (Cambridge, MA). She is the recipient of a RISD Fellowship, Benjamin A. Trustman Fellowship, and a Harvard Artist Development Fellowship.
L A I N I N E M E T T
Laini Nemett works with cardboard models, collage, and large-scale oil paintings to create architectural environments that explore the idea of home. She holds BAs in Visual Arts and History of Art & Architecture from Brown University, and an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. Nemett has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and a Fulbright Fellowship, and has held residencies at Yaddo (NY), the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans (LA), UCross Foundation (WY), Jentel Artist Residency (WY), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VA), and the Alfred & Trafford Klots International Residency (Léhon, France). Solo and group shows include venues at the Mandeville Gallery in Union College, Guilin Art Museum in China, SACI Gallery (Florence, Italy), This Red Door at REH Kunst (Berlin, Germany), YoungArts with JP Morgan Chase Collection for Miami Basel Art Week (Miami, FL), Ethan Cohen (New York, NY), Gold Coast Arts Center (Long Island, NY), Collar Works (Troy, NY), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), VisArts (Bethesda, MD), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). Nemett is Assistant Professor of Drawing & Painting at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
A L E X O S B O R N E
Alex Osborne’s work explores the possibilities of color and space within diverse media, including acrylic paint, resin, spray paint and glue. Osborne embraces chance through a spontaneity of process when he paints, approaching the act of painting as an experience. His practice challenges spatial dimensions and examines the dynamics between organic design inherent to the handmade and the perfect symmetry that can be achieved through digital manipulation. In his digital prints on metal, Osborne uses Photoshop to manipulate paintings on canvas, altering the visual format to create kaleidoscopic compositions that are at once dizzying and inviting. The prints challenge the confines of a two-dimensional space, impelling the viewer to question the limits of their format. His paintings experiment with fluidity in kinetic layers that encapsulate space and time specific to his methods of creation.
Living and working between Brooklyn, NY and Paris, Osborne earned a BA in Sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in exhibitions from Tokyo, to Paris and New York City.
S O P H I E T R E P P E N D A H L
Sophie Treppendahl’s paintings investigate enchantment in the ordinary, capturing and contemplating unexpected moments of bliss where everyday life seems filled with ephemeral perfection. Summer swimmers lounging and luxuriating in enticing pools, and the ever-iconic Coney Island roller coaster evoke our collective memories of peaceful warm weather pastimes. The nostalgia implicit within the subject matter of her paintings allows Treppendahl to explore the association of these reminiscent moments and investigate how they bring us together.
Treppendahl holds a BA in Painting and Printmaking from the College of Charleston. Her paintings have been shown at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (Charleston, SC), 1019 Gallery and Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery at SUNY Purchase College of Art and Design (Purchase, NY), and the Visual Art Center of Richmond (Richmond, VA).