CATCHLIGHT | curated by Abigail Lloyd

November 10 - November 29, 2017

470 Vanderbilt by RXR Realty

Brooklyn, NY

(on the corner of Atlantic & Vanderbilt Avenues)

Nearest Trains: C,G, and a short walk from the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center Station

Open Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,  4 - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 8pm 


Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 5 - 8pm

CATCHLIGHT is a group show of 7 Brooklyn artists working in varied media and contexts.

In New York City, we are constantly overlapping: on subways, in apartment buildings, in line at the post office, at shows, and getting coffee. This show approximates a jettisoning of reliability in favor of artistic camaraderie. The artists in the show are welders, weavers, painters and viewers.

The artists' materials and subject matter include: found objects and oil paintings; reclaimed wood and inkjet prints; investigations into the artistry of engineering; photographs challenging colonial legacies, and intricate abstract welded steel.

The show is conceptualized to showcase the artists' interlocking contexts while mapping a spacious and individual landscape. Drawing from proxemics, CATCHLIGHT works to invert intimate and public space. Spending time with the show, the lines of connection between the artists, and the city they live in, become clear.


About the Artists
Abigail Lloyd is an artist and metalworker living in Brooklyn, NY, by way of San Francisco, Maine and Bard College (2007, Installation Art). Lloyd is interested in exploring grief, secrets and American mythology with a maximalist femme sensibility. Out of her studio in Brooklyn, she teaches welding workshops and builds sculpture and custom work for a variety of clients. She has built set pieces for shows at the Kitchen, Dixon Place, the Observatory, the Living Room and Bushwick Project for the Arts. Lloyd’s work has been published by Ink|art, Femmescapes and Fiction Circus and has been shown by Architectural Digest Design Show and the AOMC. With a strong focus on public work, Lloyd has had an annual winter art installation facilitated by Urbanspace in Union Square and Columbus Circle, NYC, every November since 2013. See more on Instagram

Ian Gallagher is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently applying to master's programs in Occupational Therapy. Recently, Gallagher was selected for the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates in Neuroscience at Brooklyn College, where he conducted research related to art and cognition. He continued research this summer with Brooklyn College's Arts and Development Lab at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, examining how drawing impacts mood in children. Ian has performed in spaces such as The New Museum, The Bushwick Starr, The Spectrum, and Mana Contemporary. His paintings have been exhibited at Apostrophe NYC (Brooklyn) and The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and presented at the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.

Julieta Salgado is a queer femme mestiza artist from Brooklyn, New York via Manabí, Ecuador. Her visual work documents popular justice movements in both Ecuador and the U.S., most recently focusing on trans & queer immigrants and their resistance to law and border enforcement in NYC and beyond. Through self-portraiture, she also explores themes of queer sexuality, femme affinity, desire, depression, diaspora, generational trauma, and unraveling coloniality. Salgado has exhibited her work at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, and has been published in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology (Vol. 58) and Radical Teacher (Issue #96). See more on Instagram

Originating from a rural town in California, Victoria Valencia upholds a respect for materials in their natural state while introducing urban, clean metal as a contrast and compliment. The resulting work retains the aesthetic often imperfect intentions of Valencia's varied sourced material but demonstrates a finished elegance that can only be born out of the mastery she is cultivating of her craft. Largely self-taught, her organic passion for the arts and the creative process has been a life long journey. After working in remodeling, and then as a head carpenter in set design, Valencia's dexterity and need for challenge led her to assert her creative voice through designing and fabricating custom furniture. Valencia works with clients individually and creates unique pieces that fuse function through the lens of her aesthetic inspirations, resulting in a tangible, livable urban elegance. Valencia has always been unconventional in her thinking; her passion for solving spacial conundrums means she relishes challenges that push her to think outside the box, often coming up with enlightened ideas for disused or forgotten spaces. She views her work fundamentally as a collaboration between the client, the space, the materials and the external environment. See more on Instagram

Aniahs Gnay is a visual artist and arts organizer based in NYC. Their work uses sculpture and drawing to explore the vessel body and its carried symbols, connectivity, and the space between it all. Drawing influences from their superstitious Taiwanese family and queer American identity, their work questions the shared space of existence. Aniahs Gnay is a graduate from University of California Santa Cruz and has exhibited nationally within the U.S. with works in private collections internationally. See more on Instagram

Julia Helen Murray is an artist and Union Structural Ironworker from Virginia who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She makes found-object based sculptures and installations as well as figurative drawings and paintings. Murray also has a small art and furniture welding business. See more on Instagram

Laura Eliason is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is both a testament to the transformative powers of costume and portraiture, and extension of and response to her experiences working in the fashion industry in the USA, Russia, and Ireland. Eliason's work has been exhibited at the Wandesford Quay Gallery, Pushkin State Art Museum, Rekover Projects, Workshop Gallery Artists’ Foundation, and Cork Fashion Week. See more on Instagram

For more information or to schedule an appointment to see the show outside of open hours, please contact Abigail at
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