No Body Yet
Ellie Krakow, Luciana Maas, So Young Park

Nov 3 - Dec 22, 2023

Opening: November 3rd, 6 – 8 PM

When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it must first dissolve itself into a pure matter, from which a new body is formed. In this liminal, mushy state, the body is still only a possibility. No Body Yet explores the intimate and mystical possibilities of this primeval rawness, just on the edge of becoming. Ellie Krakow, Luciana Maas, and So Young Park each capture moments of metamorphosis: the uncanny dismantling of the body, the excavation of a form from an unrestrained undergrowth, or the secret movements of a winking cosmos.

Ellie Krakow’s glazed ceramic Body Frames seem to be straining their pipes. Bulging and puckering, the frames’ nubby tubes and open cubbies imply a building pressure within, stretching the seams of their casings. They invite the eye to circle within them, ricocheting through their negative spaces. Turning in on themselves, Krakow’s tubular systems are suggestive of car parts or digestive tracts. Whether engines or organs, they are simultaneously self-contained and amputated pieces of an absent body - floating on a white wall, like transplants on ice.

Luciana Maas’s application of paint is loose and raw. The surface of her paintings is smeared and sprayed, as though the figures are clawing against abstraction. Ghostly figures hover, cross-legged, holding the smoking tendrils of a staff or the sagging rope of a swing. Still translucent, it’s unclear if they have been summoned from the ether or if they are loitering on the ‘other side.’ In Balanço sobre pedra, 2023, a female form is roughly outlined in fluorescent green and aubergine. The figure’s legs dissolve into an animal that looks out plaintively from the bottom of the canvas. In Maas’s swampy otherworld, animal, plant and human are loose and transient categories.

In So Young Park’s cryptic paintings, clouds build into hands and figures and collapse again into the mist. Dreamlike landscapes are caught in the moment of taking shape, shifting and shivering on the canvas. Park’s paintings are at once gateways to mystical territories and gilded surfaces, blinking back at the viewer. In Appear and Disappear, 2022, the surface is washed in silver, stained like the damp wall of a primordial wishing well or a rusting alien spacecraft. An eye looks out from the bottom of the canvas; curious, inquisitive, all-seeing.

- Thea Voyles

Ellie Krakow lives and works between New York, NY and Framingham, MA. She received her MFA from Hunter College and her BA through study at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Marinaro, New York, NY (2022); Below Grand, New York, NY (2021); Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA (2018); Goodyear Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (2018); Miranda Kuo Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY (2017); NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Skowhegan NYC Space (2015); Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY (2014); Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, NY (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: 1/9unosunovo, Rome, Italy (2023); Marinaro, New York, NY (2021, 2022); Printed Matter, New York, NY (2018); NADA, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY (2018); Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN (2018); Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI (2017); Collarworks Gallery, Troy, NY (2017); Present Company, Brooklyn, NY (2016); The Alice, Seattle, WA (2016); Field Projects, New York, NY (2016); KCB Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia (2015); Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston, NY (2015); Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2013); Hal Bromm, New York, NY (2013); NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (2013); Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY (2013); The Hole, New York, NY (2013); Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY (2013). In parallel to her studio practice, Krakow works on text-based and curatorial projects.

Luciana Maas (b. 1984) lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Maas graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, she participated in study groups with Agnaldo Farias and Pedro França. Luciana also followed the production of artists such as Osmar Pinheiro and Carlos Fajardo in visits to their studios during some years. In 2003, she taught a workshop on the Encaustic technique at Núcleo de Arte Contemporânea in São Paulo. Solo exhibitions include: Projeto Vênus, São Paulo, Brazil (2022); Espaço Cultural Citi, São Paulo, Brazil (2009); and AMCHAM Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2005). Group exhibitions include: Galeria Olhão, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Kunsvereiner Museum, Salzburg, Austria (2018); Solar Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2017); Casa Fidalga 182’ Espaço Independente, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Espaço Cultural Citi, São Paulo, Brazil (2008); Venado Tuerto, Argentina (2006); MAC USP, São Paulo, Brazil (2004); Casa das Retortas,São Paulo, Brazil (2004); Casa de Portinari Museum, Brodowski, Brazil (2004); Galeria Municipal de Artes, Barueri, Brazil (2004).

So Young Park (b. Seoul, KR) lives and works between Seoul, KR and Berlin, DE. Recent solo exhibitions include: P21, Seoul, Korea (2023); Frontviews Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2022); PS Sarubia, Seoul, Korea (2021); Incheon Art platform window gallery, Incheon, Korea (2019); Hapjungjigu, Seoul, Korea (2018); Till-richter Museum, Buggenhagen, Germany (2017); ESMoA Museum in Air, California, USA (2016); Lake Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany (2013); Artlab21, California, USA (2012); E105 gallery, in Berlin, Germany (2011), Basel, Switzerland and Bonn, Germany (2010); janinebeangallery, Berlin, Germany (2009); Berlin Art Scouts, Berlin, Germany (2008). Recent group exhibitions include:Frontviews Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2023); Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022); Artspace3, Seoul, Korea (2019, 2022); P21, Seoul, Korea (2021); Aram art Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (2019); Bethanien Project space, Berlin, Germany (2019); Till-Richter Museum, Buggenhagen (2017); Louis lui Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany (2017); Leopold Hof, Hamburg, Germany (2016); ESMoA Museum, California, USA (2013, 2016); Unter Schloss Gallery, Paehl, Germany (2014); E105 gallery, Bonn, Germany (2007, 2008, 2014); M3 Kunst Halle, Berlin, Germany (2011); Zoll-verein Stiftung, Dortmund, Germany (2010); Caprice Horn gallery, Berlin, Germany (2010).