Patrick Berran, Melissa Brown, Andy Coolquitt, Stacy Fisher, and Shara Hughes
09/18/2015 - 10/24/2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 18th 7-11 PM
MASS is pleased to present a selection of new and re-imagined painting, sculpture, video and installation works by five artists who transform traditional techniques and everyday objects into visionary constructions to confuse, illuminate and delight the senses.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Patrick Berran had solo exhibitions at both White Columns and Chapter NY and was included in a group show at Jack Hanley Gallery in 2014. Additionally, he has shown paintings at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and with Art Production Fund, among other venues nationwide. White Columns presented Berran’s work at NADA, Miami in 2013 and at the INDEPENDENT, New York in 2014. Patrick Berran lives and works in New York and received his MFA from Hunter College.
Melissa Brown’s solo exhibitions and projects have included: Four Play at Essex Flowers, Palisades at Kansas, Paper Fortune at CANADA, Smokin’ Mirrors at Bellwether, Dotto Lotto at Winkleman, Eye in the Sky Hold ‘Em at Where Gallery in New York City and Gertrude’s Nose at Fred Giampietro in Connecticut. Internationally she has mounted solo exhibitions at Kenny Schacter, ROVE in London and Roberto Paradise in Puerto Rico. Her paintings, prints and animations will be included in Providence, a forthcoming museum exhibition at the Museé International des Arts Modestas, France. Her work has been shown at Mass MOCA, Zieher Smith, P.P.O.W, Socrates Sculpture Park, High Dessert Test Sites, Art in General, Sue Scott Gallery and Bronx River Art Center, to name a few. She participated in Performa 07 and staged How to Win the Lottery at the Nuit Blanche in Toronto 2009. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Grant for painting in 2012. NADA NY presented Eye in the Sky Hold ‘Em as a special program in May 2015.
Andy Coolquitt was born in Texas in 1964, and currently lives in Austin. In April and May of 2014, he was artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, a stay that culminated with the exhibition Multi-Marfa Room, at the Locker Plant in Marfa. This past September, he opened his 4th solo exhibition, somebody place, at Lisa Cooley Gallery in NYC. In the spring of 2014, Coolquitt had two solo exhibitions, including This Much at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria, and no I didn’t go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores, at Maryam Nassir Zadeh in New York. In 2013, Coolquitt was an artist-in-residence at 21er Haus in Vienna, Austria. In Fall 2012, he presented a major solo exhibition titled attainable excellence at AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas, organized by the Blaffer Museum in Houston, and opened there in May 2013. Coolquitt is perhaps most widely known for a house, a performance/studio/domestic space that began as his master’s thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, and continues to the present day. Recent group exhibitions include Thief Among Thieves, at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, Colorado. The problem today is not the other but the self, at The Goethe Institute, New York, and Burn these eyes captain, and throw them all in the sea! at Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; His work is included in the collections of the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, and the D. Daskalopous collection, among others.
Stacy Fisher has had two-person exhibitions at Regina Rex and Cleopatra’s in Brooklyn, and Weekend Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in many group exhibitions in New York at galleries such as Jeff Bailey, BravinLee Programs, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, Horton Gallery, and Mixed Greens, among others. She has also exhibited in Chicago at LVL3 and Nudashank in Baltimore. Fisher has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and The Vermont Studio Center. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Shara Hughes was born in Atlanta in 1981, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions. The former include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, Atlanta; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; American Contemporary, New York; Rivington Arms, New York; Metroquardo, Turin; and the Galerie Mikael Anderson, Copenhagen. This year she is participating in group exhibitions at Coburn Projects, London and Salon 94, New York, Jack Hanley, New York amongst others.