Dates: January 15 thru March 6, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday January 15 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artists Talk: Sunday February 14 3 pm
In James Joyce’s masterpiece, Finnegan’s Wake, the heliotrope is one of several key motifs in the book, symbolizing resurrection, rebirth, revolution, and enlightenment. As we move through winter into spring, Lisa DiLillo, Eva Mueller, Mary Temple, and Jo Yarrington will present new works that uniquely address the range of meanings, both physically and socially, that this metaphor inspires.
FLAT FILE ARTISTS
William Holton, Ellen Kozak, John Mendelsohn, Kevin Ryan
Lisa DiLillo is a visual artist based in New York who makes photographs, video installations, and single channel videos. The photographs in Heliotrope capture liminal states and reference invisible processes where entities come into being, change form, or dissintegrate. In her work, the process is one of chance, unpredictability, and discovery, mirroring the volatility of Nature.
DiLillo has exhibited in numerous NYC based galleries such as CLAMPart, Thierry Goldberg Projects, Krause Gallery, Momenta Art, ODETTA, and Front Room Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Walker Art Center, SF Cinematheque at Center for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp/Belgium, the Reina Sofia National Musuem of Art/Madrid, the Memling Musuem/Belgium, the Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Moscow International Festival of Contemporary Dance.
She has been awarded an Electronic Arts Grant, a Jerome Foundation Grant, and residencies at The Experimental Television Center in addition to curating programs for the Knitting Factory Video Lounge.
Bavarian-born and raised Eva Mueller, made New York her home in 1990. She is both a commercial photographer and a fine artist whose work incorporates a variety of cultural influences from her native Germany, including Bauhaus and Modernism. Characterized by their minimalist composition, dark humor, muted but potent glamour, and fantastical conceits, Mueller’s photographs often have an unusual twist, or striking detail that elicits a startled double take. In this new series BLACK FACE, Mueller reveals a deep fascination with the ways that gender, age, and race converge and diverge, and challenges the viewer to look more deeply and question their own preconceptions. Eva currently resides in Brooklyn.
Mary Temple lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the US and abroad. Commissioned project venues include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; MassMOCA, North Adams, MA; Sculpture Center, LIC, NY; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, Rice Gallery, Houston, TX, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; The Drawing Center, NY, SITE Santa Fe, NM, Chateau de Chamarande, France, Nässjö Konsthall, Sweden, several venues throughout Japan and most recently NYU gallery at Abu Dhabi. Reviews of her work have been included in Artforum, New York Times, The Washington Post, Art in America, and The Brooklyn Rail among other publications.
Temple moved to NYC and attended Skowhegan School in 1999. Other major awards include the 2010 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, the 2010 Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, and a 2010 and 2006 Fellow in Painting from NYFA as well as a Concordia Foundation Grant. She has been awarded residencies at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, PA, Smack Mellon, NYC, Dieu Donne Papermill and the Lower East Side Printshop in NYC. Having completed several permanent public artworks, she’s currently working on a Percent for Arts piece at the historic McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
For the upcoming Heliotrope exhibition at ODETTA, Mary will present a portfolio of 16 prints titled Madam Secretary, culled from her Currency project (2007-2012). In Currency, she made a drawing of a world leader everyday based on media coverage they’d received on Internet news sites and rated that leader’s actions in the world according to how well she thought they were bringing about ‘peace on earth’. Higher on the page indicated her optimism toward their policy, lower—her wariness of their actions. Over the course of the 5 years Temple drew Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over 100 times. Selecting four drawings from each of the four years she was US Secretary of State, the artist looked for a diversity of subject matter, covering her major foreign policy concerns, and reflecting the vastness and seriousness of her work. Each of the 16 drawings is printed in one of the many pantsuit colors she wore during her term—uniforms, if you will, for which she received much attention. The drawings also document her lengthening hairstyles, which were much commented upon in the media--as were her weight and physique in general.
In site-specific exhibitions, public art commissions and collaborative projects Jo Yarrington uses varied combinations of glass, waxed surfaces, found objects and experimental analog photography to investigate the way we perceive objects and images through our senses. These predominately translucent materials function as both a physical framework and symbolic membrane with implications of scale and the integration of architecture as pivotal components.
The transmission of images and images formed through optical phenomena are primary elements and are manifested through projection, reflection and refraction. Recent projects have explored environmental issues and the relationship of language and image.
Yarrington’s drawings, photographs, and architecturally-based installations have been shown in exhibitions including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT, Yale University, CT, the Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA, Grounds for Sculpture, NJ, and the William Benton Museum of Art, CT. International exhibitions have included Galeria Sala Uno, Italy, Centro de las Artes de Guanajuato, Mexico, Christuskirche, Germany, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.
2016 exhibitions include Heliotrope at ODETTA, Brooklyn, NY, Edition Tools at the Project Space Gallery, State University of New York at Oneonta and the Containment and Spillage Series, a solo collaborative exhibition at the Humanities Gallery, Long Island University Brooklyn.
The artist is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, most notably the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Bronze Prize at the International Biennial Exhibition of Photographic Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Macedonia and in 2012 she was represented in the Berlin Biennial.
Jo Yarrington is a Professor of Studio Art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT and lives and works in New York City and Norwalk, CT.