Can I Sit Next to You
Dimensions Variable (DV) presents Can I Sit Next to You, a group exhibition of work by Brandon Opalka, Coe Lapossy, Jacin Giordano, Loretta Park, and Nicole Doran. The exhibition will open November 19, 2021 and run through January 28, 2022.
Brandon Opalka paints by day, he paints by night. He paints on walls, canvas, installations, invariably creating something new. He moves from one medium to another with the same fervor, the same excitement, the same speed of execution. It’s the color that interests Brandon Opalka, whether posed by a brush or a spray can, applied with an air compressor or in coats of hot wax. Objects are soaked in it, covered, dematerialized, producing a novel interpretation.
Through a lens that traverses pop culture, fine art, queer theory, and collaborative labor, Coe Lapossy creates work that upsets binaries, and revels in the subversive. Coe’s work often engages the film subgenre of body-swapping as a tool to explore what the body brings to our understanding of self.
Jacin Giordano (b. 1978 Stamford, CT) lives and works with his wife and two children in Western Massachusetts. He received his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Giordano has exhibited in galleries, museums, and art fairs throughout the United States and internationally including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL; The Texture Museum, Kortrijk, Belgium; Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-lasorgue, France; Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, FL; Western New England University, Springfield, MA; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Foxy Production, NY, NY; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL; Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL; Otto Zoo, Milan, Italy; Richard Koh Fine Art, online. He is represented By Galerie Sultana in Paris, France. Giordano has taught painting and drawing as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Giordano is a recipient of the 2020 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant and the 2006 South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant for Visual Art. His work is included in the West Collection, Oaks, PA; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Miami, FL and Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL. Giordano has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, New American Paintings, The Boston Globe, Vogue and other publications.
Loretta Park (b. 1988, Goshen, NY) is a visual artist and holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA from Bowdoin College. Her work has been exhibited at The Umbrella Arts Center, Concord, MA (2021), Shelter In Place Gallery, Boston, MA (2020); New System Exhibitions, Portland, ME (2019); Ray Gallery, Brooklyn (2018), Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA (2017); and Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME (2017). Reviews of exhibitions including the artist have appeared in Art New England, The Boston Globe, and Korean Daily. Loretta currently works in the Boston area and serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Nicole Doran b. 1983 (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA) received an Associates Degree in Fashion Design from Miami’s International University of Art & Design in 2003, and in 2011 she received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in Painting and Ceramics from New World School of the Arts. In 2020 She received a Masters of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While living and working in Miami she also attended the Knight Foundation’s Art + Research Center, an alternative school in Miami’s ICA Museum. In February 2018 she completed her second solo show at SPINELLO projects, titled Digital Shaman. Recently her work has been included in shows at The Green Gallery in Milwaukee and Elmhurst Museum of Art, Illinois.