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Our Bodies Ourselves

March 7 – April 10, 2019

Public Reception: Sunday, March 10, 1 – 3pm

I’m looking forward to Sundays reception. What makes this event really special is that there will be three generations of my family exhibiting.

Ely Center Press Release – Each year during Women’s History Month, ECOCA showcases In Grace We Trust, an exhibition that commemorates the philanthropic work of Grace Taylor Ely who transformed her home at 51 Trumbull Street into a space for local artists to gather and show their work. Since her passing, the Ely Estate and Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art have carried on this tradition, maintaining the building as a place that supports New Haven’s artist communities. In Grace We Trust addresses ideas of tradition and change — a nod to the past as we confront current societal challenges and rise together to create future narratives.

This year, we take inspiration from Our Bodies Ourselves, the pivotal book first published in 1970 in Boston, on the cusp of the 2nd wave of feminism. The book has become a trusted source of support for generations of women who continue to use what they learn in its pages to claim control over their bodies. The 2011 edition, the last print edition, focuses on women’s reproductive health and sexuality. It includes dozens of personal stories and essential, up-to-date information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause, menopause, health issues such as breast and ovarian cancers, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.

Nearly half a century after the first printing of Our Bodies Ourselves, we are still struggling with a system that allows for “inhumane legal restrictions, the imperfections of available contraceptives, the poor sex education, the highly priced and poorly administered health care that keep too many [people] from having this crucial control over their bodies.” (Preface to the 1973 Edition of “Our Bodies Ourselves”).

Inspired by Our Bodies Ourselves, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, was published in 2014 as a resource guide for transgender, gender expansive, and non-binary populations, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender, gender expansive, non-binary, and gender questioning people, their partners and families, and others to look for up-to-date information on life under the trans umbrella. Artists of all genders are invited to share their work and experiences in this exhibition.

Our communities are strengthened through art as it fuels collaborative exchange and encourages us to understand and take responsibility for our mental, spiritual, and physical selves. Art continues to be a valuable tool for individuals to express their personal experiences and a social activator that brings communities together to address common concerns. Inspired by the work writers and editors of Our Bodies Ourselves have done over the years, this exhibition aims to create a safe, open forum in which to share concerns, hopes, and ideas.

Putnam and Mason

Artist Shilo Ratner, Open Spaces, 20 x 20in
Open Spaces, 20 x 20in

I will have work on display at Putnam and Mason this May. This high-end furniture store is a designers dream. This event will be in conjunction with the Greenwich Art Council’s “Art to the Avenue” event.

Putnam and Mason 34 E. Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830

Solo Exhibition: Lawn Club

Below the Surface, 20 x 20in, Acrylic
Below the Surface, 20 x 20in, Acrylic

2019 is turning out to be an incredible year! Another solo exhibition has been put on the books.

Lawn Club, New Haven, CT
Exhibition: November 1 – December 21, 2019
Artist Reception: Tuesday November 5 (5-7pm)

EGGIWEGS DAB ART GALLERY

EGGIWEGS DAB ART GALLERY

 

Imagine, 20 x 20", Acrylic on Canvas
Imagine, 20 x 20in, Acrylic

 

OPENING RECEPTION | DECEMBER 8 | 6-8P

H GALLERY | MIDTOWN VENTURA

Dab Art is pleased to present EGGIWEGS at H Gallery in Midtown Ventura. Aberrantly titled as an homage to the protagonist in the iconic film Clockwork Orange; EGGIWEGS is an international exhibition featuring 21 contemporary artists from around the U.S., Canada and South Korea. This vivid and striking exhibit is primarily composed of abstract works with an emphasis on color fields.

Stylistically, there was a break in the late 1950’s from post war Abstract Expressionism. Artists were experimenting with large fields of flat solid colors across the canvas. By creating a flat picture plane with a dense spread, these pioneers painted works free of objective context, favoring concept over technique.

One of these pioneers, Jules Olitski (1922-07) famously rejected any gestural brushwork, preferring to use an industrial spray-gun to apply paint to his canvases. Interested only in conveying the power of pure color, Olitski abandoned formal narratives with the goal of producing work devoid of all emotional and spiritual elements. While the original idea may have been to eliminate an obvious subject matter, the works of Mark Rothko (1903-70) in contrast, were highly representational of his personal life. His gargantuan abstracts were an eerie evolution of color, moving from brilliant, bright hues during early success, into a drastically dark palette leading up to his suicide.

The artists remembered for their color field abstracts attempted to severe an emotional connection to their work, fortuitously starting a entirely new genre of art. Similar to the artists of the late 1950’s, EGGIWEGS examines the psychological use color by manifesting the principles or attributes of the original movement in an exhibition of 40 impressive and undeniably immersive works. Artworks available on Artsy.

Ricardo Beron
Glenn Carter
Glen Moriwaki
Mark Bennion
Tracy Childs
Tom Bolles
Karen Anable-Nichols
Shilo Ratner
Sacha 9
Sung Eun Park
Ethan Snow

Carl Shubs
Denby Dale
Reina Castellanos
Elizabeth Anne Paquette
Young-Jin Han
Jessamyn Box
Greg Martin
Terri Lloyd
Blandine Saint-Oyant
Lisa Ross

 

Text provide by Dab Art.

Gesture & Geometry

Artist Shilo Ratner Blue Depth, 20 x 20in

The Ely Center is hosting a satellite exhibition from In Formation: Gesture & Geometry, the current exhibition at Perspectives Gallery at the Whitney Center in Hamden. Featured artists include Robert Gregson, Laura Moriarty, Ben Parker, Ken Lovell, and Shilo Ratner.

The Opening Reception and Holiday Gathering is December 2 from 1-3 pm. The Closing Reception is January 6th, 2019 from 1-3 pm.