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These Times Are Racing

Arisohn + Murphy is pleased to present These Times Are Racing an exhibition in support of the ACLU and the Yellowhammer Fund. As our daily lives are inundated with news of the restriction of abortion rights, inhumane treatment of migrants and immigrants, and the impending climate change crisis, art remains an essential way to process contemporary life and a means to connect in the midst of global uncertainty.

Featuring works by 8 different artists, this exhibition demonstrates the vibrancy and energy of artists creating in New York City today. Working in diverse mediums, with both representational and abstract subject matter, each artist has pushed the boundaries of their medium and subject matter into new territories. These works surprise the viewer with new perspectives on materials like tattoo ink and sheetrock or with subject matter that challenges the history of how the female body is represented in our culture. Taken as a group, the works create an energy of color, movement, and texture underscoring the optimism required to face the challenges of our era.

A+M deeply believes in supporting both artists and organizations including the ACLU and Yellowhammer Fund. All sales from the exhibition will support the artists and all of A+M’s profits will be donated to the ACLU and The Yellowhammer Fund. We also encourage direct donations to the organizations.

The title of the exhibition comes from Justin Peck’s 2017 ballet These Times are Racing celebrated for the “way it catches the mood of 21st-century urban protest movement.”

Participating Artists

Chellis Baird holds a BFA in textiles from Rhode Island School of Design. Her innate passion for creating is deeply rooted in the landscape of textiles from her birthplace of Spartanburg, South Carolina, which today continues its reputation as a textile-centric town. Baird believes craft is one of the purest forms of Americana, and as an American artist, feels these aspects of her personal and cultural past deepen her practice. She views her work as a crossbreed between painting, sculpture, and textile art. Following graduation from RISD in 2005, Baird moved to New York and worked as a fashion designer sculpting the body in textiles. While working at Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Tuleh to name a few, her work was featured in The New York Times, Elle, Vogue and WWD. Meanwhile, her passion for textiles continued to grow into a new body of work as a sculptural painter, landing her a show at the Google Offices in NYC. Challenging the Google employees to break away from the screen and indulge in raw material, Baird also pays homage to the original computer programming that was created from a jacquard loom. The work was recognized by dance choreographer Roberto Lara, inspiring him to create a dance performance for the Louise Nevelsondesigned Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in NY. Her 'Woven Paintings' have been in numerous galleries in Manhattan, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Long Island City, where she works in her studio daily.

Sarah Elise Hall was born in Toronto, Canada, Sarah Elise Hall is a Brooklyn-based artist. Hall received a BFA in painting from OCAD University in Toronto in 2002 and an MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art in NYC in 2009. Hall uses recycled and discarded plastics as ready-made molds in her work. Old photo developing trays, discarded Tupperware containers and abandoned storage bins are cast into relief sculptures. The casts reveal the minimal industrial markings of the containers they come from, while evoking imagery of erosion and fossilization due to the organic casting method and materials. Her work suggests a future narrative about the history of human activity, a narrative where our consumptive waste of disposable, non-biodegradable plastics will fossilize over time creating strange geological forms in the shapes of industrial mass-production. Hall’s work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions as well as corporate and private collections. Selected solo and group exhibitions include shows with ChaShaMa (NYC), Gray Contemporary (Houston), Los Ojos ( Brooklyn), UNTITLED, Art Miami (with Los Ojos), Janinebean Gallery(Berlin), Drabinsky Gallery (Toronto), Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York), Islip Art Museum, (Long Island, NY) and Galerija Zvono (Belgrade). She was awarded the Carriage House Residency at the Islip Art Museum in 2012 and was a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant (2017). Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, the Toronto Star, The National Post (Toronto), the Huffington Post, and was included Michael Petry’s book Nature Morte; Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition published by Thames & Hudson Press (pg 238).

Emily Kiacz is a painter living in Brooklyn New York. She holds a MFA in painting from Boston University and a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been awarded fellowships at The Corporation of Yaddo, Tilleard Projects Residency on Lamu Island Kenya, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Over the last Eight years she has participated in numerous exhibitions in the New York and Brooklyn including Cuevas Tilleard Projects, Barney Savage Gallery, and Blackburn 20/20. Her work is in the collection of Smith College.

Ander Mikalson holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Art in General (Brooklyn, NY), The Kitchen (New York, NY), The High Line (New York, NY), Storm King Art Center (New Windsor, NY), The Art, Design & Architecture Museum (Santa Barbara, CA), Kate Werble Gallery (New York, NY), Queens Museum (Queens, NY), Temple Contemporary (Philadelphia, PA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, ME), and Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden). Her projects have been supported by the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2019), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2016), the Art Matters Foundation Grant (2013), College Art Association Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts (2012), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship (2011). She has been an artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum (2015-18), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (2017), Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2018), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2016, 2019) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2012).

Angela Santana is a Swiss artist based in NYC creating large scale oil paintings questioning the objectification of women, found via the mass of illicit images on the internet. She observes the ethics of our behaviour online, the accelerated speed at which we consume imagery today, and how the mass of beauty, illicit and objectified imagery has helped shape and distort the perception of women in our collective consciousness. Santana emphasises the strength and permanence of her work through the medium of oil painting: An antagony to the fleeting digital thumbnail.

Audrey Stone received her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from Pratt Institute, both in painting. She also studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and was selected for the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely across the United States, as well as in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, England, France, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include a 2018 solo exhibit of her paintings at Morgan Lehman Gallery, a two-person show at Muriel Guepin Gallery in 2015, and a solo exhibit of a thread-based installation on Governor’s Island in 2014. She has shown in group exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Arkansas Art Center, the Columbus Museum, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, ODETTA Gallery, Schema Projects, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her work is in the collections of Fidelity Investments and the Amateras Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria. Stone lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Adrienne Elise Tarver is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York. Her work addresses the complexity and invisibility of the black female identity in the Western landscape--from the history within domestic spaces to the fantasy of the tropical seductress. She has exhibited nationally and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Ochi Projects in Los Angeles; Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY; Victori+Mo in New York; BRIC Project Room in Brooklyn; and A-M Gallery in Sydney, Australia. She was selected by ArtNet as one of “14 Emerging Female Artists to watch in 2017” and has been featured in online and print publications including Brooklyn Magazine, Blouin Art Info, Whitewall Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ingenue Magazine, among others. She is currently the Director of Art & Design and Director of the HSA Gallery at Harlem School for the Arts in Harlem, New York and Residency Advisor for Trestle Art Space. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from Boston University.

Amanda Wachob is a New York City-based artist who is internationally known for her innovative and conceptual work with the tattoo medium. Her canvases include fruit, leather, linen, and skin. She has done projects with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, The Clyfford Still Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and The Whitney. Pioneering the watercolor tattoo movement and actively bridging the gap between tattooing and fine art, she has been named one of the 50 most creative people in the world. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums worldwide.

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Various Artists


Jul 11 - Aug 24, 2019


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Installation view of These Times Are Racing

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Installation view of These Times Are Racing

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Chellis Baird


Sarah Elise Hall

Emily Kiacz

Ander Mikalson

Angela Santana

Audrey Stone

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