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Channelizing: Rachael Gorchov and Jon Cowan at Suffolk's Flecker Gallery, Nov. 10 - Dec. 8
Rachael Gorchov: "Five or Six", 2016, acrylic paint, handmade archival paper mache clay, burlap, pigment-based inkjet print on Enhanced Adhesive Synthetic Paper, 53 x 48 x 40 inches
Jon Cowan: "Ribbon"", 2016, acrylic and cotton thread on aida canvas, 26 x 20 inches
Flecker Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming two-person exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Rachael Gorchov and Jon Cowan.
The show is comprised of selected works made between 2014 and 2016. The title of this exhibition, Channelizing, sets an appropriate point of departure for entering a dialogue with the works of these two artists. Both speak of their works as a means of departing from the familiar path of thought, experience, and knowledge. Both channel the subsequent de-stabilization into artworks that re-frame perceptual reality.
About her work, Gorchov states "The various elements of the artworks frame and obscure one another, de-familiarizing omnipresent, ordinary environments."
About his work, Cowan expresses that idea the work is a "re-staging of tradition that seeks to de-familiarize what we think we know." Both Gorchov and Cowan present us with work that evokes a kind of longing, a need to grasp that which is just beyond our reach, to see beyond the limits of sight, and they do so by manifesting a kind of abstract-surrealism; a space where the limits of both our perceptual experience and our consciousness ultimately become the primary emphasis and the subject of the work. Each is creating an alchemy of the moment, both internal end external. All of this is an embodiment of process, material, image, and vision working in discordant harmony. This is a channeling; a synthesis that is poignant and filled with vivacity at this moment in history.
Rachael Gorchov was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1979. She attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University and earned a BFA in 2001. Subsequently, she attended Hunter College, City University of New York earning an MFA in 2006. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including shows at The English Folk Dance and Song Society, London, UK; Galeria Arsena in Bialystok, Poland and in New York City; the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); Owen James Gallery, and Simuvac Projects both in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA), an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn and is an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She lives and works in New York City.
Jonathan Cowan was born in 1982 in Temple, Texas. He attended The University of Texas at San Antonio where he earned a BFA in 2006. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City. He has participated in numerous exhibitions including shows at Simuvac Projects, Brooklyn, NY; Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY; the Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn NY; c2c projects, San Francisco, CA; Ventana 244, Brooklyn, NY; and TSA New York, Brooklyn NY. He lives and works in New York City.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Flecker Gallery Director and Curator, Matthew Neil Gehring. Please visit our website or contact the gallery directly for directions, to schedule an appointment, or to request a catalog.