Sadly, occupied. - Gary Kachadourian and Michael Levine

Sadly, occupied.

Gary Kachadourian and Michael Levine

July 7-30, 2017



This July, Grizzly Grizzly is excited to host a two-person exhibition entitled ’Sadly, occupied,’ featuring Baltimore artist, Gary Kachadourian and Connecticut artist, Michael Siporin Levine. The immersive show, incorporating large-scale and intimately rendered drawings, boldly graphic prints, and a cut out animation, brings together two artists with divergent takes on private spaces. Each artist draws from a different set of formal references and techniques, yet both offer a worldview imbued with humor, irony, melancholy, and affection

Gary Kachadourian creates tightly rendered drawings and meticulous prints, depicting often unnoticed public and private spaces. His renderings can seem detached and objective, yet his attention to detail suggests an obsessive care for these unremarkable environments. For Sadly, occupied, Kachadourian turns his attention to public restrooms. On display will be his full-scale model of a port-a-potty, along with a set of luminous aquatints of public bathrooms. 

In Siporin Levine’s work, mundane snippets of daily life are abstracted and deconstructed through print and video. He employs gesture, shape, and sound to describe the awkward and emotional connection to intimate spaces and experiences. For Sadly, occupied, Siporin Levine will be presenting a series of relief prints and an animation, Sad Karaoke: Making Believe, in which those print motifs create a strange narrative about home, love, and loss

For both men, an exploration of scale plays an important role. Exploring a physical space from different scales and vantage points, we experience Kachadourian’s drive to comprehend an environment using a thorough visual analysis – whether he utilizes a 1:16 bird’s eye rendering or a 1:1 scale model which a person can enter. In Siporin Levin’s video, Sad Karaoke: Making Believe, we see drawings magically come to life in traditional stop motion form, yet moments later the artist places himself in the frame, a puppet master moving the drawings around on an overhead projector. Still later, a miniature Siporin Levin becomes part of the animation – his drawn hands on a drawn projector in a futile attempt to alter his actions.


Gary Kachadourian makes scale drawings of objects, surfaces, and locations that exist in the public or personal space that he regularly interacts with. Each selected object, surface, or location is measured, photographed, and drawn to scale, scanned, adjusted in scale and printed in book, life-sized poster, or room covering form. He has recently begun working on a new set of books utilizing scraped aquatints of illusionistic depictions of public spaces and buildings. After living in Baltimore, MD for 58 years he is now living Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include the The Nothing That Is, CAM Raleigh; Tree Lined Street, Space Gallery, Portland, ME; 12th National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center; Forest/City at FAM/Western Carolina University; Home Maker at Purchase College, SUNY; Floorplan at PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO; Baker Artists Awards Exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art. His books and posters have been carried by Atomic Books, Printed Matter, and Quimby’s Bookstore. He received a Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and the Trawick Prize and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant both in 2013. He was the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, formerly the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, from 1987 to 2009 where he coordinated grant programs, exhibitions for Artscape, the city’s mural program and numerous temporary public arts projects in the city of Baltimore. In 2012 he completed his MFA degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. 

Michael Siporin Levine is a visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, video, animation and installation. Michael graduated with a BFA in studio art from the University of Connecticut (2011), and an MFA in printmaking from The Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia (2014). This spring Michael is the Visiting Artist in Residence at Counterproof Press at the University of Connecticut. In the fall of 2016 Michael completed an Artist in Residence at Knox College where he taught Experimental Printmaking, and produced work for a solo exhibition and mixed media installation. From May-September of 2016 he was the Print Fellow at the Wassaic Project Artist Residency in Wassaic, NY, where he developed his own work as well as assisted visiting artists with screen printed editions. In 2015 he was selected to participate in a public art installation as part of the Southern Graphics Council in Knoxville, TN. In the spring of 2014, Michael received a grant from the Latin American and Caribbean Studies institute at the University of Georgia to travel to Cuba to work alongside artists as he studied contemporary Cuban printmaking. His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including The Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, GA), The Asheville Art Museum (Asheville, NC), Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), The Joseloff Gallery at The Hartford Art School (Hartford, CT), and Art Space in Willimantic (Willimantic, CT).

Reasoned Likelihood


Roxana Geffen, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Austin Shull, Michele Colburn, Dawn Whitmore

May 5-27, 2017



For our May and June shows, Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present a two-part exchange exhibition featuring the Artists in Residenceat Arlington Art Center [AAC] in Virginia. This two-month series views the AAC resident artists’ work through the lens of two creative hypotheses: Instinct and Reason. In the May iteration, titled Reasoned Likelihood, the curated work straddles a compelling space between the cultural/political and the personal. In Instinctive Naturalness, which will run June 2nd to the 25th, the artists create work inspired by memory, emotion, and first-hand experience.

The five artists in Reasoned Likelihood filter society, politics, and culture through an innately personal framework. Each employs concrete references to our social or global world, whether in their choices of material, imagery, or subject. Michele Colburn subtly comments on our military industrial complex through her gunpowder drawings; the images are suggestive of murky landscapes and devoid of figures. Likewise, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi references an ambiguous topography.  In her piece, “I am silent for I have seen nothing #1,” abstract layers hint at the surface of another planet, but the subtle lines actually trace the boundaries of countries in the Middle East.

While Ilchi and Colburn explore the dark side of our the political landscape, the works of Roxana Alger Geffen and Austin Shull provide a humorous counterpoint. Shull’s large photographic works are a kaledescopic mash-ups that collapse images ranging from Ronald Reagan to Rubik’s cubes, while Gefen’s textile-based combines are equal parts Minecraft fantasy and grandma’s hand-me-downs. To round out the show, Dawn Whitmore’s whimsical photographs shows aspects of American society not often depicted in the art world -- with both insight and ambiguity.

The artists of Grizzly Grizzly collective are currently featured in the exhibition Future Imperfect Continuous at Arlington Arts Center in Virginia.  That exhibition is on view until June 11, 2017.



Anna Collete and Jessica Lund-Higgins

April 7 - 29, 2017

Opening Reception: First Friday, April 7th: 6-10PM


This April, Grizzly Grizzly is proud to present Foraged, a two-person exhibition that rethinks traditional divides between artist and landscape.  No longer passive observers, Anna Collette and Jessica Lund-Higgins both glean elements from their environment – to different ends.  Anna Collette creates poetic, studio photographs through formal reduction, and Jessica Lund Higgins builds evocative small-scale sculpture influenced by personal memory and consumer culture.

In her photographic series Gathering Ground, Anna Collette examines the wake of seasonal flooding in Central Texas. Travelling to the site months after the event, the artist trespasses, collecting a new series of work that relates to the history of portraiture.  She explains part of the process: “Week after week, I returned with a large 12x15 foot studio backdrop and made singular portraits of the trees and debris, fixating on their hanging limbs and severed sticks.”

Jessica Lund-Higgins makes what she terms ‘tiny sculpture,’ balancing the natural and man-made with the disciplined elegance of ikebana.  Each small piece is a like a koan to found debris; for example, the materials comprising the 3-inch sculpture titled ‘moon-pod’ consist of lichen, twigs, tennis ball, glitter, owl pellet and stuffing.

Anna Collette splits time between Brooklyn and Texas, while Jessica Lund-Higgins currently resides in New Haven Connecticut.  This exhibition is the first time the two artists have shown together.  

Brief Bios:  

Anna Collette received an MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 2003 where she received the George Sakier Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography. She has exhibited widely in the United States with solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, and Austin, TX and is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston. Collette’s work is held in many public and private collections, most notably the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, FotoMuseum Antwerp, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Yale University. Publications include The New York Times, Knack Magazine, and Art Review. Before being appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, Collette served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

Jessica Lund-Higgins (b. 1986, Orlando, FL) is a visual artist working primarily in tiny sculpture. In the past thirteen years, she has moved thirteen times (generally eddying in the southern states of Alabama and Tennessee).  The following 5 things influence her work: Anna Karenina, Skins (UK,) her standard poodle (Moses,) mold, and fuss-bucketry.  She earned her M.F.A. from the University of Memphis in 2013 and her B.A. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2009. Lund-Higgins currently lives and works in New Haven, CT.