UMM #4 [2016]: Schiff, Burg and Ingram

UMM’s fourth group of exhibitions opened on May 28, 2016, featuring work by Karen Schiff, Aimée Burg and Scott Ingram.

During the opening reception, Abstraction at Work invited participants to create a work titled “Painting with Balls,” a jocular participatory painting made with balls – no sports or painting experience necessary. More on this work…

AM Gallery
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Aimée Burg
Everything That Happens Everywhere is Amazing [ 2010 ]
Video Projection, 4:12 Loop

Everything That Happens Everywhere Is Amazing is an 4 min video presented in a loop, alluding to scientific and instructional films of the 20th century. It addresses different theories of how the universe was created, drawing on various cultures, pseudo-science, and theoretical physics. The title purposely disavows an absolutist position, suggesting a rethinking of hierarchies of truth.

Aimée Burg lives in Connecticut and splits time between there and Brooklyn. She earned an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art (2010) and BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute (2005). She was the Emma B. Bernstein Fellow at AIR Gallery 2011-2012 and was in residence at Vermont Studio Center in 2008. She has presented solo shows at AIR gallery and Auxiliary Projects (Brooklyn), as well as group shows at Bosi Contemporary (NY), Ortega Y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn), Les Territoires (Montreal) and Bezalel 
School of Art (Tel Aviv). She is co-founder of the art collective Dark Matters and co-curator at the outdoor gallery ArtLot, both in Brooklyn.

F Gallery
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Karen Schiff
Agnes Martin, Times of London, 18 December 2004, Opening, I [2005]
Graphite and charcoal on mylar

Made with materials that nod to the pulsing lines in Agnes Martin’s paintings and the ash of her cremation, this delicate drawing in the F gallery transmutes printed text into visual space – language into art. Like the other drawings from Schiff’s Agnes Martin Obituary Project, it honors the resonance of the under-recognized creative life while evoking the aching impossibility of (its) representation. The right side of the drawing traces the blocks of text and image from Martin’s obituary in the Times of London; on the left are tracings of the advertisements that intersected with her story by appearing on the opposite page. Schiff’s work often inhabits spaces between text and image. Based in New York, she holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University (Honors in Drawing), and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (Comparative Literature & Literary Theory). She has exhibited at galleries and museums in the U.S. and internationally; her works are in collections such as the Colby College Museum of Art in Maine and the MCS Collection of Contemporary Drawing in Portugal.

The exhibition of Agnes Martin, Times of London, 18 December 2004, Opening, I, coincides with Agnes Martin’s current retrospective at LACMA, which originated at London’s Tate Modern in 2015.

PR Gallery
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Scott Ingram
Nail Polish Drawing [2016]
Nail Polish on Paper

Using nail polish as a cost-effective substitute for model car enamels, Ingram alludes to both the “automatic drawings” of Ellsworth Kelly (for whom Ingram worked as an assistant) and also to the cool, smooth transparent surfaces of the Los Angeles Finish Fetish movement of the 1960’s. This work is part of a series in which Ingram carefully pours chosen colors of nail polish at the top of the surface and allows gravity to pull them downward into sleek lines. Ingram’s choice of nail polish as a stand-in for car enamel also creates a sexually-charged reversal and references the intersections among art and fashion worlds.

Growing up in the Midwest, Scott Ingram was influenced by the great modern architects of Chicago. He has exhibited his work internationally and is currently a second time Hudgens Prize finalist and a MOCAGA, 2014 WAP artist. Ingram’s work is in several private and public collections including the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. His latest shows include Blue Collar Modernism, Museum of Contemporary Art, GA; Backdoor Formalism, UNF Gallery at MOCA in Jacksonville FL; and Cinderblock City at the High Museum of Art, GA. Scott Ingram lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

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Opening Reception Photos