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336 Warren Street
November/December 2010

The Rain, The Parks and Other Things

Curated by Renée Riccardo

Karen Azoulay, Megan Cump, Elizabeth Huey, Joyce Korotkin, Jason Middlebrook, Doug Morris, Jon Rosenbaum, and Victor Schrager

Nicole Fiacco Gallery is pleased to present The Rain, the Park and Other Things, organized by independent curator Renée Riccardo. This group show presents the work of emerging and established artists from New York City and Columbia County. Utilizing the notion of landscape and craft, the artists in the exhibition interpret their views of nature and the use of the handmade, returning to a new “slow culture.”

Karen Azoulay’s photographs of staged scenarios with magical painted backdrops evoke a fantasy world. All of the elements merge to reveal figures swimming in Beckett-like, endless waters under the light of spectacular painted skies.

Megan Cump’s photographs fuse a gothic sensibility and performative elements with traditional landscape imagery. With minimal props, she creates haunting, psychologically charged scenes that suggest fragmented narratives littered with desire and fear.

Elizabeth Huey’s paintings of scenes of figures in a tranquil environment, which turns out to be a psychiatric hospital ground, transports the viewer into a timeless, dreamlike space.

Joyce Korotkin’s paintings of manmade parks, notably New York’s Central Park, create a mystical mirrored space where digital technology meets nature to create a mutant new landscape.

Jason Middlebrook combines the images of birds with strata-like layers of color and the errant drips of paintbrushes. The works address man’s interference with nature, and the inevitable process of decay.

Doug Morris creates elaborate and colorful wall sculptures using foam, paper, and ribbon. Pulling imagery from many sources, the resulting sculptures, although delicate in form, create a strong visual presence — resembling natural forms with the twist of intense artificial colors.

Jon Rosenbaum’s intricate paper sculptures, which originate from his drawings, depict elaborate fictional animals and landscapes that suggest miniature ecosystems.

Victor Schrager photographed a series of live birds in their own environment over a period of seven years. Utilizing a portable set and a large format camera, Schrager captured the spirit of the species in the hands of ornithologists creating a strange new still life. The series was later published as the Bird Hand Book.

Renée Riccardo is an independent curator, whose recent projects include Homegrown at David Krut Projects, NY; (2007), Paper Chase (2004) at Axel Raben Gallery; Orchard (2004), a fine art exhibition in an abandoned midtown space for the Big Apple Fest, a citywide public art project; Word (2004) at the Bronx River Arts Center, Me, Myself & I (2004) at Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Boca Raton; Co-dependent: Construction and Deconstruction (2005), Living Room, Miami; It’s a Beautiful Day (2006) at the Ise Cultural Foundation, New York; Emotional Landscape (2006) at the Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; and Intrigue (2007), a project for Ogilvy PR Worldwide, New York.

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