Devin Morris

Untitled Red (Sam 04), 2016

digital c-print

24 x 36 inches

Devin Morris

Untitled Beige (Ensemble), 2016

digital c-print

24 x 36 inches

Carris Adams

Bone No. 30, 2017

enamel and imitation gold leaf on paper

18 x 24 inches

Carris Adams

Bone No. 3, 2016

enamel and gouache on paper

18 x 24 inches

Carris Adams

BeautyfeelFEELsupply, 2017

acrylic on paper mounted on panel

5 x 7 inches

Stephen Gurtowski

Untitled (Hand), 2016

oil on canvas

64 x 69 inches

Stephen Gurtowski

Landslide, 2016

oil on canvas

17 x 14 inches

Stephen Gurtowski

Untitled (Drain #2), 2017

enamel on canvas

13 x 17 inches

Harlan Mack

Forecast Revival, 2015

re-forged steel shovels with wood shovel handles

72 x 72 x 11 inches

Harlan Mack

Future Kin, 2016 - 17

50 forged steel faces, reclaimed wooden fence, reclaimed plywood, and acrylic paint

dimensions variable

individually available

Harlan Mack

Future Kin #104, 2016 - 2017

Forged steel face, reclaimed wooden fence, reclaimed plywood, and acrylic paint,

dimensions variable

Harlan Mack

Future Kin #24, 2016 - 2017

Forged steel face, reclaimed wooden fence, reclaimed plywood, and acrylic paint,

dimensions variable

Harlan Mack

Future Kin #76, 2016 - 2017

Forged steel face, reclaimed wooden fence, reclaimed plywood, and acrylic paint,

dimensions variable

Harlan Mack

Future Kin #53, 2016 - 2017

Forged steel face, reclaimed wooden fence, reclaimed plywood, and acrylic paint,

dimensions variable

Kennedy Yanko

Metal and Skin 5, 2017

acrylic and metal

48 x 72 x 36 inches

Kennedy Yanko

Metal and Skin 8, 2017

acrylic, metal, and paper

18 x 8 x 13 inches

Kennedy Yanko

Metal and Skin 7, 2017

12 x 13 x 14 inches

Mary A. Valverde

Untitled (Folds), 2017

Marks on folded fabric and paper

Dimensions variable

Mary Valverde

Chakana, 2008

record sleeves, graph paper, ink, copper pins

Dimensions Variable, installed size 10 ft x 6 ft

Mary Valverde

Chakana, 2008

record sleeves, graph paper, ink, copper pins

Dimensions Variable, installed size 10 ft x 6 ft

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Press Release

Jenkins Johnson Projects is pleased to present its inaugural exhibitions curated by Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist, Derrick Adams. The opening reception will be on Saturday, September 30 from 4-7 pm with a DJ set by April Hunt. The first gallery of its kind in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Jenkins Johnson Projects plans to engage the local community and celebrate the vibrancy of the neighborhood and greater Brooklyn. Derrick Adams’ curation will include a solo exhibition of Brooklyn based artist, Arjan Zazueta: Beautification, as well as a group exhibition, Hidden in Plain Sight: Carris Adams, Stephen Gurtowski, Harlan Mack, Devin N. Morris, Mary A. Valverde, and Kennedy Yanko.

 

 

ARJAN ZAZUETA: BEAUTIFICATION

 

Arjan Zazueta is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY, with previous exhibitions at Rush Arts, The Lux Center for the Arts, and Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, among others.  Zazueta’s floral collages transform the Project’s parlor level into a colorful garden reflective of the adjacent Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For this series Zazueta draws inspiration from Jan van Huysum, the 17th century Dutch artist known for his luscious paintings of impossible floral combinations. Using historical flower paintings as a model, this series responds in a minimal and personal way to death, politics and aging through beauty.

 

 

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT  

 

Hidden in Plain Sight highlights six diverse artists that navigate the contemporary urban environment by igniting photography, painting and mixed media sculpture in a way that expands spatial confines. The artists in this exhibition come from Brooklyn, Chicago, and beyond, and navigate the contemporary urban environment.  They touch on signifiers of connection and disconnection within the city, as well as themes of otherness, racial difference, queerness, and isolation. The works inhabit the Project's more industrial basement-level gallery, as well as a signature jewel box.

 

Carris Adams was recently featured in the exhibition, Palatable, at the Studio Museum in Harlem and named a Breakout Artist of 2017 by Chicago’s New City Art. Her ­­­paintings and drawings investigate language in the form of signs.  She describes, “I grew up riding buses and using signs as markers and as points for navigating the city. In doing this, it was very clear to me what kinds of things were available in a Black or Brown space versus a white space. This included the mutability of the language, the age of the surface, typographic design and how history and politics are intertwined in all these markers within the landscape.”  For the first time ever, she will be showing works from her Bones series, daily or weekly sketches which enable her to remain engaged and active.  

 

Stephen Gurtowski is a painter based in New York City whose work explores the history of abstraction, as well as themes of queer identity and queer experience within an urban society. Art critic, Jan Avgikos describes his work as, “Very urban. Very mental. Experimental—just you and the blank surface, the weight of history, and heaps of expectation: Just what painting is and potentially will continue to be.”

 

Harlan Mack uses as a vehicle the narrative of speculative fiction to express his thoughts, ideas, and personal experience.  His forged steel faces are evidence of humanity amongst the distillation of symbols relating to labor, identity, family, perception and environment.  He calls the steel faces his “Future Kin.” Hidden in Plain Sight includes his Future Kin works, Forecast Revival which are created from steel shovels and a site-specific installation of his framed steel masks in the Project’s jewel box.

Queens-born Mary A. Valverde has served on the NYC Public Design Commission since 2015 with Hank Willis Thomas.  Valverde creates installations reminiscent of sacred spaces and material offerings.  Her works bring together various ephemera material to formulate a visual network based on arithmetic diagrams. Artist William Cordova describes her as, “a cultural practitioner invested in ritual, the quotidian and syncretic relationships.  She is a copious researcher with a ravenous appetite for the trans-physics we create as a society.”

 

Kennedy Yanko is a Brooklyn-based sculptor who works in metal, marble, wood and acrylic to expose the beauty in the abject. Learning more about her materials’ pasts has encouraged Yanko to repurpose metal and change our experiences with it by altering the way it participates in a space.  In her work, Mobility, she uses taxi-yellow which “embodies the spirit of New York.  It references the quintessential experience of urbanites who exist, survive and thrive within the frenetic movement of NYC traffic, and the standard pace of life.”

 

 

CURATOR DERRICK ADAMS

 

Adams recently served as guest curator for the inaugural curated section of VOLTA NY 2016.  His work has been shown at MoMA PS1; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Studio Museum in Harlem; Contemporary Art Museum Houston; and the California African American Museum.

 

 

JENKINS JOHNSON PROJECTS

 

The mission of Jenkins Johnson Projects is to enhance the cultural environment of its community, encourage collaboration, and provide a space for active dialogue. The space welcomes a rotation of guest curators who present exhibitions of international contemporary artists working across disciplines. 

 

Founded in 2017, Jenkins Johnson Projects is the first gallery of its kind in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.  It plans to engage the local community and celebrate the vibrancy of the neighborhood and greater Brooklyn area. The space is located across the street from Prospect Park at 207 Ocean Avenue in a turn of the century Limestone building, in the Ocean on the Park Historic District. It is on the subway lines B, Q, and S (Franklin Avenue Shuttle) at Prospect Park Station. It is in close proximity to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Public Library. Jenkins Johnson Projects provides an alternate setting for intimate interactions with art and artists.

 

For more information on this exhibition please contact
Projects Director, Tess Sol Schwab at 212.629.0707 or nyc@jenkinsjohnsongallery.com



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