May 29 – June 29
191 Henry Street

Drew Beattie: Betty re Testers 2, follows Betty re Testers presented at Hansel and Gretel Picture + Pocket Utopia in Chelsea. Beattie builds canvases and painted sculptures, sometimes working collaboratively with Ben Shepard, under the moniker DBBS. This current collaboration builds on his past collaboration with Daniel Davidson in which they referred to themselves as simply Beattie & Davidson, but there is nothing simple about Drew Beattie’s solo or collaborative works, in fact he embraces a conflicted hybrid that is current, alive and looks like vibrant painting. Beattie’s style is polymorphous and his references are both mesmerizing and uncanny.

With paint and a range of materials, Beattie aims at diverse and multiple identities; he subdivides his voice with purpose. Conflict is ushered into a place of normalcy where it is ok to present spontaneous moments of discovery and enthrallment. Beattie’s paintings and sculptures are pasted together with bondo, mashed with collage and spin a chain of elements into multiple meanings. These elements or movements are often deployed on small store-bought canvases, becoming compressions that represent Beattie’s interior life.

This is the last exhibition at Pocket Utopia on Henry Street before we move into Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden on 22nd Street. Drew Beattie: Betty re Testers 2 adds fuel to our combined forward movement, giving deeper meaning to the “we” of universal co-creative collaboration. Beattie’s work indicates that this is a good place to make art.

Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden = Pocket Utopia at 191 Henry Street, NYC 10002 (btw Clinton & Jefferson Streets) Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-6pm.

The exhibition also includes a window installation by Bell May and a new painting by David Humphrey.



Proposal for an Ecuadorian Pavilion in Venice

May 25 – August 1
511 West 22nd Street

Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden and Pocket Utopia are pleased to announce an exhibition of photographic collages with video presentations by Karina Aguilera Skvirsky along with a window installation of painted silk squares by Debra Ramsay, titled “Seeing Through : Landscape As Time.”

In July 2013, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky went to the Venice Biennale wandering the Giardini looking in vain for the Ecuadorian Pavilion. The result of her search is a remedy in the form of photographic proposals that are experimental, creative and critical. Hung together, Aguilera Skvirsky presents precisely cut photographs of existing Ecuadorian architecture on full-color photographic color bands.

By precisely cutting and collaging architectural photographs together with color, Aguilera Skvirsky uses this pictorial space to comment on several different topical ideas including; colonialism, migration, environmental concerns and border issues. Proposals for an Ecuadorian Pavilion in Venice are appealing and compelling, striking in their simplicity, with shapes bisected by strong verticals and horizontals, Aguilera Skvirsky presents a strong case for a pavilion of possibilities. Aguilera Skvirsky will also present a video titled “Tacos,” part of an on-going, blog-inspired view of the exotic to some, vernacular to most vignettes that seek to present more, like her proposals.

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky participated in the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial in 2010 and has exhibited at Instituto Cervantes, Rome, Italy (2013), The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (2013), Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC (2013), DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2012), La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru (2010), Scaramouche Art, NYC, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT (2007) and at El museo del barrio, NYC and is the recent recipient of 2015 Fulbright Award.

In the window, Debra Ramsay will present “Seeing Through : Landscape As Time,” a grid-like installation on transparent Juan silk. Each square representing a color found on a walk repeated each season, organized by seasons, on transparent silk, allowing the viewer to look through it and layer the actual landscape with the one transposed from its origin 200 miles NW of the city.

This is Debray Ramsay’s second project at the gallery where a direct experience of color in nature is recorded and then the color is computer-mixed. Ramsay’s most recent solo show titled MAT/tam, was curated by Lucio Pozzi at Palazzo Costa, in Mantova, Italy. In 2013, Ramsay was awarded a residency at the Golden Foundation and at the BAU Institute in Otranto Italy in 2012.