Exhibition Opening: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2018-February 15, 2019
Hours: Fridays, 3-6pm or by appointment; call 718-768-3195
Location: The Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 Third Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Katherine Gressel, Curator
Brooklyn, NY: On Saturday, October 20, The Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) will host an opening reception for Processing, an exhibition of current work by the eight members of the artist collective Gowanus Swim Society.
“Processing” is defined as “a series of changes taking place in a definite manner,” including the “systematic organization, treatment or preparation of materials.” The artists in Processing all manipulate art materials through intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate chance. The resulting work teeters between representation and abstraction – teasing recognizable forms out of abstract ones or abstracting recognizable elements through stripping down or layering/obscuring. Specific works were selected for the exhibition that can trace the evolution of most artists’ work processes.
Psychologists refer to “processing trauma” as transforming painful emotions into constructive meaning. Many of these artists view their practice as a way to elucidate or overcome specific personal or societal obsessions, fears, or anxieties—such that the manipulation of art materials becomes a therapeutic process.
The opening of Processing coincides with Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) an annual weekend-long event in which local artists invite the public into their studios. By continuing to participate in GOS each year, OSH hopes to both support local artists and call attention to their increased displacement from this community as a result of gentrification. Once all based out of a no longer extant central Gowanus location, the Gowanus Swim Society artists are now dispersed across New York City or other cities. These shifts have also impacted their individual and collective work processes.