Bits and Pieces: Pauline Galiana, Liz Jaff and Jim Osman
Opening reception: June 3, 2016, 6-9pm
Bits and Pieces features three artists, Pauline Galiana, Liz Jaff and Jim Osman, whose artwork consists of small parts composed together to create a larger whole. Through the repetition of similar units or the construction of site-specific elements Bits and Pieces is an exploration of form, space and materials.
In her Shredded series, three of which will be included in Bits and Pieces, French artist Pauline Galiana arranges with forensic scientist-like precision strips of paper from her discarded and shredded personal documents, notes and paper artwork. The fragments of discarded content are looped and glued to a panel in a rigorous grid creating a fabric-like woven texture of colors and lines that reinvent their own narrative and order out of the refuse's chaos.
New York native Liz Jaff creates large-scale, site-specific installations, which reflect her personal impression of space and memory. She explores the structural attributes and aesthetic qualities intrinsic to paper that she cuts and folds into highly formal compositions. Through abstraction and repetition of architectural and natural forms, her installations convey the memory of specific feelings and character of a place or event from her everyday life. The ephemeral, transitory nature of paper gives Jaff the perfect medium to characterize the fleeting feelings of her memory of time and space. For Bits and Pieces, Jaff will install the second incarnation of her wall installation, Hedge.
In large, site-specific installations Brooklyn sculptor Jim Osman combines tangible forms, like architecture and furniture with symbolic forms like flags or just formal elements, like color, and other common materials as he layers and compresses different kinds of space. Combining these disparate forms and materials makes for odd and unlikely arrangements and present the artist with formal problems that require reconciliation. In Bits and Pieces, Osman’s installation will combine wood, paint, paper and plastic into a site-specific artwork that plays off of components of the gallery’s interior architecture titled Curtain.
Artist Pauline Galiana was born in Algiers and grew up in France. She received her MFA, at ESAG in Paris in 1984, and has an Art Business Certificate From Christie’s Education, NY. In the US, Galiana has most recently exhibited with the New York Public Library/Midtown, Aureus Contemporary Gallery Basel and Providence RI, Asymmetrik Gallery New York among others. Previously, her work has exhibited in shows ranging from West 57th Street's Baron Boisanté to Ramis Barquet Gallery, Brooklyn. Her work is included in institutional collections such as that of UBS, NYU and private collections in New York, Washington, Houston, Paris, Riyadh, London and Sydney.
Liz Jaff in a native of New York City and received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Montserrat College of Art, The Art Complex Center of Tokyo, Japan, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY and Drawings Rooms in Jersey City, NJ. She maintains her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Native Brooklynite Jim Osman received his BFA (1979) and MFA (1982) from Queens College, CUNY in NYC. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including, The Brooklyn Museum, NYC, The Queens Museum, NYC, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Fairleigh Dickinson University, White Columns, NYC, University of Texas at San Antonio, among others. His work is in many private collections around the world and his work is represented by the Lesley Heller Workspace in NYC. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.