Gallery One: Itziar Barrio / Gallery Two: ann/drew gayle
Gallery One: Itziar Barrio, did not feel low, was sleeping
Smack Mellon presents did not feel low, was sleeping, premiering Itziar Barrio’s multidisciplinary trilogy Material (2016-2023) as a site specific installation in the main gallery space. The exhibition comprises film based projects A Demon that Slips into Your Telescope While You’re Dead Tired and Blocks the Light; ROBOTA MML; and Particle Matter alongside a new series of sculptures, some of which are robotic.
Gallery Two: ann/drew gayle, just a moment
Smack Mellon is pleased to present multidisciplinary artist ann/drew gayle’s second solo exhibition in NYC. just a moment comprises gayle’s recent series of flat ceramic sculptures, formed using logics of simple mathematics and patterning techniques employed with Polymer clay. The artist draws from a wide array of inspiration including candy making, M.C. Escher, wallpaper and textile designs, and Conway’s Game of Life–an interactive game based on a mathematical equation that determines cellular automation and the potential for livelihood.
Itziar Barrio is a multimedia artist based in NYC. BY ALL MEANS, her survey exhibition was curated by Johanna Burton, Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and former curator at the New Museum. The exhibition, comprised of past works and new productions, took place at Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao, 2018). Itziar Barrio's work has been presented internationally at: MACRO Museum, Rome; MATADERO, Madrid; MACBA, Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade, Serbia; PARTICIPANT INC, New York City; Abrons Arts Center, New York City; Anthology Films Archives, NYC; among others. Itziar Barrio is New Museum’s incubator NEW INC member (2020-2022) and was a 2018-2019 recipient of the Spanish Academy in Rome Fellowship. She has received awards and grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYC, as well as the New York Foundation for the Art, BBVA Foundation and the First Prize Ertibil. She has participated in a number of residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, La Escuelita Nicaragua and The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP).
ann/drew gayle is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose work is natal to liminal and unnamed spaces. They hope their work can function as a provocation to peak experiences that can only be found in ambiguity and the blurring of lines, social relations, definitions, and roles. Perhaps temporary utopias can exist in a world in desperate need of light.
About Smack Mellon
Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects.