BORDERLANDS: Georgia Elrod, Baris Gokturk, and Sarada Rauch
COOP Gallery, 75 Arcade Nashville, Tennessee
COOP Gallery is pleased to present Borderlands, an exhibition featuring the work of Brooklyn-based artists and Heliopolis Gallery curators Georgia Elrod, Baris Gokturk, and Sarada Rauch.
Elrod, Gokturk, and Rauch met as graduate students at Hunter College in New York City. They joined forces as a curatorial team at Heliopolis, an artist run-gallery and project space in Brooklyn. Together they have created a dynamic program that has in turn developed new sensibilities in their own work.
Borderlands is an artistic response to their last 3 years’ curatorial projects. The ideas for many of these shows have stemmed from the group’s ongoing discussions that have triggered an organic process of hashing out concepts and themes. Recurring themes that most centrally persist have been interiority, and the tension present in ideas of inside, outside, and areas in between; liminality, or periods of transition where objects exist in a threshold of ambiguity; and the reconsideration of visual and conceptual norms via humor and re-appropriation.
In their process, each artist as curator carries whatever is happening in their respective studios to a table conversation, which often turns into a three-person debate. In turn, each artist brings the resulting issues and ideas back into their studios, helping to transform and take their own work to new dimensions. Borderlands is a result of this dialogue, featuring artworks that reflect the formal and conceptual sensibilities that were developed in the curatorial process.
This exhibition is the first part of an exchange between COOP Gallery and Heliopolis Gallery. The second part will feature COOP artists showing at Heliopolis in Brooklyn.