PUBLIC ADDRESS is pleased to share Hand in Glove, a group exhibition of recent work by Dain DeltaDawn, Rose Nestler and Vincent Stracquadanio. The opening reception will be held on Saturday October 13th from 7-9PM and coincides with Kensington Open Studios at 3611 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

 

Hand in Glove, a colloquialism describing two distinct things working closely with one another, refers to each of the artist’s relationship with making and the participation/proximity of their hand within their respective processes. Rose Nestler’s Strange Business is a video work that shares three costumed characters interacting with a corporate office space. The artist calls these characters “control tops” referring to the uppermost area of pantyhose, popularly worn by working business women intended to conceal, contain and smooth the pelvic area. The artist-produced costumes also have a leather crotch adding kinky appeal to each of the figures. While the video charts feminine power and camaraderie, the “control top” motif also prompts questions about the role of women in the workplace. Nestler addresses the perception of power applied to garments, yet maintains the absurdity of these beings through their “out of control”, and at times, awkward behavior accentuated by their autonomously flopping arms and fingers. Dress for Success and Rubber Gloves with Cuff Links, soft objects made from leather and batting, recall Claes Oldenberg’s Soft light switches (1969), Everlast boxing gloves, and/or a nightmarish toy from a Tim Burton animation.

 

Vincent Stracquadanio’s ink drawings depict lavish interior spaces, adorned with rich patterning of organic references, geometry, and antiquities. In some, cloudlike mist appears to seep through various Sicilian porticos and museum spaces disrupting spatial certainty. In others, it’s not certain whether glossy limbs are contained in cobblestone enclosures, or if the appendages are floating up from some horrific black abyss in their rendition of a Giallo film. Wholly, Stracquadanio’s imagery is dense with visual surprise as each drawing not only exhibits an interior logic, but also presents distinct idiosyncrasies suggesting differentiations in time, event or architecture. The intimately scaled work is meticulously rendered with detailed mark-making that evokes Fletcher Hanks’ comics and Jim Nutt drawings.

 

A Lambs Work is Never Done, by artist Dain DeltaDawn, is a wool weaving with its title embroidered onto its surface. The simplicity of the weaving’s appearance undermines the complexity of its process –where the artist has prepped, spun and woven the object from raw material to a crafted textile. By claiming that the “lamb’s work is never done”, they provide a clue that their protagonist is confronted with endless tasks, while also suggesting a kind of reflexivity between a “lamb” and its utility. The ashen grey of the textile coupled with its rhetoric, takes on an anachronistic tone, reminiscent of a time where embroidered handkerchiefs were always on hand. Counter to the weaving, DeltaDawn’s ceramic objects exhibit brevity in their execution. The surfaces are textured, revealing where the artist’s fingers pushed against the clay to assemble their open forms. These diagrammatic “vessels” are painted in ultramarine blue, cherry red and stormy cerulean glazes.

 

DAIN DELTADAWN is an interdisciplinary artist who makes work about the landscape of queerness and how we perceive it through disseminating information like diagrams and tutorials. They hold an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, both in fiber, and have explored and exhibited around the country. They have held residencies and fellowships at Caldera Arts, Offshore Residency, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, Wassaic Project, and have participated in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. DeltaDawn’s most recent projects have included a Media Arts Fellowship at BRIC Arts Media (Brooklyn, NY), as well as exhibitions at The Heidelberg Project (Detroit, MI), Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago, IL), and ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL). Dain DeltaDawn is currently living and working in New York City and is an adjunct faculty member in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, as well as the Associate Director of Geary- a Manhattan gallery that exhibits emerging and mid-career artists.

 

ROSE NESTLER is an interdisciplinary artist focusing in sculpture and video. She received her MFA degree from Brooklyn College in 2017 where she was a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship nominee and a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of galleries including, Ortega Y Gasset, Underdonk, Smack Mellon, CRUSH Curatorial, and CUCHIFRITOS Gallery and Project Space. She is currently preparing for a solo show in the Project Room at BRIC slated for November 2018. She has received support from the Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Chashama Workspace Program, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Byrdcliffe Artists Colony.  She teaches art at CUNY College of Staten Island, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Arts Council and Blue School.

 

VINCENT STRACQUADANIO is an artist living and working in New York City. He earned his MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BA in visual arts from Fordham University. He has been exhibited at Field Projects (NY), New Release (NY), Trestle Gallery (NY), Artspace (CT), among others. He is the recipient of the Gamblin Paint Award in addition to the James Storey Memorial Visual Arts Award. Stracquadanio has taught at the Yale University Art Gallery and is currently teaching at the Jewish Museum and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University.

 

 

DECEMBER  2, 2017 - JANUARY 14, 2018

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7-9PM

Hand in Glove

Dain DeltaDawn, Rose Nestler, and Vincent Stracquadanio