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new works by
Linda Cunningham and Levan Mindiashvili
November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday November 13, 2015
229 Cook St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Linda Cunningham and Levan Mindiashvili share a deep admiration for the language of buildings and surfaces in ruins, both ancient and modern. Well traveled, they have spent time touching these walls, and have read from their destination’s kiosks. This tactile knowledge filters back into their work in torn pages, layers, metallic bits, and shards of information, precariously juxtaposing ancient against industry, governments and the onslaught of Nature.
Linda Cunningham – Unexpected materials, found and manufactured, perch precariously on torn edges and bifurcated sheets of large paper. Here, fluid calligraphic lines are posed against the veracity of photo-transferred images and the tactile sensibility of history emerges. The deteriorating, hulking remains of the Ruhr Valley coal and steel industry, or abandoned waterfront areas in the Bronx, are both cautious and optimistic as they succumb to the vitality persisting in vulnerable stands of old trees.
Linda Cunningham is a New York City based artist who exhibits extensively both in New York and Germany. Her work was recently reviewed in the blog sites, IndigogoandLifestyle.com and Art-Nerd.com reviewed her “”Urban Regeneration II was recently exhibited in two locations at Westchester Square in the Bronx.
Her recent installation, originally created for No Longer Empty at the Bronx, Andrew Freedman House was installed at the Bronx Museum in 2014 in an exhibition sponsored by all the Bronx Arts Organizations. Recent solo exhibitions include Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, the Fundacion Euroidiomas, Lima, Peru, and the StattMuseum, Cologne Germany. Monumental public sculptural installations & alternative memorials are permanently sited in Cologne, Kassel, Bad Hersfeld & Cornberg, Germany, and Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey. She is the recipient of grants from the Bronx Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Berlin, Arts International Kade Collaborative Works, and the John Anson Kittredge Foundation.
Levan Mindiashvili’s new works are based on the exploration of public and private spaces, their origins, their dependence on one another and their influence on contemporary society. How does one regain their history, their truth? Mindiashvili offers a window into reconstructing his country’s history by more poetic means. His beautiful paintings with altered archival photographs of Tbilisi, Georgia’s architectural landmarks are placed against dark minimalist canvases, epitaphs to the question of what is real and what is not.
Levan Mindiashvili is a Georgian born visual artist currently living and working in New York City. After graduating from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, numerous exhibitions in Europe and in his native Georgia, Levan continued postgraduate studies at The National University of Art of Buenos Aires (Argentina). While in Buenos Aires, he curated several shows at The Laguanacazul Art Gallery and was a performer of the experimental theater company Ensamble Caustico.
Recent solo exhibitions include Studies For Unintended Archeology, The Vazquez Building, Brooklyn, NY, 2015, Borderlines, The Lodge Gallery, New York, 2014, Urban Identities, Kunstraub99, Cologne, 2013. Current curatorial projects include Heritage, at The Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2013, and at The RichMix Arts Center, London, 2015. Upcoming exhibitions include Aesthetics of Repair. Fractures within Georgian Contemporary Art, Tartu Art Museum Estonia, 2016, and A Room of One’s Own: An Exhibition, The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York, 2016.
KIOSK is the gallery’s twelfth exhibition. Gallery hours are Friday thru Sunday 1-6 pm, and by appointment.
ODETTA is a Bushwick-based gallery created and run by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan. The gallery exhibits the works of contemporary artists focusing on Color Theory, Minimalism, Glyphs, Buddha Mind, Fluxus, History, Humor, Psychedelia, Ephemera, Science, Math and Music.
**The gallery will be closed for installation November 6-8 and will reopen on November 13, 2015.
Ellen Hackl Fagan
To get there: Cook Street is bordered between Bogart Street to the north, and Evergreen Street to the south. The Morgan Ave stop on the L train is 3.5 blocks from Cook Street.