Release: Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre


Artist rendering: Release by Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre


Release: Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre

Opening Reception: May 9, 2013, 6—8 pm

Hamilton Square Condominium

232 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302


Exhibition Run: May 9—TBA 

Release, a joint effort between SILVERMAN and ArtBloc, is a temporary, site-specific installation created by artists Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre. The artwork is a large burst of smoke that is discharged hourly from a pair of empty shipping containers. To create this atmospheric phenomenon, the artists have installed industrial smoke machines inside ArtBloc, a mobile art gallery built from repurposed shipping containers. Though synthetic, volatile, and strange, Release evokes images of Yellowstone National Park’s geyser Old Faithful, albeit in a bustling urban setting. Furthermore, the shipping containers serve as portents of danger in a post-9/11 world scarred by acts of domestic and foreign terrorism. At its heart, the project’s true aim is to arouse both wonder and suspicion in the passersby. This project, organized by Brendan Carroll, is presented by SILVERMAN, Hamilton Square Condominium Association, and ArtBloc.

About the Artists:
Artist Charlotte Becket creates large-scale kinetic sculptures from common household materials. Pace University, RuSalon, and Kantor/Feuer Gallery have organized solo exhibitions of her work. She has participated in group exhibitions in numerous exhibition spaces, including Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Valentine Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art, Anna Kustera Gallery, and Leslie Heller Workspace, to name a few. The New York Times, Blouin ArtInfo, ARTnews, and Artforum have reviewed her work. She is the recipient of many awards, including Tony Smith Fund Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and Eastman-Bolton Memorial Prize, among others. Becket earned her Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College, New York City, and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH. She lives in New York, NY.

Roger Sayre is a conceptual artist who often uses nontraditional materials in his work—photographic paper, plastic utility buckets, vinyl records, dog biscuits, tennis balls. What unites his diverse body of work is the sense of play in which the pieces were conceived and executed. Sayre received his B.F.A. from Bowling Green State University in 1985. He received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1992. Sayre cofounded (re)mixed media, an ongoing collaboration with artist David Poppie. Sayre’s work has been featured in Bronx Museum of the Arts, Jersey City Museum, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, A.M. Richard Fine Art, Allen Priebe Gallery (University of Wisconsin), Regina Gouger Miller Gallery (Carnegie Mellon University), among others. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, The Pinhole Journal, Flash News, and Pittsburgh Tribune. He lives and works in Jersey City, NJ.

Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre teach art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

SILVERMAN is a New Jersey real estate developer, creatively rebuilding urban areas, supporting the arts, while building neighborhoods.

ArtBloc is a mobile art gallery and performance space built from two repurposed shipping containers – it is a dynamic community venue for art, music, dance and theater.

Brendan Carroll is an artist, writer and curator. He organizes a rotating exhibition program of prominent and up-and-coming artists for SILVERMAN.


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