"Very Special One-time Performance"

VSOP Art + Design Projects

311 Front Street, Greenport, New York 11944

On view May 25 - July 15, 2017

Closing Reception: July 14, 2017: 6-10 pm

VSOP Art + Design Projects presents "Very Special One-time Performance," the inaugural exhibition in their new Greenport gallery, garden, and project space. Featured in the exhibition are works by more than 20 artists and designers working across a spectrum of media including painting, photography, fine furniture, ceramics, and video.

VSOP Projects is pleased to introduce artists Line Busch, a painter from Copenhagen, Denmark; Katie Walker, an internationally renowned British furniture maker; and Japanese-born, London-based ceramic artist Yuta Segawa, all of whom are being shown here for the first time in the United States. Also included are works by New York painter Naomi Sarah Clark; sculptor/performance artist Charley Friedman; emerging casualist painter Morgan R. Hobbs; Brooklyn’s Bower design studio and Kolkata/New York-based photographer Supranav Dash, among others.

Self-taught, Vermont-based ceramicist John Brickels crafts dynamic, architectural sculptures in bisque-fired stoneware. His work has been exhibited at the Springfield Museums (Springfield, Massachusetts), the Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, Vermont), and the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC). Brickels has five sculptures included in this exhibition, including Abbey Ruin, 2016.

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"Abbey Ruin" by John Brickels, 2016. Stoneware. Image courtesy John Brickels and VSOP Projects.

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A wooden rocking chair in ash with a white oil finish by famed British furniture maker Katie Walker is made by steam-bending a continuous band, which forms both the rocker and the chair’s frame. This masterwork, never before available in the United States, was awarded Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, Design Guild Mark no. 101, and the 2011 Wood Awards’ furniture award.

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"Windsor Rocker" by Katie Walker. Ash, white wax oil. Image courtesy Katie Walker Furniture and VSOP Projects.

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Sharing time between Kolkata, India, and his current residence in Brooklyn, photographer Supranav Dash is showing works from his ongoing series ‘Marginal Trades. Deeply rooted in the history of photographic portraiture å la Irving Penn, and early ethnographic studies commissioned by the British Empire, "Marginal Trades" documents the rapidly vanishing street trades, businesses, and professions of India.

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"Flower (for Worship) Seller, $30 Weekly" by Supranav Dash. Archival inkjet print. Image courtesy Supranav Dash and VSOP Projects.

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Line Busch creates dynamic, optically interactive, multi-layered paintings with both oils and acrylics. Busch, a Danish artist showing works for the first time in the U.S. with VSOP Projects, manipulates the top canvas by cutting and twisting narrow strips, exposing gradients of color on layers of canvas beneath.

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"Untitled (2017-7)" by Line Busch. Oil and acrylic on raw canvas. Image courtesy Line Busch and VSOP Projects.

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Over the course of his 20+ year artistic career, Charley Friedman has painted, sculpted, sewed, stitched, photographed, filmed, performed, and curated. His boundaryless, interdisciplinary approach to making art makes him one of the most unpredictable, humorous, indescribable characters in the contemporary art world. Three of Friedman’s gouache on solid pine Arrow sculptures are on view in VSOP Projects’ upstairs exhibition space. A survey of Friedman’s work will be held at the Stony Brook museum in January 2018. VSOP Projects will show a number of new works at that time as well.

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"Blended Arrow (red)," 2013, "Arrow II," 2017 and "Arrow III," 2017 by by Charley Friedman. Image courtesy VSOP Projects.

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Marblehead, Massachusetts native Mea Duke makes paintings and sculpture in response to a sea-faring upbringing. Her work addresses the methods of negotiation and navigation of unregulated spaces, and the hazards, dangers, tragedies and strategies for safety that exist therein.

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"MVRena," 2017, Oil, flashe, fluorescent pigment on canvas, PFD; "Type II Mega," 2016, Nylon, polyester, cotton, and "Buoy," 2017, Flashe and fluorescent pigment on expended polystyrene, rope by Mea Duke. Image courtesy VSOP Projects.

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Installation view: "Tilos" by New York/Istanbul based photographer Devin Yalkin with miniature ceramic pots by Yuta Segawa. Image courtesy VSOP Projects.

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Installation view: Sculptural glass bottles by Vermont artist John Chiles, paintings by Stephen St. Francis Decky, and "Katy," a 10 foot-long, hand-stitched, velvet-upholstered child’s bench by Ridgewood, NY artist Alexandra Borovski. Image courtesy VSOP Projects.

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Installation view: Large cylinder mirror in black and antique gold glass with walnut frame by Bower, with Justin Horne’s "9 (red) Boomerang," Oil (Calder’s red) on cardboard in 9 parts, reflected. Image courtesy VSOP Projects.

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The complete list of artists and designers included in the exhibition is as follows:

Alexandra Borovski

Bower

John Brickels

Line Busch

John Chiles

Naomi Sarah Clark

Supranav Dash

Stephen St. Francis Decky

Mea Duke

Derek Erdman

Charley Friedman

Morgan R. Hobbs

Justin Horne

Delilah Jones

Sawool Kim

Alexandria Mento

Studio Nucleo

Missy Prince

Andy Robertson

Yuta Segawa

Maximilien Van Aertryck & Axel Danielson

Katie Walker

Devin Yalkin

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BASIC FACTS: "Very Special One-time Performance" will be on view through July 15, 2017 at VSOP Projects. The gallery is open Thursday-Monday from 11-6 (11-9 on Friday and Saturday) and by appointment. A Closing Reception will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 6 to 10 pm.

VSOP Projects’ late summer exhibition “Nightmares and Daydreams” will open on August 3rd, with a reception on August 5th. .

VSOP Art + Design Projects is located at 311 Front Street, Greenport, New York, 11944. For more information, contact the gallery at info@vsopprojects.com

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