“Electric Caresses,” curated by Diana Buckley, featuring the work of Joe Ballweg, Paul DeMuro, Margaux Ogden and Erika Ranee

October 1, 2016-October 2, 2016, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Hosted by Deborah Brown at 324 Ten Eyck Street

ELECTRIC CARESSES Curated by Diana Buckley
October 1 — 23, 2016
Reception Friday, September 30, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Joe Ballweg / Paul DeMuro
Margaux Ogden / Erika Ranee
Hosted by Deborah Brown
324 Ten Eyck St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Dates: Oct. 1-23
Hrs. weekends 1-6 pm + by appointment

Brooklyn, New York—Electric Caresses is a group exhibition featuring works by Joe Ballweg, Paul DeMuro, Margaux Ogden, and Erika Ranee. In conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios from Oct. 1-2, 2016, and three weekends to follow, this exhibit explores highly nuanced electrifying imagery through large format paintings by artists that evoke an ability to speak to the present through electrifying metaphors. A contained and perhaps non-electric image can be obvious—(like an old still life found in a second hand store), and it can be subtle—(like a dusty portrait of a child painted in a flat mat hue). But the art of our time, as seen in this exhibit, yields to re-contextualizing and re-framing our pragmatic use of things and the way we enliven them.

Ballweg, DeMuro, Ogden and Ranee’s intellectual arsenals contain more scintillating image-data than an average person’s holds. As an urban archivist, Ranee builds paintings layered with visual freestyle in the form of Energy-Tags. She collects discarded memorabilia – like magazine images of hip hop moguls, old hole-ridden sleep shirts, and snippets of conversations from eavesdropping ventures on the street, the bus, car or train. These urban artifacts are subsequently added to the mix and embedded in a metallic, viscous preserve of paint and shellac. Her painting is an exercise in pushing paint around to articulate a contemporary time capsule on canvas. Ogden paints and writes directly on unprimed canvas reflecting an immediate and vulnerable intimacy. Her text is drawn from everyday life referencing relationships, confessions, literature, jokes, numerical equations, observations and occasional nonsense; the resulting tone is reflected, or negated, by her sensuous color palette. Ballweg’s inquisitive and quirky form is precisely painted and positioned around spackled multi color hues that he hand-mixes. The colors allude to a digital 1980’s Gen X era, flowing elegantly amidst an immensely masculine composition. DeMuro is inspired by a plethora of artists, from Judy Chicago to Georges Seurat. His massive 91 x 112 inch painting fixates the viewer through repetition of hand held mirrors. The encompassing diamond shaped vortex painted on the outer layer alludes to a pulsation, perhaps a base-heavy beat heard in trip-hop. Both Ballweg and DeMuro’s paintings alternate between an electrifying-metaphor that shares commonalities with their counterparts, Ogden and Ranee in this show.

Diana Buckley is an independent curator based in Williamsburg, NY, working primarily with contemporary emerging and mid-career artists throughout the five boroughs. She earned her BFA with an emphasis in Art History Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Art Administration from the University of New Orleans. She is the Director of Advancement for ProjectArt.org, a nation-wide social impact organization working to provide free access to arts education and studio space for emerging artists. Her past curated group exhibitions include, I am What I am Not Yet, A Survey of Brooklyn’s Moment, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, 2015; The Space Between, Paul Kolker Collection, 2014; Schiller and Dream within a Dream New Century Artists, 2014; Shrink It Pink It, 80 Artists, Cathouse FUNeral Gallery, 2014; Persona, Colleen Asper and Amy Beecher, 7 Dunham, 2013; and It’s Really Normaling, Brian Belott and Eric Hibit, The Greenwich House, 2013.

Storefront Ten Eyck at 324 Ten Eyck St. in the heart of the Bushwick art community at the Grand Avenue stop on the L train — is a former contemporary art gallery started by artist Deborah Brown to show the work of emerging Bushwick artists and to revisit the work of established artists. Since 2016, the gallery is transitioning wholly to Deborah Brown’s artist studio, and designated for select shows. Deborah Brown is a Bushwick artist, curator, arts activist and board member of NURTUREart, BRIC Artist Advisory Council and Community Board #4 in Bushwick. Her work is represented by Mike Weiss Gallery in NY.

For more information, please contact Diana Buckley / 917 288.2503 / buckley.diana@gmail.com

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