Curatorial Project:


Peggy Bates, Jim Lee, Marc Van Cauwenbergh, Bradley Wester

Curated for Gallery Sakiko New York


Curatorial Statement: Undergrowth

Undergrowth features four New York artists: Peggy Bates, Jim Lee, Marc Van Cauwenbergh, and Bradley Wester. Their works span from collages and wall installations involving commercial labels (Wester), and transformations of a painter’s traditional materials, such as wood, canvas, and paint, into unpredictable assemblages (Lee), to abstract gestural paintings made of poured acrylics (Bates) and oil (Van Cauwenbergh). By exhibiting these very different forms of expression, Undergrowth pays homage to the multifaceted variety of artistic solutions, supplies, influences, and concerns. However foreign to each other, in context, these four contemporary voices unfold harmoniously, creating a new language that is rich in its poetic analysis of color and form.

Peggy Bates. Bates received her MFA from Hunter College, New York, and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Selected awards and fellowships include the Fundacion Valparaiso, Residency Fellowship, Mojacar, Almeria, Spain (2002); The Hambidge Center, Residency Fellowship, Hambidge, GA (2001); The MacDowell Colony, Residency Fellowship, Peterborough, NH (1999); Atlantic Center for the Arts, Residency Fellowship, New Smyrna Beach, FL (1997); Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., Grant, New York, NY (1996); Netherland-America Foundation, Grant, New York, NY (1995); Stichting Kunst en Complex, Residency Fellowship, Rotterdam, Netherlands (1995), Yaddo, Residency Fellowship, John H. Tinker Award, Saratoga Springs, NY (1994), Millay Colony, Residency Fellowship, Austerlitz, NY (1994); and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency Fellowship (1993). Bates lives and works in New York City.

Jim Lee. Lee received his MFA from the University of Delaware and has exhibited in the New York vicinity, including at The Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY; CRG gallery, New York, NY; Mixed Greens, New York, NY; Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, NY; Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; as well as in Boston, New Jersey, and Delaware. He recently had his first exhibition in Berlin, Germany, at Galerie Markus Winter. Lee lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Marc Van Cauwenbergh. Born in Ninove, Belgium, Van Cauwenbergh studied at the Koninklijke Akademie Beeldende Kunsten, Ghent (1979-1984) and received his MFA from Pratt Institute (1989). He has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the United States, including at Soprafina Gallery, Boston, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, Molloy College Art Gallery, Rockville Centre, New York, and Galerij S 65, Aalst, Belgium. Awards include Grant Flemish Community, Belgium, Fulbright-Hays Grant for study in the USA. In 2000, Van Cauwenbergh completed a residency at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. He just published a limited edition of  four prints with Bruno Robbe Editions in Mons, Belgium, and will exhibit with Art Track Gallery in Ghent this summer. He lives and works in New York City.

Bradley Wester. Since receiving his MFA from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts, Wester has lived and worked in the New York area. Born and raised in New Orleans, he received his BFA from University of Louisiana, Lafayette. His last two solo exhibitions in New York were seen at Lyons Wier Gallery—Manhattan, and Bruno Marina Gallery—Brooklyn.  He has exhibited extensively, including at The Drawing Center NY, The New Jersey State Museum, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, Newark Museum, and Mississippi State Museum. Awards include: Fulbright Candidacy 2005, The American Academy in Rome—Visiting Artist 2003-2004, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2003-2004), MacDowell Fellowship (2001), Edward Albee Visual Art Fellowship (1991), Chashama Studio Residency 2005-2006, Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowships (2004, 2003), NJ State Council Fellowships (1994, 1985).