Monday, January 25, 2010

Featuring work by Gregory Coates....

Allentown-based artist Greg Coates will have is work featured soon in multiple shows. Greg will have his own show beginning in February in Philadelphia and he is also part of a group show in Troy, New York. Here are the details:


Dada: Influence and Response In the salon

DATES > February 8 – March 2, 2010RECEPTION > Friday, February 12, 2010, 6-8pm

At the Sande Webster Gallery, 2006 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

From the gallery announcement:

Coates is an international conceptual artist poised in the gap between painting and sculpture. Exploring the nature of unconventional materials is a signature part of his work. He is able to balance an abstract modernist painting sensibility with a gritty found object sculptural inclination. Coates is able to spin mundane rubber tubes, feathers and discarded materials into fine works of art that astonishingly transcend the materials themselves. There is an excitement and tension in the brave use of materials that is resolved by a mastery of craftsmanship. The result is often large-scale contemplative installations that envelop the viewer. Dada: Influence and Response presents new rubber and feather works that explore a contemporary conversation with the anti-art movement of World War I. Dadaism was anarchistic in nature and rejected the prevailing standards in art, commenting on the meaninglessness of the modern world. Coates’ art continues this spirit of Dada, utilizing collage, assemblage and readymade objects without rules or limitations.

Coates was awarded the Joan Mitchell, Pollock-Krasner and Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship Grants and the New York State Foundation Grant. His work is shown internationally, most recently at Galerie Denkraum in Vienna. In 2002, at the occasion of receiving the Edward Mitchell Bannister award in Rhode Island, Coates’ friend and award presenter Professor Bob Dillworth wrote: “Insisting on the material nature of art, on the interchangeability of things in the world, and malleability of meaning, Gregory Coates has broadened the scope of his own reality to put process and risk-taking at center-stage. This amounts to a kind of visual radicalism rarely seen today.”


The Shelnutt Gallery at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute presents "Collage" from Feb. 4 to Mar. 31. A group of 13 artists celebrate their diversity to honor Black History Month. Reception is Feb. 4 at 5:30-8:30 pm.

Aside from that exciting news, Greg is featured in the current issue of LV Magazine, where he discusses his "New Museum" project and more. (Chen Arts Group and Diane Teti - manager of Art Mart - were also mentioned in the piece.)

Greg and Kiki Nienaber are also planning an art show on the nude image at their studio in April. Contact them if you're interested in submitting work for inclusion:

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