By Casey Lesser
June 2, 2016
Jun 3, 2016
May 24, 2016
SARDINE is pleased to present Space Oddity, a group show curated by Matthew Mahler. The exhibition will feature recent artwork by Christopher Dunlap, MaryKate Maher, and Alina Tenser. It opens with a reception from 6 to 9pm on Saturday, June 4 and runs through Sunday, June 26, 2016.
From the Curator MM:
"Space Oddity brings together three artists who perceptively navigate the concept of space. Dunlap, Maher and Tenser each subtly lure us in to their creative world by employing a variety of familiar materials and tropes. Not long after our initial experience with their work do we begin to question what drew us in the first place. Each artist challenges us to question our preconceptions of pictorial, physical, and perceptual space in a way that keeps us guessing at every turn, craving more. Space Oddity seeks not to offer conclusion, but rather incite curiosity by challenging us to question what we know or assume we know before replacing those ideas with notions of what can be.”
Christopher Dunlap received his BFA from University of Washington and his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Recent exhibitions include GCA (solo), Brooklyn; Centotto, Brooklyn; Space Available, Brooklyn; Spring Break Art Fair, NYC; Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn and Es Ef Eff, Brooklyn. Christopher Dunlap lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
MaryKate Maher received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2004) and her BFA from Arcadia University (2001). She also studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1999) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008). Maher has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, Franconia Sculpture Park, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Socrates Sculpture Park. Exhibitions have included Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NY), Interstate Projects (NY), Real Art Ways (CT), The Wassaic Project (NY), Franconia Sculpture Park (MN), with international exhibitions at Kunstwerk Carlshutte (Germany) and Das Gift gallery (Germany). Maher was a 2015 Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant nominee and will be a 2016-17 A.I.R. Gallery fellow.
Alina Tenser (b. Kiev, Ukraine) is an artist working in sculpture, video, and performance. She received her BFA from School of theVisual Arts and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tenser has held solo exhibitions at AIR, New York, NY; Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Suburban, Chicago, IL; Jancar Jones, Los Angeles, CA; Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY, and Gallery Diet, Miami. Most Recently Tenser's work was shown at Kate Werble Gallery and Susan Inglett gallery in NY. Tenser received the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and was a resident of Recess Sessions in 2012.
Matthew Mahler is an artist and organizer living and working in Ridgewood, NY. Mahler earned an MFA in painting from CUNY Queens College in 2009 and co-founded the now defunct small black door experimental art space in Ridgewood a year later. His personal work explores our perception of symbols in western culture. Most recently Mahler curated NURTURE/nature at 245 Varet in April 2016.
SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn. Current open hours are Saturday & Sunday from 1-6 pm or schedule a viewing by appointment. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16, 2016
SARDINE will be participating in Bushwick’s Hot Summer Nights! Bushwick galleries will stay open until 9pm on the third Fridays of May, June and July. More information on which galleries you can visit can be found HERE.
FRIDAY, MAY 20: PETER O'KENENEDY | OVER AND OVER
FRIDAY, JUNE 17: SPACE ODDITY
curated by MATTHEW MAHLER | work by DUNLAP, MAHER, + TENSER
FRIDAY, JULY 15: NATHANIA RUBIN | VIDEO SCREENING
(above work by Christopher Dunlap)
Apr 24, 2016
SARDINE is pleased to present its first ever entirely video show, a solo show titled OVER AND OVER of recent works by artist Peter O’Kennedy. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9pm on Saturday, May 7 and runs through Sunday, May 22, 2016.
O’Kennedy works across a variety of time-based media, including video, installation, performance and photography. A concern with movement* and duration unites his work. OVER AND OVER presents a collection of single channel videos with its subjects in states of suspension, rotation and repetition. Children swing; pigs rotate; a dog wheels. A passive, fixed camera looks and looks and looks, and keeps looking, as the event cycles before it. The looking is blank; detached; mechanical, but perhaps only as a means of self-defense. Caught in the closed loop generated by the question “what does no meaning mean?,” and empathetic to Samuel Beckett’s notion of man as “non-knower” and “no-can-er,” the artist can only “run the tape one more time,” just in case he stumbles into some form of progression away from the circularity of the question, either inwards towards acceptance or outwards towards resistance.
Peter O’Kennedy lives and works in Beacon, New York. He moved to New York in 2013 from Dublin, Ireland. He holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practice from IADT, Dublin, Ireland, class of 2008. He also attended the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and the School of Visual Arts, New York. Recent Shows include On and On, Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon, NY and Tracking Beacon (NY 12508) + Situation, The Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam, Holland.
SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn. Current open hours are Saturday & Sunday from 1-6 pm and by appointment. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or email@example.com.
*“What does he call movement, your fellow? If he defines it in opposition to rest, that doesn’t work, because nothing is at rest in the universe. So? His movement is nothing but a myth”. - Marcel Duchamp, 1969
Apr 21, 2016
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3pm
SARDINE is pleased to present an event hosted by the MFA Art Practice department from the School of Visual Arts. An artist talk by Kate Harding (AP ’14) and Angela Conant (AP ’13) in conversation with writer and critic Thyrza Nichols Goodeve (AP Faculty) this coming Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3pm. The artists will discuss their work in situ at the gallery, where their exhibition MAKE DO is currently on view.
SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Apr 6, 2016
SARDINE is pleased to present a two-person show titled MAKE DO by artists Angela Conant and Kate Harding. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9pm on Saturday, April 16 and runs through Sunday, May 1, 2016.
To MAKE suggests the manifestation of form. To DO is to carry out an action. To MAKE DO is to work with what is around. Observation, memory, economy and invention born of necessity serve the function of doing-what-one-can with what one has available. In the practices of Angela Conant and Kate Harding, both manifest actions into form, a site that considers the reach of the gesturing body and it’s less physical extensions. The objects shown at SARDINE are deictic to action, and could be considered portraits of impressions or movement. Conant’s displacement of dirt or sand by way of sunken fingertips freezes time into a humble monument to an ephemeral impression. Harding’s footfalls, mapping the wooded terrain, articulate a traversed “conversation” and become solid as space folded with time.
Contemporaries in their master’s studies, Conant and Harding did not uncover the similarities in their practices until invited to exhibit together at SARDINE. Through the collaborative process, they discovered parallels in their ways of working, and, more surprisingly, throughout the histories that formed each of their artistic and life perspectives. Though far flung from one another in Harding’s Missouri and Conant’s Vermont, each artist came to know the world in a rural setting, which has fostered remarkably sympathetic interests. In particular, both practices share a process of mining the wonder of the intangible. The works on view at SARDINE for MAKE DO translate an idea through multiple forms by articulating and re-articulating meaning.
In her work for this exhibition, Angela Conant finds space exploration as an example of this search for meaning. Each form is built on her own gesture; her fingers and hands clear components that form celestial bodies. These objects’ evident process of being cast in sand speaks to a notion of the makeup of the world on a particular, human and galactic level. Conant’s recent work repeats content through painting, light and cement. Her video work parodies gender and media politics, incorporating objects and painting. Her practice also encompasses curating and collaborating on artist-run projects. Her work has been exhibited at Electronic Arts Intermix (New York City), The Elizabeth Foundation Project Space (New York City), SPRING/BREAK art show (New York City); Glasshouse Projects (Brooklyn), Interstate Projects (Brooklyn); the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (Wilmington, DE), Neter (Mexico City, MX), The Sunview Luncheonette (Brooklyn), ICA Baltimore (solo) (Baltimore, MD) and La Mama Gallery (New York City). She has spoken at Boston University's School of Fine Art and at New York Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded a Critical Writing residency at Recess (New York City) in 2013 and an Artist Residency at the Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY) in 2014. In 2007, she co-founded The Gowanus Studio Space, an artist-run collaborative in Brooklyn where she served as Artistic Director until February 2014. She received an MFA from School of Visual Arts in 2013.
Kate Harding is an artist living and working between Los Angeles, New York City and rural Missouri. Harding’s work examines the specificity of site and the local to explore concepts of landscape, perception and inter-subjectivity. Seeing her practice as a continuation of purposeful ramblings in the woods that began in early childhood, she undertakes engagement with site as a resonant field and collaborator. Interdisciplinary in material and approach, Harding’s background in garment design and construction often provides a metaphoric structure to her work, as does history, critical philosophy, folklore and the colloquial phrase. Harding received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2014, holds a BFA from Otis College (Los Angeles, CA), and an AAS from Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY). Exhibitions and screenings include Vanity Projects, CP Projects Space, Visual Arts Gallery, Electronic Arts Intermix, The Chelsea Hotel New York, NY; Grace Exhibition Space (solo), SARDINE, Glasshouse, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY; Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; On the Ground Floor, Rosamund Felson, Echo Park Film Center, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, SeeLine, Track 16 Gallery, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; East Central College Gallery, Union, MO. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail.