Pleased to announce that Alison Karasyk has joined our team as Curator and Director of Public Programs.
Alison Karasyk (b. 1989) is a curator and writer living and working in New York. She completed her MA at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) in 2018 and graduated from Oberlin College in 2012 with a double major in Visual Arts and Creative Writing and a minor in Art History. Alison is the 2018 recipient of the Ramapo Curatorial Prize for her MA thesis, An unbound knot in the wind, a group exhibition which built off of her research on the Finnmark Witchcraft Trials and the Steilneset Memorial in Vardø, Norway. Alison was Assistant Curator of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) 2017: I Taste the Future and has held positions at the North Norwegian Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum, Aperture Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art. Her research interests focus on the intersection of gender, space, memory and materiality.
Art Out: Matthew Morrocco – ORCHID.seasons
CRUSHCURATORIAL is pleased to present ORCHID.seasons, an ambitious new body of work by artist Matthew Morrocco, best-known for his erotic self-portraits with older men, which deconstructs the role of marginalized bodies across social, financial, and queer economies of being. ORCHID.seasons features Morrocco posing in a variety of monochromatic body suits set in lush natural landscapes. These suits obscure his identity and represent the colors that comprise the spectrum of visible light: red, green, blue, orange, yellow, violet. Whereas his earlier bodies of work court and complicate cultural narratives about queer identity and sexuality, this new series denies the viewer a particularized queer body, obscuring Morrocco beneath the suits — each representing a color from the spectrum of visible light. Morrocco's body suit allows him to be present but undetectable, known if also imperceptible. For more information click here.
Sept 6th - 15th
Hours: Thursday through Saturdays 1pm-6pm
526 West 26th Street, New York, NY Suite # 709
All images © Aidan McLellan
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In the reading room of Virginia Lee Montgomery and Selva Aparicio's OPEN MIND, we will be hosting the launch of the inaugural issue of prompt:, a new collaborative artist publication directed by Mira Dayal and Nicole Kaack. This edition consists of two printed works by Jenni Crain and Audra Wolowiec, emerging from a long-form conversation between the artists.
Taro Suzuki / Charlotte Hallberg
This inspired pairing matches Suzuki, a veteran presence on the New York scene, with Hallberg, a young Brooklyn-based painter. Suzuki’s small, square canvases feature offset layers of concentric circles in bright, complementary colors. Because you can’t perceive both layers at once, the flickering surfaces defy you to focus on anything but the over-all picture. By contrast, the rings on Hallberg’s larger tondos, which underlay complex grids of interlocking squiggles, pose the opposite problem: you can comprehend the compositions only one element at a time. Between them, the two bodies of work set up a reverberating visual logic problem that may set your mind spinning faster than your retinas.