Margaret Thatcher Projects Presents TURN UP THE HEAT, 7/24-8/15

Margaret Thatcher Projects Presents TURN UP THE HEAT, 7/24-8/15

In escaping the heat of summer, artists often find that the time and leisure that accompanies the season in fact presents a prime and refreshing opportunity to create in the studio. Turn Up the Heat at Margaret Thatcher Projects offers a condensed viewing of artists' works from the gallery program alongside modernist furniture by Stoller Works.

Highlights of the exhibition include new paintings by Carlos-Estrada-Vega demonstrating the artist's worn and weathered puzzle-like compositions while Impression 07 and 09 by Rainer Gross elaborate on the artist's exploration of richly textured, tactile, abstract surfaces. In Dominion 5, Kevin Finklea expands his scale whereas Omar Chacon looks to early-Renaissance works in establishing his palette for Precursor de Las dos Messalinas.

Turn Up the Heat runs from July 24 to August 15 (opening reception July 24 from 6 to 8pm). Artists include: Omar Chacon, Cathy Choi, Carlos Estrada-Vega, Kevin Finklea, Rainer Gross, Jus Juchtmans, Vadim Katznelson, Tegene Kunbi, Venske & Spänle, Heidi Spector, William Steiger, Evan Stoller, Nan Swid, Bill Thompson, and Heidi van Wieren.

In the Project Room: Robert Chamberlin, Fountains (pictured above)

Margaret Thatcher Projects is pleased to present Fountains, a special project room installation of works by Robert Chamberlin. Chamberlin's series of heavily decorated porcelain vessels refreshingly explore themes of desire, sexuality, and domesticity. Each vase is decorated by hand using cake-decorating tools and is adorned to create an individual piece with a unique personality. The decoration, inspired by the great jewels and palaces of history, allude to the opulence and power of the past with shared acknowledgment of their demise.

Robert Chamberlin lives and works in Boston, MA. He received his BFA in 2010 from Georgia State University and his MFA in 2013 from the School of the Museum of Fine Art and Tufts University. This exhibition is his first solo New York City exhibition following exhibitions nationally at the Howard Yezerski Gallery (Boston, MA), MINT Gallery (Atlanta, GA) and many others.

Margaret Thatcher Projects is located at 539 West 23rd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Summer gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. Gallery is open by appointment only August 16 through September 2nd. For further information, contact the gallery, or 212.675.0222.

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