Witch Work, unique c print, 2012
STUDIO VISIT: PIA HOWELL
Adopting and updating methods dating back to the mid-1800s, Pia Howell creates her abstract imagery in a darkroom, placing stencils and transparencies on photo paper and exposing the materials to color-filtered light. The resulting prints are technically photographic, but expand conventional notions of that medium by forgoing the use of a camera and incorporating elements of painting, collage, and design. I’ve been an admirer of Pia’s since I first encountered her work in her 2011 solo show at Golden Age (RIP) in Chicago, so it was great to visit her in Bushwick last week and see what she’s working on.
Her apartment/studio (where she develops ideas prior to entering the darkroom) was filled with new work in various stages of completion. Happily, these new images retain the thoughtful sense of composition and subtle humor of her previous work. Where those earlier pieces favored hand-cut shapes, simple patterns, and the restrained formalism of logo design (cigarette packaging, pop-tart icing, the American flag), however, these recent prints - created from abstract ink paintings hand-drawn onto large transparencies - are busier and more gestural, with a greater allowance for happy accidents. It’s an exciting development which she could take in any number of directions - it’ll be really interesting to see where it leads.
View more of her work HERE. Be sure also to check out a few new pieces on view in the Fükengrüven group show at Bodega, as well as her contributions to the Summer 2012 Artist Postcards series out now via NSEW press.
Below are some photos from my visit.
Sad Confusion, c print, 2012
Joshua Abelow, Phil Cote, Pia Howell, Orion Martin
June 9 - July 29
Opening June 9, 7 - 9pm
From June 9 to July 29 Bodega is happy to be showing a collection of works by Joshua Abelow, Phil Cote, Pia Howell and Orion Martin. The title of the show comes from the bumper sticker variation on Volkswagen’s 1990’s advertising concept “Fahrvergnügen”, or “Driving Enjoyment.”
New in the shop! 18 Risograph postcards by 10 different artists.
Buy them as singles or in sets (shown above) and for this next week only (May 25 - June 1), all orders have free shipping!
Images by Cadence Planthara, Caley Feeney, Claire Nereim, Dario Utreras, Luisa Pelipetz, Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, Paul Paper, Pia Howell, Sydney Shen and Ye Rin Mok.
Postcard backs designed by Mylinh Trieu Nguyen.
blue boobs, 2012