May 28, 2016

CatArt: Feline Aesthetic Ethology at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo's curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents CatArt: Feline Aesthetic Ethology.

Artists: Carolee Schneemann, Kitch, Vesper, La Nina, Rose McShane, Katkin Siobhan Meow, Jupiter “Joe Peters” Meow, Sir Kiwi Bristlewhiskers Meow, Knuckles Brohain Suzdal Meow, Cat, Ezmerelda, Mimi, Raul, Prima, Duetta, Quattrina, Cinquella, Chase Chivers, Samoa Moriki

Curation and Artistic Design: Ananya Mukherjea, Jeffrey Bussolini, Shark Roth, Al Huckabee, Ellie Irons, Siobhan Meow

CatArt: Aesthetic Ethology presents art made by felines - art fashioned in their singular idiom, reflecting their particular concerns and pleasures. This highlighting of cats engaged in the exploration and manipulation of materials challenges the notion that art-making is a uniquely human activity and intimates that human art-making found its genesis in the observation and imitation of animal behavior and enthusiasms.

This area of investigation, here newly coined Aesthetic Ethology, is in dialogue with Post-Humanism – a reappraising movement in philosophy that seeks to decenter the human and embrace the agency of other beings, systems and forms – and Ethology – the science of animal behavior. The installation’s accompanying texts situate the works in these fields of inquiry.

Legendary Feminist icon and artist Carolee Schneeman has long recognized the aesthetic behavior and self-integrated gaze of the feline. Here she offers images of paintings made by Kitch in 1957 and 1967, a photograph taken by Vesper in 1998, and premieres new assemblage, scatter, and toilet paper interventions by La Nina.

Other cat-produced works on display emanate from the collective in residency at the Center for Feline Studies: Cat, Ezmerelda, Mimi, Prima, Duetta, Quattrina, Cinquella, and Raul. CFS is a research facility initiated and operated under the auspices of Ananya Mukherjea and Jeffrey Bussolini. Here cats are studied in situ as they engage each other, their human subjects and the domestic environment. Observation has demonstrated felines taking part in processes of ordering, disordering, marking, and interaction that profoundly alter the lived environment and indicate intention, aesthetics, and gesture.

Mukherjea is a sociologist and gender studies scholar who has a long interest in human-animal interactions. She researches urban ecology, environmentalism, and infectious disease epidemics

Bussolini is a noted translator of continental Philosophical Ethologists, instrumental in introducing to the English speaking world the work of Dominique Lestel, Vinciane Despret and Roberto Marchesini.

The collection of portraits by Siobhan Meow, Samoa Moriki and Rose McShane represent a human/feline collaboration wherein the cats, as autonomous sitters, actively engage in interaction and social dialogue with the painter that forges the images we see. In this sense the paintings are the marked records of a material engagement in time, space, and affect in which the cats entrust the painters with the transmission of their unique personality and life experience.

Siobhan Meow is one of the original squatters of Umbrella House and still part of that vibrant social and political collective in the East Village. She has long and deep social roots with feline-kind and has a sustained artistic practice centering on collaboration with and depiction of cats.

Samoa Moriki is a Japanese born American outsider artist, Lower East Side punk musician and performance artist and co-founder and guitarist of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.

Rose McShane is a Cooper Union trained painter who turns a deeply social eye to animal portraiture, seeking to come to know the sitting subject and portray their unique personality and character as an interactive dialogue.

Chase Chivers, whose landscape photo here is the contemplative focus of Quattrina, is a skateboarder, painter and photographer. An East Village habitué recently relocated to London, his exhibits include solo shows at Ed. Varie and Adjacent To Life.

CatArt: Feline Aesthetic Ethology runs through July 1 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City). The opening reception is Friday June 3, 6-8 pm and continuing offsite.

Posted by Shark Roth at 08:57 AM

May 22, 2016

Tumbleweeds: impatience_#105

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collage and acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 09:42 PM

May 14, 2016

Quadrupedal Hominid Galloping

Quadrupedal Hominid Galloping is included in tonight's Emergent Ecologies film screening at Kilroy, 283 Greene Ave, Brooklyn. 8-10pm.

Much thanks to Ally Roth for her cinematography, camera operation and location scouting.

Posted by Shark Roth at 08:54 AM

May 08, 2016

The Tumbleweed Paintings: sleek_#99

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collage and acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 04:22 PM

May 01, 2016

March and April's Acrylic Palettes

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Posted by Shark Roth at 12:32 AM

April 30, 2016

Emergent Ecologies

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A selection of paintings from the Missing The Megafauna series are included in the Emergent Ecologies exhibit at Kilroy (283 Greene Ave) in Brooklyn. The show opens April 30 and runs through May 22 with a full slate of performances, discussions and film screenings on the weekends.

Posted by Shark Roth at 10:12 AM

April 29, 2016

MELT at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo's curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents MELT by Tatawa.

With “fragmented marks, wandering lines and graffiti-like stains,” London-based Tatawa’s carefully color-calibrated mixed-media paintings honor the artistic self she discovered while living in New York City.

MELT by Tatawa runs through May 27 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

image: Tatawa, MELT #9, gesso, acrylic, ink and soft pastels on paper, 12" x 9"
Posted by Shark Roth at 10:20 PM

April 24, 2016

The Tumbleweed Paintings: niche_#96

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 02:56 PM

April 23, 2016

Analog AR: fabled

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collage, 10.75" x 8.25"
Posted by Shark Roth at 02:05 AM

April 16, 2016

The Tumbleweed Paintings: priest_#92

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collage and acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 03:24 PM

April 15, 2016

biped at rest

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graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Shark Roth at 01:54 AM

April 05, 2016

The Tumbleweed Paintings: zarathustra_#87

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collage and acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 01:29 AM

April 03, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: battle_#294

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 01:29 AM

March 29, 2016

The Tumbleweed Paintings: lendeth_#84

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collage and acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 12:29 AM

March 26, 2016

Cartoon Catharsis at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo's curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents Cartoon Catharsis: New Paintings by Ray Sumser.

With spontaneity and a buoyant directness, Sumser’s new Cartoon Catharsis series “represents a return from the precise composition” of his epic cartoon character universes to the “rough experimentation” of painterly invention.

Cartoon Catharsis: New Paintings by Ray Sumser runs through April 29 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City). There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

image: Ray Sumser, One, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"
Posted by Shark Roth at 02:22 PM

March 19, 2016

The Tumbleweed Paintings: heaped_#76

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 05:37 PM

March 12, 2016

Analog AR: curve

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collage, 10.75" x 8.25"
Posted by Shark Roth at 01:31 PM

March 09, 2016

The Tumbleweed Paintings: women_#67

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Shark Roth at 01:58 AM

March 08, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: sent_#292

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 02:01 AM

March 05, 2016

eugenio

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graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Shark Roth at 10:04 PM

March 01, 2016

January and February's Acrylic Palettes

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Posted by Shark Roth at 06:27 PM