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Past CUACartist: Rashawn Griffin in “Elsewhereless”

Elsewhereless: Judah Catalan, Rashawn Griffin, Jonathan Hartshorn, Diane Townsend

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Gallery reception: Saturday, December 12th, 4 to 6pm

Exhibition dates: November 29 to December 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 29, 2009 — Callicoon Fine Arts presents Elsewhereless, an exhibition of artworks by four artists: Judah Catalan, Rashawn Griffin, Jonathan Hartshorn and Diane Townsend. The exhibition unites two artist who are local to the Upper Delaware River Valley with two emerging artists from elsewhere. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 4 to 6pm.

Judah Catalan, b. 1946 in Rehovot, Israel, lives and works in Milanville, PA. His paintings are gestural abstractions whose non-referential forms, like that of the Action Painters, sometimes appear to be representations of accumulated stones and derivations of calligraphic marks. However, Catalan’s works are demonstrative of what art critic Harold Rosenberg famously said, “what was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event.” Catalan has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.

Rashawn Griffin, b. 1980 in Los Angeles, CA, lives and works in New York, NY. In the tradition of artists such as David Hammons and Bruce Conner, his diverse practice employs found objects and personal effects that refer to places and literary figures. He creates a dialog between organic, transient materials including grasses and food, and larger architectural concerns that engage the viewer through fluctuations in scale and viewpoint. Griffin has exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem, the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and is currently preparing an exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS.

Jonathan Hartshorn, b. 1976 in Euclid, OH, lives and works in New York and in Albuquerque, NM. His work might also be compared to the work of Bruce Conner as well as to the lesser know American artist, Robert Mallary. He has written to the gallery that, “facing two feeds afraid brain, magnetic energy directed / weapons / transfer area seeing / samples / grey bright hair hearing last july.” Hartshorn has staged an unauthorized exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and has participated in group exhibitions at P.S. 1 MoMA among other significant venues. “WITH backs towards the END”, a solo exhibition of his work, is coming up very soon at Samson Projects, Boston, MA.

Diane Townsend, b. 1946 in Indianapolis, IN, lives and works in Milanville, PA. Taking cues from Robert Mangold and Ellsworth Kelly, her painted sculptures and two dimensional works often juxtapose two distinct forms, each painted a different color. The carefully calibrated combinations draw attention to the relationship between the forms and colors. Using paints or pastels, the surface of the objects is also activated and designed to elaborate the formal relationships. Townsend recently exhibited at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, where she led the Walter Gropius Master’s Workshop.

The title Elsewhereless is borrowed from an opera written by Adam Egoyan.

For further information and images please contact Photi Giovanis at 845-887-4202, or preferably by email at info@callicoonfinearts.com.

Elsewhereless: Judah Catalan, Rashawn Griffin, Jonathan Hartshorn, Diane Townsend
Gallery reception: Saturday, December 12th, 4 to 6pm
Exhibition dates: November 29 to December 20, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 29, 2009 — Callicoon Fine Arts presents Elsewhereless, an exhibition of artworks by four artists: Judah Catalan, Rashawn Griffin, Jonathan Hartshorn and Diane Townsend. The exhibition unites two artist who are local to the Upper Delaware River Valley with two emerging artists from elsewhere. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 4 to 6pm.
Judah Catalan, b. 1946 in Rehovot, Israel, lives and works in Milanville, PA. His paintings are gestural abstractions whose non-referential forms, like that of the Action Painters, sometimes appear to be representations of accumulated stones and derivations of calligraphic marks. However, Catalan’s works are demonstrative of what art critic Harold Rosenberg famously said, “what was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event.” Catalan has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
Rashawn Griffin, b. 1980 in Los Angeles, CA, lives and works in New York, NY. In the tradition of artists such as David Hammons and Bruce Conner, his diverse practice employs found objects and personal effects that refer to places and literary figures. He creates a dialog between organic, transient materials including grasses and food, and larger architectural concerns that engage the viewer through fluctuations in scale and viewpoint. Griffin has exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem, the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and is currently preparing an exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS.
Jonathan Hartshorn, b. 1976 in Euclid, OH, lives and works in New York and in Albuquerque, NM. His work might also be compared to the work of Bruce Conner as well as to the lesser know American artist, Robert Mallary. He has written to the gallery that, “facing two feeds afraid brain, magnetic energy directed / weapons / transfer area seeing / samples / grey bright hair hearing last july.” Hartshorn has staged an unauthorized exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and has participated in group exhibitions at P.S. 1 MoMA among other significant venues. “WITH backs towards the END”, a solo exhibition of his work, is coming up very soon at Samson Projects, Boston, MA.
Diane Townsend, b. 1946 in Indianapolis, IN, lives and works in Milanville, PA. Taking cues from Robert Mangold and Ellsworth Kelly, her painted sculptures and two dimensional works often juxtapose two distinct forms, each painted a different color. The carefully calibrated combinations draw attention to the relationship between the forms and colors. Using paints or pastels, the surface of the objects is also activated and designed to elaborate the formal relationships. Townsend recently exhibited at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, where she led the Walter Gropius Master’s Workshop.
The title Elsewhereless is borrowed from an opera written by Adam Egoyan.
For further information and images please contact Photi Giovanis at 845-887-4202, or preferably by email at info@callicoonfinearts.com.

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