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I Lift My Lamp

December 6, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019, 6-8 PM

Planthouse is pleased to present "I Lift My Lamp", featuring work by Mildred Beltré, Željka Blakšić, Sarah Jorgensen, and Rachel Ostrow.

The artists in I Lift My Lamp provide light. Whether it’s by highlighting histories that are often passed over, re-contextualizing language, referencing memory, or directly depicting energy and light; the work in this exhibition is a source of illumination.

About the Artists:
Mildred Beltré (b. 1969) is a Brooklyn-based American multi-disciplinary artist known for activist works that focus on how social justice and grassroots movements might reconfigure society. She is co-founder of the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine.

Željka Blakšić AKA Gita Blak is an interdisciplinary artist whose early life journey from the study of music and performance, then traditional visual arts and moving image was followed by the investigation into the relationship of art and pedagogy which taught her to envision the boundary of disciplines and art forms as permeable rather than divided. She holds an MFA from The School of Visual Arts, she presented her work at Museum of Modern Art, NY; AIR Gallery, NY; BRIC, The Kitchen, NY; Framer Framed, Amsterdam; Gallery Augusta, Helsinki; Urban Festival, Croatia; Gallery of SESI, Sao Paolo; etc. She was a recipient of the Residency Unlimited & National Endowment for the Arts Award, NY; Fondazione Pistoletto Residency, Italy; Recess Session, NY; A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program, NY; Paula Rhodes Award, NY; among others. Most recently she was a resident at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, UAE and Interdisciplinarity Art and Theory Program in NYC.

Rachel Ostrow is a Brooklyn-based painter and printmaker. She earned an M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College, a post-baccalaureate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University. Ostrow’s paintings use movement and light to explore space and form and skirt the line between abstraction and representation. She has been awarded residencies at the Gowanus Studio Space (Brooklyn, NY), The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Joshua Tree, CA), The Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY), The Kimmel Harding Nelsen Center (Nebraska City, NE), the Cill Rialag Project (Ballingskelligs, Ireland) and The Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT).

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