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  • Dana Powell CLOSER THINGS

    Dana Powell CLOSER  THINGS

    Saturday, November 12 - Sunday, December 18, 2016
    286 Stanhope Street, Ground Floor
    Brooklyn, New York 11237
    Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12, 6-9 pm 

    SARDINE is pleased to present Closer Things, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Dana Powell, curated by Amy Feldman. The exhibition opens on Saturday, November 12, 2016 with a reception for the artist that evening from 6-9pm. The exhibition represents the artist’s first solo exhibition with Sardine.

    Dana Powell isolates mundane objects and spaces, surpassing preconceived notions of the quotidian. Restrained palette and low-lit subjects establish a seductive and contemplative arena; they are meditations, for both the artist and her audience. The series of works presented at SARDINE carefully distill their subjects to essential means, awaking and allowing the viewer to see and feel that which is often overlooked. 

    A cornucopia of bananas, apricots, pears, and pumpkins, serve as intimate portrayals of life, decay, sex and desire. Apple pipe, depicting a granny smith apple punctured through its skin, becomes a symbol of forbidden pleasure and an object of desperate vice. Empty landscapes and hollow interiors, remnants of places once occupied, bridge time and space, invoking poignant, uncanny narratives.    

    With her banal subject matter, Powell questions the impulse to paint, and its imperative. She awakens the viewer to senses often under acknowledged, and creates sincere pictures that are at once, melancholic, euphoric, and tranquil.  

    Dana Powell (b. 1989, Milwaukee, WI) received her BFA from The Cooper Union (2015). She had her first solo exhibition with The Still House Group in March 2016 (Brooklyn, NY). Powell's work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Leila Heller Gallery (New York, NY), To____Bridges  (Bronx, NY), and Motel Gallery (Brooklyn, NY).

    SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues in Bushwick, Brooklyn, one block from the Dekalb L train and near the Knickerbocker M. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1- 6pm or by appointment. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or sardinebk@gmail.com. 

    Image: Apricots, 2016, 8 x 10 inches, oil on linen 

  • 1: The Hesitant Dramaturge - part of Bushwick Exchange Rates 2016

    1: The Hesitant Dramaturge - part of Bushwick Exchange Rates 2016



    Opening Reception: Friday, October 21 from 6 to 9pm

    The Artists: Anthony Discenza,  Anna Solal, Perry Trollope, & Dennis Witkin

    The Actors: the artworks A-J

    The Director: the site, a Sardine

    The Assistant Directors/Stage Managers: the curators, normally used to a kind of autonomy accept a role in a more support capacity, more Scooter than Kermit.

    The Audience: the viewers. 
    Ah yes, but what sort of audience? The theatrical preview crowd of VIPs and critics deciding the fate of the production well before a general audience takes a turn in the dark. Or is it more like a classical audience where everyone knows the story, can join the chorus etc., and yet there is a thrill to having it unfold again before their eyes?

    Curated by Et al./Et al. etc. (Aaron Harbour & Jackie Im) and VI Dancer (Elliott Cost)

    1: The Hesitant Dramaturge is part of Exchange Rates II : The Bushwick Exposition organized by Sluice, Theodore:Art and Centetto. Special Hours for SARDINE are Thursday, October 20 from noon to 6pm, Friday, October 21st from noon to 9pm and Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 from noon to 6pm. The show will remain up for next two weekends with normal gallery hours through Sunday, November 6, 2016. For more information on the event visit Sluice.

    SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues in Bushwick, Brooklyn, one block from the Dekalb L train and near the Knickerbocker M. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or sardinebk@gmail.com. 

    (Image: drawings by Jeffrey Scudder)

  • SILENT SHOUT at The Gallery at ATLAS in Newburgh, NY

    SILENT SHOUT at The Gallery at ATLAS in Newburgh, NY

    The Gallery at ATLAS and SARDINE are pleased to present SILENT SHOUT a group show curated by Lacey Fekishazy. SILENT SHOUT will feature recent work by Maria Calandra, Andy Cross, Gabriel Hurier, Elisa Lendvay, Eva LeWitt, Dana Powell, Karen Tepaz and Tim Wilson.

    The show will open at noon in conjunction with Newburgh Open Studios 2016 on Saturday, September 24 and a reception will be held that evening from 7 to 9pm. Gallery Hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm and by appointment through Sunday, October 9, 2016.

    From curator LF:

    “SILENT SHOUT is comprised of a group of eight artists with diverse practices. Silently, and subtly they work with their hands, but their art shouts back at you. Using quiet humor, strong palettes, and repetitious mark making; these artists express an experimental urgency and overall joy in the creative process. Their work reverberates as if it were a strong shout from the artist’s inner core.”

    Maria Calandra lives and works in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Cornell Universityʼs MFA program and has previously exhibited with SARDINE, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Shrine and Romeo. She is the creator of the blog Pencil in the Studio.

    Andy Cross (b. 1979, Williamsburg, Virginia) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Cross received a MFA from Hunter College in 2005. His work has been exhibited in New York and Internationally. A larger installation titled “House Painter” received a solo show at the Max Mara, Maramotti Family Museum and Collection in Regio Emilia, Italy (2013). In New York and Brooklyn he has had 5 solo exhibitions with Martos (2013), Kravets Wehby (2006), Cathouse Funeral (2014), and Sardine (2014 / 2016). He has also had solo projects with Mario Diacono in Boston, Massachusetts (2005/2007).

    Gabriel Hurier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and lives and works in Newburgh, New York. He studied painting and printmaking at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has participated in numerous group shows in the New York area including Gallery 128 and ATM Gallery, and has also shown in Chicago, San Diego, Cincinnati, Zagreb, and Singapore.

    Elisa Lendvay (b. 1975, Dallas, TX) holds an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and Bennington College. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, and group shows at Kansas Gallery, New York; Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York; Rare Gallery, New York; Lesley Heller Workspace, New York; TSA, Brooklyn; Daily Operation, Brooklyn; Orgy Park, Brooklyn; and Klaus Von Nichtssagend, New York, among others. She lives and works in Queens and Brooklyn and just received a Newburgh Relocation Grant from the Orange County NY Arts Council.

    Eva LeWitt lives and works in New York, New York. She holds a BFA in Art from Bard College. She has shown in New York and internationally. Recently her work has been featured in a solo show at Gallery OneTwentyEight in New York and a group show London’s Studio_Leigh Gallery.

    Dana Powell (b. 1989, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2015. Her first solo exhibition, Life Paintings, concluded a three month residency with The Still House Group (2016, Brooklyn, NY). Her work has been included in group exhibitions High and Tight, to_____bridges_____ (2016, Bronx, NY) and Shrines to Speed, Leila Heller (2016, New York, NY).

    Karen Tepaz is a sculptor that works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from Cal State Long Beach and a MFA in Sculpture from Yale University 2013. She has shown in group shows in California and New York City, and was recently apart of a group show “Portrait of a Landscape” at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC.

    Tim Wilson was born in Virginia and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Wilson received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and his MFA from Yale University in 2013. He has had solo shows with Schroeder Romero, 31 Grand, and SARDINE in New York and Bucheon Gallery in San Francisco.

    Lacey Fekishazy grew up in Newburgh, New York and currently lives and works there. She holds a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, New York and an MFA in Art from Queens College CUNY, Flushing, New York. Fekishazy founded an art gallery called SARDINE in Bushwick, Brooklyn in 2011. As part of Newburgh Open Studios, she also organizes Glenlily Grounds, an outdoor exhibition now in its third year.

    Founded in 1993 by Thomas Wright and Joseph Fratesi, Atlas Industries is a multi-disciplinary design and manufacturing firm integrating interiors, furniture and objects in a craft-based sensibility. In 2013, after being based in Brooklyn for twenty-two years, they moved to Newburgh, in New York’s Hudson Valley. Newburgh is now home to their studio and shop, where they design, prototype, invent, build, and produce their work as well as run Atlas Studios. ATLAS is an historic industrial building converted into workshops & studios for artists, makers, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals seeking space in a dynamic environment. Dating to 1920, the building belongs to an era when Newburgh was a thriving industrial center with, among other things, large-scale textile manufacturing.

    The Gallery at ATLAS is located at 11 Spring Street in Newburgh, NY 12550. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon - 6pm or by appointment.

    A special thanks to Gerardo Castro and Michael Gabor of Newburgh Art Supply for organizing the sixth annual edition of Newburgh Open Studios and to Hannah Anderson and Emilia Norat of Atlas Studios for all their efforts and help, and to Newburgh Brewing Company and Palate Wines for their incredible generosity.

    Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or sardinebk@gmail.com.

  • Andy Cross - COSMIC SPANDEX

    Andy Cross - COSMIC SPANDEX

    Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 6-9 pm

    September 10 - October 9, 2016

    286 Stanhope Street, Ground Floor

    Brooklyn, New York 11237

    “We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” - Carl Sagan 

    SARDINE is pleased to present Cosmic Spandex, a solo exhibition by Andy Cross.  The show opens Saturday, September 10, with a reception that evening from 6-9 pm.  The exhibition runs through Sunday, October 9, 2016.  It represents Cross’ second solo show with the gallery, as well Sardine’s 5th anniversary as a venue in the vibrant Bushwick art scene. 

    For Cosmic Spandex, Cross has wrapped the gallery in a hand painted, 10 by 35 foot long, oil on canvas, painting of the cosmos.  On top of this backdrop Cross will hang a ‘constellation of drawings’.  The drawings are a survey of Cross’ diverse interests and travels, selected from his library of personal sketch books, spanning over a decade of work.  Each drawing is in a unique picture  frame that holds the same timeless quality; in that they were hand crafted by Roger William Cross II, Andy’s late grandfather.  It is a ‘cross-generational’ approach to collaboration and a way for Cross to honor his Grandfather as one of his earliest supporters and artistic influences.  The fabric of space (literally represented in Cross’ canvas) bends all the rules of linear time.  The same goes for this exhibition.  Filtered through the artist’s imagination and heighten by Cross’ fine draftsmanship, are historical references from Ancient Mesopotamia, through the High Renaissance into a New Age present, creating a curious ‘cross section’ of human thought.

    Andy Cross (b. 1979, Williamsburg, Virginia) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Cross received a MFA from Hunter College in 2005. His work has been exhibited in New York and Internationally.  A larger installation titled “House Painter” received a solo show at the Max Mara, Maramotti Family Museum and Collection in Regio Emilia, Italy (2013).  In New York and Brooklyn he has had 5 solo exhibitions with Martos (2013), Kravets Wehby (2006), Cathouse Funeral (2014), and Sardine (2014 / 2016).  He has also had solo projects with Mario Diacono in Boston, Massachusetts (2005/2007).  

    SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues in Bushwick, Brooklyn, one block from the Dekalb L train and near the Knickerbocker M. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1- 6pm or by appointment. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.19874 or sardinebk@gmail.com.

  • Happy Summer!

    Happy Summer!

    We are closed until September. See you then for a drawing show by Andy Cross! #happysummer #stopandsmelltheflowers

  • Nathania Rubin : I Think I Made You Up Inside My Head

    Nathania Rubin : I Think I Made You Up Inside My Head

    SARDINE is pleased to present 'I Think I Made You Up Inside My Head', a screening of video work by Nathania Rubin. It will run for two nights only on Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15, 2016 from 6 - 9pm each night.

    Though short in duration, Rubin’s videos are laborious productions. Each minute of video represents 720 drawn alterations. The animations are produced through a process of pencil drawing and erasure. The drawings themselves ebb and flow along with the identity of Rubin’s characters. Some faces are hybrids involving cultural or historical icons such as Nina Simone, Sylvia Plath, Anne and Margot Frank. Others are faceless, shifting figures. 

    Many animations are drawn based on in-studio performances and constitute a kind of puppeteering whereby a public face acts as a mask for the artist. Others, namely Crowded, are formed via stream-of-consciousness wherein the drawing leads to more drawing and produces narrative fragments as biproduct. Rubin’s work examines the ways in which we project our own ideas of self onto others and the precarity of identity from one moment to the next. 

    Nathania Rubin lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She is originally from New York City and received her MFA from CUNY, Queens College. She held a two year fine arts research fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. 

    SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or sardinebk@gmail.com.

  • Opening Saturday Night | Curated by Matthew Mahler

    Opening Saturday Night |  Curated by Matthew Mahler

    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 sardinebk@gmail.com.

  • Bushwick’s Hot Summer Nights

    Bushwick’s Hot Summer Nights

    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)

  • Peter O'Kennedy | OVER AND OVER

    Peter O'Kennedy | OVER AND OVER

    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 sardinebk@gmail.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

  • Angela Conant + Kate Harding with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

    Angela Conant + Kate Harding with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

    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.

  • MAKE DO | Angela Conant + Kate Harding

    MAKE DO | Angela Conant + Kate Harding

    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.
     

  • Closing for Tim Wilson

    Closing for Tim Wilson

    PLEASE JOIN US ON SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016 FROM 3 PM TO 6 PM FOR THE CLOSING OF TIM WILSON'S SHOW SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING.

  • Tim Wilson - SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING

    Tim Wilson - SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING

    SARDINE is very pleased to present SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING, a solo exhibition by Tim Wilson. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9pm on Saturday, March 5 and runs through Sunday, April 10, 2016.

    SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING consists of a grouping of Wilson’s recent paintings of small floral still lifes and large-scale abstractions. Due in part to their scale, the all-encompassing fields of shifting color gradients in the larger works envelop one's body within a center-less universe, recalling the well-traveled histories of abstraction and the color field. This effect is then quickly undercut by the inclusion of small, deftly rendered flowers that invite an interior contemplation, in the even longer western tradition of nature morte.

    “There’s a presence: something about the physicality of the larger paintings in relation to the body that, when viewing the flowers, raises our attention to the physical impressions of optics, which then feeds back into an optical reading rather than the initial experiential reading of the larger pieces and so on. Ironically though, this loop somehow feels auditory to me.” -Tim Wilson

    This heightened sense of presence and sensory awareness is further amplified by the shifting scale of these micro and macro worlds. While there is a cognitive dissonance in this that relates to notions of the sublime, that dissonance also attempts to be self-corrective by slowing down the viewer in order to allow for a broader reflection on the nature of being.

    Tim Wilson was born in Virginia and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Wilson received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and his MFA from Yale University in 2013. He has had solo shows with Schroeder Romero and 31 Grand in New York and Bucheon Gallery in San Francisco. This is his first show with SARDINE.