Breaking Night is a five-person show curated by Vox member Becky Suss. The works include painting, drawing, and sculpture by artists Michael Berryhill, Julia Bland, Milano Chow, Chris Domenick, and Frank Jackson.
Berryhill’s paintings reveal themselves to the viewer in a process similar to how they are constructed; the eye travels over the static of the surface while slowly discovering unusual forms, imagery, and color. With a similar sensitivity to surface and texture, Jackson uses the tangible, physical means of paint and paper to excavate an emotional and psychological terrain in his work. Bland’s preparatory drawings for her large-scale works use line as a code to bridge the processes of making and the resulting image. The sense of softness and touch in Chow’s graphite drawings pushes against the graphic lines and clichéd imagery of her windows, flowers, and frames. The result is a gentle tension between the personal and impersonal, and the familiar and other-worldly. Similarly, Domenick’s intimate sculptural objects borrow from the linguistic and structural elements of an everyday object, and provide the viewer with an experience akin to that of a book.
Chris Domenick is a visual artist working in a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, video, and performance. He has had solo exhibitions at Louis B James Gallery and Wilson Gallery at Anderson University. His work has been included in group exhibitions including the Queens Museum of Art, Capricious Space, and MassMOCA. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2012. He has won fellowships from The Millay Colony, Flux Factory, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Oxbow Center. Chris Domenick received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2006 and his MFA from Hunter College in 2013. He currently lives and works in Queens, New York.
Michael Berryhill was born in El Paso, Texas. He earned his B.F.A. at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2009. He has shown work in New York, Chicago, Houston, Berlin, Portland, and Austin. In 2007, he completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Last year, Michael was selected for the space program by the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, a program that grants year-long studio space in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Milano Chow received her BA from Barnard College, New York. She received the Printed Matter Award for Artists in 2011 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles and operates the small imprint Oso Press.
Julia Bland received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and her MFA in painting from Yale School of Art in 2012. She has been the recipient of The Florence Leif Award for Excellence in Painting, The Gelman Trust Travel Fellowship, The Carol Scholsberg Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting, as well as residencies at Yaddo and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited in group shows in New York, Tokyo, Houston, New Haven, and Washington DC. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Jackson holds an MFA from the University of California at Davis and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended The Winchester College of Art, Winchester, England, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has taught at Williams College and Rhode Island School of Design. Recent exhibition venues include The Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA), The Albany International Airport (Albany NY), and The Tang Museum (Skidmore, NY). Jackson lives and works in Williamstown, MA.