: Paintings and installation by Jessica Bizer
Ode Oh Owe
: Paintings by Amy Feldman and Ilse Murdock
Music at the opening by DJ Eyeball and DJ Little Baby Witch Fingers
Good Children Gallery is pleased to present After Forever
, new paintings and installation by gallery member,
Jessica Bizer. Her landscape-based work explores the dramatic, and often awkward, resolution of disparate sensibilities. She is influenced by the push-and-pull between realistic and imaginary space, and the tension
between grandiosity and ambiguity.
Her work is inspired by the way 19th Century Romantic painting and Mid-20th Century abstract painting channel
such sensations, but also reflects the fantastical sensibility of digital aesthetics. With these sensibilities as a guide,
her work investigates contemporary versions of the sublime.
“A contemporary sublime might, then, have to engage an environment in which multiplicitous signification...is not
only the norm but the model, and where the issues are not the incomplete and the rough, but the intersection of
differences.” ——Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime
, New York,: Allworth Press,1999.
Jessica Bizer is a founding member of Good Children Gallery and a 2009 graduate of the MFA program at the University of New Orleans. Her recent exhibitions have included a Prospect 1.5 show at the Louisiana State Museum, curated by Dan Cameron, and group exhibitions at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA, and at Parse Gallery, a New Orleans collective. Additionally, she has had several solo exhibitions in New Orleans and has been in group shows in both New Orleans and New York. Her work has been featured in publications such as Nylon
, National Public Radio's Studio 360
blog, and The New Orleans-Times Picayune
Before There Were Eyes
, arylic and airbrush on canvas, 48 x 36", 2012.
Hope It's True
, arylic and airbrush on canvas, 96 x 60", 2012.
The Good Children Gallery is pleased to present Ode Oh Owe
, a painting show that explores the work of Amy Feldman and Ilse Murdock. The exhibition focuses on two artists who have similar processes with varying disposition. Working on their own terms, both Feldman and Murdock make paintings that are executed within a limited time frame, navigating the extremes between careful articulation and off-the-cuff responses. Feldman works in the studio rigorously exploring figure/ground relationships, while Murdock paints the majority of her work outdoors, employing the bottom edge of her painting as a palette to witness a quick compression of material and image on the surface. Feldman and Murdock’s application of paint is similar, as evidenced by bold gestural marks that summarize succinct moments of visual pleasure using a limited number of brushstrokes. In part one of this exhibition, Feldman’s blunt abstractions mingle with Murdock’s capricious landscapes, as the o-shaped remnants from Murdock’s palette converse with Feldman’s rings and spirals. The works in Ode Oh Owe
are abrupt and matter-of-fact, undercut by sensitivity to form, image and after image.
Amy Feldman received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Rutgers University. She has recently been included in exhibitions at Sue Scott Gallery, New York; Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York; and Participant Inc., New York. Feldman has been a Visiting Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University, Lehman College, and Wave Hill, and has received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant. She also was awarded fellowships from VCU Arts at Plant Zero, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Amy Feldman is currently an artist-in-residence at The Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Art Center. She recently received a fellowship from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and is preparing for a solo exhibition at Blackston Gallery, New York, and upcoming group exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles.
Ilse Murdock has exhibited in numerous venues including B9 Gallerie, Vienna, Austria; David Hall Fine Art, Boston, MA; Bellevue City Hall, Seattle, WA; Pace University, New York; Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME; A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Alexander and Bonnin, New York; and Feigen Contemporary, New York. She has been featured in publications such as Art Fag City
, The New York Times
, Artillery Magazine
, and The Art Fuse
, and was recently featured by NY Arts Magazine
in the article 30 Artists to Watch in 2012. Murdock received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Parsons School of Design, and a Masters of Fine Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.