“Balancing Acts” developed out of a series of compositional studies focused on color, value, shape and weight of stone like shapes. The pigments in watercolor and acrylic mix with materials like liquid graphite and gold dust to create surprising landscapes within each form. They act as metaphors for how I balance the different “worlds” of wearing many hats— among them are mother, director of an organization, and painter.
ArtFCity review of Self-Organized– Aesthetic Politics if The Artist Run, Guest Spot at the Reinstitute and Transmitter Gallery, Baltimore, MD
"Interestingly though, the visual artists in Self-Organized seemed less overtly concerned with institutional critique or political statements in the exhibition text or the DIY publications available in the gallery’s pop-up library would suggest. Perhaps that’s indicative of a major, though often-overlooked quality of artist-run platforms: the freedom to focus on art for art’s sake. There’s an increasing expectation that institutions and more established non-profits must justify their existence with socially-engaged, politically relevant, or even vaguely charitable programming. The artwork here, by comparison, is almost introverted. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—if anything, it’s refreshing to see ontological concerns, process-based studio practices, and, well, aesthetics contextualized as a set of 'politics.'" July 30th, 2015
Profile of BAS and Trestle Gallery: A Conversation between Michael Brennan and Rhia Hurt
Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle Gallery is located in Gowanus. With an innovative approach to programming, they offer studio space, exhibition space, talks and panels, to name a few. Artist and Director of Brooklyn Art Space, Rhia Hurt, recently sat down with artist Michael Brennan. In this interview, Hurt and Brennan discuss the art scene in lower Brooklyn, current trends, and balancing the life/work/artist act.
Feature in Marie Claire Italia, February 2014
Feature in Structure and Imagery by Paul Benke, August 2013
BRIC House Brooklyn Artists Contemporary Art Short List Curator: Rhia Hurt
My theme is centered around how the seven artists selected interrupt the viewer's expectations of 'art space' by transforming and re-contextualizing their chosen materials. These artists make artworks which interpret contemporary social, urban, and natural structures and translate them into unique visual languages.
Maria Britton subverts traditional painting by choosing bed sheets to use as a surface as well as a symbolic and sculptural element to the work.
Hong Seon Jang builds structures out of zip ties and magazines informed by cities and natural phenomenon such as wave formations and fungus growth.
Andrea Lilientahl re-contextualizes natural materials into art objects by cutting and painting birch saplings and thorny branches.
Amanda C. Mathis deconstructs home interiors to reveal history before demolition. The resulting site-specific works show beautifully textured layers of pattern, construction materials, architecture and time.
Alison Owen interacts with spaces by altering the walls and floors with simple, discarded materials found nearby. Owen constructs engaging designs through her work and attention to the details of the specific location of her installations.
Karyn A. Olivier uses public spaces to "investigate social interactions with familiar objects." Through projects like "ACA Foods Free Library," Olivier creates a scenario where the public unexpectedly finds books nestled between items at a West Indian grocery store.
Frank Zadlo combines molded cement forms with found and reclaimed objects such as wooden beams and rusted steel strips or green bubble wrap. Zadlo re-frames segments of industrial artifacts into formal and conceptual works of art. - Rhia Hurt. August, 2013
Feature in Art in New York City by Mike Sorgatz, February 2013