March 6 – July 31, 2014
BAC Gallery is pleased to present Subtle Approach, a group exhibition featuring the work of four Brooklyn-based artists whose clever techniques and ability to simultaneously push and pull their ideas and materials slowly reveal something other than what the viewer’s eye immediately perceives.
March 6, 6-8pm
DUMBO First Thursday Events:
Extended Hours: April 3, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: May 1, 6-8pm
Film/Video Screening: June 5, 6-8pm
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Courtney J. Wendroff, BAC Visual Arts Director
From a distance Colleen Ho’s drawings appear to be nothing more than blank pages of white or colored paper, but as the viewer approaches, her organic patterns, reminiscent of cellular structures and topographical maps, come into focus. Ho’s texture is created by ripping the paper with a needle and thumbtack repeatedly, leaving a delicate relief on the surface.
The sculptures, textiles and paintings of Megan Hays employ a highly muted palate. Hays’isolated forms are like a physical representation of a state of mind. Her process evokes feelings of creation and obliteration, simultaneously shrouding and exposing each object’s layers.
At first glance, Sarah Nicole Phillips’ landscapes appear to be benign crosshatched graphite or ink drawings, however upon closer inspection one discovers her grassy collages are made from security envelopes. This seemingly mundane office item with its various hidden patterns printed on the interior of envelopes is typically used to conceal its contents. Phillips diverts these cast offs from the waste stream, employing patterns in an effort to juxtapose the bureaucratic infrastructure of contemporary life with a monotonous landscape.
Carlton Scott Sturgill elegantly lifts the veil on suburban pretense exploring the dichotomy between public persona and private behavior. Sturgill’s paintings and mosaics are created using materials sourced from the suburban landscape, such as paint chip samples from Home Depot and clothing from the all-American company Ralph Lauren combined with imagery and text appropriated from the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist.