Gallery Guide: SLC Faculty Artists On View

Sarah Lawrence is renowned for its world-class professors, required to be active in their fields and engage in our involved pedagogical model of conference work and small seminars. Last spring, the campus was abuzz when the Princeton Review renamed Sarah Lawrence as having the #1 “Best Professors” out of the nation’s colleges. Our Visual Arts department is no exception, with fantastically talented visual artists teaching studio classes in all disciplines while continuing to make and exhibit work.

September has been particularly booming in the New York gallery world, creating a liberating sense of reinvigoration and fresh possibility. Art critic Jerry Saltz recently touched on this feeling in a review of some such recent openings, several of which are included here. Multiple Sarah Lawrence art professors, past and present, currently have work in solo and group exhibitions around the city. Read on for some highlights.

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Installation view. Photo by John Berens, courtesy the artist and Pierogi.

JOHN O’CONNOR

Current Sarah Lawrence drawing and mixed media professor John O’Connor has a large drawing at Pierogi gallery’s massive group exhibition, “Pierogi XX,” in celebration of its 20 years of business. His text-based piece, “Alfa,” tells a comical narrative of a pharmaceutical-fueled rampage, complete with interspliced logos and emojis. On view until October 15 at Pierogi on N 9th St. between Bedford and Driggs.

SHAMUS CLISSET
New professor Shamus Clisset has a solo-show, “Space God / Magic Guy,” currently on view at Postmasters gallery, presenting dizzying large-format 3-D still life compositions and digitally-manipulated monstrous forms. On view until October 11, on Franklin Street between Broadway and Lafayette.

RICO GATSON
Also at Pierogi gallery is a work by former Sarah Lawrence sculpture professor Rico Gatson. His mixed media work, “Masks,” is part of the same 20th anniversary group exhibition, featuring a repeated ethnographic photograph of an African mask overlaid with graphic strips of color. On view until October 15 at Pierogi on N 9th St. between Bedford and Driggs.

JUSTINE KURLAND

Photo by Audrey Irving

Photo by Audrey Irving

Former photography professor Justine Kurland has a solo-show at Mitchell-Innes and Nash in Chelsea. The show, “Sincere Auto Care,” features new works from her travels throughout the country, focusing outwardly on automobiles, mechanics, and car-culture with wryly sexual undertones. On view until October 11, on W 26th between Tenth and Eleventh avenues.

ANGELA DUFRESNE

Photo by Audrey Irving.

Photo by Audrey Irving.

Former guest painting professor Angela Dufresne has a stunning solo-show, “Let’s Stay Together,” at Monya Rowe Gallery in the LES/Chinatown. Dufresne’s works here focus on the interpersonal in comical, profane, and psychological insights through her painterly pastoral scenes and portraits. On view until November 2 at Monya Rowe on Orchard and Hester.

DAWN CLEMENTS
A large work by former drawing professor Dawn Clements is on view in a group show, “LEAVES,” at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in the Lower East Side. Her ink drawing, “Untitled (Black and White Table)” spans multiple folded and layered sheets of paper, portraying a jumbled baroque arrangement of objects spilling out in all directions. Additionally, Clements has a piece in Pierogi gallery’s current group show, as well. “LEAVES” is on view until October 12th, on the corner of Houston and Forsyth, “Pierogi XX” until October 5 on N 9th St., between Bedford and Driggs.

DAVID HARDY
New guest sculpture teacher David Hardy’s show “The Hairy Hand,” opened last Friday at Churner and Churner. The show presents new mixed media sculptures combining plush squiggles of foam with rigid structures of glass and cement. On view until November 1 at Churner and Churner, on Tenth Ave between 22nd and 23rd streets.

Audrey Irving is a junior student, Seattle native, and Virgo (Scorpio rising). She studies Art and Visual Culture, works at a contemporary art gallery in Brooklyn, and is majorly obsessed with pugs.

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