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.

Can You Move It All Up One Inch: Part Three

Can You Move It All Up One Inch: Part Three
The Art Handlers of the Whitney Museum
February 6 – 15, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5th | 6-9PM

Curated by norton

Featuring work by:

John Gatti      Chris Burton      Jason Phillips      Rob Lomblad     Butcher Walsh
Ken Madore      Robert Gerhardt      Natalee Cayton      Greg Reynolds
Royce Weatherly      Pablo Narvaez      Jesse Gelaznik / Dirty Churches / Wanting Hour

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Can You Move It All Up One Inch: Part One

Can You Move It All Up One Inch: Part One
The Art Handlers of the Whitney Museum
January 9 – 18, 2015
Curated by norton

Featuring work by:

norton     Chris Ketchie     Patrick Paine     David Miller
Richard Bloes     Joshua Rosenblatt     Tom Kotik     Ian Jones

A big thank you to Adam Weinberg, Donna de Salvo, and all the staff at the Whitney for their support of the exhibition and attendance at the opening reception.

Don’t miss Part Two, opening Friday, January 23rd.

Photos courtesy of Butcher Walsh


Jene Highstein: The Cape Breton Drawings


Jene Highstein
The Cape Breton Drawings

January 9 – February 8, 2015
Opening Reception: January 9, 2015 | 6-9PM

Curated by Bonnie Rychlak

ArtHelix is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by the acclaimed artist, Jene Highstein. Made between 2008 and 2010, these drawings are part of the Cape Breton Drawings series that ArtHelix first presented in its inaugural exhibition in 2013.

Organized by artist and curator, Bonnie Rychlak, these drawings or watercolors on rice paper have obvious associations to landscapes with an immediacy of saturated color that bursts from the surface while the pigment is also clearly soaked deep into the paper, creating an ambiguity of density and weight on an almost ephemeral surface.

This selection of the Cape Breton Drawings exhibit an audacious yet soft and light use of color, horizontal eruptions that almost, but do not quite, establish narrative. The beauty of Highstein’s island surroundings on Cape Breton is illustrated as the drawings reveal the ability of nature to alter one’s consciousness.

As Highstein explained to Janet Goleas in an interview in 2013, his Cape Breton Drawings developed over time, more as collaboration with nature than as aesthetic observation. Highstein explained that he absorbed the natural world around him, intuiting it and recalling it in his mind’s eye when he retreated to the studio. He noted that in Chinese landscape painting, artists don’t paint on site — they absorb the landscape and carry it with them — painting it not only from memory but also from a psychic, or perhaps spiritual, connection.

Can You Move It All Up One Inch

Can You Move It All Up One Inch
The Art Handlers of the Whitney Museum

January 9 – February 15, 2015
Curated by norton

ArtHelix is thrilled to host Can You Move It All Up One Inch, an exhibition trilogy featuring work from the art handlers of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

January 9 – 18, 2015
Reception: January 9 | 6-9PM
norton      Chris Ketchie      Patrick Paine      David Miller
Richard Bloes      Joshua Rosenblatt      Tom Kotik      Ian Jones

January 23 – February 1, 2015
Reception: January 23 | 6-9PM
Patrick Burns      Eliza Proctor      Joe Leavenworth      Al Padrino
Sarah Anderson      Ryan Brown      Tom Burckhardt
Caitlin Bermingham      Chris Lesnewski

February 6 – 15, 2015
Reception: February 5 | 6-9PM
John Gatti      Chris Burton      Jason Phillips      Rob Lomblad     Butcher Walsh
Ken Madore      Robert Gerhardt      Natalee Cayton      Greg Reynolds
Royce Weatherly      Pablo Narvaez      Jesse Gelaznik / Dirty Churches / Wanting Hour

Claudia Chaseling: The Mutants

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Claudia Chaseling
The Mutants

January 9 – February 8, 2015
Closing Reception: February 6, 2015 | 6-9PM

ArtHelix is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings, works on paper, and video by German artist Claudia Chaseling.

Chaseling’s work comprises large scale paintings and installations. Chaseling creates upside down landscapes with reversed or distorted perspectives. The imagery of her spatial paintings consists of estranged landscapes, mutated creatures and plants whose deformation is caused by radiation. The experience of the works alternates between the two and three-dimensional. Chaseling addresses the antagonistic relationship between structure and chaos, creating new compositions from a state of disorder. The result is an amor- phous system of complex fragments reminiscent of light reflections and objects in form of capsule-like creatures. She creates an atmosphere of alienation searching for the undiscovered Zeitgeist.

Claudia Chaseling was born in Munich, Germany and lives in Berlin and Canberra, Australia. She received Masters degrees in Visual Art from both the Berlin University of the Arts and the Australian National Univer- sity in Canberra. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin; Collection Krohne, Duisburg and Volta 10, Basel, Switzerland. Major grants and scholarships received include the DAAD; the Samstag Scholarship; the Studio Award of the Karl Hofer Society and the Australia Council for the Arts. She has participated in residencies at Burlington City Arts, the Texas A&M University and Yaddo.

Elizabeth Gourlay: New Work

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Elizabeth Gourlay
New Work

January 9 – February 8, 2015
Closing Reception: February 6, 2015 | 6-9PM

ArtHelix is pleased to present a new series of paintings by the artist Elizabeth Gourlay.

“I think of the work as a meditation on color and form. The drawings and paintings emerge from a gradual yet progressive meditation that leads to a complex network of shifting shapes and colors. The shapes and lines create my own vocabulary of abstract forms. They are resonances with inner emotional states, elements of feelings or sub-conscious thoughts combined with conscious thought about color, form and geometric structure.

I often begin with a background layer of washes and then work with elements of line and shape in the foreground. The color may become muted and minimal, admixing into greys and earth tones or they may be vibrant and intense. There are parallels in musical composition, as looking at the work is a dynamic interaction and the eye moves around the piece element to element. The result is a play of tones, chords, dissonances and harmonies.”


– Elizabeth Gourlay, 2014

Following a fellowship at the Yale/Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, Elizabeth Gourlay went on to receive a BA with First Class Honors from Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and an MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art. She has been awarded several grants and fellowships, including two Individual Artist Grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Elizabeth shows her work nationally and internationally, most notably at The Drawing Center, MASS MoCA, The National Academy and School of Fine Arts, The Cummings Arts Center at Connecticut College, The Hecksher Museum and the Widener Gallery at Trinity College.

Blick in Bushwick


Blick in Bushwick
Dec 13 – 21, 2014

Curated by Jackie Cantwell and Wilson Duggan

ArtHelix is thrilled to host Blick in Bushwick, a curated exhibition of outstanding work from the associates of Blick Art Materials.

A. Demetrius Felder
Amanda Menezes
Andrew McCoy
Ann Marie Amick
Bryant Castro
Carlos Williams
Chris Gonzalez
Curtis Andrews
Daphane Love
Eleisia Richardson
Felix Caballero
Gavin Weir
James McDonough
Jose Londono
Josephine Tam
Julius Pearson
Karina Antigua
Katarra Peterson
Lance Laurie
Luan Gashi
Macey L. Brady
Mark Fionda
Megan Westgate
Melissa Tolve
Mustafa Allsop
Pata Llano
Sahdir Ellis
Samantha Philbert
Sara Jean-Baptiste
Whitney Meredith

Mari Rantanen & Shingo Francis

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Mari Rantanen
& Shingo Francis

ArtHelix Gallery I
Oct 24 – Nov 30, 2014

Curated by Bonnie Rychlak












ArtHelix is proud to present the work of Mari Rantanen and Shingo Francis in an exhibition in our main gallery.

-Codes of Color, Sites for Emotions-

Rantanen is a Finnish artist who has been living and working in Stockholm for almost 20 years. Her paintings reflect her interest in architecture and places or sites that people have constructed.  The history and presence of visual culture, the different systems and patterns that make life visible at these sites, as well as what is seen in everyday life, are evident in her work. Rantanen combines motifs from numerous cultures, creating what she hopes are exceptional places and spaces for emotions.

Mari Rantanen’s tries to organize chaos and intentionally disturb any order in her work, all the while integrating the languages of painting as she concurrently juxtaposes them. Her desire is one of making paintings that reflect a pluralist culture, that tell a story, and have a narrative.

Through the painting process, Rantanen creates surfaces that express the more positive side of life, hope and joy, surfaces that are sensual, colors that are vibrant. She attempts to capture light and produce a palpable sense of energy, working to make the visible more visible and to give form and color to that which is not immediately visible in her highly structured paintings.

The five large painted ovals in this exhibition are part of an ongoing series of “portraits” that Rantanen began in 2011 while on a fellowship in Rome 2011. She asserts that these paintings offer a visual and mental place for women. Inspired by her favorite women artists, each painting shares the first initial from the name of one of these artists, as a homage. Rantanen is conceptually connecting her work to the ways women make their lives perceptible.

Mari Rantanen’s work is in the private and public collections of most all Nordic countries. She is also represented in numerous collections in Germany, England, Holland, as well as the United States. In 2015 she will be included in an exhibition Dark Days, Light Nights at the Kemper Art Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

-Boundary Lines-

Francis was raised in both Los Angeles and Tokyo, and currently works in Brooklyn, NY. He works in painting, drawing and large-scale drawing installations utilizing oil, acrylic and watercolor paints. Francis’ recent work explores the use of line, space and color as a means of boundaries and their psychological, cultural and social relationship, and how they affect or don’t affect our interaction with people, places and things in our environment and lives.

From the artist:

My work is an investigation into time, space and color. My work gives the viewer a sense of scale in regards to our natural environment that surrounds us everyday, but can be lost in our daily preoccupations. The horizontal composition is a timeless image that represents not only the landscape, but a boundary where the horizon ends. A vanishing point of sights end and also of time. We are limited in space and time in that we can only experience one day at a time and be in one place at a time although we have created many instruments to simulate different times and places. Tools such as photographs freeze time and refer to the past, or the telephone, and internet to simulate concurrent places. These are tools with a purpose, but can have psychological and emotional hooks that can distract us from our present time and place. My works are a critique of the desire to be in more than one place at a time, and the inability to be in the present.