Matt Freedman Exhibits at Studio10, Brooklyn

Matt Freedman, Dead Man's Hand, 2013
Studio10 is pleased to present The Devil Tricked Me, an exhibition of work by Matt Freedman. The exhibition is organized around the recent publication of Relatively Indolent but Relentless, a graphic journal Freedman wrote last autumn.

In July 2012 Freedman learned that he had Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare and slow growing cancer. Treatment entailed thirty-five days of radiation and weekly doses of chemotherapy over seven weeks. Just before treatment, a friend gave Matt a blank notebook and suggested he should fill it up. Matt did complete the therapy and the notebook as well. He said, “It seemed like it would in the end give me the last laugh over my cancer treatment.” This exhibition serves to extend Freedman’s experience of his treatment, the subject of the journal, into the six months that have now passed between the end of treatment and this exhibition’s opening.


All thirteen works take as their subject bad luck. This idea is embodied in Freedman’s iconic constructions that portray folk admonitions. These signs seek to control bad luck by taking such precautions such as avoiding walking under ladders or opening umbrellas indoors. Another significant component of the show is the notion of disability. Freedman continues to feel side effects from his treatment as well as from the drugs he takes to quell those effects. Though functioning effectively, the fact that he should not drive because the narcotics would render him technically “under the influence” is for Freedman an objective marker of what he feels and knows to be true: He is not himself or at his best.


The idea of disability is communicated by hand written signs of explanation, which function as the conceptual framework for the exhibition. Freedman’s sign details the reasons for the restrictions he placed upon himself for the creation of the work: each work consists of totally “de-skilled” labor. He collected objects either from the street; broken umbrellas and cigarette stubs, or from his house and studio; A couch, a collection of pennies. He also allowed himself to use components from previous work repurposed for the show.

The Devil Tricked Me is on view from 05.10.13 -- 06.16.13.
56 Bogart Street 

Demetrius Oliver's (MFA '04) Terrestrial at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis

Demetrius Oliver, 2013

Demetrius Oliver
The New York artist will premier a video installation influenced by unmanned vehicles that explore the surface of distant worlds. The video Terrestrial takes place in a residential apartment. Scattered on the floor are quotidian materials extracted from the artist's lexicon that surveys the lower regions of space. Designed with special entrance doors to the Screening Room, two sculptural works accompany the single channel video.
Oliver uses prosaic objects like tea kettles, light bulbs and umbrellas to evoke poetic associations between physical materials and abstract ideas.  Both introspective and transformative, Oliver's practice investigates the cosmos from the vantage point of the artist's studio and the space of the gallery.
Terrestrial remain on view through Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Franklin Art Works
1021 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 
For more info, visit demetriusoliver.blogspot.com



Naomi Reis (MFA '05): Unnatural Selection at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn

Naomi Reis, 2013
TSA is pleased to present: Naomi Reis: Unnatural Selection

Unnatural Selection investigates nature and its representation: How have humans conquered and organized nature, both to understand it scientifically, and to use it strategically?

The exhibition opens on Borrowed Landscape (Tropics of Africa, Asia and the Amazon via Brooklyn), a large-scale vinyl print of a photograph taken at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It captures the spectacle of a simulated rainforest contained within a glass dome; we know that it is an artificial environment, yet we suspend disbelief and for a moment are transported to a distant tropical rainforest, a place very few of us will visit in person. Together with mixed media collages, paintings, live and artificial plants, and botanical drawings that reference 19th-century scientific drawings in specimen trays, Unnatural Selection explores the pressure points where the natural world and the manufactured collide.

Unnatural Selection runs 05.17 -- 06.23.13.  
An opening reception will be held Friday, 05.17, 7-10 pm.

44 Stewart Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237



Chloe Reison (MFA '12) Exhibits in Philly, New Orleans and Skidmore College

Chloe Reison, 2013
Chloe Isadora Reison is participating in three exhibitions in the month of May.  The first is an exhibition at Vox Populi (Philadelphia), featuring work from the new members of the collective.  The exhibition, titled Spark Gap, is scheduled to open Friday, May 3rd, and will run through Sunday, June 2nd.  

Chloe's second exhibition this month will be at the Front Gallery, in New Orleans, LA.  This show is comprised of seventeen members of the Vox Populi collective and is aptly titled, Vox Populi.  Vox Populi at the Front will open Saturday, May 11th, and run through Saturday, May 26th.  

Chloe's third and final show this month will be an alumni exhibition at her Alma Mater, Skidmore College. The alumni show will be on display at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery during the last weekend of the month.   

For more information regarding Chloe Isadora Reison, please visit the following websites:

Spark Gap
On view: May 3rd-June 2nd, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, May 3rd, 6pm-11pm

Vox Populi Gallery
319 N. 11th Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-6pm

Vox Populi
On view: May 11th-May 26th, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, May 11th, 6pm-10pm

The Front
4100 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-5pm

19th Annual Skidmore College Alumni Art Exhibition
On view: May 31st-June 2nd, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, May 31st, 5:30pm-6:30pm

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Gallery hours: 
Friday, May 31st, 10am - 6:30pm
Saturday, June 1st, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, June 2nd, 10am- 5pm