Dan Boardman and Sophy Naess
March 8–11, 2018
For the 2018 edition of NADA New York, 321 Gallery will be exhibiting the work of Dan Boardman (b.1984) and Sophy Naess (b.1982).
Both artists are driven by obsessive curiosities, taking to their studios to experiment for long stretches in isolation. Boardman’s recent work is a complex assortment of collage-like images arranged in grids, which combine methodically cut-out texts with assorted objects such as tools, fauna, and detritus. Combining these with hundreds of multiple-exposures and hand drawn objects, Boardman creates varying fields of depth that amount to dizzying, monumental pictures. Teeming with visual detail, the large-format prints reflect the role chance plays when natural observations, text referenced from self-help books, and differences in scale encounter each other.
Naess, trained as an oil painter, maintains an active multidisciplinary practice that includes weaving, writing, soap making and various print based projects. Since exhibiting her first large-scale tapestry at 321 Gallery (Labor of Love, 2016), Naess has continued to produce wall sized tapestries at the same time as creating albums of small format paintings on canvas. These albums are comprised of diverse painting subjects that are conceived as interchangeable parts of a syntax. The 2018 collection for NADA, provisionally titled Chaos and Classicism, includes paintings of contemporary artist Cecilia Salama, a SMPTE color bar, a tulip, an enema, and a chocolate nose as well as copies of paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and William Turner.
Dan Boardman (b.1984, Ontario, CA) is an artist living and working in Union Springs, NY. Boardman received a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in both public and private collections. Boardman was shortlisted for the International Center of Photography Infinity Award in 2016, was a 2015 Light Work Artist in Residence (Syracuse, NY), and a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow. His work has recently been exhibited at The Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN), Sad Gallery (Seattle, WA), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, and Musée des Beaux-Arts (Le Locle, SE). His publishing company, Houseboat Press, has recently exhibited at Aperture Gallery (New York, NY) and Off-Print (Paris, FR).
Sophy Naess (b.1982, Chicago, IL) is a New York-based artist currently working in New Haven, CT where she is a lecturer in Painting and Printmaking at Yale. Naess received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and an MFA from Rutgers University in 2013. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at The Middler (2017) and 321 Gallery (2016). Her work has appeared in group shows at Växjö Konsthall, Sweden; and at The New School, Hercules, Chapter NY, and Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City. She has been artist in residence at the Shandaken Project, NY; The Brooklyn Arts Council's SU CASA program at the Bay Ridge Senior Center in Brooklyn; The Range, Colorado; and Sikås Art Center, Sweden.