EXHIBITION ON VIEW: May 10-June 16, 2019
CURATED BY: Jenny Gerow
Chad Stayrook assumes the role of research scientist and explorer to create a world as believable as it is strange. The Loneliest Voyage is an installation and series of drawings based on the ten space probes that have traveled furthest from Earth. Stayrook personifies the hopes and desires of an adventurer onto these probes, evoking a better understanding of the perilous one-way journey these voyagers take into the unknown universe. The central sculpture made from everyday materials—metal studs, fishnet, and an exercise ball—is an abstract representation of space-time and the effect of gravity’s push and pull as pertains to objects of great mass. And while these space objects are machines, they all carry a bit of humanity and the desire to answer grand questions. Several of these probes continue their path ever further into the farthest reaches and send back occasional pings to remind us where they are. Others have sacrificed or will sacrifice themselves in the hopes of learning more about the asteroids, planets, and moons that inhabit our solar system and beyond.
Chad Stayrook is a 2018-19 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.
Chad Stayrook has been featured in solo exhibitions at Chashama, NY; Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg, NJ; Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD; and Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA. His work was in Housewarming, BRIC’s inaugural exhibition. Stayrook’s work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space, and SciArt Center, all NY; Bronx River Art Center; Index Art Center, Newark, NJ; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; Sluice Art Fair, London; De Fabriek and Van Abbe Museum of Contemporary Art, both Eindhoven, Netherlands; and Incheon Artists Biennial, South Korea. He was awarded residencies by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Studio Program, both NY; Wave Hill Winter Workspace, Bronx; Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg, NJ; and Teton ArtLab, Jackson Hole, WY. He is co-founder of the curatorial collective and exhibition space Present Company, Brooklyn, and makes up one half the collaborative laboratory Really Large Numbers.
The Project Room, located adjacent to the Gallery in BRIC House is an added resource for video work, BRIC's emerging curator program, small-scale exhibitions and experimental curatorial projects.