Alex Ebstein + Tina Williams Brewer
February 22 – April 8, 2020
ALEX EBSTEIN • Baltimore, MD
Alex Ebstein makes tactile abstractions using readymade and nontraditional materials - most notably yoga mats. Her work borrows materials used in gym equipment, yoga and dance studios, and construction projects to examine the tropes of self-help, boutique fitness and the white cube. These surfaces contribute a sense of familiarity, utility and even commodity, while occupying the transportive territory of painting.
Ebstein received her MFA from Towson University in 2015 and her BA in Studio Art from Goucher College in 2007. In addition to her studio practice, Ebstein is the founder and director of three galleries in Baltimore since 2009; Nudashank, Phoebe, and Resort. Ebstein is currently the Director of Exhibitions and Curator at Goucher College.
TINA WILLIAMS BREWER • Pittsburgh, PA
Tina Williams Brewer is an internationally renowned fiber artist known for her artistic exploration of African American history and culture. She uses layered textiles, images and embellishments to create story quilts rich with symbolism and is motivated by issues focusing on family, women, and spirituality.
Brewer is a teaching artist working predominantly with young people in urban communities, and takes great pride in mentoring young people to empower them to communicate about their life and culture through the arts.
Brewer’s work is represented in the permanent collection of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the African American Museum in Dallas, and other collections throughout the country.
Nicole Czapinski + Suzanne Stroebe
April 24 – June 7, 2020
NICOLE CZAPINSKI • Pittsburgh, PA
Nicole Czapinski investigates illusions within perception and the complexities of consciousness, transforming something that first reads as a flat surface into something with volume and depth.
“I make work out of utter confusion and wonderment as to why we are here and what it might mean. What does a thought look like? Does it have an edge?”
Nicole Czapinski is from Pittsburgh, PA and received a BA from Bennington College in 2006. Czapinski has had solo exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Penn State, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and 707 Gallery in Pennsylvania; and the Vermont Studio Center, Bennington College, and Burlington City Arts in Vermont. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the Pittsburgh Biennial, PA, Trestle Gallery, NY, and Southern Exposure, CA.
SUZANNE STROEBE • BROOKLYN, NY
Finding inspiration in medieval armor and ritual objects from around the world, Suzanne Stroebe investigates fashion, fiction, and feminist pop-culture heroines in her mixed-media sculptures, drawings, and installations. Drawing on history and fantasy, Stroebe might consider what Joan of Arc would wear on the streets of Brooklyn, or the chestplate a punk-rock warrior goddess from the future dons for battle. Her work coalesces in the playful space that exists between two and three-dimensional objects, between found and handmade.
Stroebe received an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School and a BA in Drawing and Painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Canada, Europe, and Turkey.