July 12, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PAPER VIEW, A Show of Works on Paper
September 3 – September 24
Opening reception, Saturday, September 3 from 6 to 9
Poetry reading on opening night, September 3 at 7pm : Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and Ga Hae Park
Poetry reading Saturday, September 24 at 4pm : Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and Star Black
Gathering of the Tribes, 285 East Third Street (Between Ave C&D)
Two Artists Using Paper in Powerful New Ways
The legendary East Village salon space, Gathering of the Tribes presents a show of evocative and innovative works on paper by Gahae Park and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. Both artists cut, paint and glue to achieve oppositional results.
Gahae Park combines traditional painting techniques with a sculptural vision. By cutting small windows into paper she creates meditative layers. The results can read like an advent calendar in which each window opens to reveal a picture inside. These visual poems resemble musical scores while questioning notions of notation, purity, linearity and repetition.
A Korean native, Park received an MFA in painting from Pratt and has been in 10 solo shows and scores of group shows. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts and Chelsea Now. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation and was a resident at Art Omi.
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is best known as a poet. He is also a “master collagist,” according to the East Villager. Wright’s collages incorporate conventional materials like antique paper and everyday ephemera with emblematic materials from his East Village base. Graffiti, rock and roll stickers and cartoon iconography provide inspiration for dynamic compositions that exude pop flair and calligraphic wonder.
Wright studied with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College where he completed the MFA program in Poetry. He is the author of 11 books of verse. His artwork has been included in several group shows. He had a solo show at AC Projects in Chelsea in 2010. From 1987 to 2001, he published Cover Magazine, the Underground National. Currently he edits Live Mag! Several of his performances can be viewed on Youtube.
"Also featuring a piece by Laura Traynor titled, "Splat!". Laura Traynor is currently a student at the University of Arts London.
Funded By a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation.