THE ARCHITECTURE OF DEVOTION ARTISTS

The work of Matthew Pisacano (b.1982, NYC) has been focused on the gathering and deliberation of information. Environmental, political, and socially conscience themes are inspired by personal inquires or experiences that are explored both through traditional research and by direct investigations in site-specific locations. Information is collected and samples are analyzed, recorded for documentation that in turn is put into elaborate displays for observation. He believes public service, education and community activism play a critical role in the sustainability of a contemporary society and the enrichment of its culture. Currently, he is working towards his MFA at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

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Jennie Booth
Jennie Booth’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She has received numerous grants including an Agnes Gund Award for Travel, an Illinois Arts Council Grant and a Lambent Fellowship nomination. Her artist residency fellowship awards include the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Mano Y Mente, Vermont Studio Center, Sumei Multidisciplinary ARts Center and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. She currently works between NYC and Los Angeles. Additional images, CV and contact information may be found at www.jenniebooth.com.

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Jessica Siemens
Jessica Siemens creates rhythmic paintings by splattering, splashing and dripping oil paint onto large canvases. Inspired by the natural harmony that surrounds us she paints rocks, leaves and clovers to glorify their simple elegance. It is her wish to share this universal beauty with each and every person.

Featured is her desert landscape “Salton Sea”, 9 x 12 feet of oil paint on canvas. In the vastness of the desert the sky is omnipresent and the sand is littered with
bones bleached white.

More paintings by Jessica can be seen at www.JessicaSiemens.com.

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Peter Waite
These “Fetish/Object/Sculpture/Things” offer a more playful approach to architecture than my paintings of the past 25 years. I would encourage
going to my web site, www.peterwaite.com, for an overview of my work as a painter and also to view the 3 part film which might shed light on these diversionary 3-D “studio pests.”

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Robert Rodriguez
Robert F. Rodriguez has worked in stained glass for over 10 years, inspired by the breathtaking glass work in the many cathedrals he has visited, including The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, where he was an artist in residence. His focus in the past few years is translating New York’s rich and varied architecture into works in glass, starting with his own photographs, developing an architecturally true blueprint and selecting a dramatic color palette. These pieces include the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and a Central Park scenic, which is currently a work in progress. Rodriguez is a native of Brooklyn now residing in Morningside Heights. More work can be seen at www.stainedglassNYC.com.

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Leonidas Chalepas

I work according to my intuition. My sculptures gradually crystallize into their forms and meanings. I am taking part in the show titled “The Architecture of Devotion” with “Justine”. She is de Sade’s heroine from the novel “The Misfortunes of Virtue”. Contrary to her sister, Justine was an unlucky woman. But although she was suffering, she didn’t change. She finally died of a lightning, unhappy and isolated. Justine is hanging from two thin lines that extend far through space and penetrate her head. I feel that devotion is a kind of persistent thought, almost a belief in something, and that it influences our actions. Thought, a precious and sensitive action, escorts us throughout life.

I am a Greek born sculptor and architect, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. I am following MFA studies at Pratt Institute on a Fulbright scholarship.


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Cristina Rose

Cristina Rose is an artist working in New York City. She is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Fine Arts.

Applying pen to paper, Cristina uses crosshatching, stippling and line work to create a unique, delicate visual style that challenges the fundamental principles of classical composition and drawing techniques. The artist works off both intuition and careful orientation of visual elements leading to an abstract visual landscape of rhythmic patterns, repetition, and compositional harmony. More of her work can be seen at her website, www.yourscristinarose.com

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Matt Allison

Before Matt came to New York, he spent the his life navigating northward through the great state of Florida. Amid the suburban sprawl and tropical landscapes, he was fortunate enough to attend Ringling College of Art and Design, co found an alternative gallery space named Opaq with his wife Kathryn, complete a 3 month residency at Nullspace Gallery and surround himself with tons of creative types for whom “doing it yourself” is simply a fact of life. He describes his work as “perfectionistically ramshackle” and counts experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration as the key tools of his trade. Currently Matt himself amid another vibrant community in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn where he spends his days making art and his nights cooking for his friends and family. You can see more of his work on his website.

(The photos of the installation are by Jeanne Ciasullo and the profile picture is by Corry Arnold)

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Aimee Lutkin & Erin Ikeler

Erin Ikeler is a Brooklyn based artist who’s work often deals with the intersection of kitsch and the sublime, or the picturesque and the banal. Whether through imagery or physical construction, her works raise questions about authorship and reproduction, as they often point to an aesthetic of cheapness. In these works she aims to highlight the highly visual nature of industrially made home decor objects, such as picture frames and their accompanying stock images. These tableau are often derived from pre-Modernist archetypes from the world of painting, although they are manifested as consumer grade photographic artifacts.

Aimee Lutkin is a graduate of the Cooper Union. She is a writer and performance artist.

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The Objectionists
The Objectionists are a interdisciplinary collective out of Brooklyn NY. Working in the realms of Architecture, installation, film, drawing and other mediums. Founded by Serban Ionescu, Jim Dreitlein and Justin Smith in 2008. Working with themes such as community and identity of spaces, supplied by found objects and salvaged materials. The Objectionists were featured in the 2010 Art + Architecture show and will be returning to the Gowanus Ballroom for the Art + Architecture 2011 show. The Objectionists will exhibit a large suspended installation dealing with the theme and proposal of a fleeting City type, and how fears, smiles and windows can tell us about ourselves. This is all part of the ongoing installations ‘Full City, Migrant City and Object City’, where large zeppelins clash, air raids are common, carriages stall, and chairs give us no rest. You can see more at serbanionescu.com and jimdreitlein.com

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Jason Gandy

Jason Gandy is a Brooklyn based artist whose work cannot be fully understood until taking a closer look inside of them. Portholes and peepholes in his sculptures reveal unlikely and often reality defying kinetic environments. Gandy makes intricately paneled ships to introduce us to the mythical creatures that occupy their interiors. The invented characters in his pieces are given motion from various sources; pendulums, magnets, balance, solar, wind, video, and live performances. Optical distortions are also used, such as lenses, forced perspective and visual restrictions to magnify or dwarf the scope of these environments. The mechanical details of his sculptures are obscured, allowing the internal scenes a natural sense of wonder and stir up curiosity for the viewer. You can see more of his work on his website.

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Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels
Serra is an installation artist and maker-doer based in Brooklyn. Ideally she would like to be a surgeon and a master gardener and run a revolutionary educational system, while also researching something completely obscure in a country most forgot existed and voraciously collecting dying artisan techniques while constructing an idealized ruinous city out of old rusty things and lace. Given that no one will let her close to them with a scalpel and she makes plants die, thus far she has been sticking to making things. Born in the valley of the Appalachians in Tennessee, SVBF studied social psychology at Stanford University and researched how socially constructed situations both cause and resolve mass conflict, learned metalsmithing and traditional blacksmithing at the Appalachian Center for Craft, and studied sculpture at Columbia University.

More about her work…

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