GROUP MOTIVATION: Eve Ackroyd / Kara Rooney, opening this Saturday, December 16th at Cindy Rucker Gallery

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Exhibitions, Faculty | No Comments

Faculty member Kara Rooney’s work will be on display in the two-person show Group Motivation: Eve Ackroyd/Kara Rooney, opening this Saturday and on display through January 28, 2018 at Cindy Rucker Gallery on the Lower East Side.

Here’s the full information on the show from the gallery’s press release:

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Eve Ackroyd Kara Rooney

December 16, 2017 – January 28, 2018
opening reception Saturday, December 16th, 6 – 9 pm

Cindy Rucker Gallery is pleased to present Group Motivation, an exhibition featuring works by New York based artists Eve Ackroyd and Kara Rooney. This exhibition explores the body as a vehicle for expression, restriction, politics, and individual and collective freedom.

Eve Ackroyd’s paintings depict women’s figures in intimate, colorful surroundings. Their bodies stretch energetically to fill the confines of each canvas; caged in stretch, awaiting the breakout moment. Clouds and the surrounding outside world encroach on the pulsing, sentient bodies that exude a sense of confidence and preparation, ready for a decisive moment of strength. Shadows ripple through the paintings like visible traces of where the body has been. Both delicate and anchored in reality, they serve as reminders of how bodies negotiate space.

Kara Rooney’s Hydrocal and resin sculptures inscribe the body through gestural absence. Implied in their surfaces and human scaled forms is the spectre of movement, left as a residual echo from the works’ utilization in the artist’s multidisciplinary performances and collaborative actions. The barrier motif, in particular, references the multitudinous directionalities of perspective–its task is to mark and in movement, negotiate the problematic dualisms of inclusion/exclusion, presence/absence, feminine/masculine, movement/stasis, self/other. As demarcations or thresholds that can be traversed, moved, or penetrated by the body, these objects act as visual semaphores for the expansion of language and meaning in general, the definition of which is open-ended, fluid, fragile.

Cindy Rucker Gallery is located at 141 Attorney Street between Stanton and Rivington on the Lower East Side in New York City. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm and by appointment. For more information about this and other exhibitions, please contact the gallery at

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