Fridman Gallery Announces Inaugural Exhibition, ‘Land Escape’, in Beacon, NY



Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Opening, 2020, Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper, 24h x 24w in

Fridman Gallery is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of its second location — in Beacon, NY. Land Escape brings together new works by Nanette Carter, Athena LaTocha, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Each artist works on a special type of paper and builds up the surface using a variety of media to create—rather than represent—landscape.

Nanette Carter, The Weight #26, 2019, Oil on Mylar and Paper, 6h x 16.75w in

Carter applies layers of paint, markers, and pencil on Mylar to produce textural and luminous fictional worlds. Her new series, The Weight, alludes to land, sea, sky, underwater and outer space and pays homage to the mysteries of nature, human nature, and the contemporary burdens we bear in the 21st century.

Athena LaTocha, Study for Bulbancha 2, 2019, ink, Mississippi River mud, Spanish moss on paper, 11h x 19w in

LaTocha uses the power of weather and time to develop the intricate textures and undulating surfaces of her works, often employing unusual tools such as shredded tires, bricks, and stones to create new geological forms. LaTocha will present Studies for Bulbancha, a recent series of works made with earth and moss from the natural environment of the Mississippi delta.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Lately, 2020, Thread, ink, graphite and collaged cut outs on tracing paper, 24h x 24w in

Ogunji’s drawings in ink on architectural tracing paper often include subtle, hand-stitched details. Her compositions explore memory, history, and impossible moments in time. For Land Escape, in addition to the drawings, Ogunji will create a site-specific installation of vibrant hanging threads in the gallery’s street-facing windows.

Performance, Victoria Keddie, Electrona in Crystal Fluenti (41.5048° N, 73.9696° W) Saturday, May 1 at 8:00pm outside 475 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Excerpt from Electrona in Crystallo Fluenti, May 28, 2020, Fridman Gallery

Keddie will perform a multichannel video and sound composition using analog synthesizers, field recordings of the ionosphere and environment, and custom-built software mapping NASA’s live feed of space debris orbiting above Beacon.

Land Escape: Nanette Carter, Athena LaTocha, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji will be on view at Fridman Gallery Beacon from May 1 to June 27, 2021 with an Opening on Saturday, May 1st from Noon to 9:00pm. Fridman Gallery Beacon is located at 475 Main Street, Beacon, NY.