Curated by Robert Dimin
Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw
MIAMI, FL – “Made in New York,” an exhibition focusing on trends in contemporary sculpture by a group of “under 40” artists who live and work in New York, will launch Blueshift Project in Miami, Florida. Curated by Robert Dimin, “Made in New York” will include work by Genesis Belanger, David Brooks, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, Caitlin Cherry, Nick Doyle, Irini Miga, and Dana Sherwood. Complementing the sculptures, abstract paintings by Justine Hill will be on view in the gallery’s project space.
“Made in New York’ showcases subtle yet consequential explorations in content and media that are worth a closer look,” says curator Robert Dimin. “The goal of this exhibition is to contribute to the diverse conversation taking place today regarding the significance of sculpture as the dominant medium for art making.”
The high quality of construction, building and making that is evident in all the sculpture is one of the undercurrents of the show. Irini Miga and Genesis Belanger, both possessing a strong understanding of materials, explore ideas of how integrally relevant the selection of materials is to the final output. Work by the critically acclaimed duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw is transformative and abject in the exploration of childlike predispositions. In their piece Goya Attempts to Teach the Masses Using Goats as Visual Aids, the artists replace the fantastical fiberglass horses on the children’s merry-go-round with taxidermied goats bringing confrontation to the social environment. Caitlin Cherry’s Mute City, Big Blue, Port Town is a whimsically constructed swimming pool with a submerged painted canvas incased by plexiglass at the bottom of the pool, a perfect example of the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary art. Cherry had a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013, as part of the Raw/Cooked series and was recently profiled in Interview magazine’s Artist Addition by Kara Walker. Similar to Catron, Outlaw and Cherry, Nick Doyle uses an unnerving kind of humor throughout his work with a constructed narrative of his alter ego, Steve.
Justine Hill’s paintings in the gallery’s project space are a gentle but bold exploration of contemporary abstraction at the same intellectual and technical mastery as the sculptures exhibited in the main gallery. Hill was mentioned in the Huffington Post as one of “4 contemporary female artists who are shaping the future of painting.”
Several artists in “Made In New York” have a South Florida connection. David Brooks, who has exhibited at MoMA PS1, The Sculpture Center, and Storm King, often works in the Everglades and was recently a de la Cruz Collection artist-in-resident. Dana Sherwood’s piece Banquets in the Dark Wildness was first shown in New York’s Museum of Biblical Art’s exhibition “Back to Eden.” The videos included were filmed in Loxahatchee, a town north of Miami. “Addressing the dysfunctional relationship between humans and animals, the work is a complicated assemblage of cooking tools, fake food and small monitors showing nocturnal surveillance videos of raccoons exploring formal dinner arrangements that Ms. Sherwood sets up for them,” (Ken Johnson, The New York Times). Nick Doyle’s solo exhibition “Steven” at Invisible Exports was on New York Magazine’s “To Do” list for November 2014. Doyle first exhibited in South Florida this past December during NADA Miami Beach.