Happy Hour | VCU MFA Alumni

Happy Hour
Virginia Commonwealth University
Painting + Printmaking MFA Alumni Exhibition 2014 – 2015

Curated by Arnold J. Kemp and Jackie Klempay

August 28 – September 20, 2015

Friday, September 11 | 6-9PM
rsvp to rsvparts@vcu.edu

Featuring work by:
Annie Albagli
Thomas Burkett
Adriane Connerton
Philip Hinge
Michael Hunter
Nicholas Irzyk
Harris Johnson
Aaron Koehn
Mike Linskie
Christine Navin
Lee Piechocki
Jason Rood
Aaron Storck
Grace Weaver
Matthew Yaeger

Image: Grace Weaver, In Search of Delicious, 2015
Oil on linen. 75 x 67 inches.



Bushwick Open Studios
June 5-7, 2015

ArtHelix, in collaboration with Chez Bushwick, is pleased to present a series of art installations and performances at Mona Liza Fine Furniture as part of our program for Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Please join us for a weekend of art, music, performance, and dance as we celebrate our neighborhood and community.

Mona Liza Fine Furniture
23 Meadow Street
Brooklyn, NY

Open Hours:
Friday June 5: 6PM – 10PM
Saturday June 6: 12PM – 2AM
Sunday June 7: 1PM – 6PM

Bushwick 1
a special sculpture installation by Michael McKeown


Audacious Auspicious Anfractuous Anomalous Asynchronous Autonomous Artists
Curated by norton

Featuring artwork by:
norton, Chris Ketchie, Patrick Paine, David Miller, Greg Reynolds, Joshua Rosenblatt, Yukari Edamitsu, Jeffrey Leder, Chen Dongfan, Chris Rucker, Angelino Salerno, Lindsay Packer, Levi Haske, Audrey Ryan, Rob Lomblad

with a performance by Bakarock Sunday, June 7, 5PM


La Gioconda
Curated by Wilson Duggan and Julie McKim

Featuring artwork by:
Albert Shelton, Amanda Millet-Sorsa, Beata Chrzanowska, Brett Wallace, Cannon Hersey, Christopher Tandy, Claudia Chaseling, Daniel Djuro-Goiricelaya, David Pierce, Ehren Clodfelter, Elia Bettaglio, Elizabeth Meggs, Eric LoPresti, Fanny Allié, George Horner, Guy Nelson, Hazel Lee Santino, Heather Green, Jaynie Crimmins, Jon Newman, Kelsey Shwetz, Kenneth Browne, Kiki Carrillo, Kurt Steger, Laura Charlton, Linda Schmidt, Luan Gashi, Marcy Rosenblat, Margaret Lanzetta, Mari Rantanen, Mary Cooke Cosh, Meer Musa, Michele Hemsoth, Miguel Libarnes, Patricia Fabricant, Patrick Farrar, Rachel Blackwell, Shingo Francis, Thomas Burr Dodd, Tif Robinette, Wilson Duggan …and more.

with a performance by Dirty Churches on Saturday, June 6 @ 9PM


a special presentation of work by Yuliya Skya


Performances from Chez Bushwick:
Sunday, June 7, 3-5PM

Sarah Lifson
Laurel Snyder
Alex Romania
Evvie Allison
and Judy Iocovozzi

Somewhere Between

Caption: Erik Hougen. Wells, 2015, Silkscreen on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Somewhere Between

June 5 – June 14, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 5, 2015 | 6-9PM

Curated by Julie McKim

A group exhibition featuring artwork by:
Sonya Blesofsky 
Matthew Conradt 
Angeles Cossio 
Jon Elliott 
Rob Fischer
Daniele Genadry 

Erik Hougen 
and Wyatt Nash

with performances throughout BOS weekend by:
Jeff Thompson | Performance for Modified Chord Organ and Laptop
Friday, June 5 at 8:30PM at ArtHelix

Jeff Thompson will perform using a modified chord organ outfitted for micro adjustments and a laptop running custom software, creating slowly shifting drones and subtle dissonances.

William Hempel | read red read
Saturday, June 6 at 4:00PM at ArtHelix

William Hempel is a New York City based conceptual and visual artist who creates language based works often pulled from the everyday landscape, both physical and mental.  Hempel uses strategies of collection to represent languages as aesthetic experiences and exercises in free thinking.  His multi person reading performances are read from texts prepared by these methods of language collection.

Dirty Churches | Saturday, June 6 at 8:45PM at Mona Liza Fine Furniture

Performance by Rachel Blackwell
Music by Jesse Gelaznik
Violin Carolin Pook
Viola Eric Elterman
Cello Eric Allen

ArtHelix is thrilled to host Somewhere Between as part of our program for Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

The work in Somewhere Between finds weight in the uncertain place between the familiar and the unknown. The eight artists in this show employ sculpture, site specific installation, painting, silkscreen and photography to look at memory, history and place. Pulling source material from their everyday lives and surroundings, they construct work that collapses times, balances between the abstract and the delineated, and is layered and fragmented. Their work offers fleeting glimpses into histories long forgotten, hints at unfounded narratives, and presents cloudy reminders of places, perhaps, never visited.

The visual clues offered seem both familiar and hard to place, taking the viewer on a circuitous hunt for recognizable forms and meaning. Once engaged in the work, only then is it discovered, that what appeared familiar, is actually unknown. The viewer is confronted with a memory, history, landscape that is not their own. It is here, in this limbo, between object and viewer that the work of these artists balances. This middle place where meaning is open ended, connotations multiple and subjective and possibilities infinite.

along, align

jesse moretti
along, align

June 5-7, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 5, 2015 | 6-9PM

A group exhibition featuring artwork by:
Douglas Degges
Jesse Moretti
and Eric Oglander

ArtHelix at SELECT Art Fair

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at SELECT Art Fair
May 13-17, 2015

Center 548
548 W 22nd Street, NYC

ArtHelix is thrilled to announce our participation in this year’s SELECT Fair during Frieze Week, May 13-17, where we will be exhibiting work by Christopher Stout as an extension of A.O., his current exhibition at our gallery. 

ArtHelix will be joining Franklin Furnace, BRIC, Pioneer Works, Fuchs Projects, ODETTA Gallery, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Transmitter, Rhombus Space, Fresh Window Gallery, and many more exciting exhibitors at this year’s Fair. 

Additionally, Christopher Stout | A.O. will remain on view Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17 during our regular gallery hours 12-6PM at 299 Meserole Street, Brooklyn.



Wednesday May 13th | 6:00-10:00pm


Thursday May 14th | 2:00-10:00pm

Friday May 15th | 2:00-10:00pm

Saturday May 16th | 12:00-10:00pm

Sunday May 17th | 12:00-6:00pm

SELECT Art Fair is curated by Brian Whiteley

For more information and a full list of exhibitors,
please visit

Christopher Stout | A.O.

Christopher Stout | A.O.

April 24 – May 17, 2015 [Extended!]

Curated by Wilson Duggan

ArtHelix is thrilled to present A.O., an exhibition of paintings by Christopher Stout—the artist’s second project with ArtHelix and his first solo at the gallery.

Best known for working with cement and shredded writing, this series marks somewhat of a material departure as many of the works are fashioned from fused plaster cylinders on museum panel.

Stout has said of this work: “A.O. is about the discovery of telling a visual story while not using the entirety of the painting’s surface. To accomplish this, I built structural environments within the works that would allow the dynamic to be carried by the internal lines and negative space. A.O. is about an edifice to prominence.”

Christopher Stout is the Founder of Bushwick Art Crit Group (BACG), Brooklyn NYC’s nonprofit art think tank. BACG is obsessed with understanding Contemporary Art through the lens of the art & artists in Bushwick.

A.O. is on view at ArtHelix April 24th – May 17th. ArtHelix will be open Friday April 24th from 12-6PM, after which gallery hours are 12-6PM on Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment.

The Artist reception for A.O. is Friday, May 1 from 6-9PM.

For more information and images of A.O. please contact Wilson Duggan, Gallery Manager, or visit http://www.arthelix.com.


Exhibition Teaser Interview, courtesy the Bushwick Art Crit Group’s Artist Film Library


Invite Dance2Dance Shani Ha
Saturday, April 18 @ 8PM

Tickets available via BrownPaperTickets.com

ArtHelix, in partnership with Curating for a Cause and SHIM will host a night of dance performances, sculpture, fine art, discussion, and dance celebration.

Participating Performers: ​ChristinaNoel and The Creature, Jennifer Roit, Sarah Chien, 96B, Danielle Russo Performance Project, and Maya Orchin with interactive body sculptures by Shani-Ha

Curated by Jackie Cantwell and Caitlin Dutton.

Dance 2 Dance​ is an all night dance and art experience. The event will begin with site specific dance performances consisting of spontaneously evolving choreography and sculpture during which audience members may be encouraged to join in.

Sculpture artist Shani-Ha will exhibit works that will be stimulated through the performances, experimentation and appropriation of them, either spontaneously or with a scenario. These actions will engage the viewer and performer directly and provoke co-presence and social interactions inside her pieces.

Throughout the evening dancers will initiate individual discussions after their pieces to encourage feedback with those present. We want to keep this open, fun and spontaneous, so don’t expect a panel discussion!

We envision the evening as an open source platform between audience and performers. ArtHelix was founded on the principle of encouraging collaboration between oftentimes isolated artistic communities. The dance and performance community in Bushwick is encouraged to meet and mingle with the visual art community in a gallery setting. The goal is to further connections and hopefully enhance the sustainability of each community inside the flourishing Bushwick arts community.

This will be a night to begin to create sustainable dialogue between dance, technology, fashion, performative, installation and visual. Please come help us celebrate and be a part of this new model.

David Packer: Machina

David Packer

Curated by Bonnie Rychlak

March 6 – April 12, 2015

From the seemingly unending number of apocalyptic novels and subsequent movie adaptations, to the newfound relevance of modern classics, dystopias have made a cultural resurgence, reflecting the world’s growing unease with the surveillance state and government secrets, intensified by seemingly capricious urban bombings and terrorist acts.

On display at ArtHelix, hanging by chains from a 14-foot ceiling are David Packer’s blood red V8 engines that impose a demanding presence. A slaughterhouse trope perhaps or automobile shop initiatives, these finely crafted ceramic representations of the powerful Detroit engine allude to more than a degraded city or lost suburban consumers aspirations. The fast and beefy V8 machine is indeed a symbol of accelerated power but today it is directly associated with Detroit and the capitalist demise of a once powerful American city. The V8 engine ideal is now as hollow and useless as Packer’s ceramic renditions.

But the useless blood red V8s in this exhibition, as remains of a larger machine, read less like a metaphor for a derelict American city than for the “infernale machine” or “Buda Wagon.” In 1920, after the arrest of his comrades Sacco and Vanzetti, Mario Buda parked his horse-drawn wagon in the financial district of Manhattan, directly across from J. P. Morgan Company. Mario Buda disappeared before the explosion. Buda’s Wagon was, in essence, the prototype car bomb.

The V8 engines seen in relationship to David Packer’s other hardwearing objects, colorful ceramic bidons (water canisters), found dwarfed trucks transformed by rust, a decorative ceramic helicopter, and schematic drawings of airports, reinforce the darker reading of the V8s.

Plastic is the new ceramic in most third world countries and this fact was not lost on Packer while he was on a Fulbright in Morocco in 2013. The ubiquitous ceramic bidons were once a beautiful artisanal tradition in North Africa. The blue and white glazed ceramic water canisters are nowadays only produced in plastic but Packer flips the cultural switch back and casts the plastic bidons into brightly colored ceramic water vessels (or gas canisters) positing a suggestion of another fallen praxis.

Also on view are metal toy trucks or a miniature army of trucks but somehow they do not seem all that playful. In fact, there is an aggressive gesture in the way in which they are installed; lined up, side by side, constructing a wall of impasse. But on closer look, the little trucks are rusted and immobile, suggesting they were used, degraded, and now useless. Abandoned in a desert storm perhaps.

In the next room of the gallery is a ceramic helicopter that presents a visual twist on the airborne war machine. The surface of the helicopter is covered in cheerful colored decals of daisies. Is there nothing sinister here? Only a whirlybird that brings to mind Ride of the Valkyries from Apocalypse Now. The maps surrounding the hanging helicopter underpin this impression. Beautifully conceived and meticulously drawn, Packer has illustrated the schematic outlines of various airports, as seen by a drone or satellite. The runways and outlines of the airports in such places as Karachi, Addis Ababa, and even far-flung Las Vegas, deepen a sense of surveillance and foreboding.

There’s a long-standing tradition of ignoring the warnings of future-conscious artists and creative thinkers, but we do so at our own peril: deliberating dystopias can still teach us about ourselves and about how to alter our future. David Packer’s exhibition ingeniously helps us consider our situations.

Thank you to Wil Farr for his performance at the exhibition’s closing reception:

Type Indicators

Type Indicators

Type Indicators
February 13 – March 1, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 13 | 6-9PM

Curated by Wilson Duggan

Featuring work by:

Daniel Djuro-Goiricelaya     Jayne Holsinger     Joana Ricou     Marina Ross     Nancy Baker     Patrick Farrar     Scott Robinson     Burr Dodd
Beata Chrzanowska     Christopher Tandy     Drew Van Diest     Jaynie Crimmins
Maya Meissner     Peter Hopkins     Shani Ha     Eliot Markell
Joshua Liebowitz     Margaret Lanzetta     George Horner
Vincent Stracquadanio     Brian Kenny     Jon Newman     Tom Kotik
Elizabeth Shoby     Erin Hael     Fanny Allié     Marcy Rosenblat
Michele Hemsoth     norton     Sara Jean-Baptiste     Wilson Duggan
Alyssa Maurin     Anne Gilman     Jeanne Tremel     Lynne Stone
Merav Ezer     Stephi Kix     Christopher Stout     David Packer
Linda Schmidt     Nico Dodd

Type Indicators is an exhibition concept and research project that explores the relationship between personality, identity, and artistic self-expression using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is a decades-old series of questions designed to assess how people interact with the world, both around them and within themselves. The questionnaire, first developed in the 1960’s and based on Jungian psychological principles, focuses on four fundamental questions. The combined response to these questions reveals a four letter score that identifies one of sixteen possible personality types.

1. Are you outwardly or inwardly focused? (Introverted or Extroverted)
2. How do you prefer to digest information? (Sensing or INtuition)
3. How do you prefer to make decisions? (Thinking or Feeling)
4. How do you prefer to live your external life? (Judging or Perceiving)

The aim of our project is to use these established psychological categories to examine the relationship between an artist’s personality and the artwork they create. Type Indicators will feature work by over 40 different artists, curated according to their Myers-Briggs personality types. The participating artists were brought together over several months, in response to an open call for participants.  The exhibition will also include a presentation of the data we collect, a kind of snapshot “personality map” of artists in Bushwick and beyond.

Our aim is to start a conversation within the community about our behavioral predilections and to potentially illuminate unlikely similarities between unlikely people. With the data and art we collect from Bushwick’s generous and open community, we hope to mount an exhibition that beautifully illustrates the connections between art and the people and personalities behind it.