March 17 - April 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 17, 5 - 8pm
Eric Ashcraft, Jake Brush, Dan Fig, Paul Gagner,
Maggie Goldstone, Duy Hoang, Jessica Tawczynski
Curator: Alex Sewell
Artist talk: Sunday, March 17, 4pm
“Unreality Bomb “ is a term first coined by Roger White in a seminal book on contemporary art titled The Contemporaries. White used this term to characterize a painting that had pieces deliberately removed from it, as a stylistic choice. White’s statement describes the work chosen for this exhibition; work that has an unseen layer removed from it by artificial and fictional means, to create an impression of space.
With Unreality Bomb the painter/curator Alex Sewell presents a survey of painting and sculpture that concerns itself with the combination of abstract and figurative expression. The work is influenced by the artists’ emotions and results in self-revealing images, creating impressions of a vulnerable sincerity.
About the Artists
Dan Fig (b.1987, NJ) earned his BFA from Rutgers University in 2010 and his MFA at Hunter College in 2018. His paintings are amalgamations of cultural influences ranging from explicit art historical references, graphic design and advertising language, soccer matches, and more. These elements, in concert with one another and in their invented spaces, create a familiarity with a tendency toward the absurd. www.danfig.net
Eric Ashcraft earned his Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include 3433 (Chicago, IL) and Gaucho Social Club (Chicago, IL), and was part of group exhibitions at Old Gold (Portland, OR), Small Black Door (New York, NY), Missoula Art Museum (Missoula, MT), Comfort Gallery (Indianapolis, IN), The Main Gallery at the California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA) and other places. ericashcraft.com
Jake Brush earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film and Media from SUNY Purchase in 2016. In 2017 he was a Signal Culture Artist in Residence. He has shown his video work at SuperChief Gallery (New York, NY), The Hollows Artspace (Brooklyn, NY), Passage Gallery (Westchester, NY), and elsewhere. www.jakebrush.com
Paul Gagner is a painter and sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He has shown in numerous group shows in New York, most recently at Driscoll Babcock, and has work in the print archive’s permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He received his M.F.A. in painting and sculpture from Brooklyn College and his B.F.A. in illustration from the School of Visual Arts, both in New York. Hyperallergic Article here .
Maggie Goldstone earned her MFA from Columbia University in 2017 and her BFA from Boston University in 2013. She has exhibited at Thierry Goldberg Gallery (New York, NY), Lenfest Center for the Arts (New York, NY), Wallach Art Gallery (New York, NY), the United States Green Building Council (Washington, DC), 808 Gallery (Boston, MA), and Leroy Neiman Gallery (New York, NY) and other places. www.maggiegoldstone.com
Duy Hoàng earned his MFA from Columbia University in 2017 and his BFA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2013. In 2018 he will included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Serbia, curated by Tomas Vu, at Grafiformas in Medellín, Colombia, and at LeRoy Neiman Gallery (New York, NY). Past exhibitions include Womp Project Space (New York, NY), Project Space 2025 (Hamburg, Germany), Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Lasalle College in Singapore, Usagi (New York, NY) and more. duy-h.com
Jessica Tawczynski is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY; she graduated with an MFA in 2D from MassArt and a BFA from UMass Lowell. Her international exhibitions include her solo show at Deiglan Gallery, a group show at Shenkar College in Ramat-Gan, Israel. In 2017, Tawczynski was the Artist in Residence at Gilfelagid Listagil in Akureyri (Iceland) in partnership with the Contemporary Art Museum. Her solo show at The Arts Research Collaborative in Lowell, MA, was reviewed in Artscope Magazine. Tawczynski will be an artist in residence at Listhus AIR Iceland this September 2018. jessica-tawczynski.squarespace.com
Thursday through Sunday, 1pm to 6pm; or by appointment.
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.
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, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. The panel discussion is made possible thanks to a Humanities NY Action Grant.