Exhibitions: What We Don’t Realize When We See Things

What We Don’t Realize When We See Things
curated by Tara Foley, Will Hutnick & Jordan Hutton

On view: January 27 – March 24, Saturdays 12-5pm


Join us for a Closing Reception and Panel Discussion:

March 24 at 2:30pm

moderated by Lizzy DeVita
with: Shay Arick, Leeza Meksin, Katy McCarthy & Joy O. Ude


Participating Artists:

Sarah Abarbanel, Shay Arick, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Lizzy DeVita, Dan Gluibizzi, Jessica Harvey, Kija Lucas, Leeza Meksin, Shona McAndrew, Katy McCarthy, Helina Metaferia, Devan Shimoyama, and Joy O. Ude

What We Don’t Realize When We See Things is a group exhibition composed of painting, drawing, video, sculpture, and performance that addresses everyday life that shapes who we are and how we relate to others. The participating artists tell stories about how we live, grow, intersect and connect, in a direct and visceral way. Vulnerability allows us to see beyond political divides and connect to another human being. There is an immediacy and a confrontation that is at the heart of this exhibition, one that seeks to foster communication and ultimately create a space of trust and compassion.

“In a world where the ‘I’-ness and the ‘You’-ness didn’t matter quite as much, what would empathy feel like, or would it be the basis of all interactions? Language creates lines between things. What would happen if those lines became porous, tenuous? Having had unfettered access to the side of my brain that exists outside of language I know that it still exists in me, and in anyone with a brain. I imagine if we tapped into that space more, we might be able to relate to each other differently, finding more spaces for commonality than difference”.
– Lizzy DeVita, Lost for words: On an involuntary exercise in radical stillness




Speech forms, 2016

Sarah Abarbanel is an artist and teacher at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Brown University in 2011. Using sculpture, sound, performance, and drawing, her interdisciplinary studio work is concerned with language acquisition, pedagogy, translation, and texture. She is interested in the ways in which language is acquired and bound in the act of seeing and knowing.


Uprising, 2016

Shay Arick is an Israeli – born visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Arick holds an MFA in Sculpture from The San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded the outstanding award for excellence. He studied at The School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC, while earning his BFA from Bezalel Academy, Israel, from which he graduated with honors. Arick is a recipient of Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Arts Award, the Eileen Cooper Award For Creativity and the America-Israel Award For Excellence In Sculpture among others. He has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including The International Sculpture Center, MASS MoCA, Kadist Art Foundation, The Watermill Center Summer Residency, Ox-Bow, Wassaic Project, and New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. His work has been shown in venues such as Y Gallery (New York), Watermill Center (New York), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), SOMarts (San Francisco), Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley), Ground For Sculpture (New Jersey), ZiZspace (Tel Aviv), Binyamin Gallery (Tel Aviv), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), OnSpace (Beijing), Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) among others.


Destroy, 2012

Lisa Anne Auerbach engages ideas about self-publishing and other modes of communication. Her sweaters, publications, and photographs have been shown in museums, galleries, cooperative bicycle repair shops, kunsthals, at the mall,  and on vacant desert lots internationally, including solo exhibitions at Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2012); American Philosophical Society Museum and Philagrafika2010: Out of Print, Philadelphia (2010); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom (2009); University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2009); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado (2008); Printed Matter, New York (2009); and CPK Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2006). Her work was also included in Whitney Biennial 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Parasophia International Festival, Kyoto, Japan (2015) and Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A. at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009). She has also self-published numerous magazines including American Megazine, Saddlesore, and American Homebody, among others. Auerbach’s public art commissions have included a tile wall at Malmöfest in Malmö, Sweden; a path at Beloit College; billboards in Cincinnati, Ohio; and 1000 feet of wallpaper at the Beverly Center Mall in Beverly Hills, CA. She received a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York and a MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.  She is the recipient of a 2007 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2012 and 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a 2012 City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist COLA Grant. She is  also the co-proprietor of the backyard space, The Meow, which shows small businesses run by artists. Auerbach is an Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.


Port, 2017

Lizzy De Vita (b. 1986) is an artist, writer and discussion curator who lives and works in Brooklyn. De Vita’s work occupies a constellation of media, including performance, text, sound, drawing, installation, video and sculpture. Diverse in form, the work is unified by an underlying interest in viral moments: places where the boundaries between ourselves and others are blurred. De Vita earned her BA in Art History and English Literature from Barnard College and her MFA in Sculpture and Extended media at Yale. She hosts a regular discussion series called Here/Say at Barnard College. She has shown and will show in a bunch of places.


Dusk, 2015

Dan Gluibizzi lives and works in Portland, Oregon.  His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Berlin. Recent exhibitions include The Hall Art Foundation Museum, Reading, VT and FMLY Projects, Miami, FL, The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY and Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, OR. Gluibizzi’s work has been featured by Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Vice/Creators Project, Cool Hunting and The New York Times.


Futility Vessels, 2015

Jessica Harvey received an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Iceland. She has attended residencies at Ox-Bow, Wassaic, MASS MoCA, ACRE, Anderson Ranch, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Hardesty Arts Center, The Luminary, LATITUDE, and Vermont Studio Center. Recent exhibitions include shows at The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Trestle Projects (Brooklyn NY), Heaven Gallery (Chicago, IL), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), Good Weather (Little Rock, AR), and ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL).


Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment, Vitrine No. 4, 2017

Kija Lucas is an artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage and inheritance. She is interested in how ideas are passed down and seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations. Lucas received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and her MFA from Mills College in 2010. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area at The Headlands Center for the Arts, The California Institute of Integral Studies, Altar Space, Intersection for the Arts, Luggage Store, Mission Cultural Center, Root Division, The Bedford Gallery, Pro Arts, The Asian Resource Center Gallery, as well as Venice Arts in Los Angeles, CA, La Sala d’Ercole/Hercules Hall in Bologna Italy, and Casa Escorsa in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lucas Has been an Artist in Residence at The Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Center for the Arts, Grin City Collective, and The Wassaic Artist Residency.


Sofia, 2016

Shona McAndrew was born and raised in Paris, France. She moved to the US to get her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Fine Arts at Brandeis University. She furthered her studies with a Masters in Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. Shona has exhibited both in the US as well as in Europe. She recently moved to Philadelphia, where she now lives and works as an artist.


The KT Boundary, 2017

Katy McCarthy is a video artist based in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown at the Sleep Center Gallery in NYC, Flux Factory in NYC, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, TSA Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Military Museum in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her MFA from Hunter College.


Trojan City Never Sleeps, 2017

Leeza Meksin is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working in painting, installation, public art and multiples. Born in the former Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1989. Her work investigates binary systems (male/female, hard/soft, dressed/naked, public/private) and highlights parallels between conventions of painting, architecture and our bodies. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist grant (2015) and Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn which she co-founded in 2013. In 2015 Meksin was appointed to the faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts.


Gatekeeper, 2017; Shot by Rod Deal for roddeal photography

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, and new genres. She completed her MFA at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her solo and group exhibitions include Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland). Helina was awarded artist residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ox-Bow, Yaddo, and Vermont Studio Center. She was recently a 2015-2017 AICAD Teaching Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a 2017 Hamiltonian Artists Fellow in Washington, DC.


Eclipse, 2017

Devan Shimoyama (b. Philadelphia, PA) received his BFA from Penn State University in Drawing/Painting (2011) and his MFA from Yale School of Art in Painting/Printmaking (2014). Shimoyama has exhibited throughout the US, including De Buck Gallery in New York, NY; Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; Lesley Heller Gallery in New York, NY; BravinLee Programs in New York, NY; Alter Space, San Francisco, CA; and Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO. He’s had solo booths at Independent NY in 2017 with Stems Gallery and PULSE Miami Beach in 2016 where he was awarded the PULSE Prize. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Warhol Museum (Fall 2018). Shimoyama has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Creator’s Project on Vice, New American Paintings, and Saatchi Art’s ‘Best of 2014’. Devan lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.


Ideation Book, page 4, 2013

Joy O. Ude is a mixed-media artist and designer. Ude earned her an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of North Texas in 2013. Her work has been included in several regional and national shows including: CraftTexas, Fantastic Fibers, Fiberart International, and Art Seen. Ude is currently a Project Technician at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and an Adjunct Instructor at Tyler School of Art, both in Philadelphia, PA.


Artists & Curators:

Will Hutnick is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, NY. He received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and his B.A. from Providence College (Providence, RI). His work has been exhibited most recently at Satellite Art Show (Miami Beach, FL), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn), FJORD Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), VICTORI+MO (Brooklyn), Standard Projects (Hortonville, WI), Providence College Galleries (Providence, solo), DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), The Java Project (Brooklyn, solo) and Pratt Institute. Hutnick has curated numerous exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute, (New York and Brooklyn) and Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC). He has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), DNA Gallery (Provincetown, MA), The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and a curator-in-residence at Benaco Arte (Sirmione, Italy) and Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). Hutnick is a 2017 Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant recipient from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. He is the Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Brooklyn, and is currently the Residency Director at The Wassaic Project.


Tara Foley is the current Education Director of The Wassaic Project. Tara received her M.F.A. from CalArts in 2013 and B.A from Sarah Lawrence Collage, concentrating in Post Colonial Studies.


Jordan Hutton