Saturday, March 15, 2014

Breathless curated by Kristin Sancken and House of the Nobleman at RUSH Arts Gallery



Breathless, on view Feb. 27th - April 11th 2014, is an extraordinary exhibition brought to Rush Arts Gallery by House of the Nobleman.  Guest curator Kristin Sancken was selected from the 2013 curator submissions, she is currently one of the Directors at House of the Nobleman which is how the high end artist advisory firm partnered with Rush Arts Gallery to bring this wild show to Rush Arts Gallery.  House of the Nobleman has recently opened offices in New York and this is the largest group exhibition they have put together so far.  

This full exhibition bring together the works of 25 artists working in all mediums, from drawing, painting, collage, photography, to installation and taxidermy.  Along side established artist such as the majestic collages resin and tempered glass blocks by Dustin Yellin, the slick works of Fred Tomaselli, and the bejeweled trophy heads of Marc Swanson, are works by emerging artists that should be on your watch list.  A beaded rorschach cow hide by Rachel Frank (found through 2013 Rush Arts artist submissions, and recently shown in Signs of Life at Corridor Gallery) greets you at the entrance of the gallery.  A group of squirrels by Carson Fox greets the viewer in the center of the gallery.  Drawings by Joey Parlett depict animal sandwiches not to be missed next to a cabinet of curiosities filled with small sculptural works.  Do not miss the fierce and fabulous feathered heels on the bottom shelf by Divya Anantharaman. Three pieces by Hugh Hayden (also found through Rush Artist submissions in 2011, and exhibited at Corridor Gallery in 2012) are spread out in the gallery space, from the subtle driftwood and feather bird sculpture to an audubon style watercolor with collage feather elements, to the large braided white mountain goat on a stack of cinder blocks in the back room. 

Breathless will leave you breathless as you walk into the wild with Rush Arts Gallery and House of the Nobleman.  View our video with Kristen Sancken about the show below, and find the complete press release below.

For more information on the works contact Kristin Sancken -


Rush Arts Gallery
526 West 26th Street, #311
New York, NY 10011
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6 pm


February 27th- April 11th, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, February 27th, 6-8 pm

Featuring works by Divya Anantharaman, Charles Browning, Jennifer Catron + Paul Outlaw, Julia Colavita, Ken Currie, Jane Edden, Rachel Frank, Carson Fox, Amit Greenberg, Jane Hammond, Hugh Hayden, Aubrey Learner, Jackie Mock, Joey Parlett, Amanda Sciullo, Andrea Stanislav, Marc Swanson, Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Chris Vicini, Paul Villinski, Adam Wallacavage, and Kimberly Witham.

NEW YORK, NY - HOUSE OF THE NOBLEMAN is pleased to present Breathless, a group exhibition based on a contemporary examination of artists who turn once-living creatures into inanimate aesthetic objects. Through various media, including taxidermy, painting, drawing, embroidery, and sculpture, the works in this exhibition re-contextualize the scientific into an
artistic observation where the grotesque is upheld as an object of beauty. When viewed from this vantage, natural history is seen as a craft or practice in which emphasis is placed on the existential experience of the observer rather than the scientific characteristics of the objects or organisms. Even though breathless, the works in this exhibition maintain characteristics of being alive, achieving their immortality by becoming art.

Sales from this exhibition will help support Rush Arts Gallery, a core program of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny, and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons. Rush Arts Gallery is dedicated to providing exhibition opportunities to an emerging artistic community and exposes urban youth to contemporary arts and culture through educational programming initiatives.

For further inquiries please contact:
Kristin Sancken
Director, House of the Nobleman New York

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