There’s a great group show Bigger, Bolder, Better at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Sponsored by Chashama, which organizes exhibits in unoccupied spaces in buildings around the City, the show – inspired by January’s Women’s Marches – features the work of 16 women artists whose large-scale works take advantage of this cavernous space. The show closes on June 17th. Here are some of my picks – in no particular order:
Jaanika Peerna‘s site-specific piece, Spill, is in two parts – this detail shows the lower half of her flowing work created from hand-cut mylar that was pigmented. Walk around it to see how this graceful sculpture changes – you’ll notice something new every time.
Suzan Shutan has created a site-specific piece, Halfway, from tar roofing paper with a delicate feel and the graceful quality of a gymnast.
Jaynie Crimmins has three ingenious pieces which she made by shredding household mail, rolling up the strips and sewing them onto a backing, transforming junk mail, which often can’t be recycled, into lovely sculptures, which for me, evoked flowers and sea creatures.
Elizabeth Riley has taken several images from her video Icelandic Dragons, and printed them on large sheets which she’s rolled and assembled into Paper Dragons. You can contrast them with the images on the video screens at several points inside the installation.
Christina Massey‘s large (approx. 5ft x 4ft) textile piece, Breaking Patterns 4, incorporates zippers among the woven fabric strips, set against a partially painted background of canvas, linen and paper.
Etty Yaniv showed On the Horizon, 45 small collages, each one a delicate, impressionistic slice of life.
Alyse Rosner used graphite and colored pencils on yupo, a synthetic Japanese paper made of polypropylene, to make From the Outskirts, rubbings of sycamore leaves from her yard. There are several strips of rubbings, each over six feet long. These are very different from the work you’ll find on her website.
Bigger, Bolder, Better closes this Saturday, June 17th, so put it on your list of things to do!