Nov 10, 2014
Sardine is pleased to present BREATHE, a solo exhibition by Michele Hemsoth. It opens Saturday, Nov. 15, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm. It will be open through Dec. 14, 2014.
On the occasion of BREATHE, Sardine asked art historian Vittorio Colaizzi to introduce her works:
Michele Hemsoth’s paintings and drawings meet us at the nexus of image and idiom, where specific visual experience stands out in relief from categorical knowledge. It would be easy to verbally approximate what she does, but each of her works acts as a polemic against approximation. Rather than a Mobius strip of endless figure/ground vacillation, Hemsoth in fact presents an abundantly clear, stark figure. It is only once this figure is established that its primacy gives way to doubts, as the surrounding space intervenes with ballooning, tapering encroachments. Some of these forms may suggest Swiss cheese, kidneys or ersatz surrealism, but it is less important what her forms look like, or even that they look like something, but that they look at all. What counts is that she invents an image instead of strategizing an idiom. Decades of painting have led Hemsoth to her concise and arguably elemental vocabulary, yet she has resisted the mandate to subordinate pictorial content to spatial or discursive context. Far from practicing a naïve retro-modernism, Hemsoth makes an historically-informed argument for possibility, even disruptive possibility, in abstraction.
Abstraction’s greatest fear is to become a repository of unconstrained yet undistinguished invention, invention without necessity, without tension. Rather than setting up machines that make the art in order to evade this fear, Hemsoth blasts straight through it with pictorial intelligence as her only weapon. Despite occasional traces of previous states in her extravagantly, one might say disjunctively textured surfaces, we would be mistaken to regard Hemsoth’s paintings as arbitrary stoppages in an endless process of formal noodling. She paints and repaints her configurations in order to stress that, as she has put it, “I really mean this.” In this she is notable because after the critique of authorship, few artists really mean anything. Bets are hedged with processes that court accident and evade agency. By contrast, Hemsoth finds it urgent to assert her agency as a consciousness at work, and invites, but does not compel the viewer to witness and inhabit this work of consciousness.
Vittorio Colaizzi holds an MFA in painting and a PhD in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently he is an assistant professor of art history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His monograph on Robert Ryman is forthcoming from Phaidon.
Michele Hemsoth lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions since the early 1980s. This is her first solo exhibition in New York.
Oct 6, 2014
Sardine is pleased to present MIRROR VENUS, a solo exhibition by Andy Cross. It opens Saturday, October 11, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 pm. It will be up through Sunday, November 2, 2014.
“The world is becoming more and more specialized, and art is no different. I do not want to define myself as a figurative or abstract painter, as a minimalist or conceptualist etc, etc; the ‘isms’ go on and on. I love painting, and find true meaning in its expansive, creative, and overall potential of expression. It is a meta-language. I want to approach the totality of it, and try to paint everything in every style.”
– Andy Cross
MIRROR VENUS features a selection of Cross' paintings executed over the past few years. This grouping is anchored in his ability to evoke the indefinable remnants of human interaction. Exchanging glances and colors connect. Quiet expressions and slow moving, inner-thoughts reflect. Artist or sitter, you can identify with both. Woman or man, the layered connections are apparent. Whether a portrait or more literally his resin mirrors, you are provided with a chance to be the sitter and viewer in one. Seeing your self amidst the painting is a simple, but timeless touch. Smile at these paintings and they will smile back at you.
Andy Cross was born in Richmond, Virginia. Having moved to NY in 2001, he received his MFA at Hunter College, in 2005. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn. This month marks two solo exhibitions in Brooklyn: one at Sardine and the other at Cathouse FUNeral. Last year the second installation of “House Painter, was exhibited at the Max Mara, Maramotti Collection in Reggio Emilia, during May 2013. In New York he has also shown at Martos Gallery, Peter Blum, ATM, Museum 52, Kravets Wehby, and with Mario Diacono.
Sep 3, 2014
Sardine is pleased to present TROPHY, a solo exhibition by Leah Tacha. It opens Saturday, September 13th, with an opening reception from 6 to 9pm. It will be up through October 5, 2014.
TROPHY features Tacha's recent body of sculptures using painted and glazed ceramic in combination with photographs. With this group, there was an evolution in her approach to materials, scale and concept. There's a confidence that comes with trusting your gut in the studio. With the works in TROPHY, she celebrates that, with an ear to art history and a love of putting your hands to work. By forcing two mediums to coexist that don’t necessarily relate, they reflect the unmistakable feeling of freedom that every artist has when they no longer concern themselves with certain rules. She owns and exploits what’s happening in front of her, giving herself permission to make functional yet intuitive objects paired with exaggerated snapshots from nature to become their own weird autonomous beings. We hope that you'll find something within these works that you can also celebrate: fighting for it, relaxing, freedom, finding home, loving, listening, making it perfect, realism, complaining, making your mark, calling bullshit, and finding joy.
Leah Tacha was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. She received her BFA in Painting from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007 and her MFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2009. She has shown with Daily Operation, RARE Gallery, New Baroque, and Reinberger Gallery. Currently living and working in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Jul 21, 2014
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30pm
Please come out to Haus Party for a night of film, fun, beer and a six-foot hero.
Some Bauhaus and Surrealist short films, followed by a feature film to watch while eating and hanging out.
Organized by Jaime Gecker
Jul 14, 2014
Sardine is pleased to present 'Difficult Conversations', a dance performance curated by Lara Gemmiti, featuring Alex M. Schell and Kate Morales. The performance will start promptly at 8 pm with the doors opening a 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 19th. A reception will follow.
'Difficult Conversations' is an exploration of lost memories and ones battle with time. We often hold on to a memory in hopes that the feelings of the original experience will return unchanged. Those memories so easily resurface with a touch, smell, or taste. We obsess over and live inside of them, until time gently dissolves them. For this piece, dancers Alex M. Schell and Kate Morales were guided to revisit specific memories that lingered or continue to reappear in their lives. They were directed to engage with this idea and to find resolve within three, five-minute segments. These segments were then repeated, reversed and elongated to emphasize the dancers’ story.
Lara Gemmiti is a dancer, choreographer and director, originally from Toronto, Canada. Lara is interested in movement that is informed through personal experiences, organic interactions and interpersonal relationships. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed and worked with choreographers and companies in New York, Boston and Toronto they include, Jim Marten, (NY) Brook Notary, (NY) dance critic Deborah Jowitt (NY), Beth Soll and Dancers,(Boston) D.A Hoskins, (TO) Andrea Nann, (TO) Robert Glumbeck, (TO) Malgorzata Nowacka, (TO) Ryan Lee (TO) and was a company member of Typecast Dance Company (TO).
A native North Carolinian, Alex M Schell graduated with a BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed at venues including The Highline, Washington Square Park, La MaMa, the Joyce SoHo, Joe's Pub, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, the Skirball Center, HERE Arts Center, Cloud City, and CPR in works by Stacy Spence, Naomi Goldberg Haas (Dances for a Variable Population), Sarah A. O. Rosner (A. O. Movement Collective), Katie Rose McLaughlin and Dan O'Neil (DESIGNATED MOVEMENT Co.), and Amanda Szeglowski (cakeface). She is currently working as a dancer and rehearsal director with MATYCHAK (Nathalie Matychak, artistic director) and is the creator/artistic director of AMS Project.
Kate Morales is a dancer and choreographer from Los Angeles. She holds a degree in Dance Performance from Cal Arts and has been seen on stage from Venice Beach to downtown LA, the Lower East Side to Midtown Manhattan in performances ranging from burlesque, solo work and site specific performance art. Her non-dance work can be found in print and online in GLASS Quarterly, Broadway World Dance, and xojane and xovain.