Opening, Friday May 06, 6-9pm
On view Thursday-Sunday, Noon-6pm, May 06-May 29, 2016

Christopher Stout Gallery, New York
289 Meserole Street, Ground Floor Rear Gallery (L train Montrose stop)
Brooklyn, New York 11206

KELSEY SHWETZ: #tbt

For her first New York solo exhibition, Kelsey Shwetz recasts the historical collapse inherent to #tbt to gesture beyond the studies of gaze and the female body prominent in her early work; toward the mysteries of memory, and the intersection of mind and matter.

Drawn from photographs of varying provenance, from a found family portrait to rediscovered iPhone snapshots, the canvases of #tbt see Shwetz deploying a dazzling array of formal and compositional means to bring her own history with the figures of each image back into the picture: A night of collective sexual joy is reimagined as a complexly rendered theatrical tableaux in which character is relational without succumbing to tidy narratives. A friend on the verge of departing New York radiates in and as searing geranium red, a minimalist monument in flux rejecting any distinction between figure and ground. A family of four poses at home, the clean geometry of a known, domestic space held in tension with hazy figures rendered alien by time. Presented alongside these four large works are selections from a series of smaller canvases which foreground the analog collage process central to Shwetz’s compositions.


Opening, Friday May 06, 6-9pm
On view Thursday-Sunday, Noon-6pm, May 06-May 29, 2016

Christopher Stout Gallery, New York
289 Meserole Street, Ground Floor Rear Gallery (L train Montrose stop)
Brooklyn, New York 11206

J. Morrison
HOMOCATS: STEP YOUR PUSSY UP!

Christopher Stout Gallery, New York is proud to present Brooklyn-based artist J. Morrison’s HOMOCATS: STEP YOUR PUSSY UP! at their first NYC gallery exhibition.

J. Morrison first created the HOMOCATS during a 2010 residency at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado. Morrison’s new site-specific installation features wallpaper, screenprints, and related multiples that explore both the abundance of cat culture on the Internet and the intersection of art & activism.

Playing off the viral phenomenon of the feline, the HOMOCATS continue their quest to fight phobias, propose equal rights, combat cultural stereotypes, and challenge social norms and stigmas. Paying homage to historic queer symbols such as the rainbow flag and pink triangle, Morrison’s work also pays a nod to pop art and pop culture with playfulness and humor.

On the verge of our first female presidential nomination, and quoting RuPaul’s song “Step it Up,” the HOMOCATS propose you STEP YOUR PUSSY UP!

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Bio: J. Morrison is a multidisciplinary Brooklyn-based artist working in print, performance, and curatorial projects.

The HOMOCATS have been exhibited at the NY and LA Art Book Fairs, Transformer Gallery (Washington, DC), Lorem Ipsum (Boston), Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery (NY), BGSQD (NY), and Christopher Stout Gallery during Miami Art Basel week.



Opening, Friday June 03, 6-9pm
On View Thursday-Sunday, Noon-6pm, June 03-26, 2016

VINCENT TILEY: Silent Heat

Christopher Stout Gallery, New York
289 Meserole Street, Ground Floor Rear Gallery (L Train, Montrose Stop)
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Christopher Stout Gallery, New York is pleased to announce Silent Heat by Vincent Tiley. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery and his second solo show in New York City.  Silent Heat blurs the distinctions between sculpture, painting, and performance with wall mounted works that are evocative of bodies and durational works in which the body becomes a form and substrate for a painted surface. For this show Tiley expands upon his performance practice and its relation to fetish to create suits for performances like Knast in which Tiley and his friend, performance artist Hunter Reynolds, will be connected to each other in a sculptural bodysuit built for their two bodies that will abstract the performers and obscure their identities while forcing them to touch.
 
Materials and objects with significance within alternative queer and fetish cultures like leather jackets and bondage rope are transformed into paintings with strong associations with sex while acknowledging legacies of modernist abstraction like in Halsted or coyly suggest active performative participation, bondage, and entanglement as in It Feels Good to Burn a Bridge. The work creates a vortex of experience, drawing the viewer in as possible participant or through absorption until they are forced back out only to be drawn in again. This collection of works sits on a spectrum between subject and object, with paintings and sculptures that are becoming bodies through some performative quality, affect, or tactility and performances that abstract and objectify the performers through duration and restraint.