Caroline Falby, Rachel Hayes, Sharon Horvath July 20 - August 18, 2013
Opening Saturday July 20, 7-10pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Associated is pleased to present a three person show featuring works by Caroline Falby, Rachel Hayes, and Sharon Horvath. All three artists share two, or maybe several, common threads amongst their lives - the act of creating artwork, and of having created life, as mothers. Each has taken their own unique aesthetic approach to art making, and with vastly different materials, but have all juggled sustaining an artistic practice while maintaining and nurturing a family in New York City over the years.
Sharon Horvath creates dreamlike paintings, primarily on paper, with pigment and polymer that she mixes herself. Her imagery balances the serene with the naive, consisting of objects such as rocking horses, baseball fields, complex and ambiguous netted structures, and starry nights. Only occasionally do her subjects allude to experiences of maternity in an overt manner, but they often hint at domesticity, and always intimacy.
Caroline Falby, by contrast, often creates works that reflect her position and responsibility as a mother. She uses many media to transgressively question the seemingly absolutist authority of our social structures and especially parenthood. Often employing dark humor, she draws frequently on fables and apocryphal tales from many cultures to undermine and highlight the failures in our own.
In the objects that Rachel Hayes creates, she seeks to find a natural balance between fragility and power. Her work functions on a multitude of levels; as an object of beauty, as minimalist sculpture, as architectural divide, as abstract painting, or even as a massive stained glass patchwork quilt. She applies various materials such as glass, fabric, plastic, paint, wire, and light gels that cast colorful, dynamic shadows onto the surrounding environment. Within her process, she employs techniques evocative of basketry and sewing to build forms that are often related to the “feminine.” Such techniques are offset however, by the color and scale, creating a dichotomy between craft as it relates to the feminine and architecture’s masculine connotations.
Horvath received her BFA from Cooper Union and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art, and has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is currently pursuing a Fulbright US Scholar Grant in India, studying the Ragamala genre of Indian miniature painting. She has received numerous fellowships and awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, The Rome Prize, and two Pollock-Krasner foundation grants. She is currently an Associate Professor of Painting & Drawing at Purchase College, SUNY.
Falby received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College. She has exhibited widely throughout New York including shows at NURTUREart, The Drawing Center, the Queens Museum, and the Bronx Art Space.
Hayes received her BFA from Kansas City University and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has attended numerous residencies such as the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation (NY), Roswell (New Mexico), amongst others, and has exhibited widely throughout the US, and has been commissioned for many public art projects.
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