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The School Opens Its Third Year With Four Solo Shows

Jack Shainman and MoMA director Glenn Lowry. (Hunter Abrams BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

By PAUL LASTER, MAY 2016

The School, Jack Shainman Gallery’s upstate outpost, opened its third year with four solo exhibitions of artwork in a variety of media by Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse and Garnett Puett.

Nearly 1000 visitors — including Museum of Modern Art Director Glenn Lowry, Brooklyn Museum Curator Rujeko Hockley and Jewish Museum Director of Digital JiaJia Fei — viewed the quartet of shows unfolding throughout the 30,000-square-foot exhibition space in Kinderhook, New York. Formerly the Martin Van Buren High School, which moved into the Federal-style building in 1929, the structure was redesigned as an exhibition space by Spanish architect Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas and opened to the public in May 2014.

Richard Mosse discussing his photographic exhibition. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

"A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions," which runs through the summer, features Canadian painter Pierre Dorion’s realistic renderings of details from the School’s actual space, Irish photographer Richard Mosse’s vibrant color photographs of conflict zones, Iraqi émigré’ HayvKahraman’s paintings and sculptures referencing the military’s utilization of sound as a weapon and American sculptor Garnett Puett’sassemblages of found objects that have been altered by the action of bees.

Jack Shainman director Elisabeth Sann talking about Hayv Kahraman's painting and sculpture show. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Dorion photographed the interiors of two of the School’s unfinished classrooms and their surroundings, which he then skillfully transformed into sublime, paintings on linen that flirt with the look of minimalism. Contrastingly, Mosse dynamic images, which dominate the galleries, are bursting with color as they surrealistically capture war-torn Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo through infrared film.

Equally concerned with issues of military intervention, Kahraman’s canvases depict Middle Eastern women affected by the piercing sounds of sirens penetrating their bodies and minds, while her sculptural pieces echo the reference through cutouts taken from cross sections of a 3D scan of her body. Relatedly, Puett uses an army of collaborative bees to beautifully construct beeswax and honeycomb structures over the armatures that he adds to everyday objects.

Pierre Dorion discussing his painting exhibition. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Outdoors, on the grounds of the School, the lively celebration continued throughout the afternoon. Food trucks provided a tasty feast of local fare and the drinks seemed to never stop until the urban dwellers finally poured back on the buses to head back to the city and the local guests trekked home. WM

Garnett Puett with a sculpture in his show. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Installation view of Richard Mosse photographs. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Hank Willis Thomas reclining on his sculpture. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Installation view of Hayv Kahraman paintings in "A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions." (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery)

Author and journalist Linda Yablonsky and artist Brad Kahlhamer. (Hunter Abrams BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Installation view of Pierre Dorion paintings in "A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions." (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery)

Writer Antwaun Sargent and Jewish Museum Director of Digital JiaJia Fei. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Installation view of Garnett Puett's sculptures in "A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions." (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery)

Leo Carlin with a Mark di Suvero's sculpture. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Installation view of Richard Mosse photographs in "A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions." (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery)

Artist Barkley Hendricks. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Installation view of Pierre Dorion paintings in "A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions." (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery)

Brooklyn Museum curator Rujeko Hockley and artist Eric Gottesman. (Zach Hilty BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

Installation view of Hayv Kahraman paintings in "A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions." (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery)

Equities trader Max Dempsey with a Pierre Dorion painting. (Hunter Abrams BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

The School with Mark di Suvero sculpture (detail) on the lawn. (Hunter Abrams BFA.com, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery)

 

Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of Artkrush.com and Artspace.com and art editor of Flavorpill.com and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started TheDailyBeast.com's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for Artnet.com and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and ArtInfo.com.

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