Exhibitions

**Pioneer Works will be CLOSED Wednesday, July 30th for installation**
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“Six-Sided THE SIX-SIDED FORCE
LOUISE DESPONT
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY JUNE 15, 2014 AT 5-8PM
ON VIEW: June 15 – July 29

Louise Despont explores drawing as abstract meditations, employing and recasting a vocabulary of elements found within a set of architectural stencils and compasses, onto the pages of antique ledger books. For this exhibition, Despont has borrowed the geometries of beehives, gardens, and found architecture to offer balanced forms that engage past and present as indicators and provocations. In view of colony collapse, and other environmental concerns, the Six Sided Force investigates the subtle architectures, seen and unseen, between nature and human influence.

Louise Despont received her BA in Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2006. Her work has been presented internationally in public and private venues including Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York; VI,VII, Oslo; Petit Palais, Paris; The Museum of Arts and Design; New York; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; IMO Projects, Copenhagen; Galerie Isa, Mumbai; Foxy Production; New York; and Ibid Projects, London, among numerous others. Despont’s work is featured in Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (Phaidon Press) and Louise Despont (Nicelle Beauchene Gallery / Ibid Projects). The artist is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Weston Price Film Award from Brown University, Princess Grace Grant recipient and Macdowell fellow. She lives and works in New York.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of programs and events to be held at Pioneer Works, including:

Tuesday, July 29, 7pm
Sacred Geometry and the Architecture of Well-being
with Ron Breland
In an examination into the relationship between hive structure and the bee organism, the speaker will discuss the use of alternative hive designs to reduce environmental stresses on bees.
Thursday, June 26, 7pm
The Six Sided Force and the Life of the Honey Bee
with Bill Day, The Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY
This talk will examine the beehive as an organism and as a social ideal.


Monday, July 14, 7pm
Herbal Remedies for Honey Bees
with Dr. Jonathan Snow
This talk will explore the immune mechanisms of the honey bee and their complex relationship to the plants they pollinate.

SECOND FLOOR,

ON VIEW THROUGH JULY 31
CADU SWISS MADE
CADU

Cadu’s drawings are accumulation made with one color pencil applied on the same surface. They generate an illusion of depth for the observer. This procedure is repeated successively until the complete consumption of the pencil.

WIND LINE
CADU & MARCOS KOTHLAR

Traditionally, the landscape drawing is connected to description and the mimesis of the environment. It functions as a static cropping of nature and depends on the contemplating interpreter’s hand to exist. it is not an autonomous process and it cannot occur without his or her control. That which is presented inside the frame is simply a selection from a field that continues beyond its limits. the interest on methods and systems lies in the desire to apply those to the production of images that are related to the description of the landscape, and they not only guarantee a free means of manifesting to the landscape itself inside the work, but also allow the same gauging quality to the many varied types of space. The artistic contribution resides in the elaboration of the code, and not in the result, which does not arise from an isolate human desire, but occurs combined to an unpredictable ensemble of variations in the state of the environment. the wind line project is a mechatronic system that allows the creation of drawings, based on successive readings of data related to the behavior of wind currents in the environment in which the system is inserted. Data collected by an anemometer is transmitted through communication signals, That are customized for this application, and interpreted by a reading software. This software. This software relays the information for a plotter utilizing the velocity as a dislocation vector and the direction of the cardinal points as coordinates, creates commands that move and arm with a pen within a drawing area, respecting predefined representation heuristics. The duration of each drawing depends only on the type of graphic investigation that one intends to observe, and the exposition can be short or long.

Cadu (Carlos Eduardo Felix da Costa) is an artist and educator who is currently pursuing postdoctoral research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and teaching as a professor at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro). Cadu’s practice deals with the creation of systems, machines, installations, painting, drawings and sculptures that incorporate elements of nature to push the boundaries of the relationship between man and landscape. These systems are also used to explore the area of sonic arts.

Cadu is currently an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited.
Fichera_headshot copy CATHEDRAL
JEFF FICHERA

In the Cathedral series, Fichera’s subject is a dollar-store gift bag. He has kept this bag hanging on his studio wall unchanged for years and painted it repeatedly, each time from a different angle. The bright, prismatic patterns produced by the holographic material confuse the actual contours of the surface, with its appearance dramatically shifting from the slightest change in viewpoint. In this serial body of work, mass production is fused with labor-intensive studio practice through the metaphor of the gift and the deep tradition of rigorous observation.

A native of Newburyport, Massachusetts, Jeff Fichera was educated at the Massachusetts College of Art under the instruction of master landscape painter George Nick. After painting the landscape plein air in Massachusetts for nearly a decade, Jeff attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Fine Arts program. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work, while still derived exclusively from observation, is now studio-based and focused on subjects that appear to blur the line between representation and abstraction.In the Cathedral series, Fichera’s subject is a dollar-store gift bag. He has kept this bag hanging on his studio wall unchanged for years and painted it repeatedly, each time from a different angle. The bright, prismatic patterns produced by the holographic material confuse the actual contours of the surface, with its appearance dramatically shifting from the slightest change in viewpoint. In this serial body of work, mass production is fused with labor-intensive studio practice through the metaphor of the gift and the deep tradition of rigorous observation.
UPCOMING
Vice_square VICE MAGAZINE’S 13th ANNUAL
PHOTO EXHIBITION

Curated by Matthew Leifheit
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday July 31 2014, from 6-10PM
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ON VIEW: July 31 – August 10

July marks the release of VICE’s 13th annual Photo Issue. Curated along an expanding of the term trompe l’oeil, this year’s edition is a dazzling showcase of smoke and mirrors, featuring photographic illusions and transformations of all kinds. The issue includes a wide range of visual tricks, deceptions, and transformations by some of the greatest artists working today. Contributions from venerated photographers whose images have changed the world such as Weegee, Cindy Sherman, and Laurie Simmons will share pages with the visionaries of tomorrow.

VICE and Pioneer works have partnered to present an exhibition of pictures from the magazine. Please join us Thursday, July 31st, from 6-10pm to celebrate the work of these artists:

Bea Di Giacomo / Cole Don Kelley / Cynthia Talmadge and Matthew Leifheit / Erin O’Keefe / Kevin Zucker / Jaimie Warren / Jamie Lee Curtis Taete / Jason Lazarus / Jason Nocito / Jimmy DeSana / Laurie Simmons / Matthias Bruggmann / Michael Bühler-Rose / Michael Marcelle / Peter Kaaden / Pierre Le Hors / Rachel Stern / Richard Renaldi / Richard Kern / Robert Melee / Rose Marie Cromwell / Sara Cwynar / Thomas Albdorf / Weegee / William Mortensen / Zak Arctander
Photo by Michael Bühler-Rose
“DAILY DAILY OPERATION
KENAN JUSKA

OPENING RECEPTION + MUSIC MAGAZINE BOOK FAIR: Sunday, August 17 from 3 – 7PM
AFTER PARTY TO FOLLOW: 7 – 10PM
ON VIEW: August 17 – September 7

Artist and co-founder of the radio program and DJ collective “Chances with Wolves,” Kenan Juska, from March 2005 to November 2008 created sequential collages made from cast- off materials primarily found on the streets of New York. The work showcases a wide spectrum of human experience and provides a daily snapshot of our collective lives.

Items like newspaper and magazine clippings combined with intimate trinkets from people’s lives render a rough portrait of the collective consciousness and value system of contemporary culture.

“Making this work was, on a personal level, an almost subconscious precursor to ‘Chances with Wolves,’ explains Justka. “The daily meditation of collecting materials people cast off, and turning them into a sculptural diary, ended as the radio program began. With each episode of the radio show, we take overlooked and forgotten songs from different contexts, times, cultures and styles; “beautiful failures” we think of them as, and do our best to meld them into an seamless experience for our listeners.”

Additionally, Pioneer Works and Juska will be releasing a book in conjunction with the show featuring a foreword by Justin Cox of Chances with Wolves, and published by Justin Cox, a photographer and curator known most recently for The Newsstand, a zine stand displayed at the Lorimer-Metropolitan subway stop in Brooklyn.
“THE THE OLDEST LIVING THINGS
IN THE WORLD

AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY RACHEL SUSSMAN
Curated by Christina Costello

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 2014, FROM 6-8PM

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. Her photographs and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at the Long Now Foundation, is a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell Colony fellow, and is a trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, and acquired for museum, university, corporate, and private collections. Her first book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, reached shelves April 22, 2014, published by the University of Chicago Press.
bronx museum silver-1_FLAT THE LAST DAY
Bosco Sodi
OPENING RECEPTION: November 6 (TBC)
ON VIEW: November 6-16, 2014

Pioneer Works is pleased to present Bosco Sodi’s The Last Day, a site-specific 57 ft. long polyptych. Created with silver pigments and organic materials, the work questions the fast deterioration of our planet and the impermanence of life – one of the essential Buddhist doctrines: all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, in a constant state of flux.

Bosco Sodi (b. 1970, Mexico City) is known for his richly textured, vividly colored large-scale paintings. Sodi has discovered an emotive power within the essential crudeness of the materials that he uses to execute his paintings. Focusing on material exploration, the creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work, Sodi seeks to transcend conceptual barriers. Sodi leaves many of his paintings untitled, with the intention of removing any predisposition or connection beyond the work’s immediate existence. The work itself becomes a memory and a relic symbolic of the artist’s conversation with the raw material that brought the painting into creation. Sodi’s influences range from l’art informel, looking to artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Jean Dubuffet, to master colorists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and the bright hues of his native heritage.
Photo by Kevin Kunstadt