57w57arts "Heavenly Stones and Earthly Stones" April 23 – May 26, 2023

Years ago, someone told us that "sensitive people deserve beautiful things." We took that to heart.

For the last nine years, we’ve just shown work that we've liked. It’s been great. We love our community. 

Although this is not the first time we’ve said it, it's likely this show will be the last at 57W57ARTS. 

Thanks for all your support. You will be the first to know if we decide to do this again.

Sue and Al
Lisa Barense - Low Relief | Heather Hutchison Heavenly Stones and Earthly Stones | Roberley Bell - some things at this distance | Jordan Danchilla - Half Domes | Mark Crawford - Surface Color S(P)ace

April 23 – May 26, 2023
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 23, 1 - 4 pm
NEW YORK // MON APR 17 – 57W57Arts is pleased to announce the opening of the final shows, Lisa Barense's Low Relief, Heather Hutchison's Heavenly Stones and Earthly Stones, Roberley Bell's some things at this distance, Jordan Danchilla's Half Domes, and Mark Crawford's Surface Color S(P)ace.

Please join us for an opening reception on Sunday, April 23rd, 1 - 4 pm. The exhibitions and the gallery will be open to the public through May 26th. After May 26, the gallery will be closing its doors. We hope you can join us and support the artists in the last weeks of 57W57Arts.

Lisa Barense - Low Relief
Lisa Barense has worked in collage, drawing, painting, photography, textiles, and ceramics. Although her projects have ranged over multiple disciplines, she has maintained a consistent interest in grids and patterns. Her latest woven paper pieces feature food labels woven into the pages of an old thesis book, reflecting a central focus of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her more recent ceramic work is an attempt to translate her woven paper work to ceramics; this current paper-mache project is an attempt to transform her ceramic work back to paper.

Mostly self-taught, Lisa Barense attended art school at Columbia College in Chicago in her 40’s. Barense’s Loyola Condenser project involved the daily photographic documentation of a huge HVAC condenser on a Loyola University building overlooking Lake Michigan. She has previously exhibited her work at the Glass Curtain Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center and Lawrence & Clark Gallery. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her more recent projects can be found on IG as @loyola_condenser.

Heather Hutchison - Heavenly Stones and Earthly Stones
Heather Hutchison (born 1964 Corvallis, Oregon) was raised between coastal Oregon, Bisbee, Arizona, Laguna Beach and Marin County, California. In 1986, Hutchison moved to New York City. She now works and lives in upstate New York. 

Hutchison's constructed works use ambient light as a primary material. She shares similar concerns with the Light and Space artists and takes inspiration from nature. Hutchison's works make essential the phenomena of light in natural and supernatural environments. Each piece is an inquiry into the perception of color, light, and shadow particular to time, day and place. Hutchison is self taught, and has spent thirty-five years developing her own methods and mediums.

In the course of her career, Hutchison has had twenty two solo exhibitions. The two most recent, “Where the Light Slips In” (2022) and “Mid Air” (2020), were held at Louis Stern Fine Art in Los Angeles  and Winston Wächter in Chelsea. She has exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, The Montclair Art Museum, The Smithsonian Institution, The Knoxville Museum of Art and the 44th Biennial of American Painting at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Her work is held in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Hammer Museum, and The Smithsonian Institution. 

Hutchison has received two grants from the Gottlieb Foundation in addition to support from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Anonymous Was A Woman, and New York Foundation of the Arts.

Roberley Bell - some things at this distance
"This series of small scale sculptures, titled some things, initially thought of as mental preparation for large-scale work, have evolved into a practice in and of itself opening new avenues for the investigation of the boundary between color, material and form on an intimate scale.The sculptures straddle the space between representation and abstraction. The dominant features of color and form co-mingle and expand the potential for disparate materials to come together in new ways resulting in hybridized forms. This series is crafted using a range of media most often painted white, the uniform paint serves to both unify the discrete materials into a single form as well as alter them. The addition of a bright accent of color — a burst of neon orange flocking, or bright green paint boldly announces itself from the white of the sculpture's body. It is both the combination of materials and their inherent properties that I explore in my work; seeking potential in unexpected ways. Elements remain transitory; possibilities are alive within these compositions until the assembled parts are rendered into a whole." -RB

Roberley Bell's practice draws on the world around her, in particular the scrutiny of nature and the built environment in search of abstraction. Bell is the recipient of numerous fellowships including awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, and a Fulbright to Turkey. Bell has had numerous residencies including the Cite International in Paris. Stadt Künstlerhaus, Salzburg, Austria, The International Studio Program, NYC and Sculpture Space, Utica, NY amongst others. Most recently she was a research fellow at the Urban Institute, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. Bell’s work has been exhibited and reviewed internationally. She has completed public projects in numerous cities, including, Istanbul, Turkey, Kaliningrad, Russia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cambridge. Her recent public project Playscape for the Fitchburg Museum of Art was installed in Fall 2022. Bell’s upcoming solo exhibition Where Things Set: sculpture and drawing, opens at the Brattleboro Museum of Art in June 2023. Bell lives in Western Massachusetts, maintaining a studio in the historic canal city of Holyoke, MA.

Jordan Danchilla - Half Domes
“The view out my window. A mound of snow, piled on a shrub. A half dome.”

Jordan Danchilla was born in 1984 in Saskatoon, SK. Canada. He works primarily in abstraction, often combining both painting and sculptural elements. He studied art at the University of Saskatchewan. While there he worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in the printmaking department. He has exhibited his work locally in group and solo shows, and his works can be found in private collections throughout Canada and abroad.

Mark Crawford - Surface Color S(P)ace
"In this recent work, I simplified the space and use color and drawing to create straightforward, rhythmic compositional structures. The surfaces of these paintings were built up through repetitive layers of painting to achieve a haptic, physical density in keeping with the paintings’ underlying compositional structure and spatial logic. They are divided into zones of color as structural-spatial units through an intuitive process. They are like units of direct sensation grouped into chromatic, rhythmic spaces to emphasize the inherent ‘thingness’ of the paintings as mute objects and to achieve a sense of rhythmic spatiality and balance within the work.

They are not meant to represent anything outside of themselves but exist only as physical objects with their own innate qualities, such as shape, color, and texture. In short they are asignifying and non-referential blocks of saturated color, or color relationships, organized around the perceptual process without being encumbered by symbolic, poetic or psychological associations. This is to encourage the viewer to focus on the formal qualities of the work and to actively engage in the process of seeing in order to find a more fundamental level of visual experience, in direct connection to themselves existing in the immediate present.

I was born in Chicago, attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I received a BFA in painting, in 1985. I later received an MFA (Yale School of Art) then moved to New York City, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and later moved to Brooklyn, where I presently reside." - Mark Crawford
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