September 9 - October 23, 2005

Beautiful Dreamer

The Science & Culture of Escape, Fantasy & Reverie

Peggy Bates (New York, NY), Sandra Bermudez (New York, NY), Amy Chaiklin (New York, NY), Maureen Connor (New York, NY), Katherine Daniels (New York, NY), Shelly DiCello Ahern (Cleveland, OH), Jonathan Feldschuh (New York, NY), Carla Gannis (New York, NY), Tara Giannini (Los Angeles, CA), Marcella Hackbardt (Gambier, OH), Elizabeth Huey (Brooklyn, NY), Kim Keever (New York, NY), Craig Kucia (Miami, FL), Karen Marston (Brooklyn, NY), Dean Monogenis (Brooklyn, NY), Russell Nachman, Anna Pederson, Leemour Pelli (New York, NY), Mark Power (New York, NY), Alexander Reyna (New York, NY), Tim Rollins (South Bronx, NY), Gae Savannah (New York, NY), Raven Schlossberg (Brooklyn, NY), Drew Shiflett (New York, NY), Mary Ann Strandell (North Bergen, NJ), Liz-N- Val (New York, NY), Conrad Vogel (New York, NY), Ruth Waldman (New York, NY)

Curated by David Gibson

Part of R&D

Beautiful Dreamer   Ann Pendersen, Courtesy David Gibson

The purpose of Beautiful Dreamer is to discover the inherent truths contained in art work that explores the fantastic, the ambiguous, the obscure, and the fanciful in order to gain perspective on the agendas of contemporary art production and the contingencies of meaning which they share. This exhibition explores the context of romanticism in the situation of contemporary art, its roots in certain historical tendencies, its cultivation of a genre of inspiration, and the resulting variety of forms which emerge from it. The "beautiful dreamer" of the title is both an archetype and a person, directed by a divine wish to connect with the inspirational elements in both conscious and unconscious endeavor that feed our dreams, and alternately, our ability to dream.

About the Artists

Peggy Bates

Peggy Bates is a New York based artist with a history of successful solo exhibitions, participation in international art fairs, grants and awards, works in select corporate collections, and effusive critical praise and context in nationally recognized media sources such as The New York Times, Art in America, Vanity Fair,... go to artist page

Sandra Bermudez

Sandra Bermudez was born in Chicago, IL in 1968 and currently lives and works in New York, NY. She received an MA in Studio Art from New York University- ICP in 1999, an MA in Art Education from Columbia University in 1996, and a BFA from the Instituto Artistico dell'abbigliamento... go to artist page

Amy Chaiklin

Amy Chaiklin paints exotic and sensuous images of mythology, gardens, patterns & goddesses. The women in her paintings depict the delicate, the beautiful, the bitter, the sweet, and the strong. Exploring female mythology and fairy tales, Chaiklin depicts imagery of woman as angels, mermaids, and butterflies imbuing them with the... go to artist page

Maureen Connor

Maureen Connor is a visual artist whose work combines elements of installation, video, design, human resources and social justice. Since 2000 she has been developing Personnel, a series of interventions concerned with the art institution as a workplace, which explore the attitudes, needs and desires of the staff at various... go to artist page

Katherine Daniels

Katherine Daniels was born in Idar Oberstien Germany and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. In the Spring of 2014, she will be exhibiting in a group show at Yukiko Kawasi in Paris, France and installing the site-specific beaded sculpture Raritan River Ribbon outdoors for the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton,... go to artist page

Shelly DiCello Ahern

Shelly DiCello Ahern received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999. She is a visual artist with an emphasis in intaglio and relief printmaking. Shelly is known for her line work and mark-making, which beautifully... go to artist page

Jonathan Feldschuh

Jonathan Feldschuh is a data scientist and artist based in New York, who's work deals with the interaction of art and science. Feldschuh has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Vernon & Vernon Projekt in Prague, Czech Republic, Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York, NY, AAAS Gallery in Washington, DC, Marella... go to artist page

Carla Gannis

Carla Gannis is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA in painting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in painting from Boston University. In the late 1990s she began incorporating net and digital technologies into her work. She... go to artist page

Tara Giannini

Tara Giannni, originally from Mentor, OH, currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received an MFA in Studio Art and Painting from Hunter College, NY in 2005 and a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art, OH in 2000. Giannini's solo exhibitions include: Treasure... go to artist page

Marcella Hackbardt

Marcella has exhibited at Olin 
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Elizabeth Huey

Born in Virginia, Elizabeth Huey now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Before obtaining her MFA from Yale University, Huey earned a BA in Psychology from Mount Vernon College in Washington DC and studied painting at both the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France and the New York Studio School in Manhattan.... go to artist page

Kim Keever

Kim Keever, born 1955, studied Engineering at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and was briefly a thermal engineer working primarily on NASA projects. Keever changed career in the late 1970s to become a full time artist. Yet he has always drawn on his original vocation by retaining a scientific and... go to artist page

Craig Kucia

Craig Kucia was born in Cleveland, OH. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institiute of Art in 1999 and then went on to earn his Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Chelsea School of Art, London, in 2003. Kucia has exhibited at SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland,... go to artist page

Karen Marston

Karen Marston is a painter living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her work has been seen in several solo exhibitions in NYC: Storm Watch, New Paintings at Storefront Bushwick (reviewed in Time Out magazine by Michael Wilson), Breathing Room at Dam Stuhltrager Gallery in Williamsburg, Where You'll Find Me at... go to artist page

Dean Monogenis

Dean has exhibited at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York, NY, the Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York, NY, and the Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.He studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY from 1991-1992 and received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute... go to artist page

Russell Nachman

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Anna Pederson

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Leemour Pelli

Leemour has exhibited at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Annina Nosei Gallery, Kinz, Tillou and Feigen Gallery, the Paul Rodgers Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut, PS1, Artcore Gallery and SPACES. She received an MA from Hunter College in 1989, a BFA from the School of Visual Arts... go to artist page

Mark Power

Mark has exhibited at Lime, Tangerine, Jetson, LZ Project Space; Trakt Project Raum, Berlin, Germany; Milk Gallery; and Holland Tunnel. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and his BFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University. go to artist page

Alexander Reyna

Alexander has exhibited at Pablo's Birthday, Brot Und Spiele Galerie, Berlin, Germany, and Miller Weitzel Gallery. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute in 2000 and his BFA from the University of New Hampshire in 1996. He has held professorships at the School of Visual Arts and Mercy College. go to artist page

Tim Rollins

Tim has exhibited at Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy, The Kreeger Museum, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Tate Gallery, and Whitebox. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1978. He did graduate studies at New York University.Rollins began teaching art for special education middle school... go to artist page

Gae Savannah

GAE SAVANNAH (Elizabeth, NJ 1980) MFA, School of Visual Arts, AAS, Parsons School of Design; BA, Colby College, ME. Gae Savannah makes sculpture from purchased goods, including plastics and textiles. (hair accessories, vinyl, cellophane, beads, plexiglass, mylar, Christmas ornaments, Asian footstools.) She has exhibited internationally at... go to artist page

Raven Schlossberg

Raven was born in 1973 in Paradise, CA. She has exhibited at g-module, Paris, France and Zeitgenossische, Bonn, Germany. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. go to artist page

Drew Shiflett

Drew was born in 1951 in Chicago, IL. He has exhibited at the Islip Art Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Kristin Frederickson Contemporary Art, and Axel Raben Gallery. She received her BA from Columbia College in 1978 and her MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 1974. She... go to artist page

Mary Ann Strandell

Mary Ann was born in Watertown, SD. She has exhibited at Realform Project Space, Gallery K-99, Cologne, Germany and MPercent Gallery. She received her MFA from the University of New Mexico in 1993, her MA from the University of New Mexico in 1989 and her BA from the University of... go to artist page

Liz-N- Val

Liz-N-Val have exhibited at Art Jail, New York, NY, Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, and Galleryonetwentyeight, New York, NY. go to artist page

Conrad Vogel

Conrad was born in 1957 in New York. He currently works and lives in New York, NY. He has exhibited at Realform Project Space and the Fusions Arts Museum. He received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1977 and his AA from Arts Students League in... go to artist page

Ruth Waldman

Ruth was born in 1967 in New York, NY. She currently works and lives in New York, NY. She has exhibited at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Realform Project Space, Geoffrey Young Gallery and KS Art. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in... go to artist page

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