We are absolutely THRILLED to present our second [dB] Visual Artist Series, co-curated with Michael Sorgatz, creator of Art in Brooklyn!
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION ON VIEW: SEPTEMBER 20- JANUARY 3, 2014
Artists, Rhia Hurt and Elizabeth Riley were both selected based on their inventive approach towards mixed media, their alignment with the [dB] mission and their previous artist profile features (here and here) on the Art in Brooklyn site.
Michael Sorgatz launched Art in Brooklyn to provide an online venue to display work by local artists. Art in Brooklyn focuses on artists who are dedicated to their craft, seeking a larger audience, and exist outside the scope of traditional media. The site has grown through supporting the local arts community and has expanded to include curated exhibits in venues throughout Brooklyn. Over 200 artists have been profiled and over 700 events have been featured, to create a snapshot of an exceptionally vibrant and active art world. The mission of the site evolved in 2012 with the launch of Art in New York City to work with artists throughout the greater metro area.
Michael Sorgatz is a painter who lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Rhia Hurt currently lives and works in NYC. She received her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. She has since shown in California and New York. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States. Hurt primarily produces abstract collages from hand painted surfaces. Much of her work focuses on a connection to nature and memory. The recent body of work presented in conjunction with the dB Artist Series is entitled, “Shipwreck.”
In addition to her art studio practice, Hurt is also the Director of Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle Gallery, an arts organization in Brooklyn, NY.
A long time New Yorker, Elizabeth Riley graduated from Barnard College and received an MFA from Hunter College. Her videos and sculptures/installations with embedded video elements, have appeared in galleries and alternative spaces, renegade and pop up shows. In 2012 her “Tabletop Cityscape” and “Moving/Still Print Series” was exhibited in a three-person show at Storefront Bushwick, and in 2011 she was a guest host for the Studio Salon Series, curated by David Gibson where her “Dragons of Iceland Installation,” including six live video elements, was presented. She presented a solo show at Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, in 2010. Her art has appeared at Denise Bibro Fine Arts, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Norte Maar, Active Space, Sugar in Bushwick, NY Studio Gallery, Sideshow Gallery, PS 122, and Nurtureart.
Her videos have appeared in screenings at home and abroad, including venues in England, Madrid, Copenhagen and Berlin. Her videos were presented in a two-person screening at Creon Gallery in New York City in 2011.
She has been honored with ten artist residencies, including the I-Park Residency, East Haddam Connecticut, and the Anderson Center Residency (supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation), Red Wing, Minnesota, both 2013, and the SIM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2011. She was chosen for the Aljira Emerge Program, 2001.