Naughty or Nice
Curated by Brooke Erin Goldstein
NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 28, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 6PM – 9PM
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to relaunch COLLECT Concept for the holiday season with “Naughty or Nice,” a group exhibition and emporium featuring local artists and artisans curated by Brooke Erin Goldstein. “Naughty or Nice” opens with a reception on Saturday, November 22 from 6PM – 9PM.
Inspired by the lyrics of the famed holiday classic “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Naughty or Nice” underscores the paranoia that stems from Santa’s watchful eye and explores the tumultuous emotions that are derived from the intense scrutiny during the holiday season. “Think Holiday Cheer and Santa’s Workshop meets Big Brother,” Goldstein says. “This approach will evoke feelings of comfort and familiar anxiety very much like visiting with family for the holidays. Basically, it is a holiday show gone wrong with fun and a little debauchery.”
“Naughty or Nice” will feature new works from artists in the main gallery and artisans in the studio space. The artists will be making new work for the show that expands on techniques and subject matters they are currently exploring in their studios. Featured artists include:
Jacqueline Frole’s interactive installations entice the viewer to participate in the experience of her work.
Jian (Jack) Yu uses juxtaposed forms and innovative almost melted glaze work in his ceramic sculptures that inspires inquiry while simultaneously providing nostalgia.
Françoise McAree’s collage images makes us question culture and society and what it means to be different versus normal.
Yann Weiner’s hazy imagery and painterly approach causes viewers to take ownership of his work and feel as if the pieces are a memory of their own making.
Brooke Erin Goldstein’s playful use of color and symbolism draws the viewer in to tell an emotional story.
Colette Aimee’s paintings lure the viewer into her passionate and sometimes dangerous world with bold figurative style and striking color.
The emporium with feature artisans with daring and unusual approaches to objects we are familiar with in our daily lives, such as:
Steven Lubecki and Jason Morrissey are bladesmiths who use old world techniques mixed with new world aesthetics that give their knives and metal objects an irresistible attraction.
Alex Jacques’ straight razors are as menacingly handsome as they are useful.
Nidal Fakhouri has a fun approach to functioning ceramic objects by referencing technology in his forms.
David Allyn’s ceramic cups mix gutsy and playful graphics that give drinking a whole new edge.
Kathleen Prindiville’s use of crystals and miniature metal endangered species make us think of jewelry as relics of protection.
Breanna Bates‘s jewelry recall the words avant-garde when looking at the surprising shapes and textures.
Robyn Giragosian of Sparkletown Studios bridges the gap between naughty and nice with her burlesque inspired accessories, jewelry and wearables all drenched in glitter and Swarovski crystals.
Muffy Brandt bends our minds with both humor and psychedelic patterns with her clothing and jewelry for Kaizen.
CYAN collaborators Cynthia Lech and Yann Weiner’s graphically layered T-shirts fabricate a tense look making the wearer feel somehow aggressive and protected all at once.
To tie the works together and support the “Naughty or Nice” theme, a holiday-centric living room will be set up in the front of the gallery, complete with a fireplace, Christmas tree and furniture. The emporium behind the gallery will be arranged like a holiday dining room with an office area and a display cases showcasing the fine craft portion of the show. “This will encourage the viewer to ‘live’ with the artwork and intimately experience the show – and all its holiday prickliness – in a familiar setting,” notes Goldstein.
The opening reception for “Naughty or Nice” is Saturday, November 22, from 6PM – 9PM. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, December 28, 2014. This is the second show curated by Brooke Erin Goldstein at Yellow Peril. In 2013, she presented “Nature Contained”, a one-night-only event featuring artists working with nature as a medium or subject matter at The Plant Courtyard.
About Yellow Peril Gallery
Founded in 2011, YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging, mid-career and established artists in the United States and abroad. Our inventory comprises of works of art from critically-acclaimed artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and 10% from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.
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