Very Far Away From Anywhere Else @ Aa collections, Vienna [vom 21. bis 27. Juni]

Very Far Away From Anywhere Else

21. - 27.
18:00 - 21:00

Aa collections
Burggasse 68 4-a, 1070 Wien
Aa collections presents

«Very Far Away From Anywhere Else»

specially visiting from New York City USA:

Natalie Baxter, Madera Frey, Rachael Gorchov,
Roxanne Jackson, Jamie Steele.
curated by: Jamie Steel

Vernissage 21.06.2017 at 6pm
Exhibition 22.06 — 27.06 Th-Sa 5-9pm​

Wait, in terror, for the brazen voice.

This exhibition questions the motifs of science fiction such as dystopia, parallel universes, the presence of angels and demons, and the eternal battle of good vs. evil. The mirrored, faceted edges of Frey's sculptures bring to mind portals or space travel technology. Jackson's ceramic work often depicts the duality of beauty vs. the abject and unpalatable femme energy. Gorchov’s large boulder with shadow presents it’s self as both earthy substance and as desert mirage. It brings to mind a poem by Science Fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin where she imagines a stone being ““full / of slower, longer thoughts than mind can have.” The viewer is also confronted by Steele’s phantasm on the verge of speaking or laughing while eerily floating on the wall’s surface, ogling with ‘pretty eyes’. Baxter's quilted, giant, golden American flag almost burns ones own eyes and speaks of a 'pride that blinds'.

These artists are hyper-aware of a looming darkness, and see this expressed through irony and imagination as a subversive force. They aim to be honest about fear and to bring about dialog of those fears. And given the current political climate, maybe the world isn’t nearly as scared as it should be.

“Imagination, working at full strength, can shake us out of our fatal, adoring self-absorption, and make us look up and see—with terror or with relief—that the world does not in fact belong to us at all.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

— Natalie Baxter (b. 1985, Kentucky) received her MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012 and her BA in Fine Art from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2007. Her work has been exhibited recently in New York at Mulherin, Spring/Break Art Fair, ArtHelix, Lorimoto, Shiva Gallery at John Jay College, at Institute 193 (Lex, KY), Appalshop Gallery (Whitesburg, KY), 21C Museum Hotel (Lex, KY), The Cornell Art Museum (DelRay Beach, FL) and internationally at In Ersten in Vienna, Austria, Alison Milne Gallery in Toronto, ON among others. Baxter’s work has been featured in Vice’s The Creator’s Project, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, W Magazine and the London Observer. Baxter has been an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project and a fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center. She currently works in Brooklyn, NY.

— MaDora Frey, from the rural Southern US, is a cross-disciplinary artist working in New York City (and Atlanta). Frey sees both the man-made world and natural world as sharing patterns and systems. Her light sculptures, along with works on paper, bridge the territory between these seemingly disparate geographies. She has exhibited both domestically and internationally with solo shows in Seattle, Washington and New York City. Frey was recently commissioned by the Katonah Museum of Art to create a large-scale outdoor public work on the museum campus. Accolades include the Prince of Wales Fellowship in Normandy, France, Ford Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, publication in New American Paintings, and two-time grant recipient at Vermont Studio Center. Her memberships presently include NYC art collectives, Future Present and MAW. Frey has instructed and lectured at Hunter College, Rutgers University, New York Academy of Art, Auburn University, LIM College and Abbey Road International Program. She studied at the Florence Academy, Florence, Italy and received her MFA, magna cum laude, from the New York Academy of Art. Her work is held in numerous private collections.

— Rachael Gorchov’s photographic tondos present mixed media environments based on European synagogues. In these layered and moody spaces pictorial space shifts ambiguously. Her rocks with cast shadows, also based on architecture, work in concert to reference geologic abrasions and portals, it’s unclear if dimensional form is emerging from or entering into another space.

Recently Gorchov, a painter whose work spans a variety of media, mounted a solo exhibition of ceramics at Owen James Gallery in Brooklyn and a two-person exhibition at Simuvac Projects in Brooklyn. She has also exhibited at Im Ersten in Vienna and The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Her work and curatorial projects have been featured in Hyperallergic, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Temple Review. She is a founding member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, full time faculty at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, and adjunct faculty at Fairfield University. Gorchov received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Originally from Philadelphia, Rachael lives and works in New York City.

— Roxanne Jackson is a ceramic artist and mixed-media sculptor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her macabre works are black-humored investigations of the links between transformation, myth, and kitsch. Press for her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, the New York Times, Gothamist, Sculpture Center Curators’ Notebook, Beautiful/Decay, ArtSlant, Brooklyn Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The L Magazine, Eyes Towards the Dove, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Ireland, and New Ceramics, among others. She has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Wassaic Project, the Ceramic Center of Berlin, Hunter College, Chashama: chaNorth, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, funded by an NCECA International Residency Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in New York at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Honey Ramka, Lu Magnus, Denny Gallery, Zürcher Gallery, Orgy Park, Regina Rex, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, The Lodge Gallery, Outlet, 99 Cent Plus Gallery, the Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn Academy of Music, English Kills, the Knockdown Center, BRIC, and Airplane Gallery, as well as at the Satellite Art Show in Miami Beach, FL; the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, PA; the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN; the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME; the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ; and more. She has shown in China, Portugal, Romania, Canada, and such cities as London, Berlin, Vienna and Leipzig. Most recently, her work has been included in Salon Zürcher in Paris, France, and shown at Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. Jackson is the cofounder of NASTY WOMEN, a national/international art exhibition and fundraising project; and Heather Metal Parking Lot, a nocturnal outdoor heavy metal party held each summer at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY.

— Jamie Steele currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Steele is
co-Founder of GURL DONT BE DUMB, a Chicago-based collaborative and curatorial project. She obtained her BA in Fine Art from the University of the South in 2007 and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 upon which she received the John Quincy Adams fellowship awarded by Jessica Stockholder. Via photo, video, and sculptural works Steele makes use of neon colors, drag aesthetics, and various feminine accoutrements that are often transformed to the grotesque. Specific actions, sounds, and colors, create a sense of feeling alien in ones own skin. Steele plays with the edges of taste, questions what is proper, and pushes against the symbology of elegance cauterized in her mind by a conservative southern upbringing. Recent exhibitions include: You Drain Me at Tempus Projects inTampa, FL, Appetite for Distruction at The Wassaic Project in upstate NY, We Gave Our Best the Rest is up to the Hope Chest at IM ERSTEN in Vienna, Austria, Close Encounters at Beverly’s in NYC, The Flat Files: Year Three at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Brooklyn, NY, and
Skeleton on a Toilet, at Artist-Run for Satellite Show in Miami, FL.

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