upstairs: David Armacost

Open Time

January 8 - February 21, 2016

Press Release



David Armacost and Nikholis Planck: Open Time


January 8 – February 21, 2016
Opening Reception: January 8, 6 – 8 pm


Rachel Uffner Gallery is pleased to present solo exhibitions of new work by
David Armacost and Nikholis Planck. Often working within arms reach of each
other, the artists have mounted concurrent shows which are individually
articulated, yet share a similar interrogation of painting. To describe the
related narratives and processes evident in the work, the exhibitions are being
brought together under the title Open Time.


Open Time is synonymous with a window of opportunity or potential; in this
case an extended moment when the artist is especially receptive to creative
motivations and sensitivity, coming from within the self, or without. The works
on display here begin to build an alchemy of painting through the
development of both material interactions and psychic processes over time. In
each room, the artist establishes a unique navigation within painting by
layering personal experience and impulsive proposition.


Rachel Uffner Gallery’s two spaces will simultaneously play host to these
artists’ parallel narratives, continuing the trail of conversations, projects, and
installations that refine a self-referential approach in which past work is called
upon to produce new theatrical arrangements. A sense of urgency is
embedded in each exhibition, a fascination with performance, and an interest
in blurring the line where studio practice ends and public exhibition begins.


David Armacost (b. 1979, Baltimore, MD) has exhibited paintings in group
shows throughout New York including I Know What You Did Last Summer at
SOLOWAY, Narrow Waves at Interstate Projects, and Bad Fog at Martos
Gallery. In April, Armacost completed a series of bimonthly installations at
Franklin Street project space in Baltimore, which were collected under the
name Year of Flowers. Since 2012, Armacost has been continuously involved
with artist-run spaces, organizing dozens of projects and exhibitions at both
Evening Hours in New York and sophiajacob in Baltimore. He lives and works
in Brooklyn, and this will be his first solo exhibition in New York.

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David Armacost and Nikholis Planck reviewed by Noah Dillon for Art Critical
February 10, 2016

Stephanie Buhmann reviews 'Open Time' in The Villager
January 27, 2016

David Armacost and Nikholis Planck listed as 'must-see' shows by Blouin Artinfo
January 19, 2016

Nikholis Planck and David Armacost in Cultured Magazine
January 8, 2016