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A co-exhibition of
Debbi Kenote & Alyssa McClenaghan
April 9-23, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, April 9, 6:00-10:00 pm.
Regular Hours: Fridays 4-10pm; Saturdays 10am-4pm; Sundays 12-4pm. For further information please contact PeepSpace at PeepSpaceNY@gmail.com
Kenote and McClenaghan work collectively to dissect nature, the body, and architecture. Re-Union transforms those rooted ideas through abstraction. Both artists mine internal and personal experiences that are expressed through each medium. Anthropomorphizing shapes work to question what is inside, what is outside, and where and how these forms and structures exist in our everyday world.
McClenaghan’s work of bodily forms quickly and easily converse with Kenote’s painted shapes and colors. This speaks to the friendship that the artists nurtured since attending graduate school together. Though Kenote maintains a studio in Brooklyn and McClenaghan in Troy, this exhibition at Peep Space allows for a reunion of the artists in between their respective New York locales. Re-Union also works to reference each artist’s relationships with their material practice. Both McClenaghan and Kenote work with materials they had previously left behind. For Kenote this is painting, after a long period of creating installation and sculptural work. For McClenaghan, this is reductive sculpture after a period of painting and mixed media work. McClenaghan reunites with personal histories through her sculptures, and Kenote recontextualizes forms and shapes taken from her earlier work using new structures, borders, and mediums. The two artists’ work, when displayed together, enters into a contemporary dialogue, blurring the boundaries of the mediums within which they are defined. McClenaghan’s sculptures move from floor to wall and reveal hints of brush textures, creating soft movements. Kenote’s canvases multiply and stack, allowing moments of fusion between the wall and the floor. Collectively the works harmonize and welcome the viewer into their creators’ reunion.
Debbi Kenote is a New York based artist who received her MFA from Brooklyn College. She has shown her work throughout the U.S. including Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA, Peekskill Project, Peekskill, NY, Deanna Evans Projects, NYC, NY and Front Room Gallery, NYC, NY. In 2019 she had her first solo exhibition at the Canvas by Querencia Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Kenote’s work has been published through Art of Choice and Page Bond Gallery. Kenote has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, DNA Residency, Nes Artist Residency, and CAI Projects. She has curated exhibitions at Open House and the 2018 and 2019 SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
Alyssa McClenaghan is a New York based artist who received her MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College. She has shown her work throughout the U.S. including The Albany Public Library, Pine Hills, Albany, NY, The Hunter Thomas Project Room, NYC, NY, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Novado Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY and Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn NY. McClenaghan’s work has been published in ArtMaze Magazine’s 20th Anniversary issue and will be featured in Friend of the Artist Book: Volume 13 in Summer of 2021. She has been an artist in residence at the Studios at Mass MoCA, at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and at the ChaNorth Residency run through ChaShaMa. Working with materials typically used in construction, McClenaghan’s work continually mines the ideas of labor, femininity, gender, and her own lived history.
Images: (left) Alyssa McCleneghan Paying Bills Sometimes Lent Her the Illusion of Order, 2019, 48 x 12 x 9.5”, Foam Insulation, Joint Compound, Dura Bond, Acrylic Exterior House Paint(right) Debbi Kenote Pericarp, 2021, 60 x 51”, Acrylic on Linen
By Yesterday: A solo exhibition featuring a collaged drawing installation, by Queens, NY artist Beth Livensperger
Opening Reception: Friday, March 12th 6-10pm
Beth Livensperger’s large-scale collages depict women negotiating the challenges and small humors of white-collar jobs. In By Yesterday, she focuses on the breakneck pace of labor that is too often our contemporary norm. Being busy, taking on too much, working against deadlines, are all hallmarks of the 24/7 hyper-efficient culture we have collectively created. The loosely connected scenes which fill PeepSpace’s gallery depict the process of working overtime on a project. Surrounded by the detritus of a day’s labors – from coffee cups to Solo cups – two women arrange papers on the floor. The solution, the perfect plan, has to be here. On the opposite wall, someone sits alone in her office cubicle, head in hand. A gaggle of colleagues compare notes nearby. These images depict both the anxiety of working under pressure, but also the communal energy of pushing towards a desired outcome. The installation also echoes physical features of the gallery itself. The visual rhymes thus established link the artist’s invention to the viewer’s surroundings.
Originally from the Midwest, Beth Livensperger holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union, and an M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. She has exhibited at venues in NYC, widely throughout the U.S., and in Seoul, Korea. Her solo projects have been hosted by The Abrons Art Center and Chashama, and she has participated in group exhibitions at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, RISD Memorial Hall Gallery, The Painting Center, and Essex Flowers, among many others. Her work has been reviewed in Politico, Two Coats of Paint blog, and WNYC’s Culture Datebook. Residency and grant support has been received by the Lower East Side Printshop, Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Chashama, The Abrons Art Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, among others. The artist gratefully acknowledges support from the Lower East Side Printshop on this project.
The Family Of, curated by Jeff Dietz
January 15th – February 21st, 2021
Family photographs are, for many, one of our first introductions to photography. They are ubiquitous, and at the same time precious. There is a long history in photography of artists documenting their loved ones as an act of art and love.
The definition and visual representation of American families is constantly changing. It has been a patchwork that is hard to categorize and define. The nuclear family has never fully represented the nation, nor should it be the sole beacon of aspiration. Individual family stories can help to unify and breed empathy. The challenge of being bound in name can lead to strong growth and bonding. And for some, family can be lost in blood and found in community.
Jeff Dietzis a photographer based in Tarrytown, New York. He is a graduate of the Hartford Art School and currently works as a studio manager and in-house photographer and videographer for Mamiya America Corporation. His personal practice focuses primarily on photographic artist books and zines.
The Family Of includes the work of: Jonathan Bagby, Trent Bozeman, Frances Bukovsky, J. Carrier, Nelson Chan, Jeremiah Dine, Sydney Ellison, Christian Gallo, Taylor Galloway, Juan Giraldo, Joe Johnson, Sydney Krantz, Anthoula Lelekidis, Joe Librandi-Cowan, Karl Frederick Mattson, Elizabeth McGrady, Vann Powell, Zachary P. Stephens, Christopher Stoltz, Erika Nina Suarez, Megan Tepper, Andy Vernon-Jones, Kevin Williamson, Fernando Zelaya
Flat File 2020
November 13 – December 23, 2020
Flat File 2020 is an exhibition featuring over 50 artists’ small, two-dimensional works of art.
PeepSpace presents: Flat File 2020, an exhibition of works from the inaugural, annual Flat File Program. The project space has curated a selection of small works from emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional mediums.
The Flat File 2020 exhibition features work by each of the over fifty selected artists and runs from November 13 through December 23, 2020. The works of art will continue to be stored in the project space’s flat file and be available for viewing, in tandem with other scheduled programming, through September 2021.
The timing of this year’s PeepSpace open call allowed artists the opportunity to present recent art work, much of which was created during the time of pandemic and social distancing. Although the internet provides connections for socializing and image sharing, it is evident that artists have a need for tactile communication as well, and a visceral drive to make objects that exist in the physical world. PeepSpace presents a sampling of this impulse, with a glimpse into what artists are creating during this time of isolation.
PeepSpace is a project space for emerging and established artists to share their practice and vision with a wider audience. Founded in 2020 by Monica Carrier & Jane Kang Lawrence.
For further information please contact PeepSpace at PeepSpaceNY@gmail.com
Images, left to right: Ruth Rodriguez, Meredith Miller, Rachael Gorchov, Elizabeth Sutherland, Lynnette Therese Sauer, Anne-Marie McIntyre, Suzanne Broughel
Three-person show: Inna Babaeva, Caroline Holder & Raisa Raekallio
September 18th – November 1st, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 6-10 pm
June 13, 2020-July 24, 2020
Link to exhibition catalog: https://issuu.com/peepspace/docs/plusone_2