Celestial Dome / Trestle Gallery
Scotch (Ben Light, Christie Leece, Inessah Selditz and Matt Richardson), Yukari Edamitsu, Shingo Francis, Kasia Gumpert, Katsuhiro Saiki
Curated by: Shingo Francis and Eri Takane
March 15th ~ April 14th, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, March 15th, 7-9pm
168 7th Street, 3rd Floor (between 2nd/3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Please buzz 35 to enter the building
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11AM – 6PM (Saturday by appointment)
Celestial Dome presents work that explores the physical nature of the sky and its meaning. A blue sky is an optical illusion of the most extended part of the light spectrum, whereas a night sky becomes a transparent dome, a window to the stars and planets of the universe. Existing between the upper atmosphere and stratosphere it unites all continents, islands, oceans and people. It can make us feel connected—giving us a feeling of limitless possibilities—or make us feel isolated and lonely within an empty void. It simultaneously protects and prevents: acting as a safe haven from the uncontrollable forces in the universe but also as a barrier that limits our ‘freedom’ because we can’t move beyond it. For some the sky’s dual nature may also represent a tendency to create borders between themselves and the outside world. However we define the sky, it is everywhere yet intangible. Celestial Dome celebrates the sky by presenting artists who look towards the physical world above us to cultivate ideas of space, light and boundlessness.
Katsuhiro Saiki crops images of clouds and vapor trails to make images that are at once abstract and representational. Saiki places the images on the floor, further taking the subject matter out of context and challenging the medium as a photographic sculpture.
Yukari Edamitsu mixes photographs and scanned images of the universe to create her version of the night sky. The work reveals the celestial entities that surround us—the moon, planets and galaxies—to bring an almost invisible world into a sublime and mysterious focus.
Bird on a Wire is an interactive display created by Ben Light, Christie Leece, Inessah Selditz and Matt Richardson. Calling a telephone number allows visitors to set a group of perched birds into motion. The flock then disappears into a boundless pink, purple and blue sky.
Kasia Gumpert develops tension related to wanting an intangible thing or place by incorporating advertisements into her imagery. The focus on a desire to reach something real yet inaccessible creates a powerful dialogue between fantasy and reality.
Shingo Francis’s monotypes work with the horizon line as a form of abstracted landscape. The blue palette and subtle two-toned monochrome allow for an open-ended interpretation of what seems to be and what may not be.