What? The Closing Exhibition Day for Beautiful Void, a solo exhibition by Andy Diaz Hope
Where? Catharine Clark Gallery NYC. 313 West 14th Street, 2F
When? Saturday, November 1. 2-8pm
2-5pm Visit the exhibit and check out designer Jes Wade’s trunk show.
5-8pm Enjoy some cocktails and, at 7pm, listen in on Designers & Artists in Conversation, a discussion between Jes Wade, Tim Campbell, Laurel Roth and Andy Diaz Hope on the intersecting concerns of design and art.
We're incredibly grateful for the support that both the Catharine Clark Gallery and Jes Wade have shown us in the past few months! Back in June the Catharine Clark Gallery out in San Francisco hosted an auction and fundraiser for "The Uncondemned" and Jes Wade designed a special collection of shirts and threw a fabulous launch party to support the film!
About the Beautiful Void:
Catharine Clark Gallery NYC presents Beautiful Void, a solo exhibition of work by Andy Diaz Hope. Beautiful Void consists of a series of mirrored sculptures from the series Centering Devices that negate the viewer from the image of the room they reflect. Suggesting forms both crystalline and geometric, the sculptures rely on traditional stained glass techniques, creating three dimensional mirrored forms in which infinitely reflecting meditations are experienced. The shapes and patterns used take their formal cues from sources such as Islamic tile patterns—sources that are also associated with aspiration. The shape of the work is based on Penrose tiling, derived from a mathematical theory that describes the patterning used in many muquarnas—a decorative architectural device present in ancient mosques. Islamic theology doesn’t allow for representational imagery of humans or nature in mosques—such features are considered to represent false idols and distractions from prayer. Centering Devices in general do not reflect the viewer and thus serve as an exercise in self contemplation and inward reflection.
For Diaz Hope, the work began as an exploration of the infinite, and a contemplation of mortality in the face of endlessness and immortality. The works have evolved into meditations on the ephemerality of the everyday—an idea more accessible and achievable than finding the meaning of life. Though Diaz Hope sees the devices as tongue-in-cheek, it is his hope that, “they jar people’s understanding of reality by taking the person out of the center of the image and replacing him/her with nothing, or everything, depending on where the piece is displayed.” Beautiful Void is Diaz Hope’s unique vision in which self- conscious, comical use of cliche functions as a foil for the evocation of the sublime.
About Designers & Artists in Conversation:
During the closing cocktail reception, Jes Wade, Tim Campbell, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth will discuss the intersecting concerns of design and art. Two designers with deep and varied experience in the field will contribute their perspectives: Jes Wade, founder, designer and creative director of a NYC-based fashion house and Tim Campbell, founder of a full-service architecture and design firm, with interior and furniture design divisions. Diaz Hope will discuss the process of stain glass design as the underlying technique in the composition of his most recent work. Laurel Roth and Andy Diaz Hope will discuss their collaborative tapestry work on display in the exhibit.
About Andy Diaz Hope:
Born in Mountain View, California, Andy Diaz Hope earned his Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from Stanford University’s Joint Program in Design—a collaborative program between the engineering and art departments. His work often reflects on the hidden. Examples of this in his work are chandeliers constructed from pills and hypodermic needles, deconstructed digital photographs reassembled in a mosaic of pill capsules, and more recently tapestries depicting aspirations to and reflections on immortality. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as: The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA; The International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia; London Crafts Council, London, UK and many others. His work is part of the public collections of the Museum of Arts and Design and the New York Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, CA; and 21C in Louisville, KY. Andy Diaz Hope currently resides in San Francisco and has been exhibiting with Catharine Clark Gallery since 2005.
About Jes Wade:
A native Texan, Jessica Wade fell in love with New York in 1992 and moved to the city in 1995. She is the founder, creative director of Jes Wade, an eponymous label launched in 2009 with a focus on design innovation, craftsmanship and couture materials. Every Jes Wade garment is designed and constructed in their atelier located in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York. The collection focuses on styles that defy fleeting trends and become timeless cornerstones in a sartorial war chest. As a mother, wife and design entrepreneur Jes is re-defining luxury and glamor for women who want it all.
About Tim Campbell:
In 1985, Campbell founded CADD Production Resource to provide design, construction documents, and project management services to the design community. After designing his own home in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, the direction of the firm shifted to include all phases of the design process leading to the founding of Studio Tim Campbell in 2006, a full service architectural and design firm. An interior design and furniture design division was added in 2009, with offices in New York City which opened in 2010.
About Laurel Roth:
Laurel Roth Hope examines the biological ramifications of humankind’s drive to modify itself and our environment, through a lens of art and design. She has worked in the past as a park ranger, and her artwork has been exhibited as such venues as the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., and the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Roth and frequent collaborator, Andy Diaz Hope were awarded the Artist Fellowship at the de Young Museum of San Francisco in 2012, and her work is included in many prominent collections, including Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Design, Zabludowicz Collection, The Progressive Collection, 21C Museum, and Louisville, KY.
For more information please contact the Catherine Clark Gallery NYC by phone at 415.519.1439, or by email at cc[at]cclarkgallery.com.