September 10 - October 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 4:30 - 7pm

Aloe

A Language of Exaltation: Seven Artists Reflect on their work

Amy Jenkins, Christopher K. Ho, Erika Ranee, John Jurayj, Rob Swainston, Sally Webster, Tyler Vlahovich

Artists selected by LArry Qualls
Art Chosen by Each Practitioner


From the tens of thousands of artists whose work the editor, writer, and documenter Larry Qualls has seen over the past five decades, he has selected seven, who, over many exhibition viewings, have presented works that continue to resonate long after the shows they were enclosed. Each produces work that is steeped in a knowledge of tradition, yet is uniquely subversive, daring to challenge current customs, practices, and parameters. All had created pieces that challenged their chosen media, exploring themes and processes that resonated beyond the hermetic confines of the art world. 

For this exhibition he asked each artist to choose pieces they had made, of whatever vintage, that held particular relevance for their practice, even if these are not characteristic of what they had shown commercially. The works chosen for ALOE may be observational or inner-directed, abstract or narrative, constructed digitally or crafted through traditional means, yet they share a fierce commitment to challenging accepted ideas of the relation of sign and meaning; they both exacerbate and soothe, tearing apart settled conventions, while pointing to future possibilities. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

A number of the artists in the show are instructors or mentors for even younger generations than they. Christopher K. Ho (born in Hong Kong) has been a faculty member at RISD, among other schools, since 2009, while John Jurayj (from a Lebanese family) has taught at both Cornell and the School of Visual Arts; both live in Brooklyn and are also known for their critical writing on very diverse topics.

Erika Ranee (born in Los Angeles) received her MFA at the University of California, Berkeley; she has had residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Brooklyn, the Vermont Studio Center, and Skowhegan, among others, and has served as a vital influence on younger artists, particularly women, through her teaching and mentoring. Video artist Amy Jenkins (born in Springfield, Ilinois) has presented lectures at institions as different as New York University, the Brattleboro Museum, the Sioux City Art Center, the New School, and Colorado College; she has appeared in dozens of exhibitions around the world. Rob Swainston (born and raised in rural Pennsylvania) has recently been an artist in residence at Bard College; in August he presented a series of workshops at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop on ‘Fetching” or 'Fake Etching,’ a technique he developed over years of experimentation and study at schools as diverse as Hampshire College, Budapest’s Central European University, and the Columbia University MFA program.

 Sally Webster (part of the art-punk scene in San Francisco in the late ’70s and early ’80, now a resident of Brooklyn) and Tyler Vlahovich (born in Tacoma, Washington, now living in Los Angeles) both studied art at California institutions, Vlahovich at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, and Webster at the San Francisco Art Institute; both were in exhibitions presented by Hudson at Feature, among many other venues.

THE CURATOR:

Larry Qualls has been deeply involved in the art world for decades. With Daryl Chin, he served in the eighties as an editor of Art + Cinema, the first journal devoted to the then nascent art of video. Later they served as Associate Editors of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art for well over a decade. He became a contributing editor of Art on Paper in the middle of the last decade, providing a column, ‘Between the Sheets,’ for each issue. He also spent a quarter century photographing the art exhibited in commercial galleries in New York, from Soho and the East village to Chelsea, Williamsburg, and beyond; the well-over 160,00 images from this work, as well as his architecture, design, dance, and theatre history images, with accompanying chapbooks, are now in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale. 

GALLERY HOURS:

Thursday through Sunday, 1pm to 6pm; or by appointment. 

DIRECTIONS:

Take 2, 3, or 4 trains to Franklin Avenue. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin. Walk ¾ block to 558 St. Johns Place. FiveMyles is within easy walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

FiveMyles is in part supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, Public Funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, the Greenwich Collection, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.