Audrey Hope / Karen Ostrom

Hidden in Plain Sight

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13, 6pm–9pm

Embarking on a quest to rediscover wonder usually ends in cavernous spaces still echoing whispers from pioneers long gone. This group exhibition tenderly confronts transformation and withstands the lure of predisposed role play. Each participating artist embraces intimacy while unapologetically evoking viewers into having an exchange with their concealed selves. Works include seductive ink blots, mermaid encounters, and operatic arias drifting between lighthouses.

Elizabeth Boyle is an American artist, grew up in a Navy family never far from either side of the Atlantic Ocean, and lives in New York City. She makes art by concentrating on materials found, appropriated, lifted, crushed, animated, and re-assigned, and focuses on printmaking, animation, and drawing processes to lend life and history to images in the hopes that a problem might be solved, or an experience understood. Boyle received her BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York in 2006 and is a graduate of The Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. She works out of her home studio in Brooklyn, manages projects for Miranda Brooks Landscape Design, and is on faculty at the Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Kati Gegenheimer is an American artist born in Pennsylvania and living in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2013 and BFA in Printmaking/Minor in Art History from Tyler School of Art in 2007. Gegenheimer is currently the Production Manager at YSA NYC, Founding Editor-in-Chief and Contributing Writer/Photographer at Staring At The Wall Dot Com, Engagement Artist at Abrons Arts Center, and Freelance Writer for Agora Gallery. Previous experiences include Visiting Artist at Rutgers University and SUPERFOG curatorial project in New York City. She is the recipient of the Yale School of Art’s Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award and Gamblin Paint Prize. Her work has been included in the 2014 Brucennial, Brooklyn, NY; Shrink It, Pink It, Cathouse FUNeral, Brooklyn, NY; PAINTINGWALL (Janus at 8:16), Curated by Ala Dehghan, Touch Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Splendor in the Grass with Olympic Lad & Lass Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; We Don’t Have All Night Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; I Know What You Did Last Summer Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA; Collide-A-Scope The Gallery at 629 Cookman, Asbury Park, NJ.

Audrey Hope is an American artist currently living/working in Southern California. She is a MFA candidate at University of California, San Diego, completed a BFA at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in association with Tufts University, Boston, 2008, and participated in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2014. Professional experiences include the management of G:Class and High School Programs at the New Museum, New York, NY from 2012­-2014; guest speaking for Outsider Artists’ Environments at The City College of New York, NY; Visiting Artist at Pace University, New York, NY; Young Artists Program Coordinator, Art School at the Educational Alliance, New York, NY; Director of Co­-Curricular Programming, Oxbow School, Napa, CA; curating Permanent Vacation at Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY 2011. Hope is the recipient of the Hambidge Fellowship, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA; Traveling Fellowship and Gertrude Shelley Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Her work has been exhibited in House Rabbet Society, Lincoln Arts Projects, Waltham, MA; Emergent Systems, Harbor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Haunt No, Hell Yea, S.H.E.D. Projects, Oakland, CA; Sweat Lodge, “Jungian Sand Mandala,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Touch Down Jesus, Evergold, San Francisco, CA.

Kyoung eun Kang is a Korean artist based in New York. Her work varies in format from live performance to video, drawing, photography and sound pieces. Kang captures the subtlety of human nature and behavior by observing situations that question how humans form bonds and attachments. Kang earned an MFA from Parsons The New School For Design in New York and MFA from Hong – ik University in Seoul, Korea. Based in US since 2007, Kang participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, LES Rotating studio program at Artist Alliance INC in New York, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art residency in Omaha, and NARS Foundation Art residency in Brooklyn. Kang was awarded a NYFA fellowship in Video in 2010. Kang has exhibited at the National Museum of Modern Art in Korea, the Museum of Imperial City in China, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in Australia, The Kitchen, HERE Arts Center, A.M Richard Fine Arts, A.I.R gallery, White Box, and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York.

Karen Ostrom is a Canadian born Brooklyn based artist working in photography, installation, video and most recently, animation. She is the recipient of MacDowell Colony Artist Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts Grant, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from the Canada Council, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including the Liverpool Biennial, CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, and Bring to Light; Nuit Blanche on the Brooklyn waterfront. Most recently she was nominated and selected for an Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts residency in New York City as well as completing a two-month fellowship at the Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil. Her current project will be taking her back to Brazil to work with a collective of artisans on a new animation using lace.

Brigitta Varadi is an artist born in Hungary, living in Ireland since 2001. Brigitta's work is found in many public and private collections including a commission by the Office of Public Works for The Department of Education and Science, Athlone, Ireland. She is a recipient of numerous awards including Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award (2014 & '13 &‘12), Arts Council of Ireland Artists in Prison Scheme Award (2013 & ‘12), Leitrim County Council Arts Bursary, (2014 & '12 &’ 10), Culture Ireland Award (2010 & ’06). She has been awarded residencies at NARS Foundation,Brooklyn, NY (2014), Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY (2014), ChaNorth, Chashama, NY (2013) and CAC-Woodside, Troy, NY (2012), USA; TRADE, Ireland (2011), KulttuuriKauppila, Finland (2006) and many others. Brigitta was acknowledged for her contribution to the arts of Ireland by the President, Mary McAleese, 2008. She is awarded and currently undertaking LOCIS 2014 residency, a European Cultural Program, between Ireland, Sweden, and Poland. In addition to developing her own practice, Brigitta is developing projects with people of all ages and abilities within the community sector, schools, prisons and arts centers. She has co-designed and facilitated the Creative Lab for the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2013, Bonn, Germany.

Carolyn Sickles is an artist/curator/arts worker living in Brooklyn, New York. Sickles is the Director of Engagement at the Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan's Lower East Side, overseeing classes, workshops, public programs, and socially engaged artist residencies. She has facilitated programs in collaboration with New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, e-flux, and Meredith Monk House Foundation; guest lectured for Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and the Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development at New York University; collected/processed exhibition evaluation for Museum of Modern Art; . Previous institutions include the Norton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Sickles attended programs at Kansas City Art Institute, Massachusetts College of Art, Bank Street Graduate School, and Florida Atlantic University, completing a minor in Gender Studies, B.F.A. in Sculpture, B.A. in Art History, and M.S.Ed. for Leadership in Museum Education. Select residencies, exhibitions, and curatorial experiences include Shift, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; Terpishore, NUMU Arts Collective Space, Brooklyn; PROCESS: Teaching for Creativity, Guggenheim Museum, New York; Aerial View, Brandt Gallery, MassArt, Boston; Synthesis, H&R Blockspace, KCAI, Kansas City; Truck n’ South, Living Room Gallery, Design District: Miami; Beyond Delicate, WhiteBox at The Mordes Collection; A Trump in the Dark and Materially Speaking, Armory Art Center, PopUP, Deja New Gallery; Paper Piracy, Northwood EG2 Gallery; Native Offerings, Pine Jog Environmental Center; Open Air, South J Street; Tempt Your Senses, Trump International; 10X10, Lake Worth Storage; Coexistence, Ritter Gallery, FAU, South Florida.