Lazy Susan Gallery is pleased to present Acid Free – a group exhibition of new art by Christybomb, MAVA, and Sally Ko, curated by Jill Conner. The show's title references elusive and, at times, exclusionary boundaries that exist between the realms of art and craft.
Shown for the first time, these pieces incorporate craft materials with tactile imagery and portray both intimate and distancing relationships. Surfaces alternate from being highly tactile paint to highly crafted materials. Each artwork reinterprets the use of both traditional and craft materials by assigning them new roles and visual identities.
The layering and multiplicity of textures draws the viewer in for up-close encounters, making the objects more present rather than self-aware. The art objects also move beyond their own traditional context, breaking free into three-dimensional, sculptural, and performative pieces.
Christybomb works by sourcing atypical materials and then layering the combination of craft objects, acrylic paint, and other materials stressing the relationships between shape and color. For this exhibition, she explores a monochromatic palette of white on white, black and grays along with concentric shapes comprised of pipe cleaners and yarn.
MAVA works by gathering materials based on specific shapes, colors, textures, and applies a process similar to couture fashion involving an application of sewing, adjustments, remaking, and embellishments. His Untitled piece shows a portrait of a woman on organza whose veil takes on real dimensions, flowing transparently over her painted face.
The surface of Sally Ko's paintings takes on the look of an array of peacock feathers made of Murano glass or geological rocks with dashes of color. She uses paint to create textural and sculptural forms on two-dimensional surfaces.
by Johanna Juni
About the Artists:
Christybomb, born in Louisville, Kentucky, lives and works in New York City and Charleston. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Fine Art and will be an exhibiting artist at SCOPE during the Miami Art Basel Week this year. She will also be the featured SOLO artist at Artexpo New York in 2017. See more here: www.christybomb.com
MAVA, born in Germany, lives and works in New York City. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Fine Art, and is the creator of the popular MAVA dolls, as seen on the Acid Free logo he designed. See more here: www.mynameismava.com
Sally Ko, born in South Korea, lives and works in Chicago. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. Her recent exhibitions include “Tempo Memoria, Daring to Dream Again” at Museo Internationale Italia Arte in Turin, Italy. She also exhibited at Spectrum during Miami Art Basel Week as well as Art Monaco. See more here: www.sallyko.com
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