The public is invited to a free reception from 6 to 8 PM on Saturday, Feb. 17 to celebrate the opening of two new solo exhibitions, Charlotte Schulz: A Constellation of Small Events and Alvaro Catalán de Ocón: Plasticity.

The evening also marks the opening of I Just Want to Know, featuring works by Katie House and Cindy Gosselin, the third collaborative exhibition between ArtYard and Studio Route 29, as well as Aqualumina Workshop, a maker space dedicated to the creation of aquatic costumes and objects for Aqualumina on May 18. Learn more about Aqualumina and upcoming workshops here.

Charlotte Schulz: A Constellation of Small Events (Feb. 17 to June 2, 2024)

Intermingling land, sea, and sky with fragments of domestic interiors, artist Charlotte Schulz’s drawings are dream-like spaces with no clear horizon to anchor them. Rendered using charcoal that she blends with her fingertips and shapes with delicate erasure, she creates compositions illuminated by foreboding light and weather. While the imagery is minutely scaled, the works themselves are up to three by four feet — so that each one is made up of a network of distinct and interlocking vignettes — a constellation of small events.

Peppered with symbolic objects — a bed, a telescope, an airplane and often populated with a lone animal or tree — Schulz’s works are laden with emotional resonance. A single animal stranded in a shallow pond acts metaphorically to show us how land and mind are inextricably linked.

The exhibition also includes a video produced at ArtYard which takes the viewer on a journey across the undulating surfaces of Schulz’s drawings. Filmed using a macros lens, the perspective is Lilliputian with folds in the paper becoming mountain ranges or icebergs. The large scale of the video projection immerses the viewer in the artist’s surreal landscapes.

Schulz will offer gallery talks on three Sunday mornings at 11, beginning with the week after the opening on Sunday, Feb. 25, followed by talks on March 17 and April 28.

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón: Plasticity (Feb. 17 to May 26, 2024)

Plasticity brings together works by Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón. At first glance, the everyday objects belie the contradictory social and environmental histories contained in their fabrication. Catalán de Ocón’s rugs and lamps are made from yarn spun from PET plastic bottles woven by artisans in India, Columbia, Chile, Ethiopia, Japan, Ghana, Thailand, and Australia. The exhibition features four area rugs depicting aerial maps of some of the world’s most polluted rivers and a sprawling 22-piece lamp.

Catalán de Ocón’s beautiful works are manifestos about an unfortunate truth — “how poor countries, having little environmental regulation, select what they are interested in recycling, and throw the rest away. Most of the leftovers end up in nearby rivers that, like huge highways, carry the waste to the oceans where no one takes any responsibility for it.”

“Recycling is not the solution,” he says. “The solution lies in being responsible users of the resources at our disposal and thinking of future ready solutions.”

Catalán de Ocón will visit ArtYard from his native Spain for the opening reception and offer an artist’s talk and tour of Plasticity on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 11 AM.

I Just Want to Know, featuring works by Katie House and Cindy Gosselin (Feb. 17 to June 2, 2024)

I Just Want to Know features work by two artists who cover found objects in color, Katie House and Cindy Gosselin. House, an artist and jeweler from Studio Route 29, brings color and a curious hand to found photographs, framing them in an intense chromatic surface and immersing specific moments into buoyant light. Gosselin, an artist and musician from the Philadelphia-based Center for Creative Works, creates her bound sculptures with a focused, obsessive intensity. Pulling various found objects into  cocoon-like forms, from wooden spools to house keys, they continue to morph and grow until Gosselin deems them “too heavy.” This exhibition is curated by Studio Route 29.