I am thrilled to participate in Lobby 3, curated by Middlechild Collective members Melissa Vogley Woods and Agnes Ray. This is a different kind of exhibition because it is sited inside a Planned Parenthood Health Center, a secure, non-public space meant for patients and health care providers only. You can see some images of the works in this unique context on Middlechild’s site, and check out the other exhibitions they have produced there.
I am very grateful to Outpost Artist Resources for awarding me a Cuts and Burns video editing residency. In June I spent 40 hours editing two video projects with editor extraordinaire and Pratt film/video operations manager and faculty, Matthew Hysell.
The video we completed is an 8 minute loop (still above) showing my hands turning rolls of silver gelatin printed images from the Viking Landers on Mars in the 1970s. The second project which I’m still working on uses digitized images from the Viking Landers to imagine the Lander’s visual scanning process over the course of day and night on Mars.
Moving to NY - April 2018 - April 2019
I have been in a year-long transition of moving to NY! I am happy to finally say that I am settled! This explains why 2018 was a quieter year in terms of exhibitions and studio production. I am still based in both Vermont and NY, and perhaps always will be. My studio and archive of past work is currently packed up in Vermont. But I have materials here in NY that are keeping me busy and moving forward. I am working on a video and an artist book about planetary surfaces (Mars!) and a new series inspired by Alexander von Humboldt. I’m excited to share more as these projects develop, so do stay tuned, and say hello if you’re in the city!
Thanks to April M. Watson, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City for including my work in this year's Context 2018 exhibition. The show opens March 16th at Filter Space in Chicago and will remain on view through April 28th.
Opening Reception: March 16 | 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Filter Space 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm
Opening Friday, Feb. 2nd, 6-10pm
910 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present Poetics of Place, a reprise of the group exhibition presented at the Satellite Art Show in December 2017 during Miami Art Week. We are excited to bring the work back in Philadelphia for an encore showing.
Poetics of Place is titled in reference to Gaston Bachelard’s book, The Poetics of Space, which explores the phenomenology of architecture in relationship to the lived experience. This photographic exhibition examines humanity’s innate link with place historically, geographically, economically and culturally. Each artist, in their own way, explores a “topophilic" response to the nature of place. Artists included in this exhibition are: Rebekah Flake, Mark Havens, Neil Kohl, Sage Lewis, Ben Riley, Amy Ritter, Krista Svalbonas and Katie Tackman. Gravy also collaborated with designers Permanent Drift to create a special exhibition catalog which can be purchased at the exhibit along with other books, zines, and prints they have created.
If you are traveling to Miami for the art fairs, look for my work on view in Poetics of Place presented by Gravy Studio and Gallery at the Satellite Art Show. My series of flattened paper sculptures called Thin Sections and an installation called Orbital Range will be on view in the Satellite Art Show's abandoned hotel on Miami's North Beach.
I'll also have three related collage/assemblages in Gravy's flat files available for viewing as part of the show. While you're there, pick up a copy of the limited edition 36-page catalogue made for our exhibit by Permanent Drift.
On October 2nd I'll be giving a talk about my work at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Many thanks to the Hartwick Art & Art History Department for sponsoring my lecture. If you're in the area, please come!
I'm excited to be a contributor to a publication project Echoes of the Void. Every month one of the contributors will be published on the e-newsletter an on the project website. In late 2018 the project will publish a printed book with the selected contributions and guest’s articles corresponding to the final exhibition of the resulting art works. Echoes of the Void is a project of Italian artist, Maria Rebecca Ballestra.
July 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Please join us for the inaugural open studios of the alumni residency at MECA's Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street in Portland, Maine.
The alumni residency at MECA is designed to bring a small group of alumni back to campus each summer for five weeks of studio time while renewing their ties to the College. Originally conceived as an MFA only residency, it has since expanded to include BFA alums.
Header: Sage Lewis in her studio space
Looking ahead to summer residencies!
Last June I participated in the Halide Project's first exhibition called Living Image and this March I'm excited to be showing with them once again at Gravy Studio & Gallery in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Halide Project is a non-profit org that promotes the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative photographic processes. My contribution to this exhibition includes 10 pieces that utilize silver gelatin darkroom processes including paper negatives, photograms, and contact prints.
I'll be giving an artist talk about my work during the opening which runs from 6-9pm on Friday, March 3rd. The artist talk portion of the event will begin around 7:30. Hope to see you there!
Check out the exhibition preview in The Spirit News.
Metal on DoNArTNeWs Philadelphia art blog.
This week I had the pleasure of being a visiting artist at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. I was invited by Professor of Painting & Drawing, Sean Foley, who is a former professor of mine and an amazing painter whom I admire greatly. Sean and I had a fascinating time looking at ice and snow melting under a petrographic microscope, alongside fellow COA faculty geologist, Sarah Hall. As a geomorphologist, Sarah's research focuses on the processes that shape the surface of the earth, which of course made me swoon.
During my artist talk I showed images from Qatar that have influenced my current work looking at the surface of the earth, the moon, and Mars. I showed some examples of how those images come to be assembled and how we can derive strategies for abstraction from these methods (scale shifts, perspective, use of mediating devices, and compressions of time). I've been thinking a lot about Mars analogues, places on earth that have features or conditions that mimic Mars itself, and it turns out that Sarah has done a lot of research in one of the most important Mars analogues - the Atacama Desert in Chile and Peru. In talking with Sarah I learned that her research on the Atacama also involves techniques used by planetary geologists to study Mars. I was delighted.
At the end of my visit, I was able to participate in a mini-critique during Sean's Abstraction class and got to hear from students about current projects relating to biomorphic and Suprematist/Futurist influences. Because of COA's interdisciplinary curricular structure, students bring a wide range of expertise to the discussion referencing topics from statistics, philosophy, and literature. Even though we were running out of time at the end of our day, it was great to hear, if briefly, so many areas of knowledge coming together. Hooray for abstraction!
Big thanks to Sean Foley and Sarah Hall for their generosity during my visit. COA is a remarkable place.
Mapping Extremes (project space) at Able Baker Contemporary, 29 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine, 04101
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5:00-8:00
Visual information about remote areas of the world (arctic and desert; influenced by and inhabiting changing extremes of weather) tends to favor a numerical and pessimistic set of charts. Conversely, visual information about the local often reflects our immediate lived experience with the environment, in the form of pictorial landscape representations. In Mapping Extremes, these tendencies are altered; on one hand by taking language away from visual responses to extreme landscapes, and focusing on tightly-enclosed aspects of those environments (lumps of ice, bits of rock); and on the other hand reimagining visual data to facilitate a more flexible understanding of global climate trends and their relationship to local centers of climate-related information.
Artists Sage Lewis and Shoshannah White work with imagery from opposite ends of climatic extremes--Lewis's work stemming from images she gathered in the deserts of Qatar, White's from the rapidly-degenerating Arctic Circle, which she visited by boat with her camera. In both bodies of work, the surfaces of these landscapes--surfaces which voicelessly contain the secrets about the future of life on earth--form nearly non-objective compositions that turn the viewer away from a narrative reading and gesture toward the non-verbal experience of living in the environment, moment by moment.
Cartographer Christian MilNeil reverses this non-narrative optical approach with specifically designed visual information addressing global and local environmental issues. Through his detailed use of graphics and mapmaking, MilNeil turns the conversation about climate change from the broadly understood to the impact of immediate visual recognition. As a counterpoint to the work of Lewis and White, MilNeil reflects the lived experience of climate change back to everyday life.
Mapping Extremes runs October 14-November 26, 2016. Artists' reception is on Friday, October 14, 5:00-8:00...please join us
I am honored to have curated this year's faculty exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Bounty opens August 24th with an Opening Reception on September 2nd, 5-8pm. Ten artists are included in the show with media ranging from video, installation, and photography to ceramics, drawing, illustration, and of course, painting.
Thanks to Maine College of Art for putting together this profile on my practice: Artist, Curator, Material Explorer.
I'm thrilled to be participating in the Project Space residency at VSW this month. Between May 9th and June 3rd, I'm using the project space as a studio, print lab, and gallery space to test images and processes and produce new work related to my Temporary Surface series.
First Friday Reception June 3rd, 6-9pm
31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY
The Halide Project presents Living Image on view June 3, 2016 - June 26, 2016
Located at Gravy Studio & Gallery, 910 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Selected by Artforum Photo Editor Chandra Glick from an international call for entry, the works on view in Living Image speak to the craftsmanship of the techniques used to create them. From historic processes to photograms to sculptural pieces, the work serves to reconnect viewers with the handmade aspects of photography that have largely been disassociated from the medium in the digital age.
The exhibition features work by 18 artists working with traditional and alternative process photography from Philadelphia, the U.S., and beyond: Matthew Ashby, Felix Bernier, Kate Copeland, Chadric Devin, Nicholas Fedak II, Martin Frank, Lisa Gidley, Matt Giel, Hans Gindlesberger, Rachel Guardiola, Mike Hoover, Lucang Huang, Sage Lewis, Serena Perrone, Pam Rouleau, Rebecca Silberman, John Steck Jr., Amanda Tinker.
Living Image is made possible through the generous support of the Penn Treaty Special Services District.
Come check out the show during our open gallery hours on Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6pm, or by appointment, throughout the duration of the show. Or join us for a sneak preview on First Friday (June 3rd, 6-9pm) or during our Artists Reception on Sunday, June 5th from 2-5pm!
In conjunction with the exhibit, we will be hosting a variety of interactive events, including a lecture by Chandra Glick, cyanotype making in the park, a large format photography workshop, an informal group critique, and a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s study room. We hope you’ll join us for one or more of these events!