Waiting to Detonate features work in vibrant colors and shapes that, sometimes literally, burst off the canvas and onto the floor.
Andrew Chalfen’s mixed media pieces feature patterns that vibrate, bloom, cluster and break apart in dazzling color. At times, they are constructivist, abstract, geometric, and even psychedelic. They may allude to aerial views, cartography, architectural renderings, musical notation, urban-like densities, and impenetrable data arrays.
Ida Ochoteco’s pieces are a departure from traditional collages. Her use of color, textures and geometrical shapes dance in an “organized” mess. The “implosion” series is her apocalyptic view of a world that is imploding in many aspects.
The heart of Katelyn Liepins’ installation lies in the arrangement of colored tape, meticulously adhered to the walls and floors, creating intricate patterns that appear to evolve and meander throughout the space. These patterns serve as a visual labyrinth, drawing visitors into a world of interconnected lines and shapes that seem to pulse with energy. It’s an invitation to explore the beauty of patterns in unexpected places and to discover the artistry in the act of wandering.
Ida Ochoteco was born in Hamburg, Germany, and spent her formative years in the US, Japan, Mexico and Uruguay before taking her Basque-Italo-Uruguayan roots around the world, ultimately settling in New Jersey. Inspired by artists like Piet Mondrian, Joaquín Torres-García and Andy Warhol, she creates abstract collages by recycling paper from magazines, books, catalogs, junk mail, post cards, brochures, gift bags, etc. The pieces are finished with a thin layer of clear resin.
If she were asked to describe her artwork, she would use the word sarambí, a Guarani word meaning “chaos”. In her pieces, colors, textures, and geometrical shapes dance in an “organized mess”. Elements that at first glance look out of place are consciously positioned, deliberately to express her rebellious side.
Andrew Chalfen is fascinated by patterns, how they ripple, radiate, refract, bloom, interact, cluster, construct, and deconstruct. His works allude to aerial views, cartography, architectural renderings, musical notation, urban densities, and other natural and man-made patterns, while not literally being any of those things. Rather, his pieces reflect his psychological states during their creation, a kind of topography of thought and mood as he works through various aesthetic themes that have long held his attention. Shapes often spill out over edges, suggesting unseen continuations beyond, while others seek containment. His recent mixed media work with painted dowels focuses on connections, intersections, and layers, a non-representational way of depicting how we relate to the world and to one another.
Katelyn Liepins has been working with lines and how they can exist beyond the traditional drawing form for the past few years. She is constantly challenging what is a drawing and how can it exist in multiple mediums, her favorite being tape. Coming from a family of architects, she is attracted to the sharp crisp lines within a space and uses them consistently within her art. By using line, she likes to draw the viewer’s focus to a particular area of the space or to point out architectural elements that are typically overlooked. For example, the way the wall meets the floor, or how the corners of a room interact with one another. Katelyn creates large-scale installations as well as smaller representations of these demarcations.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 6, 2024 | 3 - 5pm