The Yard: Gowanus
157 13th Street (at 3rd Avenue)

Phone: 646.688.4905


About the Organization:
Jessica L. Porter has maintained Porter Advisory since 2001, working with organizations and other galleries as an independent curator, creating exhibitions in alternative spaces and exposing emerging artists to interesting opportunities. She advises emerging artists on career development, marketing and strategic growth and guides collectors and institutions through art selection processes and investment.

A curator of the Yard's Art Program, Porter focuses on representing Brooklyn-based artists. She has spoken as an expert on CNBC on art collecting and investment of emerging artists, to the Harvard Business Women's Association on starting an art collection and has participated in panel discussions on such topics as Art & Music, Women in the Art Industry, Contemporary Visions of Picasso and art collecting. Porter is currently the Executive Director of ArtTable.

What'a on view durring GOS:
Porter Advisory is pleased to continue a presentation of Gowanus based artists' works at The Yard with Daydreaming, works by Sarah Nicole Phillips, Rachel Selekman and Amy Williams. You may see Phillips's studio at 75 Third Street, studio 3, and Selekman's at 540 President Street, on the lower level.

Daydreaming is defined as a short-term detachment from one's immediate surroundings, during which a person's contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.

Attitudes toward daydreaming have changed over centuries. During the industrial revolution daydreaming became synonymous with laziness and thought to corrupt workers. For generations, parents have warned their children of the dangers of daydreaming.

Today we view it much more openly as a creative outlet and a much needed inner wander of our minds. Daydreaming, the exhibition, sets out to offer calming, meditative works to provoke the brain's natural tendency to wander.

Sarah Nicole Phillips' collage works are made of patterned security envelopes in calming subdued color schemes. The monotonous nature of the material engages the mind in a new image to explore and reflect. The meditative quality of Rachel Selekman's organic images closely associated with nature are the perfect works to send the viewer into a daydream. Their feminine and masculine attributes balance throughout the exhibition and their surreal combinations spark the creative mind. Amy William's photographs explore places we wish we were and serve as a friendly reminder of that vacation (or daydream escape) that needs to be planned.

Daydreaming engages the entrepreneurial minds of the members and visitors to The Yard and inspires them to do their own daydreaming.

Exhibition on view through November 30.

Sarah Nicole Phillips, Drop Ceiling (2017) Security envelope collage 20" x 30"
Amy Williams, Life Force (2018) Digital C-print Edition 1 of 10 11" x 14"
Amy Williams, Barnacles (2018) Digital C-print Edition 1 of 10 11" x 14"
Rachel Selekman, Silver Spray (1998) Charcoal, oil stick, and thread on paper 36" x 39.5"
Rachel Selekman, Yellow Velvet Spray (2006) Watering can and spouts, silicone sealant, paper-covered wire, velvet flowers, cable, and mixed media 15" x 48" x 48"

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