Insistently abstract, these art objects are interventionist, protruding, bulging. They take up space.
Inna Babaeva is a New York based artist who works with a wide variety of materials such as mirrors, fabric, digital printing, and glass as well as multiple conceptual frameworks to make work that is at once humorous and cutting. Her work engages ideas of provocation, play, and the absurd nature of contemporary life. Inna had a recent solo show at TSA Gallery, New York and her past exhibitions include Anna Kustera Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, Underdonk, Storefront Ten Eyck, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her work has been reviewed in VICE magazine, ArtFCity, Sleek magazine and Artnews. She was a 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant nominee and a 2015 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Grant recipient. She is a 2017 Urban Glass Visiting Artist Fellow. Inna was born in Lvov, Ukraine.
Joy Curtis lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is an artist engaged at the intersections of spirit, culture and the built or made object. Also a trained Reiki practitioner, her work reflects an interest in healing and traverses the notion of space from architecture to the body and back. She received her MFA from Ohio University in 2002. She has had three solo shows at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (NY), and has been included in exhibitions at the Aldrich Museum (CT), The Bronx River Art Center, Zieher Smith and Horton, CRG, Lu Magnus, Leslie Heller, Nurture Art, ISE Cultural Foundation, Triple Candie, and The Wassaic Project (NY). Curtis is the recipient of fellowships from Socrates Sculpture Park and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Artcritical, and Saatchi Online, and featured on Gorky’s Granddaughter and James Kalm’s Rough Cut video blogs.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1962, Gail Fitzgerald was raised and educated in equal measure under the ethos of staunch Irish Catholicism and the low budget special effects of Sid & Marty Krofft. Her work reflects a make-do work ethic and handmade aesthetic combined with a pleasure-seeking color sense and a continuation of the exploration of painting as object begun in the 1960’s. She earned a BFA from MassArt in 1985, after which she moved to the Lower East Side where she connected with the confluence of artists and musicians who presided over the denouement of the East Village art scene in the late 80’s. She had her first solo show at Bess Cutler Gallery in 1989 and has participated in group and solo exhibitions at the Randy Alexander, Julian Pretto, Blum Helman, Roger Merians and Stephanie Theodore galleries, among other venues. Her most recent solo exhibition, Calling Occupants, was organized by the artist Michael Brennan at the DeKalb Gallery at Pratt in 2015. Other recent projects include: Locally Sourced, curated by Andrea Inselmann at the Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University (2015), collaborative exhibitions with her husband Carl Ostendarp-- Plasti-Kool II at Joseph Carroll and Sons, Boston (2010) and Relativity Suite at the Pitch Project, Milwaukee (2015). Fitzgerald’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, The Boston Globe and Art in America.
Throat Chakra is organized by Christine Heindl.