HOW TO DRAW THE HUMAN FIGURE
Curated by Guy Ben-Ari and Leah Wolff
Exhibition Dates: September 7 - September 28, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Artists: Angela Conant, GaHee Park, Sophy Naess
Meta Meta Meta LLC is pleased to present How to Draw The Human Figure, a group exhibition with works by Angela Conant, GaHee Park and Sophy Naess, curated by Guy Ben-Ari and Leah Wolff. Through the lens of a semiotic scope, the show presents three different answers to its title through the varied manifestations of a sign: as icon (Gahee Park), index (Angela Conant) and symbol (Naess). Park’s paintings directly depict her subject matter, drawing a physical resemblance between image and meaning. Conant’s paintings signify the body indexically. They depict collections of partial organs (fingers, knuckles) whose position gradually accumulate into a face-like mass, forming a corollary picture. Naess’ drawings and prints (from which the title of the exhibition is borrowed) remove the figural image from its context, functioning symbolically as text.
Angela Conant - In her recent work, Angela Conant repeats content through paint, video and stone. Her videos incorporate sculpture and paintings and have parodied the politics of gender and media. Her practice also encompasses curating and collaborating on artist-run projects. Conant’s work has been exhibited at Electronic Arts Intermix (New York City), The Elizabeth Foundation Project Space (New York City), SPRING/BREAK art show (New York City); Glasshouse Projects (Brooklyn), Interstate Projects (Brooklyn); the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (Wilmington, DE), Neter (Mexico City, MX), The Sunview Luncheonette (Brooklyn), ICA Baltimore (Baltimore, MD), La Mama Gallery (New York City), SARDINE (Brooklyn, NY), Galerie René Blouin (Montreal, QC) and Agency (Brooklyn, NY). She has spoken at Boston University's School of Fine Art and at New York Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded a Critical Writing residency at Recess (New York City) in 2013 and an Artist Residency at the Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY) in 2014. In 2007, she co-founded The Gowanus Studio Space, an artist-run collaborative in Brooklyn where she served as Artistic Director until 2014. She earned an MFA from School of Visual Arts in 2013.
Sophy Naess (b. 1982) is a New York-based artist currently working in New Haven, Connecticut. Naess received a B.F.A. in painting from Cooper Union in 2004 and an M.F.A. in painting from Rutgers University in 2013. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Middler (2017) and 321 Gallery (2016). Her work has appeared in group shows at Hercules, The New School, Chapter NY, and Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City. She has been artist in residence at the Shandaken Project, NY; The Brooklyn Arts Council's SU CASA program at the Bay Ridge Senior Center in Brooklyn; The Range, Colorado; and Sikås Art Center, Sweden.
GaHee Park was born in Seoul and is currently based in New York. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College. Park is a recipient of a 2016 Dedalus Foundation Fellowship. Park has had solo exhibitions at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn and Marginal Utility in Philadelphia, and she will have a solo show at Motel Gallery in Brooklyn in November. Park has been in group exhibitions Include James Cohan Gallery (New York), LaMaMa Galleria (New York), David&Schweitzer Contemporary (Brooklyn), Ess Ef Eff (Brooklyn), Outlet Fine Art (Brooklyn), and others. Her work has been featured in publications such as New York Times, Bomb Magazine, Sleek Magazine, The Paris Review, Hyperallergic, and Working in Progress Publication.
Meta Meta Meta LLC is a collaborative arts organization run by artists Leah Wolff and Guy Ben-Ari. Since 2009, they have been facilitating creative and discursive activities with the aim of supporting a diverse community of underrepresented artists through collaboration and community engagement. Meta Meta Meta LLC teaches workshops, organizes events, and produces publications in order to empower the public through increased access to the arts.
AGENCY is a newly opened project space located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, established by Meta Meta Meta, LLC with the goal of promoting underrepresented and emerging Brooklyn based artists.