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Karen Dow
Andrea Claire
Kirsten Hassenfeld   
Jan 4 - February 4
Opening: Friday Jan. 4th, 8-10pm  
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Brooklyn NY 11211

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BELLWETHER is pleased to present FRIGID a 3-person exhibition of painting sculpture and installation by emerging artists Karen Dow, Andrea Claire, and Kirsten Hassenfeld.

Karen Dow's work focuses on the way in which horizontal stripes of color affect the perceptual experience of surface and depth. The result is a surface on which harmonies and discordant elements are either enhanced/pronounced or played down. The scale of the paintings is intended to develop a relationship between the object and the surrounding architecture. There is a strong affinity between the rhythm and measure of the stripes and the biorhythmic experience one can detect as the work oscillates between flatness and atmosphere. Karen aims to explore this phenomenon and create a space for interpretation. Karen received her BFA from Brandeis University and MFA from Yale University. She Lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.

Andrea Claire's "Deltoid I" and "Deltoid II" are intended to be an homage to the floor and the wall, respectively. The metal of the objects and their and finish allow the objects to absorb some of their surroundings while remaining essentially abstract. As both an artist an and architect Claire is interested in the constantly changing physicality of perception and the feeling you get when looking at something real, like a landscape. Born on Long Island Claire studied architecture and fine art at RISD, and received a MFA from Cal Arts in 1997. The work currently on view was made while a resident artist at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Concurrent with this show, Claire is showing "PEA" a wall drawing in the bathroom at I-20 Gallery in Chelsea.

Kirsten Hassenfeld's work examines a variety of wish-fulfillment fantasies and escapist practices, especially as they relate to economics and femininity. For this show, she has constructed a sculptural installation in the gallery's storefront. Inexpensive, ephemeral materials are fashioned into forms resembling both the opulence of jewelry and geological phenomena. The windows become a natural light box, the sun suffusing the paper structures with an other-worldy luminosity. Kirsten constructs a space where nature and artifice coexist uneasily, and in doing so, creates a new mythology of wealth. Kirsten received her BFA from RISD, MFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson, spent the summer of 1997 at Skowhegan and the winter of 1999 at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

BELLWETHER is an artist-run space in support of emerging artists.