January 11, 2008
Rachel Beach, Baby Grand, 2006; wood, wood veneer, shellac; w=10" x h=3'2" x d= 5"

Rachel Beach: Rabbit Hole (main gallery)
Lisa Caccioppoli: New Work (in the project room)
January 11 – February 16, 2008
Opening reception January 11, 2008, 6-9 pm

kasia kay art projects gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming show of new work by artists Rachel Beach and Lisa Caccioppoli.

Rachel Beach's multifaceted wood veneer and oil paint constructions are derived from details of art, architecture and design history. By manipulating the grammar of these visually familiar forms, Beach questions the construction of meaning in the visual world around us. Sitting somewhere between painting and sculpture, the pieces ask us to reflect on our own perception and to see the new in the familiar. Beach’s lyrical forms alternate between two and three dimensions, interspersing structural and formal logic with more traditional pictorial illusion. Meticulously crafted and thoroughly materialized, these quirky objects provide a play of opposites, jostling us between the ambiguous and the specific, the minimal and the exuberant, the optimistic and ominous.

Lisa Caccioppoli’s paintings act as navigational markers through her artistic practice, both for the artist and the audience. Investigation of the work tells us where she has already been and where she may go, often through a tension between oppositions of tidiness and messiness, order and bedlam, ritual and unpredictability, stability and volatility, neurosis and rationality, minutiae and scope. Her negotiation of these dialectics, as well as the relationship between creative spontaneity and premeditation, inform the final products of her theoretical process.

Lisa Caccioppoli, Untitled (Colored Ks), 20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2007

Rachel Beach was born in London, Canada in 1975. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2001 and BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax Canada in 1998. Her paintings and sculptures have been included in various exhibitions at US and Canadian venues including Mixed Greens and HQ galleries in NYC, The New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax Canada.  Beach’s works have been described as “tough, precise and disciplined with a hard edged cheeriness” and “steeped in a pleasant pluralism, bound by a shared material intelligence”.  Beach lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Lisa Caccioppoli was born in New Jersey in 1974. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BFA from the University of New Mexico in 1998. She has had solo shows at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX; ThreeWalls in Chicago, IL; and the ASA Gallery in Albuquerque, NM. Her work has also been included in various group shows across the US and in Germany including White Columns in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Texas and Lothringer Dreizehn in Munich. Caccioppoli currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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