"Mapping Heaven" Now on View

Mapping Heaven
curated by Linda Griggs

November 22nd - January 5th, 2014

Reception: Friday, December 13th, 7-9

Fri–Sun 1-6 & by appointment

Front Room Gallery is proud to present "Mapping Heaven" a group exhibition of artists who use diagramming and mapping methods to explore the unknowable. 

This show includes installation, sculpture, painting, large format video, and collage by Babette Allina, Sally Curcio, Allen Hansen, Dennis Hlynsky, Thomas Lyon Mills, Igor Molochevski, Lindsey Noble, Anne LaPrade Seuthe, Patricia Smith and Larry Walczak. 

The concept for this exhibition, curated by Linda Griggs, is inspired by "Darwin's God" by Robin Marantz Henig (March 4th, 2007, New York Times Magazine) which discussed Stephen Jay Gould's idea of religion as a spandrel in the evolutionary biology of the brain. 

A spandrel in architecture is the triangular space between the shoulders of two arches and the ceiling above it. Spandrels are a byproduct of the architect's intent to hold up a ceiling or dome with a colonnaded row. 

Within the theory of exaptation: spandrels are defined as characteristics that did not originate by the direct action of natural selection and that were later co-opted for a current use.

Stephen Jay Gould appropriated this architectural term to illustrate this theory, futher using ‘spandrels’ to describe religion as a byproduct of the evolutionary tools of agent detection, causal reasoning and theory of mind. Those who cherish religious belief need not be offended. Wouldn't "Intelligent Design" preprogram our brains to search for God. 

Gould's choice of an architectural term is poetic when viewing art that explores mapping and the diagram as a metaphor. As Thomas Lyon Mills, artist and educator, wrote,

"Like mapmakers, we draw and paint what we observe, but find our drawings inevitably cross over into the unknown, for, like maps, they are never truly, wholly accurate, never allowing for shifting points of view, or even the necessity of dreams. This then, is our region—where the visible and invisible meet, where the observed and the intuitive lie side by side, and where the seen pays a constant debt to the unseen"

There is a visual overlap in the appearance of diagramming and mapping even though one helps you understand something and the other helps you find someplace. But when the thing and place are unknowable, it's hardly a meaningful distinction. Artist Dennis Hlynsky notes that "One of the diagram’s most intriguing aspects is how it allows us to see a mind at work, thinking things out on paper, unconcerned about whether others will find that thinking coherent. Diagrams can easily leap time and space, bridging unlike ideas and giving form to otherwise impossible notions or invisible plots." 

“Mapping Heaven” presents works that give a physicality to the intangible concepts and thoughts that are held in the nethers of our minds, where the phenomena of creative and imaginative understanding flourishes. 


Babette Allina works at the juncture of science and art and has produced a vertigo inducing installation that references celestial navigation. Originally produced for the Ladd Observatory, "Signs of Life" is a film of the extreme tides on the Bay of Fundy projected onto racing boat sails.

Sally Curcio’s series, “Bubble” uses materials such as pins, beads, false eyelashes, etc. to create miniature worlds enclosed under acrylic bubbles. During this time of economic, political and environmental uncertainty this work offers a dream of a safe protected environment and a nostalgia for mythical or fairytale worlds of childhood. 

For Allen Hansen being involved with the American landscape tradition has led to using diagraming architecturally, a different type of landscape that has as its reference only abstract ideals. 

Dennis Hlynsky is an American artist making mesmerizing recordings of the flights, swarms and musters of urban wildlife as a means of imagining the bedlam of shambolic behavior. 

With unique permission to paint alone in the Roman catacombs, Thomas Lyon Mills examines the elasticity of time and the necessity of dreams: where the observed and the intuitive lie side by side and where the seen pays a constant debt to the unseen. 

Igor Molochevski's "Invisible Beast" is an interactive performance of subversive reverence in which vibrations created in an antique Buddhist prayer bowl are analyzed and displayed as a visualization of "String Theory" equations. 

Within her work Lindsey Nobel has "developed a drawing language based on the otherwise invisible connections between humans and machines, effectively manifesting the immense grid of energy that now exists between human, machine, and spiritual consciousness. Humans found, or perhaps even invented, that consciousness, and we are now mapping it with our newest technologies, technologies that weave us together and make the universe that much smaller – small enough to fit onto a painting or even a sheet of paper. 

Patricia Smith's mapping works are the result of an elaborate process of combining layers of text with spontaneous drawing and information transposed from city maps, in an attempt to give shape to the space within the mind and to poke fun at its distorted record-keeping of lived experience. Her large format painting on neoprene rubber, Night Vision, is a more abstract vision of archetypal forms embedded within the collective unconscious. 

The feature of maps that most resonates with LaPrade Seuthe is their capacity tomake distant things seem close, and to represent close things as distant. In star(dust) to star(dust)the night sky culled from google maps is the source image. And while stars are hundredsof millions of miles away, we still are able to see some aspect of them withour bare eyes, and even turn to their constellations as maps to chart ourlives. 

Larry Walczak's MOLEcule is a painting/collage combination on canvas. It illustrates a hypothetical diagram that overlaps elements of the scientific & spiritual worlds. 

Williamsburg Second Friday: sonic front presents 'electronik drone'

sonic front at Front Room Gallery
Friday, November 8th 7:30-10PM

'electronik drone'


sonic front appears in the context of the current show, Edie Winograde : Sight Seen and is part of Williamsburg Every Second http://every2nd.org/

Front Room Gallery
147 Roebling Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

AERONAUT is Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Fors' solo project. Working primarily with a palette of sounds generated with trombone, lap steel guitar, sonica, analog electronics, bowed metal and voice, Fors crafts lush, immersive soundscapes. Having released six albums in as many years, Fors continues to challenge genre definition. Pulling from psych, drone, noise, and new classical traditions, he plays a sort of maximal minimalism—overwhelming listeners with monolithic beauty and sonic devastation. http://soundcloud.com/aeronaut4

LSD-25 Working under a number of psudonyms, styles and bands LSD-25 has created music.

For tonight's performance he will use multiple forms of digital synthesis AirSynth, Kaoss Pad, iPhone to create music concrete textures and forms.

RED CHAIR: Red Chair is an ambient/noise improvisation duo with sound artists Jeremy D. Slater and Patrick Todd. This evening they will be joined by special guest Todd Rosenbaum.

TODD ROSENBAUM will joining Red Chair for an improvised set with a sonic sculpture that he created.

JEREMY D. SLATER’s sound work consists of field recordings as a base to create processed drones with tabletop guitar, objects, ambient noise, and environmental sound. Performances include live performed video that is ambient and reactive. Video work includes single and multiple channel videos for screening and installations with sound and ephemeral sculpture. He performs as ( ) and is a member of ROTC (Rubaiyats of the Cicadas), Frogwell, and tū. He is currently curator of a sound and video performances at Front Room Gallery. He has curated numerous performance events and gallery shows in New York including “A Sound Show” at Front Room Gallery, the sound/video performance series “kere.u” and “FLOW”, “Sun Khronos” at Millennium Film Workshop, and “Video as an Instrument” at The Tank and Supreme Trading Gallery. Jeremy Slater was one of the 1999 recipients of the Computer Art Fellowship from New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) and has attended the Experimental Television Residency, was guest musician at Watermill Center and HERE with Cave/Leimay, and was artist in residence at Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon in Seoul, South Korea. He has exhibited and performed in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, South Korea, and Japan. http://www.jeremyslater.net/ http://www.parenthesismusic.com/ https://soundcloud.com/jeremyslater-1

PATRICK TODD is a sound artist who works primarily with electronic noises to create compositions that border the familiar worlds of ambient atmospheric music and specific events more akin to Foley artists. He explores the various textural qualities that are specific to granular synthesizers and are usually relegated to our modern age background soundscape by bringing them forward and putting them into order. Coming from a visual background with a Masters Degree in Fine Art, installation. He is acutely aware of the power in sound to alter our perceptions of the world around us. He has been working in New York for 15 years as an artist and organizing events, most notably "Flow" in collaboration with Jeremy Slater, an event that explores the noisier elements in sound.http://patricktodd.net/ http://genux-b.bandcamp.com/

Edie Winograde Featured in Break Thru Radio's Art Uncovered

Listen to Edie Winograde's interview on Break Thru Radio.  Her Exhibition "Sight Seen"is on view at the Front Room Gallery through November 17th.

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By: Thomas
Art Uncovered - Sight Seen

This week on the show I'm joined by photographer Edie Winograde. Edie is based in Denver, and over the last few years she's been making photographs about how we experience history in the landscape. Her latest body of work is called Sight Seen, and it's a collection of photographs Edie made while traveling through National Parks and National Monuments, places like Monument Valley, Niagara Falls and Scott's Bluff. The photos show not only the landscape, but way it's packaged and served up for the eyes of tourists and travelers. Edie's Sight Seen photographs are currently on view at Front Room gallery in Brooklyn. Last week I got a chance to talk with Edie about the show.

00:00 Sight Seen 1
05:27 For The Trees - Matmos
06:33 Sight Seen 2
08:47 Salad Days - Young Marble Giants
10:34 Sight Seen 3
14:48 The Wagoner's Lad - Buell Kazee
16:03 Sight Seen 4
17:47 Monument - Mirah
20:28 Sight Seen 5
23:17 101 Is A Hard Road To Travel - John Fahey
24:12 Sight Seen 6
27:17 Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind - Blind Boy Fuller
30:03 Finish

Category: MediaTalk

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