Join us Friday December 3rd, for the Opening Reception for "Shelta Sings Wrapped in the Arms of Wilaye Fynd" by Chris Harris. 7-9pm at the Fardom Gallery.
Fardom Gallery is pleased to announce our second solo-exhibition of new works by Chris Harris. The artist’s latest body of work, Shelta Sings Wrapped in the Arms of Wilaye Fynd, centers around the theme of home and the kinetic instincts that crystallize into its parts. His work here begins with the act of “performing” within simple constructions while using photography to begin a process of building. The creative process is then extended and inverted by designing and building structures to house the actions. Inversion is a constant presence in his work as he sees it as essential to growth and therefore essential to life. For instance the title itself refers to two personified directionally different ideas, Shelta (shelter) and Wilaye Fynd (will I find?), which are brought together by acting contradictory to their nature.
Along one wall is a series of large black-and-white prints, titled Partners, housed in deep shadow boxes with legs that allow them to sit on the ground while holding the image at eye level. They lean stoically against the wall but the handles under the frame seem to be inviting you to dance. The images too seem to alternate between dark and playful. All of the still photographs in the exhibit are prints from a single negative but the video portrait, 1000, is built from a group of photographs that are digitally made to undulate over top one another. Included in the show, as a counter point to the images of himself, is a leather bound book of color photos Harris took of various people in his life, be they friends, family members, lovers or briefly encountered strangers, all shot with a 6x6 medium format camera and cropped to an image that is 9x10inches, an aspect ratio that sits heavily on the eye. The title of the series, I Will Take All of You With Me, is intended to be as much of a memento mori as it is a call to those around him to join him in life. It’s that “art is life plus death” notion that guides much of Harris’ work. While evocative of both the dark sensuality of Mark Morrisroe and the roving sun-soaked sweetness of Jack Pierson’s photography, Harris here seems to be attempting to resolve something very personal. He will continue this particular series until he no longer can.
Chris Harris (b. 1982, Portland, Maine) currently lives and works in New York City. He has a background in dance, theater, painting and clothing construction. Fardom Gallery, part of The Space collective, is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the artistic community in the Long Island City, Queens area. The Space takes advantage of previously underutilized property in Long Island City, New York, to provide work space for artists, and a venue for community involvement in the arts, and works with developers and planners to ensure that there are affordable places for artists to live and work in Long Island City as our neighborhood develops and grows.
For further information about the artist contact Kristin Reger at 773.396.8812 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org For further information about the gallery contact Kristy Schopper at 718.752.0331 or via email at email@example.com
Please join us at Fardom (2517 41st ave, corner of 27th st and 41st ave), from 7-9, tonight for the Preview of "Dessert First".
"Dessert First" is a 2-month show. The aim is to bring forth the process, highlight the studio aspect, and enjoy sloppy before structure. The gallery is vaguely polished in the front room, studio style in the back, and over the next 4 weeks will morph from studio to show.* These two months I will share with everyone along the way my process in making art, how to present an artist and what it takes to make a full show. The preview of "Dessert First" will be tonight! 7-9 (sorry for the late notice Facebook world!) The Opening Reception will be the first friday of next month.
Everyone is welcome this evening to the Preview. Rather than all the formalities of an opening reception, and the hustle for food and wine today, The path is clear for friends to come over and just chat, relax, and check it out. Bring what you want, who you want, and I look forward to seeing you guys at what will prove to be, seriously, the most casual First Friday seen yet. Rock the Free World,
Long Island City, NY – The Space (Fardom Gallery) is pleased to present a female group show exploring the human consciousness that exists in-between our sleep and wake states of mind. Bedtime Stories, Monotone Dreams curated by Helen Homan Wu, opens on April 9th and runs through May 2nd, 2010. Bedtime Stories will present works in various media by six contemporary female artists, both national and international, ranging from Kelly Sturhahn’s mirrors and reflections to Aliona Yurtsevich’s intricate sound compositions.
We all have at one time or another, been paralyzed during our sleep. Modern science calls it Sleep Paralysis and eliminates any possibility of it being linked to a different realm. In truth, the reality of each experience is relative and unique to the sleeper. This in-between state of consciousness is a phenomenal experience that calls for attention. For an artist, it is an inspirational moment of truth that for an average folk often it gets ignored.
Katja Loher, born in Basel, Switzerland, now based in Brooklyn, NY, will draw the viewer into her medley of universes from videos projections in sculptural objects. Carissa Pelleteri’s nostalgic stills taken from super 8 footage, feel almost as if you have been pulled into someone’s lost memory. Working with the media of traditional lines, Sol Kjøk explores the human form in every possible angle, embedded with it are deep questions about existentialism. Kelly Sturhahn tells her story in a set/stage-like manner with deliciously dark installations that has romantic notions at first glance, but on close inspection reflects another dimension. Chaw Ei Thien’s site-specific piece – The Bed – is not to be missed. Her choice of materials directly reflects the moment in flux, something so beautiful that can decay into ugliness within a blink of an eye. Inspired by technology, data bits, and nature, Aliona Yurtsevich will present an abstract composition that evokes sounds of the soul, dreams, lost memories, desires, fear, hope, movement, and emotional stillness.
Fardom Gallery, part of The Space collective, is conceived by Long Island City artist and current Space executive director Kristy Schopper. She is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the artistic community in the Long Island City, Queens area. The Space takes advantage of previously underutilized property in Long Island City, New York, to provide work space for artists, and a venue for community involvement in the arts, and works with developers and planners to ensure that there are affordable places for artists to live and work in Long Island City as our neighborhood develops and grows