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Rock Paper Scissors

exhibition, sculpture, visual art

August 14, 2017 - September 15, 2017

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

300 Madison Avenue
300 Madison Avenue
New York, 10017

Rock Paper Scissors not only refers to the popular game enjoyed by children and adults the world over, but also to three fundamental materials and techniques in the making of visual art. Since ancient times, stone has been a ubiquitous material in sculpture. Ever since paper has existed, artists have used its flexible nature to make everything from drawings to three-dimensional structures. Cutting, folding and attaching various materials together to create collage is a timeless technique employed by artists through the centuries. The six contemporary artists in Rock Paper Scissors utilize aspects of all three materials and methods creating works of beauty and surprise.  Though they differ in practice and approach, these artists reveal interconnectivity to each other through the materials they prize. ” Tom Kotik, curator

Rock Paper Scissors features new work by Noriko Ambe, Josh Dorman, Jim Osman, Steve Pauley, Claudia Pena, and Jen Schwarting. The exhibition is the fifth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), and Urbanscapes (2016).



August 14 – September 15

300 Madison Avenue


September 18 – October 13

One Liberty Plaza



Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, gained a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and now lives and works in New York.

Ambe creates elegantly-flowing elaborate three-dimensional forms that tug at viewers’ senses, as can be seen in her cutting project works that involve cutting by hand into hundreds of sheets of paper one by one, and stacking them so that the minute graduations of height introduced by each out sheet produce geological strata. In 2011, she became an AICA Award winner when AICA-USA selected her for second place in the Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally category. She was also a finalist for the Nissan Art Award 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery (2015), “Cutting without an Outline” Castelli Gallery (2013), “Inner Water” Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012), “キル – Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project” The FLAG Art Foundation, 2010. Her works are included in many collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museum and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. From 2009 to 2014, Dorman created seven animated short films to accompany Anna Clyne’s The Violin, (DVD available on VMA Records). To see more of his work, go to www.joshdorman.net

Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA & MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, NY where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss and Lawrence fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery and Dartmouth College. His work has been included in group shows at Metaphor Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Originally from North Carolina, he received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. As a sculptor, he has made thousands of tombstones for his community. As an apprentice, he learned to engrave photo-realistic portraits, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves forcing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stones surface. He carried these skill sets, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University (WVSU), into his own unique art making practice.

Claudia Peña Salinas was born in 1975 in Montemorelos, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Peña Salinas has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and project spaces such as Embajada (Puerto Rico), Curro (Mexico), as well as Present Company, Forever & TOday, Momenta, Underdonk, TSA, Helper, Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio -all in New York. Recent residencies and awards include: Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space (New York), and SOMA (Mexico. She is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2007).

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in sculpture from CalArts and a BFA in painting from Cornell University. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in New York including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Islip Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Present Company, TSA, Regina Rex, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. An interview featuring her most recent painting series was published in Art:21 and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, L Magazine and the New York Times. Schwarting teaches studio art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.



Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.  Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993.  He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).