Dates: May 12 - June 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday May 12, 6-8 pm
Concert: Friday May 19, 8-10 pm
Artists Talk: Sunday June 11, 3 pm
The artists of Invocation focus on healing, either a specific person, or thing when engaged in the act of making their works of art. The magical qualities inherent in their spirited requests can be seen in the finished work. Through the power of imagination and intense concentration, their objects make our humanity visible and vulnerable.
In conjunction with the exhibition Invocation at ODETTA we have curated our Flat Files for Creative Tech Week 2017. Jeff Becker, Joshie Fishbein, Greg Garvey, Toni Simon, and Susan Stair have produced works that address geological time, persistence of nature, communication among trees and humans, and the fragility of our planet through ceramic installation, poetry, and video works.
Just beginning to collect art or love works on a more intimate scale? The Flat Files at ODETTA are a gallery within a gallery, curated for each exhibition. Original works of art 2D and 3D, artists books, and limited edition prints are available. Collect works from the very best artists in NYC.
Flat File Artists will feature works by
Jeff Becker, Joshie Fishbein, Greg Garvey, Toni Simon, Susan Stair
Nancy Cohen’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and is represented in important collections, such as The Montclair Museum, The Newark Public Library, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery and The Zimmerli Museum. She has completed numerous large-scale, site-specific projects including for Thomas Paine Park in lower Manhattan, The Staten Island Botanical Garden at Snug Harbor, The Ross Woodward School in New Haven, CT, The Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ, The Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY, Park HaGalil in Karmiel, Israel, and for Howard University in Washington DC.
Her most recent installation Hackensack Dreaming was exhibited at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA and The Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, Raleigh, NC.
Cohen’s work has been reviewed in books and periodicals, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, ArtNews, American Craft, Glass Quarterly and Sculpture Magazine. Awards include five fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, two from the Brodsky Center, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, an ISE Cultural Foundation Grant and a workspace residency from Dieu Donné. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, The Archie Bray Foundation, The Pilchuck Glass School, WheatonArts, Bullseye Glass and The Studio at Corning. She currently teaches at Queens College and Pratt Institute.
Fritz Horstman works with the landscape and the perception of the perception of natural phenomena. He has recently exhibited his sculptures and installations in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, California, Japan, France, and Norway, and currently is featured in the 2016/17 deCordova Biennial in Lincoln, MA. He has curated exhibitions in New Haven, New York and Svalbard. Recent residencies include Shiro Oni in Onishi, Japan, and The Arctic Circle Residency. He received his MFA from MICA in 2011 and his BA in studio art from Kenyon College in 2001. He is artist residency and education coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT. Musically he is half of the duo Spacelover.
Ellen Kozak is a New York City-based painter and video artist whose work brings together concepts and crafts from both media. She is one of videos early explorers in whose current painting process influences from this background are evident: her use of time and duration; her use of varied lenses as devices for mediated observation; and her use of optical phenomena and color. Kozak has also created artists’ books and collaborated with writers Dore Ashton, Stephen Mitchell and Geoffrey O’Brien.
Kozak’s works have been exhibited in museums, nationally and internationally. At MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies she worked in video and as a CAVS fellow showed in Documenta VI, at the Koelnischer Kunstverein and the American Center for Artists and Students, Centre Pompidou. With awards from the Sloan Foundation and the Cambridge Council of the Arts her early video and video installations were exhibited at the List Visual Art Center at MIT and the Addison Gallery of American Art with Jock Reynolds as director.
Kathleen Vance is an environmental artist who creates projects that connect people to local aspects of nature that are overlooked or underappreciated.
Vance received her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and her M.F.A. from Hunter College in sculpture. She has received numerous grants and awards for her artwork including: a travel grant to research the geo-thermal regions of Iceland, a grant from the Puffin foundation for public sculpture and a grant from the Brooklyn Arts council which aided the development and implementation of an outdoor community based art project in East New York. Kathleen was selected to participate in ‘Emerge 7’, an artist development program organized by Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, with the Creative Capital Foundation. Ms. Vance was artist in resident in Berlin, Germany, presenting a workshop on environmental arts in connection with the Grunewald Parks Department in Germany. Kathleen was a past board member of the Sculptor’s guild, an active board member of ARTfront, Inc., and a member of the tART artist collective.
Her work was recently featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville and at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Kathleen will be featured at VOLTA New York in March. Kathleen Vance has exhibited extensively in New York and internationally and continues to live and work in Brooklyn, New York.