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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Alternate Gravity: New Work by Nicole Cherubini, Meg Lipke and Patrick Purcell

LABspace is pleased to present Alternate Gravity, a 3-person installation of new works by Nicole Cherubini, Meg Lipke and Patrick Purcell .  The show runs from Thursday August 11th  through Saturday, October 1st  There will be  a reception for the artists on Sunday, August 14th from 5-7pm

All the artists divide their time between Columbia County and in/near New York City and conceptually challenge notions of craft and materials and function in their work.

Cherubini (b.1970, Boston) has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad, most recently at Samson Projects in Boston and at Retrospective Gallery in Hudson, NY.  Lipke (b.1969, Portland) has exhibited paintings and painted objects most recently at Freight and Volume in New York and with Jeff Bailey in Hudson. Purcell (b. 1969 St Louis was trained as a potter and makes wheel thrown objects that conflate sculpture and functional ceramics. Purcell has throughout the United States. A recent exhibition at Dodge Gallery in New York had him marked as a “trend to watch” in Art News. 

Sea glass and cloth washed up on the shore
polished in your pocket
expanded and sewn.

Vessels that withstood 
gravitational pull returned. 
Six-sided silica, water, stone.
Coded remnants become newly entire
crossed atoms, functions, redrawn
the inside of the world
known, realigned, unknown.

-Meg Lipke

When you investigate the matter further it will be found that the quartz crystal in the mountains was formed with the help of silicic acid at a specific time when our Earth’s development was under the general influence of etheric and astral forces. That is when you will see such etheric and astral forces emanation form the area around the Earth and working to help build up the quartz crystals in the silica. You can find them everywhere out in the mountains- those wonderful quartz crystals, six-sided constructions. What you see in those quartz crystals is the same as you will see in the bee cells in the beehive, except that these are empty chambers at first. The bee extracts from the plant the very substance that was once there to help create the hexagonal quartz crystals. The bee extracts this from the flower and within its own body creates replicas of the quartz crystals. What happens between the bee and flower is similar to what once happened out there in the macrocosm.

-Rudolph Steiner

Jon Piasecki’s outdoor sculptures will be featured in the courtyard.

LABspace was founded and is directed by the artist Susan Jennings. The gallery is dedicated to experiments in curation, exhibiting category-busting and/or materially surprising contemporary art, and hosting performance art, screenings, readings and music that push the boundaries of categorization, participation and/or experience.

LABspace is located at 2462 NY RT 23 just west of NY RT 22 in Hillsdale, NY. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 1-5 and  Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5p.m., or by appointment

Images: Meg Lipke, Holes in the Ocean,2016, muslin, plaster, fabric dye, acrylic, polyfil and cement
Nicole Cherubini, There is a Fountain, 2016, ceramic
Patrick Purcell, Tall Pitcher, 2016, porcelain, steel, paint