With works by Russell Connor, Peter Daverington, Ryan Frank, Ashley Zelinskie, and Darryl Westly, Classic Nouveau explores notions of archetypes and innovation through a dialogue with “the classics” from antiquity up through the present.
About the Artists
Russell Connor was born in Cambridge, MA, June 15, 1929. He has a BFA from Mass. College of Art and an MFA from Yale (with Josef Albers). In addition to exhibiting internationally in museums and galleries, Connor has illustrated for The New Yorker and The New York Times’ Book Review. He has produced, written, and hosted pieces about the arts and major Arts Institutions (including the Whitney) for television, for which he won several awards, and collaborated on video art projects with Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and William Wegman. Connor has lectured extensively, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the DeCordova Museum School; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the University of Rhode Island; the Tama School of Fine Arts, Japan; Hunter College of The City University of New York; The Art Students’ League; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; and the École des Beaux Arts, Paris. His paintings are in numerous private and museum collections.
A contemporary artist with a rare mastery of oil techniques, Peter Daverington’s practice centers on his unparalleled capacity to work across a wide range of pictorial languages and artistic styles. With a foundation in graffiti and street art, his oeuvre critically engages with legacies of Western art history from a contemporary context; seamlessly integrating a vast array of disparate images, styles and references in an aesthetic maximalism relevant to our time.
Ryan Frank is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, a native of California and a graduate of New York University. Ryan’s work is a unique blend of photography and sculpture through a variety of forms including light boxes, windows and large-scale installation. He’s had solo exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center, the Mattatuck Museum, the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the Lilac Preservation Project and has exhibited his work at venues including The Queens Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Wassaic Project, The Bronx Museum and the Dumbo Arts Festival. Ryan has attended residencies at Jentel Foundation, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, SIM Iceland and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. His curatorial projects include Used Books at Winkleman Gallery, Reflective Landscape at The Granary, A Very Anxious Feeling at the Mattatuck Museum and I Like the Sound of That at Artspace New Haven.
Ashley Zelinskie is Brooklyn-based conceptual artist working at the intersection of art, technology and mathematics. Her works span a variety of media, from large- and small-scale sculpture to canvas and print works, each created using cutting edge technology such as 3D printing and computer-guided laser cutting. Her work focuses on visualizing data in abstract forms and finding new and interesting ways to describe complex ideas. Zelinskie’s work has been featured by Vice, Brooklyn Magazine, the New York Times and Hyperallergic. Her work forms part of the permanent collection of the US Department of State Art in Embassies Program and has recently been exhibited at Sotheby’s New York. Zelinskie is a former resident of New Inc.—the New Museum’s Art and Technology Incubator—and currently working in collaboration with NASA. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Darryl Westly is an artist and curator based in New York whose paintings experiment with hyperrealism, architectural elements and visual layering to create disruptive portraits of contemporary western culture. A graduate of Cooper Union’s school of art, Westly has honed his craft working for artist Jeff Koons and now exhibits across the globe. He has curated shows for Christie’s Auction House, FiveMyles and Miranda Kuo, and most recently designed a Digital watch for Fossil. He currently works alongside the art collective Bruce High Quality in Industry City, Brooklyn and his studio in Chinatown, Manhattan.
About LatchKey Gallery
LatchKey Gallery is a nomadic contemporary art gallery that looks to re-imagine the brick and mortar via intimately curated exhibitions, salon series and events by partnering with various spaces around NYC. LKG is a response to the changing market place and the erosion of the traditional art gallery. It is the brain child of Style Curator Natalie Kates and gallerist/curator Amanda L. Uribe. Each with their unique curatorial approaches, they come together to create experiences centered around emerging and mid career artists.