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PRELUDE
Julie Chae Gallery opened on September 7, 2007 with Prelude, a group show introducing the artists we will feature in the coming year. Prelude consists of works by 15 emerging and established artists who present the varieties of exciting and intelligent art being made today.

Katherine Bernhardt Jungil Hong
Brian Chippendale Perry Hu
Amanda Church Dorota Kolodziejczyk
Alexander DeMaria Cynthia Lin
Franklin Evans Kelly Sherman
Julie Evans Barbara Takenaga
Jackie Gendel Dannielle Tegeder

News (click NEWS above for details):
Boston Globe Art Critic Ken Johnson chose Prelude as a "Globe Pick" for art galleries and events in September and October of 2007 and said: "There's a new gallery in town, and it's currently hosting a lively exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints by 14 estimable, mostly New York-based artists." (Link: http://calendar.boston.com/boston-ma/eve)

Art critic Cate McQuaid also wrote in the Boston Globe (October 4, 2007) that our "first show, 'Prelude,' features an exciting roster" and highlighted the many outstanding works in the show. (Link: http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/ar)

Artists (click on thumbnails at right to enlarge and for details):
Inspired by African-American, Afro-Caribbean and African culture in addition to primitivist movements in 20th century western art, Katherine Bernhardt presents fierce, drippy and messy interpretations of supermodel fashion spreads from high fashion magazines. Several of her large paintings were recently acquired by the Saatchi Collection, and Bernhardt has exhibited in solo shows in galleries in Stockholm, Torino, Gstaad, Cannes, Vienna, Paris, Toronto, San Juan/Puerto Rico and New York, and in group shows all over the world. Bernhardt has upcoming solo exhibitions in New York and Paris in early 2008 and is working on a book to be published by Picturebox Books in 2008.

Dannielle Tegeder creates dynamic visual plans of fantastical underground cities and sites, using ink, colored pencil, graphite and gouache on Fabriano Murillo paper in an expressive, tactile style. Several of her large, 55 x 79" works are in the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent Drawing Collection, and Tegeder has exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in Chicago, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Houston, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and in group exhibitions at P.S. 1/MoMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Artists' Space, Northwestern University, SUNY Purchase, Colgate University, The New Museum in New York and The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle, among others. Some of the many awards and prizes Tegeder has received recently include: the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Smack Mellon Studios and Artist Stipend, P.S. 1/MoMA/Clocktower National and International Studio Program Residency, Yaddo Foundation Residency and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation/SPACE Program Fellowship.

Barbara Takenaga's brilliant optical paintings explode with intricate patterns of colored orbs that spin around a vortex or undulate between two locus points. Expressive, vibrant and frequently described as "psychedelic," her art is in many public collections including, in the Boston area, those of the DeCordova Museum and Fidelity Investments, and she has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions. Takenaga lives and works in New York and in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she is Professor of Art at Williams College.

Amanda Church's pop-abstract paintings integrate the representation of both the corporeal and the psychological, rendering sensuous, biomorphic forms in acidic-Pucci colors. In addition to Pop Art and Color Field painting, Church draws from sources as varied as album covers, rock posters and graffiti to explore issues of visualization/visibility, fantasy, abstraction and rebellion. Church has exhibited in Los Angeles, Marseille, New York, Instanbul, Labin in Croatia, Prague, Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic and Miami, among many other places around the world.

Franklin Evans creates watercolor & ink paintings in which recurring visual motifs, like images from dreams or distant memories, grow, mutate and decay, revealing their fragility and transience. Evans' art can currently be seen in El Museo del Barrio's 5th Bienal: The (S) Files 007, a group survey of top emerging talent among artists of Latino heritage, and he is currently working on a solo exhibition which opens at the end of September in Milan. In addition to solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Toronto and New York, Evans has shown his work in group exhibitions at the Drawing Center in New York, Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco and at numerous New York galleries.

Jackie Gendel paints luminous and mysterious portraits of people who appear to have floated out of, or into, paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and other masters in the history of art. Simultaneously abstract and representational, Gendel's paintings embody the artist’s creative process in which figures or images appear, get lost, and then reappear, often transformed. Gendel won the 2007 Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Richard Dixon Welling Prize and the Yale Norfolk Teaching Fellowship at Yale University where she received her MFA in 1998, and the Milovich Award at Washington University in St. Louis, MO where she was an Eliot Scholar and received her BFA in 1996. Gendel has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Cynthia Lin explores the conflicting experiences of psychological discomfort and visual fascination by creating magnified drawings and paintings of pores, hair, orifices and dust. The devotion to detail in her work intensifies and prolongs the act of looking, revealing how the mundane and familiar can be remarkable and strange. Among the prizes recently awarded to Lin include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Yaddo Visual Artist Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony Visual Artist Fellowship, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation/SPACE Program Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artists Program/Visual Artists Fellowship and the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at the American Academy in Rome. She has exhibited widely in New York and in the U.S.

Dorota Kolodziejczyk's intricately layered acrylic on canvas paintings renegotiate the boundaries between abstract and representational painting. Using a pour and stain process, Kolodziejczyk creates tight, controlled compositions of bold, retro-hip colors that suggest rather than represent spaces or landscapes. Kolodziejczyk received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2001 and has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in and around New York, receiving critical acclaim by art critics in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Art in America.

Kelly Sherman creates cool, minimalist installations that are infused with emotion, memory and the tensions in human relationships. Sherman's art compels us to reconsider the mundane and the unspectacular for possibilities of insight into the human condition. Sherman is the 2007 recipient of the James & Audrey Foster Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and has exhibited her work at the ICA/Boston, Brandeis University, Suffolk University, Brown University and Massachusetts College of Art.

The art of Brian Chippendale make evident his profound involvement with Fort Thunder, an underground music and art scene in Providence, RI, described in 2006 by Roberta Smith of the New York Times as an "immensely rich cultural movement." Chippendale, one of the co-founders of Fort Thunder, makes silkscreen prints and collages, publishes cartoon books with Picturebox Books and drums with Lightning Bolt. He has exhibited with D'Amelio Terras and CANADA galleries in New York, and was featured with Jungil Hong, among others, in "Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the Present" at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in 2006. He is currently in a group exhibition with Hong in Athens, Greece.

Jungil Hong's recent works are inhabited by birds and fantastical figures in brilliantly imaginative silkscreen prints and screenprint collages. In addition to "Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the Present" at the RISD Museum in 2006, her art was recently featured in the 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition, a showcase of "some of the best, most innovative and gifted artists working in the region." Along with their current exhibition in Athens, Greece, Hong and Chippendale's work can be seen later this year in a show in Brooklyn.

Julie Evans combines contemporary Western abstraction with traditional Eastern miniature painting, creating beautiful acrylic and gouache paintings on paper and wood panel. The paintings are both delicate in patterning and bold in color, sensual and spiritual, and playful and ornamental. Evans is a Fulbright Scholar who has lived and worked in India and Nepal, studied with a master of Indian miniature painting and has curated contemporary Indian art exhibitions. Evans has exhibited her work widely in the U.S. and internationally, and her work is included in many private and public collections, such as the Rubin Museum of Art, JP Morgan-Chase, the Progressive Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Alexander DeMaria composes beautiful and elegant drawings which allow him to explore the way information, when dissected or conveyed at different rates of speed, changes meaning. Animation film cels, isolated from their original contexts and narratives, become for DeMaria a site rich in possibilities for imagining new narratives. DeMaria received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2007 and his BA in Studio Art and Philosophy from Vassar College in 2004. He is also currently in "So Delicate, So Detailed" at The Distillery Gallery in Boston.

Perry Hu paints landscapes that are at once believable and highly formal. The vistas could be translated directly from views of the natural world or might be invented entirely on the surface of the painting. His deliberate manipulations of forms serve his quest to fix an elusive resonance -- a simpatico sensation arising between physical and inner space. With a B.A. in Art from Yale University and an MFA in Art from the University of California, Berkeley, Hu has exhibited in California and New York.
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