When it comes to environmental catastrophe, it’s usually a big storm (or former Vice President Al Gore) that provides the vivid images. But visitors to “Deadland”—the new solo exhibition of work by Bradley Castellanos (MFA 2006 Fine Arts) at Caren Golden Fine Art, 539 West 23rd Street—will get to see a more complex, vibrant view of a world in decay. Castellanos’ works are intricately cut photo-collages that are layered with lushly colored oil paint and resin, depicting landscapes that threaten to contaminate and consume all life. Each image appears to be a dead end of decay, waste and desolation, yet also radiates an unnatural beauty that transcends the grim circumstances. “Deadland” is on view through Saturday, November 25.
One block south, Lisa Kirk (BFA 1991 Fine Arts) is presenting the next installment of her Legion project to raise funds for a booth at the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) art fair in Miami this December. Legion, which works to create an anti-commercial gallery model, will be using its NADA booth as the staging area for an on-site project. Among the more than a dozen participating artists are alumni Michael Bilsborough (MFA 2006 Illustration as Visual Essay), Robert Melee (BFA 1990 Fine Arts) and Alexandre Singh (MFA 2005 Fine Arts), all of whom are contributing to a limited edition of boxed original prints, each signed and numbered by the artist. The edition is for sale and available to view, by appointment, at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, and there will be a public viewing on Thursday, November 9, 6 – 8pm.
Image: Bradley Castellanos, Pharaoh Lake, 2006; courtesy of the artist and Caren Golden Fine Art, NYC.