April 5th-28th, 2018
Artists/Curators: Christine Atkinson, Lucy Wood Baird, Diana Jean Puglisi
Contract/Release challenges how we perceive a piece of art within the context of the gallery. Christine Atkinson, Lucy Wood Baird and Diana Jean Puglisi are brought together by a common interest in experiential making. The works breathe in and breathe out, evolving as the viewer navigates them with their bodies. Each work included in the exhibition provides a visual jolt, challenging the traditional stagnancy of the gallery exhibition. Instilled in these sculptural works is a sense of constant conversation between object, maker and viewer of dimensionality, relational space, and time. Contract/Release is responsive and playful, evoking experience instead of pure looking.
Diana Jean Puglisi
Resin, chiffon, spandex, thread, paper, acrylic
Christine Atkinson received her undergraduate degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara California and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Atkinson was born and raised in Northern California. Her works have been included in various shows across the United States including The Aviary Gallery in Boston, Focus Photo LA curated by Charlotte Cotton, Nicholas Fahey and Wendy Posner and 2017 Left Coast Annual curated by Susan Sayre Batton. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
LUCY WOOD BAIRD
Lucy Wood Baird was born and raised in Chicago. Though trained in photography, Baird’s work manifests as image, sculpture and installation. Probing what can be found between two and three dimensions, her pieces become composite realities of object, space and image. Her work has been included in shows across the country including Filter, Chicago, IL (2015), Aperture Foundation, New York, NY (2016), and The Aviary Gallery, Boston, MA (2016). In 2016 she was profiled in the Boston Globe. She has been resident at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and a visiting artist Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass CO. She lives and works in Chicago.
DIANA JEAN PUGLISI
Diana Jean Puglisi was born in Brooklyn, NY. She received a 2017 Fellowship in Sculpture from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2016, she received an MFA in Visual Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Beker Family Scholar) and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from William Paterson University in 2011. She holds a certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Post-Baccalaureate Program. Diana participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center (August 2016, Artist Grant), Big Red & Shiny (2016) and Gallery 263 (2015). She has exhibited in the US at venues including subSamson; Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts; Bakalar and Paine Galleries; and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. She currently resides and creates in New Jersey.