Borderlands: Georgia Elrod, Baris Gokturk, and Sarada Rauch – March 7 – 28, 2015

COOP Gallery is pleased to present Borderlands, an exhibition featuring the work of Brooklyn-based artists and Heliopolis Gallery curators Georgia Elrod, Baris Gokturk, and Sarada Rauch.

Elrod, Gokturk, and Rauch met as graduate students at Hunter College in New York City.  These three artists joined forces as a curating team at Heliopolis, an artist run-gallery and project space in Brooklyn.  Together they have helped create a dynamic program that has in turn developed new sensibilities in their own work.

The exhibition Borderlands is an artistic response to their last 3 years’ curatorial projects.  The ideas for many of these shows have stemmed from the group’s ongoing discussions that have triggered an organic process of hashing out concepts and themes.  Recurring themes that most centrally persist have been interiority, and the tension present in ideas of inside, outside, and areas in between; liminality, or periods of transition where objects exist in a threshold of ambiguity; and the reconsideration of visual and conceptual norms via humor and re-appropriation.

In their process, each artist as curator carries whatever is happening in their respective studios to a table conversation, which often turns into a three-person debate.  In turn, each artist brings the resulting issues and ideas back into their studios, helping to transform and take their own work to new dimensions. Borderlands is a result of this dialogue, featuring artworks that reflect the formal and conceptual sensibilities that were developed in the curatorial process.

This exhibition is the first part of an exchange between COOP Gallery and Heliopolis Gallery.  The second part will feature COOP artists showing at Heliopolis in Brooklyn.

More about the artists:

Georgia Elrod is a New York City based artist and painter. Her work has been exhibited in New York and abroad, in solo exhibitions at Novella Gallery and John Davis Gallery, as well as in many group exhibitions at spaces including the Horticultural Society of New York, Momenta Art and RH+ Gallery in Istanbul. In 2011 Georgia was awarded a residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland. Most recently she was awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) as well as the WAAW Residency in Senegal. Georgia is a curator and member of Heliopolis, in Greenpoint  Brooklyn. She graduated with honors in Fine Art from Colorado College and received her MFA in Painting from Hunter College. Georgia was born in Memphis and raised in Manhattan; she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

In Elrod’s work, painting commingles observation and discovery; meanings are open-ended.  Painted from imagination, her work is a translation of subconscious imagery and visual memories. The recognizable hovers in a liminal state: negative spaces become full, micro becomes macro.

Baris Gokturk is a Turkish artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He currently teaches at John Hopkins University, Pace University and Hunter College where he has got his MFA. He was the recipient of Tony Smith Award and Graf Travel Grant while at Hunter. He has shown his work internationally in  US, Germany, Spain, France, Korea, Turkey and Puerto Rico. Baris recently was an ApexArt fellow in Seoul, Korea. He also runs with a group of artists a gallery and project space called Heliopolis in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He has contributed articles to Istanbul based bilingual art magazine RHsanat and the monthly political Post-Express since 2005.

Gokturk’s work deals with physical slippages between formal elements of painting such as relief, texture and pigment as a reflection of the conceptual slippages between image and meaning in the wider cultural contexts.

Sarada Rauch is a transmedia artist born in Los Angeles and based in Brooklyn, after along stint in Germany. She received her MFA from Hunter College in Combined Media.Sarada has had solo shows at Novella Gallery in the Lower East Side, New York, and has been included in exhibitions in New York, Istanbul, Miami, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Varna, Girona, London, Seattle and Los Angeles. Artist residencies she has been awarded include Open Sessions at the Drawing Center, The LMCC Swing Space Artist-in- Residence, Center for Book Arts Residency in New York and the BBK Saxony Fellowship in Leipzig, Germany.

Rauch’s work reinterprets traditional narratives using contemporary images. Narratives that she uses come from the epics, folklore, myths and historical discourse. Her aim is to create the possibility of having more than one perspective on the narratives we live with today

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