Out of the Blue: An Exhibition about Weather and the Creative Process

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Conceived by artists Joy Episalla and Joy Garnett, organized by Abington Art Center curator Amy Lipton, Out of the Blue is one of the most significant shows to premier at Abington Art Center, presenting works from 22 prominent regional, national and international artists hailing from Philadelphia, NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, London, Toronto and Vancouver. The exhibition focuses on the dynamics of human creativity as a metaphor for geological and atmospheric phenomena. Treating issues of weather both literally and symbolically, Out of the Blue approaches the creative process as a kind of weather system.

Conceived by artists Joy Episalla and Joy Garnett, organized by Abington Art Center curator Amy Lipton, Out of the Blue is one of the most significant shows to premier at Abington Art Center, presenting works from 22 prominent regional, national and international artists hailing from Philadelphia, NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, London, Toronto and Vancouver.

The exhibition focuses on the dynamics of human creativity as a metaphor for geological and atmospheric phenomena. Treating issues of weather both literally and symbolically, Out of the Blue approaches the creative process as a kind of weather system.

Ideas, like hurricanes, seem to come "out of the blue," though they arrive through a combination of complex forces. Through metaphors provided by art, Out of the Blue leads us through the tangle of influences—both innovative and destructive—that humans exert upon one another and the environment. Understanding and cultivating these influences and relationships is the key to our cultural vitality in a world where technological hubris and political arrogance overshadow tolerance and collaboration.

On display, in addition to artworks, is a selection of "ephemera" loaned by the curators and participating artists. Found objects, artist multiples, books, CDs and vernacular artifacts interspersed throughout the exhibition and displayed in nearby vitrines, reflect the artists' sources and provide a map of their thought processes.

Through this grouping of artists, artworks and objects, which are all connected to one another in some way, Out of the Blue generates its own weather conditions, a storm of intertwined processes—artistic, social, political, atmospheric, and geological. As we influence one another, we in turn affect our culture and the environment, and creativity itself becomes a force of nature.

Full info at: http://outoftheblueproject.org

ABOUT THE CURATORS

Joy Episalla is a New York artist who works in the interstices between photography, video and sculpture. Her work focuses on the wealth of information that mundane architecture or an object can provide, like a forensic examiner or palm reader, studying the cracks and stains inscribed on the surface—the secret histories of places and things. A long time AIDS activist, she is on the board of Treatment Action Group and the Gesso Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally including the Wexner Center for the Arts; Debs & Co., NY; The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; and Studio 1.1, London. A solo exhibition at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago runs concurrently to this exhibition. She is a 2003 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

Joy Garnett is a New York artist whose work focuses on images of the apocalyptic-sublime and its intersections with media, politics and culture. Her paintings have been exhibited at Debs & Co., Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, Foxy Production, Clementine Gallery, White Columns, Exit Art, and Schroeder Romero, NY; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; Aeroplastics Contemporary, De Witte Zaal, and De Bond, Belgium. In 2002 she organized the traveling exhibition Night Vision, about networks, surveillance and media images of war that opened at Illinois State University Galleries and traveled to White Columns, NY (2002) and Central Michigan University Art Gallery (2003). In 2004 she received a grant from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. She is the Arts Editor at Cultural Politics, an internationally refereed journal published by Berg, Oxford, UK.

Amy Lipton has been active as a curator since she opened her first gallery in New York's East Village in 1986. She was the owner and director of Amy Lipton Gallery until 1995. In 1999 Lipton became Curator for ecoartspace, a New York and California based non-profit organization dedicated to raising environmental awareness through the arts. In June 2002, her curatorial project Ecovention, with an accompanying 160-page catalogue opened at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2003-04 Lipton was Guest Curator of Imaging the River at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. She is working with The Nature Conservancy, The Audubon Society, and Nurture New York's Nature on a series of exhibitions and discussions titled Human/Nature: Art and the Environment. Lipton has been Curator at Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA since December 2004.

OUT OF THE BLUE

http://outoftheblueproject.org

OUT OF THE BLUE an exhibition about weather and the creative process.

Conceived by artists Joy Episalla + Joy Garnett

Organized by Amy Lipton

March 4 - May 6, 2006

ARTISTS' RECEPTION:

Saturday, March 4th, 3pm - 6pm

Abington Art Center

515 Meetinghouse Road

Jenkintown, PA 19046

Works by:

Stephen Andrews, Robert Bordo, Emily Brown, Diane Burko, Dawn DeDeaux, Christos Dikeakos, John Dougill, Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Erik Hanson, Geoffrey Hendricks, J.J. L’Heureux, Bill Jones, Zoe Leonard, Frank Moore, Eileen Neff, Andrea Polli, Hunter Reynolds, Austin Thomas, Bing Wright, Carrie Yamaoka

With a selection of ephemera and multiples by:

Colin Keefe, Richard Long, Ben Neill, Kiki Smith, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson, Andrea Zittel [and others]

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