Public Address is pleased to present Park, a group exhibition drawings and paintings by Teresa Baker, Maria Calandra, Angela Heisch and Amanda Konishi. The show brings together four artists who utilize mark-making within their work, while sharing idiosyncratic features of their respective drawing processes. In addition to this, the work also shares an affinity toward cultivating intimacy with their viewership demonstrated by thin ink lines, tightly arranged hatching, or a precisely placed dot, which draws one closer to their surfaces.
Using select architectural and anthropomorphic abstract language within her paintings, Angela Heisch develops psychological spaces through self-referential and associative systems that are often confrontational, ordered, and at times, uncooperative. The work also elicits a feeling of invitation demonstrated by a formal openness in the central portions of their compositions. Painted with gouache, the meticulous execution of their flat surfaces imbue the work with a sense of strict control, only to be challenged by pluming bands of color strewn across the ground. In some areas, black circles seem to create holes in this ground, but in others, they rest atop as tiny dots which punctuate, yet reinforce the grandiosity of larger geometric shapes.
John Muir, an advocate for the preservation of American National Parks, stated “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” Maria Calandra uses dry and liquid graphite to conjure her own wilderness, sourced from both real and imagined experiences that she encounters on hikes. Her drawings are dense, in fact, they are compressed, with trippy renderings of plantlife, animal, and celestial objects. The artist credits her process to a channeling of an intuitive consciousness that liberates the images from rational ordering. In some areas, astral orbs slip behind mirror-like vacancies and rich fern growth melts into Calandra’s billowing clouds and stones. The incongruous presence of her references coupled with the richness of mark-making recalls Henri Rousseau’s Exotic Landscape (1908) or drawings by Madge Gill and Joseph Yoakum.
Amanda Konishi’s paintings serve as examinations to navigate stimuli and observations from the world in order to reassess the meaningfulness of experience. Although the work draws influence from a range of sources, the artist is not constructing a narrative from the past. Instead, through abstraction, her work situates the viewer to consider how a contemplative space can be created between chance, beauty and meaning. The work also celebrates how complexities found in nature can mirror sentient experiences. Darky, dominantly composed of cool blue and green hues, presents an expansive, floral-like form, where striped ribbons and leafy petals seem to erupt from its center. This outwardly moving activity is halted by the paper’s edge, and the wealth of the artist’s repetitive mark-making, embroidery and layering of paint is held within the painting’s contour.
Teresa Baker’s process oriented work shares how a visceral experience can be shared through visual means. The artist uses sturdy materials, like Astroturf, which allow for a painting to maintain its own structure when hung on the wall. Furthermore, their fibrous, grass-like surfaces provide a strong, but impermanent bond with yarn, which is used to create discrete and continuous marks against her shaped substrates. When you look at Baker’s work, you consider the quietness and humility of its presence in space. The choice of turf and yarn may conjure feelings of painterly irreverence, in the way Richard Tuttle’s 3rd Rope Piece (1974) denies connoisseurship. Nevertheless, they display insightful curiosity in how a static experience can cultivate dynamic reads. In Standing, sweeping mint lines funnel paths through a field of chromium green.
TERESA BAKER is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes in Western, ND. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Baker has exhibited works throughout the U.S. including recent solo exhibitions at The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX and Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX. Group exhibitions include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, di Rosa, Napa, CA, the Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA, The Alice, Seattle, WA, Et Al, San Francisco, CA, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA, among others. She was a Tournesol Award Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and Artist in Residence at The MacDowell Colony. Baker received her MFA from California College of the Arts and her BA from Fordham University.
MARIA CALANDRA was born in 1976 in London, England and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is the artist and writer behind the project Pencil in the Studio which she started in 2011. In this project she spends the day with artists in their studios while drawing their space and talking to them about their life and work. She holds a BFA from Ohio University and received an MFA from Cornell University in 2006. She has shown in both New York City and across the United States previously exhibiting with Andrew Edlin Gallery, Shrine Gallery, Romeo, White Columns, Freight and Volume, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Sardine, and Mindy Solomon Gallery. She recently completed a large scale mural for the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, NY.
ANGELA HEISCH is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from SUNY Albany in 2014. She was awarded the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship in 2014, and has been a resident at Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Guttenberg Arts. Angela has shown recently at Gallery 106 Green, Mother Gallery, George Gallery, Ortega y Gasset, Park Place Gallery, One River School, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Harpy Gallery, Taymour Grahne Gallery, No Place Gallery, and ESEFFEF. Her work has been featured in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, AEQAI, ArtSFBlog, Maake Magazine: Issue 02, Young Space, and Open House Blog.
AMANDA KONISHI (b. 1992) was born in Anaheim, California and received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2014). Her work has been exhibited at Groundfloor Gallery, TN (2018), The Painting Center, NY (2018); Green Kill, Kingston, NY (solo, 2018); First Street Gallery, NY (2018); Abrons Art Center (2017); Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY (2017); Loft Artists Association, Stamford, CT (2017); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017); Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA (2016), and Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY (2016), among others. Her work is also included in Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York’s 2019 Flat File project. Konishi currently lives and works in New York.
DECEMBER 8, 2018 - JANUARY 13, 2019
Teresa Baker, Maria Calandra, Angela Heisch and Amanda Konishi
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7-9PM