Frontrunner Collective Presents:

May 6-8, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, May 6, 2016 6PM-9PM

West Chelsea Arts Building 526 West 26th Street 10th Floor #1001
New York, NY 10001

Gordon Douglas Ball
Michael Bartalos
Dustin Grella
Brian Fernandes-Halloran
Nicolas Holiber
Christopher Kardambikis
Emil Noel
Guno Park
Brandon Sines
Alex Schuchard
Pam Tietze
Anja Ulfeldt

Frontrunner Collective is pleased to announce AN ANNUAL AFFAIR, a pop-up group exhibition on view at the West Chelsea Arts Building at 526 West 26th Street, #1001 from May 6 to May 8, 2016. An opening reception will be held on Friday May 6 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Held concurrently with Frieze Art Week, An Annual Affair presents a D-I-Y alternative to Frieze New York and its numerous satellite fairs. Curated by Edward Symes, An Annual Affair brings a dynamic and diverse group of emerging artists to the heart of Chelsea, distinctly separate from the fairs’ established roster of artists and commercial focus.

From Nicolas Holiber’s striking wooden sculptures constructed from discarded shipping pallets found on the New York City streets to Alex Schuchard’s intricate, impressionistic paintings of rippling water and Guno Park’s delicately detailed pen drawings, An Annual Affair features artists working in a wide variety of mediums, creating a rich conversation about the multiplicity of art-making practices. The exhibition will also engage with the unique architecture of the West Chelsea Arts Building’s loft space with a site-specific video installation from Oakland-based artist Anja Ulfeldt.

With their range of talents, the artists in An Annual Affair are joined together by their creative fearlessness and cross-disciplinary ingenuity including street artist Brandon Sines’ iconic and unmistakable character Frank Ape and Pam Tietze’s functional kaleidoscopic eyewear H0les. By launching an exhibition independent of the week’s fairs, An Annual Affair aims to foster an encouraging and accessible community of artists and art viewers.

With an ongoing dedication to supporting artists, Frontrunner Collective was founded in the fall of 2009. Beginning as an online magazine in order to feature the creative work of friends, Frontrunner expanded into a physical gallery space on Franklin Street in TriBeCa in 2010. A collective for emerging artists, the gallery continued to present exhibitions, performances and special events until 2012. Today, Frontrunner showcases artists through pop-up exhibitions in New York and elsewhere.

For more information, please contact Edward Symes at Join the conversation at: #AnnualAffair

Photos from Studio Tours – An Annual Affair – Spring 2016

Nicolas Holiber_3Nicolas Holiber is a Brooklyn-based artist who paints, sculpts, and creates public work. He earned his BFA from the University of Vermont in 2007 and MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2012. He has received many awards and residencies including a Post Graduate Fellowship. Nicolas’ art is characterized by its unique use of materials and vivid use of color, creating multidimensional works that combine painting, drawing, and sculpture. By utilizing discarded materials found on the streets and presenting them in artistic contexts, he addresses issues concerning traditional art history and daily life. Recent projects include Head of Goliath a site-specific commission for the NYC Parks department, and commissions for Bloomfield College, NJ, LoMan Arts Festival, and New York Health & Racquet Club. His work has been highlighted in The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Beautiful/Decay, and Rizzoli’s book The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture. Holiber is currently an artist in residence on Governors Island in NYC for the Lower Manhattan Council’s Process Space Residency Program.

pamtietze_by_archer_west2_croppedPam Tietze is an interdisciplinary artist based in NYC. Born in South Korea and raised on military bases around the world, she maintains a fluid relationship with identity and context. Her latest project, Høles, utilizes faceted crystals lenses to fragment your vision like a kaleidoscope, transforming utilitarian eyeglasses into living, experiential art. HOLES stimulates a child-like wonder, inviting the wearer to re-examine their everyday environment. Through these and such explorations, she hopes to enrich our interaction with light and ultimately evoke the feeling of being a tourist in your own reality. In addition to art and design, Pam’s projects include film and creative direction.

Anja Ulfeldt_2Anja Ulfeldt is a durational installation artist working in sculpture and time based media. Time and presence are consistent themes in her work, particularly the presence of the audience. Her recent interactive-based installations stimulate and develop through viewer experience. She is captivated by the idea of “the moment” as a period of undefined duration, but also as an event of great importance. Imbued with a sense of mortality that is both an examination and a celebration of contemporary life, Ulfeldt’s work addresses psychological relationships to human infrastructure through visual art, sound, and durational experience.

The daughter of a painter and an engineer, Anja grew up in Berkeley, CA, and earned her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2001 and her MFA from Stanford University in 2014. She is a founding member and co-director of Basement Gallery Oakland and Artstead Boat Project, a floating venue for research and performance built atop a converted potato barge operating in the Sacramento River Delta. She is a recipient of the Visions from the New California Award in 2010, the TSFF & SOMArts Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award in 2013, The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts in 2014 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Finalist Award for 2015.

Michael Bartalos head shot-500x375Michael Bartalos is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist working in book arts, sculpture, and video. He has produced artist’s multiples in collaboration with Xerox PARC, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and the Maryland Institute College of Art where he has held residencies. His work often focuses on science, particularly biology and the Earth sciences. He is also interested in concepts and visual imagery stemming from writing systems, letterforms, symbols and codes. Michael is a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program and has received fellowships from the Headlands Center for Arts and SOMA Summer in Mexico. His works have been exhibited internationally and are found in numerous artists’ books collections including those of the Getty Research Institute, Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center. Michael received his BFA from Pratt Institute and MFA from Stanford University.

GordanDouglasBall Born in Montréal, Gordon Douglas Ball is a third generation photographer. He is the son of two-time National Newspaper Award winner Doug Ball. Learning photography at a very young age through osmosis, Gordon Douglas continued to photograph and paint through high school. He attended Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto on a scholarship from Oakville Galleries, recognizing him as the city’s most promising art student. Gordon Douglas’s first public exhibition was at Gallery 44 in Toronto in 1997, and he has since exhibited throughout North America, predominately in New York City and Toronto. He has had solo exhibitions at L’Espace Galerie, Montréal, The Emporium Gallery, Montreal, and SG Gallery, Toronto. He released a self-published photography book in 2012, and has work archived at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Musée D’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Employing a unique approach to photography, he cre- ates colorful abstractions that reconsider the medium. His work deals with themes of alienation, loneliness, and artistic independence. Gordon Douglas lives and works in New York City.

BrianFernandesHalloran_600Brian Fernandes-Halloran makes sculptures and assemblages from materials that he finds near his home and studio. His figures exist within a dubious relationship between people and material, artificial and natural. Though his works are not made to be finished as sculptures, they have a sense of balance, vulnerability, and resiliency that allows them to feel alive and human. Brian has exhibited at the New Museum and has work installed at the Noyes Museum of Art. He was invited by Polish artist Pawel Althamer to do a residency during which he collaborated on various projects including an exhibition in Greece. He received his BFA from Boston University in 2008 and currently attends Bard College where he is working on his MFA in sculpture. Brian exhibits his works internationally and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

ChritopherKardambikis_600_2Christopher Kardambikis seeks an absurd mythology for the future through drawings, paintings, and books. Recently, he completed two years of his Book-a Month project – playing with the book form while experimenting with materials, process, and space. Interested in comic books during childhood, Christopher finds inspirations from various sources including artists Raymond Pettibone, Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, and Agnes Denes, Dada publications from the early 20th century, and his contemporaries working in zines, artist books, and commercial publishing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher has been an artist-in-residence at The Art Students League, Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, Pioneer Works, and the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a program on Clocktower Radio that explores the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

GunoParkGuno Park was born in Seoul, Korea, raised in Toronto, Canada, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Guno has been exhibiting internationally, participating in various projects and teaching courses in New York City. Dealing with observation and perception, his work is inspired by the urban landscape, particularly structures that make up the city. Subjects range from trains, cars, and buildings to city residents going about their daily routines. He has a passion for drawing and education, with deep interests in social realism. Guno’s work hangs in many private and public collections and has been widely published for editorial, educational and commercial projects.

Brandon_Sines_600 Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Toronto, Canada, Brandon Sines is a painter and street artist living and working in New York City. Brandon is best known for his iconic character, Frank Ape, which he created in 2011. Recognized for their crude yet gentle, Bigfoot-like appearance, Frank Apes can be found painted, wheat pasted, stickered, worn and tattooed through out NYC and beyond. Finding source in pop culture, Brandon has depicted Frank Ape in various scenarios inspired by The Simpsons, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Munch’s The Scream. He had his first solo presentation at the Living Gallery, New York in 2013, followed by a solo exhibition titled Dealing With Things is Tricky at Specials on C, New York. Brandon’s practice extends to animation, and he has received commissions for music videos from bands The Dream Syndicate and Ritz Riot. Brandon’s work has collectors all over the world including Canada, Japan, Germany, Bangkok, and Norway. Notable collectors include singer Solange Knowles and photographer Richard Misrach. In 2014, Project Runway contestant Amanda Valen- tine transformed an original Frank Ape canvas into a crop top for the runway, dubbing the design the “Psychedelic Yeti.”

alex_schuchard_studio_600Alex Schuchard, a native of St. Louis, received his BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. He has exhibited his work widely throughout the country, and his paintings have been acquired by such corporations as Anheiser Busch and Proctor and Gamble for their permanent collections. His work has been included in several group exhibitions at 511 Gallery.

StudioTours_1Emil Noel

DustinGrella_600Dustin Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work attempts to glean glimpses of colorful insight into the seemingly mundane. His work has screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His film Prayers for Peace, a narrative stop motion animation screened at almost two hundred festivals worldwide and won over forty awards. Narrative and time are recurring themes in his work. He has written and mailed himself a letter every day for the past thirteen years and has over 4840 sealed letters neatly filed and categorized. Dustin is currently in production of the Animation Hotline, a series of micro-animations where he uses crowd-sourced voicemail messages for content. If you’ve got a story, give him a call at 212-683-2490.

Dustin earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Akron and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. Dustin lives and works in New York City.



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