Ordinary Spectacles

November 14 – December 5, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14, 7-10PM

Open Space is proud to present Ordinary Spectacles, a group curated show of five artists whose selected works address contemporary notions of painting.

With works by Gideon Chase, Steve Keane, Andrew Kirk, Erica Prince and David Ubias. 

Gideon Chase is a recent graduate of MICA where he received his BFA in painting. He was born in San Francisco where he currently lives and works.

Steve Keene’s work grew in part from Steve’s friendship with and admiration of musicians. Steve says, “I want buying my paintings to be like buying a CD: it’s cheap, it’s art and it changes your life, but the object has no status. Musicians create something for the moment, something with no boundaries and that kind of expansiveness is what I want to come across in my work.” In the past few years he has collaborated with the Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing, Dave Matthews Band and Merzbow to create album art, video sets, stage sets and posters. He currently lives & works in Brooklyn NY.

Andrew Watson Kirk was born in 1987. He grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ a Philadelphia suburb. In 2005, he moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where he graduated magna cum laude in 2009, with a BFA in painting. He is currently a student in MICA’s Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, a nationally recognized art educator preparation program, from which Mr. Kirk plans to graduate in 2010. Mr. Kirk’s recent work is a look on his youth in suburban New Jersey. He is interested in reconfiguring a view of the familiar, into the spectacle of newness, where the mind is suspended between a state of perceiving and a state of knowing and creating meaning.

Erica Prince is a Canadian artist working in Philadelphia. By projecting furniture, “art”, clutter, and décor into her drawn interiors, Prince creates environments of indulgence and frivolity. Lowbrow art and design merge to the effect of cinematic space, un-peopled yet distinctly evocative of the characters that might inhabit them. Her open-air architectural spaces depict extreme, and often questionable architectural possibilities of the future. Prince received a BFA in printmaking from The Maryland Institute College of Art, and was recently featured in New American Paintings magazine. She will attend The Vermont Studio Center residency in the spring of 2010.

David Ubias received his MFA from the Mt. Royal School of Art at MICA. He has been featured in the 2007 Texas Biennial, Art Miami, The Affair in Portland, Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, and Proyecto Magenta in Mexico. He has also had solo shows at the Lawndale Art Center and the Apama Mackey Gallery in Houston. His recent body of work include paintings and structures that mimic personal experiences. He would also like to trade drawings with you. www.davidubias.com