May 21, 2015
Sardine is very pleased to present New Drawings by Maria Calandra. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 30th from 6 to 9 pm and will be up through June 28, 2015.
New Drawings introduces a body of Calandra’s work in which she draws public and private art collections from direct observation. It is her second solo exhibition with Sardine and features a series of subtle graphite drawings on panel. Where her first show, Pencil In the Studio, was a series of drawings that depicted the contemporary artist’s immediate environs, New Drawings follows an artist’s work where it often ends up living: in homes and museums. More than simply documenting the world of art objects, they are poignant notes of admiration and homage to the presence of art and artists in our lives today. Whether it’s the Rothko room at the Met, or a collection of smaller, more contemporary work hung salon style in a home, they reflect the vibrancy of this experiential and intimate relationship. Lovingly rendered in Calandra’s signature style, the artist’s voice comes first and we are all the better for it.
Maria Calandra lives and works in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s MFA program and has previously exhibited with Sardine, Sierra Nevada College, Kinz and Tillou Gallery, Norte Maar, Daily Operation, DNA Gallery, Shoot the Lobster and Storefront.
See her blog Pencil in the Studio online at: pencilinthestudio.com.
Apr 8, 2015
Sardine is pleased to present 'May We All Get What We Want', a solo exhibition of new work by Justin Q Martin. The show opens on Saturday, April 18th with a reception from 6-9 pm, and will be on view weekends through Sunday, May 17th.
'May We All Get What We Want' features a new body of work by Justin Q Martin in sewn fabric and collage on paper. He has also created a new sculpture of denim and satin that occupies unique dimensional space. In these works, basic features of faces (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc) are quietly manipulated, simplified, and altered. Though they are not specific individuals, each complex, textural rendering takes on unique personalities. Like emoji granted a taste of life, these cartoons of cartoons have a human-scale softness and gravity. Somewhat skeptical of the world, they take all in with caution. They may look back at you, but only on their own time.
Justin Q Martin lives and works in Brooklyn and has an MFA from Cornell University. This is his first solo exhibition in NY. He has shown with Gallery Rene Mele, Underdonk, Loom Gallery, and Flux Factory.
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photograph by Stan Narten
Feb 26, 2015
SARDINE is pleased to present pleasure principle, a solo exhibition of recent work by Jaime Gecker. It opens on Saturday, March 7 with an opening reception from 6-9 pm and will be on view through Sunday, March 29.
In pleasure principle, Jaime Gecker, referencing both Janet Jackson and Sigmund Freud, lays out an imperfect, but personal plan for seeking pleasure in making things that don’t exist. Lush, textured paintings with ground up minerals and gemstones are collections; remembered experiences and fantasies at the same time. The paintings may be a detail view or an aerial one. A precise collection of books of history and geography are collaged with minimal interventions but pivotal touches. Her distinctive experiences and memories have left an indelible fingerprint. In the ambiguous landscapes of the paintings and books, there is an underlying preoccupation with escaping a city with the same fantastical vigor that draws many of us to it in the first place. Born directly out of Gecker’s diverse studio practice, pleasure principle is a delicate arrangement of these competing and layered parts.
Jaime Gecker lives and works in Brooklyn. This is her first solo show with Sardine. Her work has been exhibited at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Monya Rowe Gallery and Daily Operation in New York, and Don’t Projects in Paris.