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Featuring: Elyce Abrams, Won Choi, Christina Massey, Erin Murray
August 6 – September 14, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 6th, 5 – 7 pm
237 South 18th Street, Suite 3A
Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 11am – 5 pm and by appointment
Elyce Abrams, Won Choi, Christina Massey, and Erin Murray create uncanny images and mysterious spaces that require a second look. Christina Massey’s works leave us to wonder if we should approach them as either “painting” or “sculpture.” Her pieces allow us to engage in the double take, linger, and devise our own way to simultaneously perceive them as both. Elyce Abrams’ abstract and patterned shaped canvases have an object-like three-dimensional quality similar to that of portals or getaways. The work allows us to peak in from the outside but entices us to step into an otherworldly realm. Do we hesitate to step right in? Won Choi’s perfectly balanced sculptures bring to mind highly choreographed still life paintings. They encourage the viewer to appreciate beyond the shapes, volumes, light, shadow, colors and textures of the composition to slowly and carefully delve into deeper notions of harmony, unity and universality. Erin Murray’s paintings and drawings also operate as entrancing thresholds. Those with a symmetrical composition are, to me, as uncanny and open-ended as Rorschach images. They, perhaps, reveal more about us to ourselves when we finally get to react to or enter them. – Mónica Ramirez Montagut, Museum Director of the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane
Mónica Ramírez-Montagut received her B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Most recently, Ramírez-Montagut was the Associate Director and Senior Curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana and previous to that she was the Senior Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, both in San Jose/Silicon Valley, California. She has also served as Curator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Assistant Curator of architecture and design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Curator of Collections and Public Programs at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Director of Community Outreach of the Queens Theatre in the Park in New York City; and as Project Coordinator for the Mexico Now Festival, New York City’s first—and only—annual festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture.