free play, Trestle Projects

Join us for “free play” a two person exhibition with featured artists’s Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan curated by Melissa Staiger.  “free play” is on view from Friday, May 20th – June 10th, 2016.  Opening reception is Friday, May 20th from 7-9PM.

“free play” was created to showcase how project spaces can facilitate an exploration of the creative process by allowing the gallery space to be used as a studio; the resulting output is then negotiated into a coherent gallery experience and exhibition.

Maria Hupfield creates handmade wearable art worn in her live performances. The viewer sees industrial gray felt and gets an optical hit of bright prismatic colored surveyor tape, satin ribbon, and repurposed metal cone-jingles worn by Native American women dancers today. Hupfield states: “My creations function as tools; jingles track body rhythms and modified industrial felt items are both shield and screen. These sculptures are carried on the body, recall everyday contemporary life, and reflect upon sight, and sound, often using the unexpected to shift experiences.”

She is presenting new woven and stitched works. The bright satiny strands are sewn onto the soft felt and the outcome is a luxurious contrast. The eye bounces from one to the other striations with negative and positive contrasts on the surface.

Jason Lujan’s dynamic patterns and arrangements are mastered on muted surfaces such as newsprint or plywood, and found materials, where he applies spray-paint or pigments using silkscreen and masking. His patterns are a reference to language, and are part of a process to imbuing contemporary Native American culture with an international sense of place. He states, “I use conventional painting and sculpture methods with common and ready-made materials, often combining Eastern and Western visualities; I want people to view my work and consider multiple meanings regarding cultural assumptions.”

He will be presenting work with patterning in black paint on wood and paper along with a series of collected and appropriated objects. The works are bold, hard edged and meticulous.

Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield also work as Native Art Department International, a collaborative project focusing on international art contents, while functioning as emancipation from identity-based artwork. They are dedicated to the practice of responsible methodologies with indigenous knowledge across native, immigrant, and settler accomplices based in community building.

Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery

Trestle Projects is open on Saturday from 1-4pm. To make an appointment please email or call/text 917-923-8096.

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