Intuitive Realities

Working Space 11

Featuring Louise Barry, Gail Biederman, Sonya Blesofsky, Noa Charuvi, Hong Seon Jang, Brian Scott Campbell, Bang Geul Han, Judy Simonian

curated by Jeanne Brasile

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9 4:00 – 6:30pm
Exhibition Dates: July 2 – July 31, 2011

Each of these eight talented artists selected for the 2010 – 2011 Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program work in varying media and thematic investigations, but upon further deliberation, a common thread emerges. This unifying element is the manner in which each artist addresses the boundary between reality and artifice. Using photographs, statistical data, personal experience, historical research, nature and other concrete facts as a starting point — the artists depart from reality, allowing for ruptures, dissolutions or divergences from veracity. Shuttling between the real and the synthetic, the artists present viewers with composites of the truth. The concrete often melds into the subjective, and it is in these contested spaces – the line between reality and artifice – that the artists present viewers with enough leeway to experience the artwork in a highly personalized manner, warping truth into intuitive realities

Intuitive Realities: Working Space 11 is AAI’s annual exhibition featuring works selected by guest curator Jeanne Brasile from artists participating on the Lower East Side-Rotating Studio Program, in Fall 10 and Spring 11. AAI sponsors the Lower East Side Rotating Studio artist residency Program with artists chosen by a panel of outside artists, curators, and arts professionals in order to reaffirm our commitment to nurturing, supporting, and exhibiting the work of under-recognized and emerging artists who live or work in the community, and by welcoming artists and others engaged with contemporary visual arts to the Lower East Side.

Jeanne Brasile is currently the Director of the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Ramapo College of New Jersey with a concentration in art history and studio art and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University. During her career of nearly 20 years, she has curated numerous shows throughout New York and New Jersey and worked at institutions such as Storm King Art Center, The South Street Seaport Museum and the Montclair State University Art Galleries. Philosophically, she sees the gallery as a place for asking questions rather than a framework for imposing meaning. She is most interested in developing exhibitions that challenge visitors to re-think their perceptions of art, art-making and the role of the museum/gallery.

Image: Noa Charuvi, Caterpiller, oil on canvas mounted on panel, 11″ x 14″, 2010