Was/Is/Ought

September 18 - November 13, 2021


Whitney Bedford
Zach Bruder
Antonia Contro
Stephen Eichhorn
Brendan Getz
Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Hilma’s Ghost
Anne Lindberg
Chuck Ramirez
Kay Rosen
Amanda Ross-Ho
Scott Stack
Oli Watt
Agustina Woodgate

Over the last two years, since the beginning of the pandemic, time has proven to be the great equalizer within the world wide population. The end of 2019 will mark history in most of our lifetimes as the last we knew as “normal” or what Was life as we knew it. The new world landscape of 2020 ushered a paradigm shift toward intensely present living, for what we understood to be what Is began to shift precariously and constantly beneath our feet. The unchartered, ever-changing situation redefined any efforts toward planning or prediction as a fool’s errand. As the dust begins to settle, we move toward a hopeful and trepidatious post-pandemic world, carrying forward resolutions in science, politics and personal reassessment of purpose / importance of all things. 2021 is the first year of what is next, and how it Ought to be.

Dating back to the cave paintings of Lascaux to the present day, artists have revealed their core purpose… to be the translators of time. They are the interrogators, the interpreters, the reporters, the recorders and ultimately the myth-makers – utilizing time as a medium for storytelling to present generations and those centuries yet to come.

Moving forward from the known or the Was, philosopher Herbert Marcuse generally stated that the present (is) creating what (ought) to be, i.e. future/world building and imagining...This interpretation states that time – as an entity – is in two places: 1. the present (ie what is happening this very instance) and, 2. the future (or, what ought to be happening next). So, in order to get the future successfully, or meaningfully, one has to be wary of complacency and use their imagination – in order to achieve it (the future). And this imagination is where art making/creativity is planted.

The fourth in our series of survey exhibitions in 2021, Was/Is/Ought will follow the participating artists through the arch of what could arguably be described as the most pivotal time in contemporary life.

 

Artwork

Whitney Bedford
Vedute (for Picabia)

2019
Ink and oil on panel
28 x 37 in

Whitney Bedford
Veduta (Vuillard Park)

2021
Ink and oil on panel
38 x 27 inches

Zach Bruder
Little Green

2020
Acrylic and Flashe on Linen
50 x 60 inches

Zach Bruder
Insignia

2020
Acrylic and Flashe on Linen
50 x 60 inches

Antonia Contro
Existential (per Siri)

2016
Die cut wood veneer, colored paper
11.25 x 15 inches
Unique edition

Antonia Contro
Ad Infinitum

2015
Digital print in lightbox
51 x 12.75 x 3 inches
Edition 1 of 3

Stephen Eichhorn
Déjà vu (never-ending)

2021
Collage on acrylic coated panel
60 x 48 inches

Brendan Getz
Framed view, studio window (air conditioner)

2013-2021
Oil on stretched canvas
48 x 36 inches

Diana Guerrero-Macia
A Perfect Day

2020
Wool, Dye, deconstructed clothing, rock & on canvas
57.5 x 49.5 inches

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Drunkard's Path

2021
Tyvek, gouache, wool
160 x 111 inches

Hilma's Ghost
Go ahead, go for it! Go after what you want. You know it’s right in front of you so reach out and grab it. Missing an opportunity because you don’t take it is worse than trying and failing. Maybe the success will be in the failure? Live without regrets because at least you tried.

2021
Acrylic and flashe on canvas
72 x 96 inches

Hilma's Ghost
Giving and giving and giving leads to the burnout of too much generosity.

2021
Acrylic, flashe, spray paint, ink, colored pencils
20 x 16 inches

Hilma's Ghost
Why are you torturing yourself when you have already healed?

2021
Acrylic, flashe, spray paint, ink, colored pencils
20 x 16 inches

Hilma's Ghost
V - THE HIEROPHANT

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches


Hilma's Ghost
XI - JUSTICE

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches


Hilma's Ghost
XIII - DEATH

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
XIV - TEMPERANCE

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

On Reserve

Hilma's Ghost
XX - JUDGEMENT

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
II - CUPS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
IV - CUPS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
V - CUPS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
VI - CUPS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
VII - CUPS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
VIII - CUPS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
IX - CUPS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
ACE OF PENTACLES

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Hilma's Ghost
X - PENTACLES

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ in

Sold

Hilma's Ghost
ACE OF SWORDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Sold

Hilma's Ghost
V - SWORDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
VI - SWORDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
VII - SWORDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
VIII- SWORDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
IX - SWORDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
X - SWORDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
II - WANDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
IV - WANDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Sold

Hilma's Ghost
V - WANDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
VI - WANDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Sold

Hilma's Ghost
VIII - WANDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Hilma's Ghost
KNIGHT OF WANDS

2021
Gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, mounted on board
17 x 9¾ inches

Anne Lindberg
temperatures

2021
Graphite and colored pencil on mat board
24 x 81 inches

Sold

Chuck Ramirez
Quarantine: Pink Ribbon

2000, 2011
Pigment inkjet print
46 x 34 inches
Edition 3 of 6
Courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art

Chuck Ramirez
Quarantine: Purple Ribbon

2000, 2011
Pigment inkjet print
46 x 34 inches
Edition 3 of 6
Courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art

Chuck Ramirez
Quarantine: Turquoise

2000, 2011
Pigment inkjet print
46 x 34 inches
Edition 4 of 6
Courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art

Kay Rosen
Blue Monday

2015
Continuous loop on DVD
9 minutes, 12 seconds
Edition of 100

Amanda Ross-Ho
TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE

2011
Urethane plastic, hand-dyed, hand-plaited wool
36 x 89 x 1 inches

Scott Stack
Didn’t realize that the light had changed

2021
Oil on canvas on panel
78 x 66 inches

Scott Stack
Fold test LGR

2021
Oil on canvas on panel
40 x 30 inches

Scott Stack
Fold test PK

2021
Oil on canvas on panel
40 x 30 inches

Oli Watt
Block

2020
Balsa, concrete
14 x 4 x 8.5 inches

Oli Watt
Camo

2021
Pine, duct tape
12 x 6 x 9 inches

Oli Watt
Drift

2020
Pine, oak, found wood
18 x 7 x 8 inches

Oli Watt
Dunk

2020
Ash, dogwood
8.5 x 8.5 x 12 inches

Sold

Oli Watt
Frame (Trojan Duck)

2021
Maple, oak
19 x 9 x 10 inches

Oli Watt
Gull

2021
Bass, found wood
18.5 x 7 x 12 inches


Sold

Oli Watt
RIngo

2020
Cherry, maple, found wood
9 x 6.5 x 9 inches

Oli Watt
Let Go

2021
Lego bricks
17 x 7.5 x 9 inches


Sold

Oli Watt
Roger

2020
Pine, walnut, found wood
9 x 7 x 7 inches

Oli Watt
Roger Too

2020
Walnut, wood epoxy
11 x 8 x 6 inches

Oli Watt
Travis

2020
Pine, ash
13 x 8.5 x 9 inches

Oli Watt
Trix

2020
Pine, kids’ blocks, ash
8 x 6.5 x 9 inches

Sold

Oli Watt
Bulb

2021
Ash, walnut, light bulb
13.5 x 5 x 11.5 inches

Oli Watt
Molecules

2021
Found decoy, plastic, wood
7 x 7 x 5 inches

Oli Watt
Careen

2021
Found wood, found duck sculpture
7 x 4 x 7 inches

Oli Watt
Diamond Foot

2020
Walnut, found wood
7 x 5 x 15 inches

Oli Watt
Duck Walk

2021
Printed produce box, found wood, pewter
11 x 6 x 20 inches

Oli Watt
Old Style

2021
Pine, acrylic paint, gold leaf, ash, aluminum, copper nails
17 x 6 x 8.5 inches

Oli Watt
Printhead

2020
Screenprint on birch plywood, maple
10 x 6 x 8.5 inches

Oli Watt
Rock Bottom

2020
Found decoy head, found rock
6 x 3.5 x 6 inches

Sold

Oli Watt
Violin

2020
Violin, Balsa, cherry
11 x 6.5 x 7 inches

Oli Watt
Stacks

2020
Found wood, pine
13 x 4 x 9 inches

Agustina Woodgate
Over Time

2019
14” National Time wall clock, sanding sticks, 8’ orange power cord
Various dimensions
Unique edition
Courtesy of Spinello Projects

Installation Views

Installation Views