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Exhibition: COMMON JIVE

Maria Piñeres,   Nascar     (2010), Cotton floss on paper, Courtesy the artist and DCKT Contemporary 

Maria Piñeres, Nascar (2010), Cotton floss on paper, Courtesy the artist and DCKT Contemporary 

April 3 - May 15, 2010

Opening reception: Saturday, April 3, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 pm

Artists: Scott Andresen, Karen Azoulay, David Brooks, Milton Carter, Kate Gilmore, Nathaniel Kassel, Ai Kijima, Shana Moulton, Natsu, Brent Owens, Maria Pineres, Tanea Richardson, Whiting Tennis, Vadis Turner, Megan Whitmarsh, Saya Woolfalk

Opening April 3rd at EFA Project SpaceCommon Jive presents a spectrum of contemporary artists who summon up vernacular and traditional craft approaches in their art-making practice. Organized in a collaborative effort between curator Julie Fishkin, and artist Saya Woolfalk, the fifteen artists in the exhibition engage the dichotomy between communal pasts and the individual experience, intertwining them visually through the manipulation of common materials and re-examination of time-honored aesthetic practices. 

The work in the exhibition represents strategies of both the self-taught and formally trained. Rather than making a distinction between these tactics, Common Jive argues that these artists, presenting a resurgence of dedicated artistry combined with a concern for conceptual rigor, are part of a contemporary communal discourse.