Exhibition & Press Release: “In-Between the Flurry” at Below Grand, NYC
In-Between the Flurry
Carrie Cook, Kady Grant, Amanda Martinez, Jon Pinn, carrie R
Curated by Lauren Fejarang
August 31 – October 1
Reception: September 11, 5-7pm
A wrinkle in a bed sheet might measure up to the same amount of time it takes to walk the stairs alongside the exterior of the contemporary building at LACMA. It’s the space of the in-between, the place that only exists because it’s related to other places and objects but doesn’t have a position of its own. You don’t start there, and you don’t end there, but you are there for moments in time. It’s a place where there’s a shift in perception, a place where we’re caught in a flurry.
Jon Pinn’s painting “By” lives in-between where ephemera and architecture collide. A dark shadowy band of grey seems to define an edge, an extension of a two-dimensional outer boundary, but one that dissolves with the rest of his traces on canvas. Swirling quick and clinging onto the air, his marks hover, as if Byredo Baudelaire was sprayed at the once chic Barney’s creating space.
Amanda Martinez’s practice orbits around carved repetitions of undulating beats, a place to be in the presence of phonons in optical mode. In her piece “Ear to the Ground (T. Lucida)”, a wavelike cadence unfolds and slips onto the surface of the floor, extending a strophic form. Weaving in and out, Martinez’s work pings the mediate space of a heartbeat.
Carrie R’s work exerts candor from the kitchen or the garden in lieu of mid work, finding comfort in her objects apprehending one another. “fountain” sits on a pedestal with four limbs curled up and downward towards a wilted flower like orifice, as if it’s in-between is searching to find it’s space within itself.
Kady Grant visits the notion of body as objectness and vice versa. A kind of interobjectivity, perhaps as Morton might view it, in “Ancient Water” and “Loop”, both, images of objects playing a note on the other. What could be the tune of snake scales on a belly sound like or an eyelash brushing along a ceramic teapot?
Similarly, Carrie Cook’s piece “Soft is Hard” depicts a meaty hand, clinging onto a shell, piercing into a belly button or flesh like orifice. As she blurs the periphery of all surfaces from their beginning to their end, we witness color as they relate to each other.
Carrie Cook was born in Nashville, TN and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a MFA from the University of Houston and a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as Tyler Park Presents, Los Angeles, Insect Gallery, Los Angeles, Dread Lounge, Los Angeles, Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, Lyeberry HQ, Brooklyn, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, and Blaffer Museum of Art, Houston.”
Kady Grant is based in Queens, New York (b. 1989). She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2011. Her most recent solo show was at Dress Shop Gallery, Brooklyn in 2017. She has since participated in group shows at Marinaro Gallery, NYC, Big Pictures Los Angeles, CA, Blake & Vargas, Berlin, Germany, and Tchotchke Gallery, virtual/NYC. Her work was featured in the London based publication, Buffalo Zine, issue 9, 2019.
Amanda Martinez (B. 1988, Greenville, SC) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Martinez received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2010 where she studied both sculpture and painting. Martinez has recently exhibited her work with Koki Arts in Tokyo, Japan, Hesse Flatow in New York, NY and ArtsLibris in Barcelona, Spain. In 2020 Martinez completed a public art commission at 125 Maiden Lane in New York City, an edition of cast sculptures for Maison Trouvee in Paris as well as group exhibitions, private commissions and significant residential projects. In 2019 Martinez had a solo exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya, Japan as part of Aichi Triennale, selected by Pedro Reyes. Her work has also been shown with David Shelton Gallery in Houston, TX, Egg Collective in New York, NY, Juxtapoz Showcase in Miami South Beach, FL, Underdonk, in Brooklyn, NY, Vacation in New York, NY, Spring/Break in New York, NY, Garis & Hahn in Los Angeles, CA, VICTORI + MO Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, N.A.D.A. NY, Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver, CO and elsewhere. In 2020 Martinez lectured as a visiting artist at George Washington University’s MFA program. In 2019 she curated “Object of Desire” at Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York and lectured as a visiting artist at Pratt Institute’s Foundations Program. She has been awarded residencies in Wassaic, NY, Kansas City, MO and Truth or Consequences, NM. Recent press includes Surface Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Maake Magazine and other outlets.
Jon Pinn (b.1987, Wimbledon) studied Painting at Brighton University graduating in 2009, then Glasgow School of Art in 2016. He has participated in and curated group shows across the UK, including ‘Wedges’, Mercer-Chance, London and ‘Pendolino’, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow. He currently lives and works in London. This is the first presentation of his work in the US.
carrie R (b. 1990, New Jersey) is a Philadelphia-based artist whose works are three-dimensional, mixed-media formations of her thoughts on fear, solitude, mobility, and beauty. These forms can appear familiar, plant-like, and domestic with moody and otherworldly character. carrie received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is the recipient of a Common Field Travel Scholarship and a James O. Dumont Travel Grant Award. In her former New Jersey shore community she co-founded, and co-organized exhibitions by, the collectives New Art Syndicate and Carrie & Morgan.