Leah Tacha, Nancy Gruskin, and Alison Owen
June 19 - August 20 2021
Reception 4-6 PM
Celebrating all things summer-y and the limitless powers of cross-pollination.
The works in POLLINATOR tread a clever line between two and three-dimensions. Expect allusions to function and home, and a friendly power-struggle between image and object.
Leah Tacha (b. 1984, Lawrence, KS) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Painting from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007 and her MFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2009. Her first solo exhibition in NY was curated by Jon Lutz at Sardine in Brooklyn, NY in 2014 and she had another solo show curated by Lutz at 106 Green Gallery in 2016. She has shown with Morgan Lehman Gallery, SSD (Shrine & Sargent’s Daughters), Deanna Evans Projects, Daily Operation, Underdonk, RARE Gallery, New Baroque, and the Torrance Art Museum, among many others. In 2015 she was awarded the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop SIP Fellowship. In 2017 she was awarded a Windgate Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation. She is currently represented by Gold/Scopophilia* gallery and her second solo show with the gallery ran through January 2021.
Nancy Gruskin (b. 1968) lives and works in Concord, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Connecticut College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. Her paintings, collages, and digital drawings emerge from everyday experiences and are based on a combination of direct observation, invention, and memory. She represents the people and objects around her through an exploration of shape and color. Gruskin has shown in numerous galleries including LaiSun Keane Gallery in Boston, Able Baker Contemporary in Portland, Maine, Art at Kings Oaks in Pennsylvania, and the Bowery, First Street, and Prince Street Galleries in New York City. She teaches painting, collage, and digital drawing at the Concord Center for the Visual Arts and arts institutions across the country.
Alison Owen (b. 1975, San Diego, CA) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has participated in numerous residencies, including Artists Alliance in the Lower East Side, Wave Hill in the Bronx, LMCC Process Space on Governors Island, The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of Art. She was a fellow in the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program in 2017. In 2010, she received a New Genres grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. Owen has exhibited her artwork in galleries across the United States, including Smack Mellon and AIR gallery in Brooklyn, the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts, The Providence Museum of Natural History, and Staple Goods in New Orleans. She also creates site-specific installations in domestic environments, under the title House Work.
Top image is "Fruit Salad," by Nancy Gruskin. Hand dyed polyester paper and collage, 23 x 32 inches. Bottom left is an idea of a vessel by Alison Owen; hand painted ceramic. Bottom right is a ceramic wall piece with digital decals and lustre by Leah Tacha.