Opening Reception - Greg Slick | Opened Ground

09/23/2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM ET


Seligmann Center


  • Free


Kurt Seligmann's Studio


Greg Slick’s work investigates the crossroads of art, archaeology, and anthropology as well as the influence of ancient and “primitive” cultures on modern and contemporary art. Prehistoric stone structures and artifacts, Informalism, the Earth Art movement, and the study of shamanism are some of the key influences on his practice. 

In many of his paintings, Slick references the graphic qualities of Neolithic and Iron Age archaeological surveys and sites within his abstract language. The palette within his works often alludes to that of the rural fields in which dolmens, wedge tombs, cairns, and standing stones are found. Slick has also begun to investigate the conventions of archaeological fieldwork and museum display. His stone beehive hut sculptures are presented as both scale models one might see in a history museum and as abstract works in their own right. His stone figures and petroglyphs leverage both ancient imagery and 20th century Primitivism while attempting to explore a connection between an authentic experience of the past and a museum-mediated one of the present. 

All of Slick’s sculptures live within the ambiguous zone between art and archaeological display. Slick’s longstanding fascination with the distant past raises questions about what we seem to know—and ultimately don’t know—about our origins. Slick’s work also raises questions about our institutionalized and accepted norms of knowledge concerning antiquity, and seems to suggest that in order to understand where our culture of aesthetic objects is headed, we must know from where it has come.


GREG SLICK lives and works in Beacon, NY and has exhibited in NYC as well as internationally. Most recently, his work was featured in Fieldwork, a solo exhibition at Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY; Carte Blanche, a group show at Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; and Taconic North, a group exhibition at LABspace, Hillsdale, NY. In 2016 he had a solo exhibition at WAAM (Woodstock Artists Association and Museum), Woodstock, NY. His work has been included in group exhibitions at TSA New York in Brooklyn, NY; the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; and Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon, NY. His work was included in several art fairs in 2014 and 2015, including the Governor’s Island Art Fair in Brooklyn with Ground Floor Gallery; JustMAD6 with TSA New York in Madrid, Spain; Select NYC with TSA New York; and Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL with Matteawan Gallery. Recently, he was a juried fellow at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY and in 2013 he was an artist in residence at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. Slick is also an independent curator, and has worked with The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY and the Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. In 2006 he co-founded Go North Gallery in Beacon, NY, showing work by emerging and established artists until the gallery closed in 2009. In 2010 Slick founded The Artist’s Statement Picture Show, a series of film and video screenings co-curated with artist Mollie McKinley. His early work was the subject of a monograph published by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2008. Slick studied Chinese calligraphy and painting at the Chinese Information and Culture Center in NYC.

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