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"Convergence: Tiong Ang, Luisa Caldwell, Janet Echelman, Carlo Ferraris, Craig Fisher, Christa Maiwald, Maria Morganti, Linda Van Boven"
2004-06-11 until 2004-07-11
Brussels, , BE Belgium

CCNOA is pleased to present a group exhibition curated by New York based curator / gallerist Florence Lynch. The exhibition will feature painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and video works by eight (8) artists, including Tiong Ang, Luisa Caldwell, Janet Echelman, Carlo Ferraris, Craig Fisher, Christa Maiwald, Maria Morganti, and Linda Van Boven. While the exhibition does not include all of Ms. Lynch's gallery artists, it gives a comprehensive overview of her curatorial focus and her gallery’s programming, which could be summarized as an eclectic, unconventional multi-media program including cutting-edge video and performance installations as well as painting, sculpture and photography exhibitions.

Bringing new talent to the forefront and initiating relationships with emerging and established artists and creating a comprehensive dialogue between the works of local, national and international artists, Ms. Lynch, has worked as an independent curator since leaving the Salvatore Ala Gallery in 1994. She has worked extensively in Japan, Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Italy; and has done numerous curatorial projects in commercial and non-profit spaces in New York City. b


In his videos Tiong Ang functions as the distanced outsider while remaining engaged through the act of looking. His straight-forward 'observational' images, taken during his peripatetic travels around the world, are moved from the realm of documentary portraiture of the Other to that of a dream-like self-portrait through the creation of unlikely pairings and by the way his editing mediates their relationships.

Luisa Caldwell’s installation consists of 300 strands of candywrappers tied bow-like with nylon thread. The sculpture deals with transforming the everyday, the ephemeral, into a fantasy environment. While not over looking the social and cultural implication of the work, its aesthetic impact is intense. Consumption, abundance, and wastefulness are implied contexts.

Carlo Ferraris’ videos prepares us for a visceral viewing experience with works that represent both the literal and metaphorical and address a spatial or perceptual experience and its psychological implication to everyday life and objects. In the works, all legends, knowledge, and invention, all heritage and messages, all the avant-garde inventors of every era and tradition, all of it becomes a series of metaphysical creation of contemporary gadgets. In these new paintings,

Craig Fisher grappling with the difficulties of distracted and interrupted concentration. The informal and process orientation of his previous work proves to be a fertile ground…and the paintings become ever more anti-compositional and improvised. Somehow, through their continuous movement and unexpected changes, the painting manage to hang together, to find again what is fresh as well as intimate in painting.

Janet Echelman has been working on three important public sculpture projects completed or conceived in the past year, starting with her biggest commission to date currently under construction on the Atlantic coastline in Porto, Portugal. Rising 14 stories to visually connect a city park and a popular beach, the work suspends multiple 150-foot-diameter sculptural nets over a 3-lane highway roundabout. The CCONA exhibition will include a series of prints, Portugal Drawing Series I & II, of computer generated images on that commission.

Christa Maiwald’s embroidery pieces, hand sewn on cotton and linen handkerchiefs, are executed with a richly detailed elegance reminiscent of early Christian mosaics, but the delicacy of technique and materials is offset by images that are funny, mysterious, crude - at times all three. For the past four years, she has been photographing adolescents and creating embroidered portraits of them. The exhibition will include her largest embroideries to date, presented in the US Pavilion at the Luena Biennale in Sweden in the summer 2003.

Maria Morganti presents a floor to ceiling installation of works on paper which aptly display her continued interest in color, movement, and form. The strong tonal variations transcend an essentially chromatic theme and create a mysterious effect of forms and shapes hovering in an ambiguously defined space. The works’ surface, structure, form, and scale, interplay as well on their four-year span.

Linda Van Boven presents a series of photographs of sequential images, charged with emotions. Rhythmic in content and structure, the images range from clay to actual figures. A dynamism and range of emotions are condensed in the clay figures cloaked by chiaroscuro: intensely pensive figures play or sit round a table, one isolated figure writhes in pain, other figures are engaged in vigorous conversation or arguments. In the works Van Boven emphasizes the interplay of psychological battles and social patterns in everyday life.


Tiong Ang was born in Surabaya, Indonesia; he grew up in Middelburg, The Netherlands and currently lives and works in Amsterdam. He has participated in numerous biennials including the 2001 Venice Biennale, The Havana Biennale, The Istanbul Biennial, the Biennial of Buenos Aires, and the Liverpool Biennale. Museum and gallery shows include the Institute of Visual Arts (inova), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Galerie für Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig; Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai; Galerie Krinzinger, Salzburg and Vienna; and the Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam, among others. His work has been reviewed by Art in America, Art Forum, Flash Art, The New York Time, The Village Voice, Time Out, NRC Handelsbad, Lapiz , Kunstforum, among others.

Luisa Caldwell has exhibited in numerous group shows in New York and elsewhere including the seminal Williamsburg Paradigm show at the Krannert Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park with funding from the Jerome Foundation, Venice Biennale Aperto, Art in General and Islip Museum of Art, extra50 Biennale di Venezia, Momenta Art, Parker’s Box, PS 122 and Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York and The Bodybuidler & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago. Solo shows include Barney’s New York, SculptureCenter (Artist in Residence), Carriage House-Islip Museum, and Florence Lynch gallery in new York, among others. Her work has been reviewed and published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, House & Garden, New York Magazine, and NYArts, among others. She lives and work in Brooklyn, NY.

A native of Florida, Janet Echelman lives and works in New York City. She has presented numerous installations and exhibitions in the U.S. and overseas, among them at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum and Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida, The Fields Sculpture Museum in Omi, New York, the University of Connecticut’s Atrium Gallery, the Fung Ping Shan Museum of Hong Kong University, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Currents Gallery, and a solo-exhibition curated by Robert Rauschenberg. Large scale public installation include Madrid, Spain (ARCO), the Bass Museum (Art Projects, Art Basel Miami Beach), Miami, The Armory Show, New York, Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam; and Echelman is currently in the construction phase of a waterfront sculpture for the city of Porto, Portugal. There has been wide spread widespread interest in her work, evidenced by the many in-depth articles written recently in the international art press: Jornal Arquitectos, Sculpture Magazine, World Sculpture News, and New York Arts Magazine, among others .

Born in the Piedmont region of Italy, Carlo Ferraris currently lives and work in New York. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. His work has been exhibited in one-person exhibitions at Esso Gallery, New York; C.A. OTKRbITKA Gallery, Moscow; Galleria Valeria Belvedere, Milan; Galleria Disegno, Montua, and Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, among others. Group exhibitions include: Galerie Corinne Caminade, Paris, France; Queens Museum, New York; Galerie von Fellner, Krefeld, Germany; Millennium Film Workshop Inc., New York; kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Salle D’Exposition Centre St. Charles, University de Paris I, Sorbonne, Paris; Art in General, New York; Cape Town, South Africa; Galerie Le Faisant, Strasbourg; London Brewery, London; and White Columns, New York, among others. His work has been published and reviewed extensively in such publications as The New York Times, Vogue, Elle Decor, Flash Art, Lacanian Ink, Casa Vogue, Art Press, Art in America, ArtNews, L’Architettura, Juliet, Artforum, Tema Celeste, and The Art Newspaper, among others.

Christa Maiwald began her career in New York as a video artist in the 1970s. She had solo exhibitions at most major video venues, including the Whitney Museum, Franklin Furnace and Anthology Film Archives, and received numerous grants, including two each from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her videotape “Building a Nuclear Head” was included in the 1979 Whitney Biennial. Additional exhibitions include: Florence Lynch Gallery, New York; QCC Art Gallery, Bayside, NY; Wainscott Gallery, Wainscott, NY; Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA; Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY; Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY; Smithtown Township Arts; Heckscher Museum of Art,; Huntington, LI; SITE Gallery, Los Angeles; Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA;

Maria Morganti was born in Milan, Italy. She currently lives and works in Venice. She studied at the Studio School and NYU in New York and the Accademia delle Belle Arti of Brera in Milan. She has exhibited extensively in the US and Europe. Recent exhibitions include, Galerie Arnaud Lefrebvre, Paris; Galleria Grossetti, Milan; Galleria Corraini, Mantova; Artoteca, Milan; Palazzo Piacentini S. Benedetto del Trento; Bay Area Center for the Consolidated Arts, Berkeley, CA.; Galerie Arte Giani, Frankfurt; Galleria Nuova Icona, Venice; Museo di San Donato, Milan; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Gallarate, Varese; Triennale di Milano, Grand Palais, Paris; Tajon, South Korea; Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara; among others.

Born in Arnhem, The Netherlands, Linda Van Boven lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She has participated in group exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. and has worked on several public projects in The Netherlands, Russia, and Italy. Since 1995 to date, she has won twelve public commissions, with the Hudson Corporation, Gemeente Amsterdam, H.H. vormgeving, KPGM International, Randstad Uitzendburo in Haarlem, and Randstad Uitzendburo, Amsterdam, among others.

Tiong Ang
Video Stills
Installation at Florence Lynch Gallery

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