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In observance of Labor Day, TSA is closed Saturday, August 30 & Sunday August 31. We will reopen with normal hours September 6th.

Rachael Gorchov: Making Strange

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Martin Towers from behind Aetna Staircase, 2014, 24”x16”x9”, acrylic on handmade paper mache clay, burlap and wood

Rachael Gorchov: Making Strange

September 12 – October 19, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 7pm-10pm

TSA is pleased to present Making Strange, an exhibition of recent work by Rachael Gorchov.

The entry point to this work is the landscape of suburban, semi-public spaces: lawns, ponds, skies and flora, planned and invasive, that surround office and industrial complexes. Gorchov paints these elements with varying degrees of specificity, allowing image to collide, dissolve into and be convoluted by painterly gestural abstraction. The paint inhabits geometric and organic three-dimensional forms that hang on the wall, inviting gravity to a wrestling match with balance. The forms work in concert to frame and obscure, defamiliarizing omnipresent, ordinary environments.

After drawing and photographing onsite at commercial parks both inhabited and abandoned, Gorchov constructs conglomerated landscapes in her studio. Her aim is to highlight that which is hidden in plain view: the idiosyncratic, romantic, picturesque, calming, ominous, daydreamy, imaginary and secret. If you choose to spend time with these paintings, they will ask you to explore by walking around, ducking, tilting your head, craning your neck. The structures may be reminiscent of other things, the paint may accentuate or distract from the form for a disorienting experience, thus “making strange” – a translation of the term, coined by Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky, ostranenie: an artistic device to “impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known.” By slowing the act of perception, the familiar is made new and unusual.

Rachael Gorchov received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Hunter College. She has participated in exhibitions at Harbor Gallery in Ridgewood, Queens; Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia; The University of Massachusetts in Amherst; The Billboard Art Project; The English Folk Dance and Song Society in London; Galeria Arsenał in Białystok, Poland and has been featured on Gorky’s Granddaughter. Originally from Philadelphia, Gorchov lives and works in New York City.

Naomi Reis Artist Talk

TSA member Naomi Reis has work in Back to Eden at the Museum of Biblical Art, which is open through September 28. 2014.

Lina Puerta, Naomi Reis and curator Jennifer Scanlan will be giving an artist talk and walk-through of the show on August 5 at 6:30pm:

Planting the Seed: The Garden as Symbol in Contemporary Art
Artist talk with curator Jennifer Scanlan and Lina Puerta
Tue August 5, 2014, 6:30pm
Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street, NY, NY

For more information on the event, click here.
To Tiger with Love reviewed on KnightArts

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Thanks KnightArts for reviewing To Tiger with Love featuring the work of TSA NY member, Rachael Gorchov. To read the full review, click here.

Alex Paik and Rachael Gorchov in Family Style

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Family Style
Formerly Pocket Utopia
191 Henry Street, LES, NYC 10002
Opening Reception: Tuesday July 22, 6-9pm.
On view July 22 - August 24
Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm

Curated by July Torres

Featuring: Ky Anderson, Meg Atkinson, Liz Atzberger, John Avelluto, Inna Babaeva, Emily Berger, Annie Blazejack, Maria Britton, Melissa Capasso, Ginny Casey, Lauren Collings, Jonathan Cowan, William Crump, Kevin Andrew Curran, Georgia Elrod, Sessa Englund, Ryan Michael Ford, Matthew Neil Gehring, Enrico Gomez, Rachael Gorchov, Libby Hartle, Jay Henderson, Fran Holstrom, Mary Judge, Mona Saeed Kamal, Leslie Kerby, Wendy Klemperer, William Eckhardt Kohler, Ellen Letcher, Geddes Levenson, Amy Lincoln, Meg Lipke, Rebecca Litt, JJ Manford, Chris Moss, Seth Mulvey, Rebecca Murtaugh, Fran O’Neill, Alex Paik, Jamie Powell, James Prez, Ben Pritchard, Jenna Ransom, Alexandra Rubinstein, Anne Russinof, Karen Schifano, Jennifer Shepard, Julia Sinelnikova, Elisa Soliven, Maxwell Stevens, Austin Thomas, Kati Vilim, Maria Walker, Albert Weaver, Rachael Wren, Becky Yazdan


For more information visit http://familystyleexhibition.tumblr.com.

To Tiger with Love: A Five Year Anniversary

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To Tiger with Love
A Five Year Anniversary
Tiger Friends Forever
July 11 - July 26, 2014
Reception Friday July 11, 6-10pm

You are cordially invited to attend the joyous and auspicious event of Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s five year anniversary!!! We will be featuring small works from Tiger Strikes Asteroid members, past and present and from our sister space, TSA / New York. Due to the July 4th Holiday, the opening celebration/reception will be on Friday, July 11th from 6-10pm.

Featuring: Jaime Alvarez, Todd Baldwin, Adam Blumberg, Vincent Como, Keith Crowley, Will DiBello, Terri Saulin Frock, Tim Gierschick, Rachael Gorchov, Yin Ho, Ezra Masch, Ryan Mccartney, Alex Paik, Nathan Pankratz, Matt Phillips, Joanna Platt, Caroline Santa, Anne Schaefer, Matthew Sepielli, Douglas Witmer

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In the Office of the Drunken Monkey

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Left: Dustin London, Untitled, 2012, 12”x10”, Micaceous Iron Oxide on Panel (Lines Incised)
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Dona Nelson, Small Animal Painting One, 2014,12”x16”, string, acrylic paint and acrylic mediums on canvas

In the Office of the Drunken Monkey
Curated by Christopher Ulivo and Julian Kreimer

August 8 – September 7, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, August 8, 7pm-10pm

[CLICK HERE TO VIEW INSTALLATION PHOTOS]

Featuring: Brian Scott Campbell, Rubens Ghenov, Rachael Gorchov, Lucia Hierro, David Humphrey, Julian Kreimer, Margrit Lewczuk, Dustin London, Rebecca Morris, Dona Nelson, Devin Troy Strother, Christopher Ulivo, Stephanie Washburn.

Drunken Monkey is a Kung Fu style that uses (real or faked) intoxication to create confusion and deflection. It relies on an intimate knowledge, and canny disregard for the rules of the game.

The office is a removed place where abstract symbols—charts, maps, and visualizations—are manipulated to impact the outside world. It demands an understanding of complex organization, and of the delicate interactions between meaning-systems and individuals.

These artists, cross-geographical and cross-generational, rely on the tension between structured systems (the office) and the intuitive, unexpected moves usually associated with elevated or altered states.

The extremes of that spectrum can be seen in Dona Nelson’s material wildness and fervent splashes to the tight control on display in Dustin London’s floorplan-like drawings. Margrit Lewczuk’s rhythmic painting elicits the kind of mind-bending patterns that emerge after hours of staring at screens while David Humphrey’s Flower with its smooth curved leaves and chunky petals looks like it was made before and after happy hour. The frustrations and manic energy of production are depicted by Brian Scott Campbell’s drawings, and underlie Julian Kreimer’s space-clashing abstraction.

The office emerges as an architectural and mental touchstone in many of the works: Rachael Gorchov’s blue-glaze painting on ceramic literally depicts the exterior of an office park, and the geometry of office interiors emerges from Rubens Ghenov’s abstraction. Stephanie Washburn’s juxtapositions of found photos and objects evoke the everyday jumbled aesthetics of workplaces, while Lucia Hierro’s felt pieces stitch together different worlds coexisting in New York. Several of the artists mess with the ‘structure’ of history: Devin Troy Strother merges modern art myths with tropes of contemporary blackness, Rebecca Morris brings unexpected intensity to the playful aesthetic commonly associated with Memphis Milano designs, and Christopher Ulivo’s egg-tempera paintings depict history that might have been.

In the Office of the Drunken Monkey featured in Art Haps August in Pictures

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We’re happy to have In the Office of the Drunken Monkey featured in Art Haps’ August in Pictures.

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In the Office of the Drunken Monkey - Bushwick Daily Pick

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We are pleased to have In the Office of the Drunken Monkey as a pick in No, It’s Not Over Yet! Six Art Events to Get you Through the End of August by Allison Galgiani. See the full piece here.

Naomi Reis in Back to Eden at The Museum of Biblical Art

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Back to Eden
Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden

The Museum of Biblical Art

1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023

Lynn Aldrich, Anonda Bell, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sean Capone, Mat Collishaw, Jim Dine, Mark Dion, Barnaby Furnas, Adam Fuss, Rona Pondick, Lina Puerta, Naomi Reis, Pipilotti Rist, Alexis Rockman, Dana Sherwood, Mary Temple, Fred Tomaselli, Marina Zurkow

June 27—September 28, 2014

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Vincent Como in About a Mountain at Asya Geisberg Gallery

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About a Mountain
Asya Geisberg Gallery
537b West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

featuring: Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Rachel Niffenegger, Elisa Lendvay, Vincent Como,Gerhard Frommel, Don Dixon, Anonymous
Curated by Holly Jarrett

June 26 - August 15, 2014

Opening Reception: June 26, 6-8PM

Matt Philips in Second Sight at Brian Morris Gallery

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Second Sight

Brian Morris Gallery
163 Chrystie Street, New York, NY
New York, NY 10002

Sean Greene, Matt Phillips, Russell Tyler
June 19-July 19, 2014

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Good Job, Everybody

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                         Ben Bertocci, Demon II, 2010, Oil on mixed media, 19 x 23 inches

Good Job, Everybody
Curated by Will Gabaldon

June 27 – August 3, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, June 27, 7pm-10pm

[CLICK HERE TO VIEW INSTALLATION PHOTOS]

Featuring works by Ben Bertocci, Monica Haak, Dustin London, Eileen Murphy, James L. Seward and Brian Zegeer.

Most group exhibitions stress the works stylistic similarities, conceptual processes or are so bogged down in nonsensical art double speak as to be intellectually and emotionally impenetrable. In a time of pluralistic artistic practices can any unifying themes be stressed? Such themes usually illustrate only superficial trends in art making – not so much new styles as much as different packaging. Style is plastic and can be applied towards many different ends. It is particular to an individuals work and should be judged as such. This exhibition is concerned with the agendas of individual artists, showing their work whether it fits a current stylistic trend or not. This is an eclectic show made up of work by serious, dedicated artists who give thoughtful consideration to their artistic practices.

THEME BY PARTI