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Salon No. 9, Shaping Elections

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Monday, October 5, 2020

As we approach another high-stakes Election Day, many people have asked; Is our system broken? Can it survive the force-of-will imposed by a determined autocrat? Our upcoming roundtable at Salon No. 9 will explore the delicate art of democratic elections in the modern era. The evenings' distinguished guests are a mix of artists and election professionals who have worked at home and abroad to increase voter participation, help young democracies carry out their first elections, and explore new paths for democratic nations to better cope with their changing demographics. As the United States stumbles into its next presidential election, it is more important than ever to examine how our electoral system is serving the nation, and how we can fix it for future generations.

Please join The Artists' Sanctum tonight, Monday, October 5th, at 5 PM ET, for an interactive exploration of electoral systems. In our usual community forum, we will close the evening with a lively discussion with our roundtable participants and their work improving elections for the future.

This Event is free and open to the public.

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About our Speakers:

​Ann Lewis is a Detroit-based multidisciplinary artist who uses public space and participatory performances to respond to current social and political issues. As an interdisciplinary activist artist, she incorporates painting, installation, sculpture, and participatory means to explore themes related to American identity, power structures, and justice. Ann's work often includes repetition through graphic elements, and a limited color palette while conveying messages around intersectional social justice issues such as gentrification, women's rights, and police brutality. Her work is informed by engaging affected communities and reflects relevant scientific data through the intuitive use of concept-specific materials. annlew.is 

Philippa Neave is a Communications, Public Outreach, and Media expert with 15 years of experience in electoral technical assistance, largely with the United Nations, in a wide variety of countries. A former journalist and Arabic speaker, she has in-depth experience in the region. She has developed, planned, and overseen the implementation of civic education and information campaigns including the design of print, audio, video, and online communication tools. She has conceived and implemented media training programs and supported election commissions, ministries, and other organizations in their Strategic Communications. She conceived and produced the tri-lingual Arabic, English, French Lexicon of ElectoralTerminology. She is the Senior Lead of Project 21, a cutting-edge civic education initiative. Ted Talk

George Zisiadis leads coordination at of by for, an organization working to get beyond parties and politicians and put everyday people front and center. They are advancing a new vision for democracy that replaces partisan elections with democratic lotteries. Prior to of by for, he worked as an artist and designer re-imaging public spaces in ways that moved people of all ages and backgrounds. In 2018, he set aside his art practice to dedicate himself to the study of social movements from past to present. www.joinofbyfor.us

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This event will be held virtually. Register for zoom link at www.artistssanctum.org/saon

Diamonds

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Friday, October 16, 2020

A.I.R. Gallery is delighted to present Diamonds, an exhibition of photonic dreams and new paintings by New York artist Joan Snitzer, who looks back at 20th-century abstraction to explore abstract functions in a contemporary context. Diamonds stages a measured and unpredictable allegory in hypnotic color and form events. Each painting is executed by hand-pouring pigment into pools of aqueous solvents, demonstrating the tendency of different color pigments to move at different speeds even in the viscous medium of paint. Mounting a fluid mood in washes of richly saturated color, the paintings present a full, continuous surface reminiscent of an expanse of land, the sea, and beyond. The organic accumulation of marks and material creates a comforting and seemingly infinite space. In their delicate and adamant retreat from a traditional sense of mastery, choosing instead to seeking beauty in chance, Snitzer's romantic works resist a Western tradition that typically favors masculine authority. 

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A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street   Brooklyn NY 11201

Optic Chiasmus

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Friday, October 16, 2020

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Optic Chiasmus, an exhibition by A.I.R. 2019-2020 Fellow H.A. Halpert of a new body of work comprising sculpture, drawing, animation, Xs, and eyes. This is her first solo exhibition in New York City.

In the morning the East River was churning, running fast in two directions at once. From above you could see the center flowing smoothly toward the ocean while the sides, twisting and boiling, moved obstinately inland toward the sound. Glassy circles rotated on the surface and the wind off the ocean pulled threads of spray upward and back. Only toward evening did the flows begin to merge.

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A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street   Brooklyn NY 11201

Room for Salivation

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Room for Salivation, an exhibition by A.I.R. 2019-2020 Fellow Crys Yin. Her new body of drawings and paintings explores the complicated intersection of desire and shame, and the power that lies in revealing one’s truest impulses, no matter how perverse—or mouth-watering. 

Stemming from an intense and unsatisfied childhood longing that grew with the artist into a more complex temptation, Room for Salivation is a hedonistic confrontation of Yin’s fiercest cravings, a livid exposé of want. Rendered in opulent excess both luscious and repulsively carnal, the monumental drawings at the center of Yin’s installation herald the object of her fascination and humiliation in marbled, greasy accumulations of crayon. Simplifying form to the point of abstraction—blurring the line between black and white, right and wrong—Yin points to fleshly mortification as itself only a facade for more insidious attacks on the self. 

Centered on its own wall, Neither Be Spit Nor Swallowed, 2020, illustrates a psychosomatic disorder known as plum pit qi, first described by the 220 A.D. Han Dynasty clinical text Jin Gui Yao Lue as a hysterical condition suffered by women in which psychological distress manifests in physical form. Recently diagnosed with this disorder, Yin visualizes her shame and embeds it in the surface of this wood panel as a material blockage to a painted throat. 

Teasingly, if earnestly, speaking to the undue stress felt by a body in conflict with itself and to secrecy’s ability to stifle the experience of joy, Yin’s desirous divulgence purges delicacy, pretense, and, with them, the fear of vulnerability. Playful in content and gesture, the works aspire to childlike openness, encouraging the empowering potential of honesty with others and with oneself.

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A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street  Brooklyn NY 11201

Recent Paintings

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Recent Paintings an exhibition of new work by A.I.R. Alumna Artist Ivy Dachman. The exhibition presents a selection of work that walk the line between deliberation and spontaneity.  

Working in accordance with a self-determined and evolving set of parameters—primary among these, the use of pentimenti to develop the compositions—the artist allows the compositions to materialize with immediacy, experimentation, and improvisation. 

Dachman begins by painting the canvas with a vibrant wash of oil and wax, then expands the depth of field with surface drawing and further washes. As Dachman builds and rebuilds the composition, the colors gradually transmute, contrasting in light washes of organic color and saturated layers of toxic accumulation.

Insisting on the extended gaze of the viewer, these paintings demand time to unfold and slowly reveal their inner workings. Opening through multiple points of entry, the paintings are both arresting and meditative; given time the eye moves through and across a space that is not knowable but always generous in its offering. 

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A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street   Brooklyn NY 11201

Anywhere Out of the World

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to present Anywhere Out of the World, an exhibition of new paintings by Susan Bee from 2018 to the present. Bee’s mythological paintings use archetypes as iconic flashpoints for contemporary social and personal struggles. Women appear as monsters and romantic heroines, angels ascend a ladder to a place beyond the picture frame, crowds attend a hallucinogenic rally for voting rights. The fantastical and historical are put in direct dialogue with the visionary art of the romantic sublime. 

The paintings in this show—whether art historical or fictive in subject matter—examine the place of the artist in relation to a larger world. Anywhere Out of the World, 2019, re-interprets a 1914 self-portrait by Chagall, which, in turn, was inspired by a line by Baudelaire—N'importe où hors du monde. For Bee, the painting speaks to the artist’s sense of entrapment within the fragmentation and alienation of our current moment, with only a giant paintbrush as a tool of defense. Emerging from a  similarly art-historical lineage, Demonology, 2018, is based on a lithograph by James Ensor but could also be read as a self-portrait, reconfigured to include a female figure and to provoke a feminist reading of the image.

Other paintings illustrate the dystopian dreamscapes and heroic journeys of the present. In Under Water, 2019, a shark and sailboat are tossed by a rising seascape while affective abstractions and huddled female figures look on, confronting the ecological disasters that characterize our era. Votes for Women, 2018, painted in honor of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in 1918, both commemorates this momentous movement while also suggesting the long and uncertain road ahead for equal rights for women.

Expressionist and idyllic elements explode, with a riot of pop imagery, linear gestures, and layers of paint. These works are homages, but also confrontations. This syncretic blend of the remembered and remade turns historical monumentality on its head.

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A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street   Brooklyn NY 11201

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