Annulus, a three-artist exhibition curated by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, presents a collection of work that denotes a transaction of manipulated information between academic and artist, with a focus on brain science research.

Artists Jodie Mim Goodnough, Leah Piepgras and Steven Pestana use select scientific material to inform their creative practice. Repeatedly drawing from the same source material, they re-investigate, re-articulate and re-purpose their personal mythos, resulting in a multifaceted and unique output.
The resulting work embodies the original content crossed with the artists’ interpretation and intention, sparking a new dialogue between the work and the viewer.  Each piece functions as a single wave in a never-ending ripple effect, as part of the ongoing interpersonal transfer of information; the product of one cognitive transaction and the inception of another.
Both the original academic material and the artist’s work should be understood as the annulus — The resulting space between constant and steady waves of dialogue in the exchange of information.

 The large format photographs by Jodie Mim Goodnough are a product of her on-going interest in gender roles in psychiatry and mental illness. Specifically, she is interested in the notion of a physiognomy of insanity as expressed through historical imagery of women in mental institutions. She came across a series of artistic studies by Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, who documented many of his female patients in states of discomfort and unrest.  These drawings were used to create supposed case studies of the postures of the insane. However, the drawings are gestural and ambiguous, appearing instead to Goodnough as dancing women. She worked closely with professional and amateur dancers, photographing them as they moved through the poses in the drawings, investigating the nature of Gachet’s women. The resulting images attempt to convey uncertainty more than definition, as part of Goodnough investigation of “dangerous emotions” through new manifestations of old classifications.

Leah Piepgras, Cloud Mantle / Cloud Vision, Foam, Wood, Epoxy Resin, 2014

The pieces presented by Steven Pestana are part of his larger body of work, Metaphysics. Revisiting Early Modern Scientific and Hermetic imagery, Metaphysics reappraises the history of how we understand our place in, and connection to, the universe. At each step, history, process, and concept feed back into one another; a complex system subtly evolving, leaving artifacts born of the inherent limitations of content, medium, and the artist’s own role in the process. Craft-based techniques seamlessly meld with next generation technologies, uniting traditional wood and metalwork, casting, and analogue media alongside electronics, digital rendering, and fabrication.

Leah Piepgras is informed by fringe brain science research: specifically Stanley Koren’s God-Brain Helmet, Jill Bolte-Taylor’s book My Stroke of Insight, and the coastline paradox, ultimately extrapolating that we have the ability to see more than what is visible, if we know how to look. Piepgras believes that the act of self-reflection is part of the primal urge to deeply understand our inner and outer surroundings. Through drawing, sculpture and installation, she supplies the viewer with tools to deconstruct and reassess the relationship to the self, while examining a connection to a greater physical experience.



SPRING/BREAK Art Show, the new curator-driven art fair during the Armory Arts Week.  The fourth installation of the fair will be held from March 3rd – March 8th, 2015 at its new location at Skylight at Moynihan Station:

More information on the move can be found on The Observer.

Through its commitment to the discoveries of local to international curators, SPRING/BREAK Art Show will again offer a unique destination for collectors, artists, galleries, critics, scene junkies & art enthusiasts during the city’s art fair week. Forty curators will premiere new artworks created by over 150 artists, all selected around this year’s central art fair theme, TRANSACTION. By offering a “break” from the typical art fair model, SPRING/BREAK Art Show aims to turn observation into interaction and reimagine the trade show platform as an opportune playground, instead, of the curator’s exhibition ideal.



SPRING/BREAK Art Show's 2015 theme, TRANSACTION, explores visions of and commentaries on exchange in all its forms. Bodies in their exchange of gesture. Education in its exchange of ideas. Commodity in its exchange of objects.

What are the ebbs and tides of this cultural AC/DC? When is it absent? In what conditions does it thrive? Movements, art-historical, in their exchange of improvements and critiques, are a palimpsest of the theoretical—in eternal exchange back-and-forth. What social contracts lie in the everyday, present or invisible? What technologies build hurdle or hoist? And what forms speak to these implicit and underlying transactions: monetary, emotional, military, familial, gender-specific, aesthetic?


SPRING/BREAK Art Show General Information

Skylight at Moynihan Station (31st Street Entrance) | 307 West 31st Street at 8th Avenue

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Collectors Preview: 1pm-4pm
Press Preview: 3pm-5pm
VIP Vernissage: 5pm-8pm


Wednesday, March 4th // 12pm - 8pm
Thursday, March 5th // 12pm - 8pm
Friday, March 6th // 12pm - 8pm
Saturday, March 7th // 12pm - 8pm
Sunday March 8th // 12pm - 6pm


Admission is $10 at the door or free with presentation of SPRING/BREAK Art Show VIP Card, VOLTA NY VIP Card, The ARMORY SHOW VIP Card, PULSE VIP Card. 

PREVIEW DAY access is granted by SPRING/BREAK Art Show VIP Card or Advance Tickets on GET PREVIEW TICKETS HERE

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We will use our online website for exhibition sales again in 2015, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair

If you’d like more information about this exhibition, please contact Lindsey Stapleton or Corey Oberlander at 401-272-0796 or via email at For more information about SPRING/BREAK, please contact