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Premonitory Terrains




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Wednesday, 3 March 2021 to Saturday, 27 March 2021
Saturday, 6 March 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Premonitory Terrains at Equity Gallery features the artwork of three New York City based artists Noriko Ambe, Nancy Baker, and Etty Yaniv. Each abstracted landscape crystallizes urgent cultural and political cues into site-responsive three dimensional installations. Primarily utilizing paper fragments, the featured works build richly layered and highly detailed environments based on tensions between pre-existing and imaginary patterns, analogous to the visual dichotomy between found and newly created materials. Altogether, their wall-reliefs, papercrafts, paintings, and free-standing sculptural installations form cohesive and highly tactile environments, prompting visitors to reflect on our daily angst from different vistas – simultaneously fantastical and very real. 

Noriko Ambe employs a conceptual system in her richly layered paper-cutouts to reflect on cycles in nature and history, drawing on forces that are both frightening and beautiful, orderly and chaotic. She cuts and stacks thousands of pieces of paper from books to create her own topography, aiming to embody the synchronicity between humans, time and nature. Ambe maps out the space between physical and emotional geography.  Subtle natural distortions arise in work invoke the nuances of human emotions, habits, and biorhythms. 

Nancy Baker’s meticulous paper cut-out installations and paintings are also impacted by a coexistence of fear and hope, but her impetus derives more overtly from her sensibility to socio-political patterns. Born in Coney Island, Baker draws her carnivalesque world from the bold colors, illusions, and fantasies from the seaside amusement park of her childhood. Baker’s complex wall reliefs are made with assorted paper fragments; hand and laser cut, printed and painted. She invites the viewer to enter a disoriented world akin to a house of mirrors, but creates a place salvaged by overriding order and method. Overt fantasy and hyperbole transform into a composite for fear and anxiety. Baker’s work is inspired by darker human struggles, it also reflects a desire to rise above them and strive for a world with a potential for beauty and growth. 

In her immersive installations Etty Yaniv also juggles with dichotomies of the chaotic and the orderly, drawing on patterns from nature and images from daily life to form hybrid landscapes which blur the line between the real and the imagined, the organic and the artificial. The multiple layers of repurposed materials, both found and recycled from her previous work, reflect a preoccupation with ephemerality alluding to survival in the context of social and ecological transience. Like encoded messages excavated from an archeological site, the fragments in each of her layers present new clues that accumulate into the documentation of a moment in time. Only up-close-viewers may discover the hidden content underneath. 

The creation of art is often an attempt for artists to construct a zone of stability and safety that does not exist in a chaotic world. Through their artwork, these three artists filter the trauma and distress of unpredictability and upheaval and ascribe an ordered structure to an authentic experience. The works Premonitory Terrains is affected by the emotional reverberations of our contemporary culture, yet the artists seek to counterbalance a pervading sense of fear with some sort of intelligible order. 

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Noriko Ambe
Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan and received BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, in 1990. In 1999 she started using paper in her work, “Linear-Actions Project Cutting / Drawing.” Her past exhibitions include solo shows at the FLAG Art Foundation (New York), The Warehouse Gallery of Syracuse University (NY), Castelli Gallery (New York), Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin, TX), group shows at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (CA), Japan Society, Museum of Arts and Design, the Drawing Center (New York), Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, TX), and more. Her solo show at the Lora Reynolds Gallery was recognized AICA Award 2010. Her works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery.

Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the US, including ODETTA Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Clemente Sotos Velez, NYC, Artists Equity, NYC; Mark Moore Gallery, CA; Winkleman Gallery, NYC; Pavel Zubock, NYC; Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA; Heriard Cimino Gallery, NOLA; and next year will exhibit an installation at the Islamic Art Festival in Sharjah, UAE. She has received numerous awards, including two North Carolina Artists Fellowships, a Tennessee Individual Artist Fellowship, and an NEA Southern Arts Fellowship. She was awarded a commission with MTA Arts and Design for two train stations in Brooklyn, fabricated in stainless steel. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the International Collage Center, Bucknell, PA; US Embassy, Kiev, Ukraine; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC; Wellington Art Collection, Boston; Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Etty Yaniv
Etty Yaniv is a Brooklyn based art whose work includes immersive dimensional installations which merge photography, drawing, and painting. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including The Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, State Silk Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia, Newark Museum of Art, NJ, Monmouth Museum of Art, NJ, Torrance Art Museum, CA, AIR gallery, Brooklyn, Long Island University, Brooklyn, The Sheen Center, NYC, Purdue University, IN, Musée Héritage, St. Albert, CA, Zero1 Biennial in SF, and Leipziger Baumwollspinnerie, Leipzig, Germany. She writes for Kolaj Magazine; has avidly contributed to NYC art blogs, and now runs Art Spiel, an online art publication. In 2018 she was awarded the Two Trees subsidized studio program in Dumbo. Yaniv holds BA in Psychology and English Literature from Tel Aviv University, BFA from Parsons School of Design, and MFA from SUNY Purchase.

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*In the interest of safeguarding our community members, Equity Gallery will be holding an Artists’ Reception for this exhibition. Invited guests are requested to wear masks and follow NY social distancing protocol. Visitors must register via Eventbrite to attend.

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New York Artists Equity Association, Inc.

245 Broome Street (cross is Orchard; MTA is Delancey)
New York, New York 10002
Metro Stop: F/M and/or Essex J/Z


Equity Gallery , New York, NY

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