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336 Warren Street
April/May 2010


Deborah Davidovits, Joyce Robins, Robert The, Susan Wides

The Nicole Fiacco Gallery is pleased to announce UPSTATE; the anti-regional regional, highlighting the work of four nationally and internationally exhibited artists who live or work in the area, but who have not exhibited widely in the region.  

Deborah Davidovits is a mixed/multi media artist who works with, on and around paper. According to Davidovits, “The front layer is a book page from which I have cut out the person and text. The back layer is drawing paper on which I have painted the landscape that I imagine would have existed behind these things. In removing the living objects, I do not negate their existence, but rather investigate the effect that they have had on their surroundings. The new landscape becomes a dual narrative, simultaneously telling the story of what is missing and what is newly present.”  Davidovits will also show “Shadow Play”, a short film, which will be on view in the upstairs space.  Davidovits has exhibited her work at galleries in New York, Boston and Philadelphia among other, as well as museum venues including The Dorsky Museum, NY; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC; The Drawing Center, NY, NY.  Her work has been written about in The New Yorker, the Boston Globe, Timeout New York and Art New England, among others.  Davidovits lives and works in Beacon, New York.  She earned her BFA. from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, M.A., her MFA. Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Elkins Park, PA and an MA from Teachers College of Columbia University, N.Y., N.Y.

Joyce Robins is a sculptor working primarily in clay who examines questions related to contemporary painting.  In bas relief, Robins’ abstract sculptures are visually explosive compositions of color and form within form, combined with a tactile surface and a play of positive and negative space.  Robins’ has exhibited her works extensively in New York at venues that have included the New York Studio School, Vassar College, Lesley Heller Gallery, Ed Thorp Gallery, The Dorsky Museum and Lennon Weinberg.  Robins’ work has been reviewed in The Nation, The New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, The Village Voice and the Brooklyn Rail.  In addition to working from her NYC studio, Robins’ lives and works in High Falls, NY.  She earned her BFA from Cooper Union.

Robert The is a book carver and conceptual artist.  The’s carved books have taken form as modular sculptures, guns, bugs, eye glasses, a slice of cake, brooms and so on.  With a sharp wit, The plays on the title of the book and content, making it appear literal or subverting it via his chosen form.  Robert The has exhibited his work at the Samuel Dorsky Musem of Art; Center for Book Arts, New York; fluxfactory, Queens, New York; FIAC Paris 2004, with Gallery Colette, Paris, France; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Walker Art Center- Minneapolis, Minnesota and others.  Robert The’s work is included in the following collections: MOMA- New York, New York. Artist Book Collection; The Allan Chasanoff Collection- New York, NewYork. Artist Book Collection; Walker Art Center- Minneapolis, Minnesota. Walker Art Center Library’ Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles California; Banff- Alberta, Canada. Banff Centre Library; New York Public Library Print Collection ; Yale University Library- Arts of the Book Collection; University of Maryland- Albin O. Kuhn Library. Artist Book Collection; The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco- San Francisco, California. Collection of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection.

Susan Wides is a photographer known for her landscapes, botanicals, and waxworks photographs.  Wides has engaged many familiar genres and proceeded to reinvent them.  Wides will exhibit selections from her Manhatta series, which New York magazine noted that “Her photographs are fluid rather than static; Her lens swings, tilts and pans, giving the images a dynamism that they share with the city they capture, itself an ongoing act of imagination.” The photographs of Susan Wides have been featured in numerous one person and group exhibitions in the US and Europe over the past fifteen years.  Her work is in the permanent collection of International Center of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale and The Center for Creative Photography.  Her work has recently appeared in the anthologies One Man’s Eye and Here is New York and has been reviewed in many publications including The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Art in America, The New York Times and Art Forum.  She has contributed to several magazines such as Harpers, Double Take, Architecture, 2wice, New York.

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