GROUP EXHIBITION: MATERIAL IMAGES
CURATED BY NATE HITCHCOCK
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OPENING MARCH 6TH
EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGH APRIL 5TH
VOGT GALLERY, NEW YORK
526 WEST 26TH ST. SUITE 205

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MY PAINTINGS WILL BE WITH RONCHINI GALLERY AT
ART13 LONDON
FEBRUARY 27TH- MARCH 2ND
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REVIEW: NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS

In a delightfully revealing exhibition, shucked & silked at Barbara Davis Gallery, the multifaceted Rebecca Ward presents new work that not only references on her ambitious installation practices with electrical tape, but also indicates interesting new territory her studio practice is headed. Ward’s newest offering highlights her material fluency through her synthesis of painting, installation and sculpture. - Claude Smith, Albuquerque/Santa Fe Contributor

Embracing and drawing upon practices that have long been associated with women and domesticity, Ward simultaneously references the male dominated vernaculars of minimalism and geometric abstraction, while using her own material concerns to offer a more delicate meditation of process and form. Many of the works have been painstakingly deconstructed one thread at a time, an intriguing effect that leaves a composition seemingly in a state of entropy; others, are parts to the whole, assembled or stitched together to create the full composition. She unabashedly derives many these works through the reclamation silk, cotton batting and leather (materials traditionally associated with craft and hobbyist practices) while highlighting the labor-intense process necessary in creating each work.

Ward’s use of material also seeks to remove the objects from their traditional relationships or associations as merely paintings, and instead, proposes new, alternative possibilities as they become more sculptural, three-dimensional objects. One of her most successful examples of this hybrid painting/sculpture is X. Entering the gallery, the viewer finds the piece resting on the ground and leaning up against the wall. Stretched in a painted but transparent silk, the surface allows for the otherwise hidden stretcher bars to seen from the front, the resulting structural X produces a complementary shadow on the wall behind.

In other more subtly intriguing works, The Reverend II, Ranch House I and Ranch House II, we see Ward’s de-constructivist approach play out with illusory effect. The Reverend II features bold yellow lines that cut through the lower portion of curtain-like façade of the canvas, simultaneously activating its surface and revealing the wall occupying the space directly behind the painting. In the painterly diptych, Ranch House I and Ranch House II, Ward has applied bleach to effectively create the appearance of folds in the otherwise flat, planar surface of the canvas–a spatial effect that is once again heightened by her proclivity for unraveling her compositions.

In an interview with Fred Paginton for ARTslant in July, Ward stated her attraction towards found and reusable objects was a way to not only eliminate waste, but to continually recycle things in her work, a decision that speaks to the potential of such actions to becomepolitically charged. Having cited an inspiration in the Arte Povera movement that was popular in Italy during the 60s and 70s, a movement that advocated for the rejection of consumerist culture, Ward’s work embraces the use of unconventional material and style and suggests a blurring of the boundary that separates art and life. shucked & silked offers a fresh perspective and suggests an exciting direction from a promising young artist.

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Claude Smith is an arts administrator and educator living and working in Albuquerque, NM.

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PRESS
NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS: NOVEMBER PICKS
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shucked and silked

REBECCA WARD
shucked & silked

October 25 - November 30, 2013

Artist Reception:
Friday, October 25, 6:30 - 8:30PM

Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce shucked & silked, a solo-exhibition by New York artist Rebecca Ward, opening Friday, October 25, 2013, with an artist reception from 6:30 - 8:30PM. This exhibition consists of new paintings and a large-scale site-specific installation.

While Rebecca Ward's love affair with minimalism is clear, she concurrently deconstructs the detached, fabricated aesthetics of this era by delicately stitching and unraveling canvas. She uses this language of abstraction to decisively break apart painted material and piece it back together. The paintings appropriate, rearrange, and affirm canonized iconography through feminine gesture while referencing contemporary culture and craft.

The paintings are aware of their object-hood and hold a clear relationship to sculpture and its environment. Her use of a wide variety of materials establishes these works not just as planar surfaces, but as three-dimensional objects. The objects are experienced in gestalt, creating textural and environmental landscapes. As Stephen Maine stated in a recent catalogue essay: Even at this early stage of her career, Ward is clearly in command of what Meyer Schapiro describes as "the imaginative aspects of the devices for transposing the space of experience on to the space of the canvas, and the immense, historically developed, capacity to hold the world in mind."

Ward weaves the colors and lines of our internet and information-saturated era with analog processes such as hand-sewing and dying canvas. By rendering digital information into handmade objects, she produces a binary but complementary system that reflects the staggering transition our world has recently undergone.

shucked & silked opens Friday, October 25, 2013, with an opening artist reception from 6:30 - 8:30PM. Artist will be in attendance. This exhibition is on view October 25, 2013 through November 30, 2013. For more information, please contact Barbara Davis Gallery at 713.520.9200 or info@barbaradavisgallery.com.

About the artist:
Rebecca Ward currently lives and works in New York City. She received her BA in Fine Arts from University of Texas in 2006, and an MFA in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts, New York in 2012. She has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, and South America. Museum solos include The Museum of Contemporary Art, Raleigh. Notable solo exhibitions include Ronchini Gallery, London, UK (2013), East Hampton Shed, East Hampton, NY (2013), and a two person show with Carla Accardi, Bibo's Place, Todi, Italy (2013). Her work is included in museum and public collections. Ward participated in group exhibitions including Maurizio Cattelan's The Virgins at Family Business, New York (2012), curated by Marilyn Minter, Post-Op at Mixed Greens Gallery, New York (2012), among others.

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GROUP EXHIBITION: EXPERIMENT. STUDIO
OPENING SEPTEMBER 27TH, 7PM
EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGH NOVEMBER 3RD
APERTO GALLERY, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
190000 PIROGOVA LANE, 3RD FLOOR

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BENEFIT AUCTION: SEPT 5TH - SEPT 20TH
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT
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crocodile tears
east hampton shed
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GROUP EXHIBITON: THIRTHEEN TWENTY THREE
14 JUNE 2013, 7PM
964 DEAN STREET, BROOKLYN, NY
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TWO PERSON EXHIBITION: REBECCA WARD + CARLA ACCARDI
18 MAY, 2013, 12:00 NOON
BIBO'S PLACE, TODI, PIAZZA GARIBALDI, 7

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RESIDENCY:
ATELIER ALIGHIERO BOETTI in TODI, ITALY
THROUGH May 2013.
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recent press
ART TRIBUNE
ART WEDNESDAY
THE ART NEWSPAPER
ARTINFO
GARAGE MAGAZINE (interview)
THE UPCOMING
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SOLO EXHIBITION OPENING THURSDAY APRIL 11TH: COW TIPPING
OPENING: 6-8PM, EXHIBITION RUNS 12 APRIL - 18 MAY 2013
RONCHINI GALLERY + ARTNESIA, 22 DERING STREET, LONDON

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MY PAINTINGS WILL BE WITH RONCHINI GALLERY AT ART13 LONDON
MARCH 1ST-3RD
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MY PAINTINGS WILL BE WITH RONCHINI GALLERY AT ARTE FIERA, BOLOGNA, IT.
JANUARY 25-28TH
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GROUP EXHIBITION OPENING JANUARY 4TH: 239 DAYS
CURATED BY STEPHEN MAINE
ALLEGRA LAVIOLA GALLERY, 179 EAST BROADWAY, NY
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MY PAINTINGS WILL BE AT MIAMI PROJECT WITH
VISUAL ARTS GALLERY
DECEMBER 4-9, 2012

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GROUP EXHIBITION OPENING SEPTEMBER 5TH: TIME AFTER TIME
EXHIBITION RUNS SEPTEMBER 5TH - OCTOBER 4TH
RONCHINI GALLERY, 22 DERING ST, LONDON
CURATED BY ARTNESIA
 
Ronchini Gallery is pleased to present TIME, after TIME: Parallels Between Young American Artists and Italian Masters, a project by ARTNESIA.

The exhibition will explore similarities between generations of artists by featuring contemporary American artists Sam Falls, Andrew Brischler, David Mramor, Davina Semo and Rebecca Ward alongside Italian artists from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Dadamaino, Piero Dorazio, Mario Schifano and Paolo Scheggi.

Many young American artists working today have been influenced by Italian artistic research of the mid-20th century. Through the use of simple and artisan materials in their compositions, they directly or indirectly reference Arte Povera, a movement that emerged in Italy in the 1960s. It came out of the decline of abstract painting in the late 1950s and the rise of older avant-garde approaches to making art. The period of liberation in Italy after World War II allowed artists a renewed freedom artistically. Artists such as Piero Dorazio formed Forma 1, a group in Rome dedicated to pushing forward abstract art, paving the way for future progressive movements.

Artist, curator and contributor to the exhibition catalogue Marilyn Minter explains; ‘This new kind of abstraction is part of a collective unconscious, that these artists all somehow belong to this same school of thought. This generation -painters in their mid to late 20s- are all looking back to the past, to people like Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Mary Heilmann, Blinky Palermo and Cy Twombly, it’s like they are all absorbing traditions of abstract expressionism, minimalism, arte povera, and pop culture and simultaneously challenging them and writing sort of love letters to them.’

Curators Carlo Berardi and Jason Lee of ARTNESIA developed the concept of the exhibition from something Alighiero Boetti wrote on The Hour Glass, a collage work from 1979: ‘ vice versa, a word between a circle and an hourglass.’ Boetti was expressing the relationship between the passing of time and the geometrical form of a circle. By going the other way around, one tends to return to something that has already partially occurred and gets the chance to develop it. The young American artists in the exhibition have recently gained wider recognition in the US – Andrew Brischler, David Mramor and Rebecca Ward recently exhibited in The Virgins, the first show at Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni’s new gallery Family Business in New York- however this will be the first time the UK public can view their work.
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GROUP EXHIBITION: ON PAPER
GALERIA YUSTO/GINER
SEPTEMBER 21 - NOVEMBER 9, 2012
MARBELLA, SPAIN
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Artists: Rachel Beach, Peter Demos, Andrew Falkowski, Emilio Gomariz, Jay Shinn, Suzanne Song, Rebecca Ward, and Ken Weathersby

Mixed Greens is thrilled to present Post-Op, a group exhibition exploring the influence of Op Art within contemporary visual art practice. The recognizable movement of the mid-60s was dismissed by many critics of the time, but the movement—grown out of geometric abstraction, trompe l’oeil, and the uncertainty and perceptual change of the mid-20th Century—has proven to be of current importance. Post-Op brings together eight artists working in a variety of media, all of whom contemplate perception, form, function, and rationality to create works tied to the lineage of the Op movement. Through color, line, lighting, and even animation, these artists explore visual illusion in exciting ways.
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RECENT PRESS: DOMUS, THE VIRGINS AT FAMILY BUSINESS, FEBRUARY 2012
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SVA MFA FINE ARTS OPEN STUDIOS
THURS. APR 26TH, 5-9PM
FRI. APR 27, NOON-8PM
SAT. APR 28, NOON-6PM

133 WEST 21ST ST, NY, NY
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PRESS RELEASE

FAMILY BUSINESS is a new exhibition space initiated by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni.

Located in Chelsea at 520 West 21st Street, FAMILY BUSINESS is a guest house – a place where friends and enemies are invited to present the works of artists they support and projects they believe in.

FAMILY BUSINESS is the big brother of the Wrong Gallery, a minuscule space that Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick ran in New York from 2002 to 2005. Just like the Wrong Gallery, FAMILY BUSINESS is a non-profit space open to experimentation and irreverent exhibition formats, right in the heart of Chelsea.

The first exhibition to inaugurate this untouched space is aptly titled “The Virgins Show”: all the featured artists have never shown before (Presumably they are in fact still virgins.) Early reports are identifying the show’s content as what might happen if Mary Heilmann had a threesome with Martin Kippenberger and Blinky Palermo. It is curated by longtime virgin Marilyn Minter, who is also the author of this press release, the first she has ever written. In addition to the pieces situated in the space there will be a constantly running video monitor featuring the very first works of artists who have agreed to abandon their sultry lives of debauchery and become Born Again Virgins. (If only for the duration of the show.)

The opening will feature a guest appearance by the band The Virgins, whose name is a bit suspicious as it is widely believed they are actually a group of sexually depraved maniacs.

Also, no word back from Richard Branson, but we’ve got our fingers crossed.

Virgins:
Andrew Brischler
Eric Mistretta
David Mramor
Rebecca Ward
and more

Born Again Virgins:
Patty Chang
Kate Gilmore
Laurel Nakadate
Wangechi Mutu
Mika Rottenberg
Aïda Ruilova

FAMILY BUSINESS is a free time-share: a space made available to people who have something interesting to say; a way to get to know new families and friends. FAMILY BUSINESS is powered by the Center for Curatorial Studies – Bard College. A guest + a host = a ghost.
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MFA THESIS EXHIBITION: JUST THE TIP
ORGANIZED BY MIKE EGAN
SVA VISUAL ARTS GALLERY
NEW YORK, NY


2/24/12 - 3/10/12
RECEPTION: THURSDAY MARCH 1ST, 2012 6-8PM
601 WEST 26TH STREET, 15TH FLOOR
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GROUP EXHIBITION: WATTIS INSTITUTE
THE WAY BEYOND ART
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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stella mccartney, soho
INSTALLATION: STELLA MCCARTNEY
SOHO FLAGSHIP, NEW YORK, NY
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GROUP EXHIBITION: ELBOW ROOM
NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 21, 2011
SVA WESTSIDE GALLERY
133 WEST 21 STREET, NEW YORK, NY
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