Civitella Coordinator of Programs & Operations, Michaela, and Special Project Coordinator, Juliette, stopped by Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in Tribeca to see Metric on a Torus, a group show featuring two works by Civitella Advisory Council Member John Newman (DG 2014).
The show presents works, primarily on paper, by artists and mathematicians creating a conversation between their respective creative fields. The artists’ works are framed on the walls, while the mathematicians’ notes are presented horizontally on a table. This dual presentation alludes to the differences in the “function” of the work, and to the ways in which artists and mathematicians use visual languages, thinking about shape and form, to their own ends. Newman, a sculptor, works with forms synthesizing ideas of the body and geometry. He often sketches throughout his process, drawing the piece before, during, and after the creation of a sculpture. Learn more here, and visit the show until March 25th.
Also currently on view in NYC, at Bookstein Projects on the Upper East Side, is James Siena: Work on Paper, 1999 – 2022. Advisory Council Member James Siena’s (DG 2011) first solo show with Bookstein Projects is comprised of approximately twenty works on paper including graphite and ink drawings as well as gouaches. The exhibition presents a cross-section of Siena’s practice on paper. Motifs represented include his Hooks, Manifolds, Sawtooths, Toothpick drawings, Text pieces and, more specifically, Nihilisms to name a few. As with his paintings, these works are created with a set of self-imposed formal restraints Siena calls “visual algorithms” that come together to form compositions that reference distorted asymmetrical patterns. Click here for more information, and see the show through April 14th.