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BADLAND: Jennifer Murray and Andrea DeFelice
January 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
New York, NY. Porter Contemporary presents BADLAND, an exhibition of works by Jennifer Murray and Andrea DeFelice from January 9 through February 8 with an opening reception with the artists on Friday, January 9 from 6 – 8 PM and a press preview from 3 – 5 PM
The literal landscapes span territories as varied as private peepholes, vacant public lots, barren deserts, and the ruined military landscapes of the West Bank, while figurative spatial representations appear in the scurrying of rodents, the anonymity of naked flesh, the secret lives of birds, and the vacant faces of dogs under military watch.
Through landscapes and more figurative representations of space, BADLAND engages with themes of manipulation, ownership, surveillance, secrecy, alteration/control of land, and animals as totemic symbols of the fabrication of human lives.
Murray’s work, which often uses animals to communicate her message, combines landscapes and figures often reflecting a juxtaposition between natural versus artificial. DeFelice engages sight, sound, movement and space through mechanical creations and videos to depict boundaries, significance and uselessness.The artists works perfectly compliment each other exploring common issues of the “proclaimed value”, surveillance and accessibility.
BADLAND will run through Sunday, February 8.
What: BADLAND: Works by Jennifer Murray and Andrea DeFelice
Exhibition Dates: January 9 – February 8, 2015
Press Preview: Friday, January 9, 3 – 5 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 6 – 8 PM
Where: Porter / Contemporary, 111 Front St / 55 Washington St, Suite 220, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 12 – 6 PM
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About Porter Contemporary:
Launched in 2006, Porter Contemporary is dedicated to showcasing artists from around the world whose work embodies both skill and risk taking. The mission of Porter Contemporary continues to be based on founder Jessica L. Porter’s vision of opening contemporary art collecting to a broader audience. Over the years, the gallery has earned a dedicated following of new and established collectors who value art that pushes boundaries.
In addition to presenting many distinctive exhibitions throughout the year, Porter Contemporary also provides art rental, art consultation services, collection management and artwork installation.
Andréa DeFelice works across a diverse spectrum of media including sculpture, installation, and mechanical hacks. DeFelice creates moving sculptures by means of componential reconstruction combined with custom-built elements as needed. What’s incorporated determines the mechanical functionality and the conceptual approach to the work, and typically the subject chooses the medium.
Jennifer Murray is originally from Livermore, California. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MA in Sociology from New York University. Her work explores the role of animals in human culture in the Digital Age. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Grin City Collective, and the Art Student’s League in Vytlacil, New York. Murray has exhibited in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Oregon, Richmond, Virginia, and Mermaid Beach, Australia. She lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn.