Feb 26, 2015

SARDINE open for BEAT NITE 12 |  Friday, March 6 from 6 to 10pm

SARDINE open for BEAT NITE 12 | Friday, March 6 from 6 to 10pm

We are open for Beat Nite 12 with a special preview of Jaime Gecker's solo show pleasure principle

Beat Nite 12:
art spaces and galleries stay open late
spaces curated by Ben Sutton

Friday, March 6 from 6 to 10pm

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Feb 22, 2015

A Night Cap with Matthew F Fisher

A Night Cap with Matthew F Fisher

This is the last weekend to see Matthew F Fisher's "Black Water Don't Shine Like the Moon". Please join us during our open hours (1-6 Sat. and Sun.) or for a Night Cap with the artist this Sunday, February 22nd from 6 to 8 pm.

Press Release:

Sardine is pleased to present Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon, a solo exhibition of drawings by Matthew F Fisher. It opens Saturday, Jan. 31st, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm. It will be open through Sunday, February 22nd.

This show brings together a group of drawings that are the soul of Fisher’s artistic process. Completed over the past few years, they reveal a time when Fisher finds his voice amidst the elements of land, sea, and sky. Combining ink and collage on book pages with hand-made or found frames, the simplest forms become timeless deliberations on existence. With all the beauty and heart one can muster, real, ideal and everything in-between, exist simultaneously.

From the artist, Jan. 6, 2015:

Drawings happen and are forgotten. Only to be remembered later. A nod before the wink. These forgotten moments, documents of a day's past, often act like bridges to the paintings. With the paintings, every action, decision, is over-thought. Drawing is truly the shortest distance from artist's hand to artist's mind. Even though my drawing process can be slow – they can easily linger for weeks, months, years, in various states -the idea is translated through movement, a record of that exact moment. Drawings often feel like a road map to my thoughts. This comfort of being in an unfinished state allows the drawings to be a marker of where I have been and a guidance of where I might want to go.

Matthew F. Fisher lives and works in Brooklyn and completed his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. He has showed widely in NYC and across the country. This includes solo exhibitions at Ampersand Gallery, ADA Gallery, Mulherin + Pollard Projects, University of the Arts, and RARE Gallery. He has been in group shows at Novella Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, and Sarah Lawrence College. His work was selected for inclusion in New American Paintings Northeast Issue #116 - 2015. His show, The World Outside, also featuring Ryan Schneider, opens on Jan. 24 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Feb 12, 2015

Matthew F Fisher – Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon reviewed in Time Out New York

Matthew F Fisher – Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon reviewed in Time Out New York

Review in Time Out New York February 12-18, 2015 edition reads:

Even at first glance, Matthew F Fisher's show of ink drawings is long on charm and quirk. Hung in a single row in this modest space aptly named Sardine, the 30 works on paper feature meticulously limned scenes of nature.

Fisher's renderings limit the natural world to only a few motifs, stylized to the point of eccentricity. Bent grasses assume calligraphic forms. Crashing waves, striated like tresses of hair and made effervescent by tiny collaged bubbles, break in several directions at once, often framing a celestial orb. As in the Surrealist Andre Breton's notion of "convulsive beauty" the world in Fisher's images shapes itself into a kind of writing.

Fisher's often humorously literal line recalls cartoons, and his ornamental treatment of natural phenomena brings to mind certain strains of folk art. But these drawings also evoke the abstracting love for nature's vitality shared by Arthur Dove and Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as an oddball mysticism. Quietly cultivating an idiosyncratic vision, Fisher's work becomes nothing short of visionary.

- Joseph R. Wolin

THE BOTTOM LINE: Views of nature that aren't natural.

Jan 19, 2015

Matthew F Fisher – Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon

Matthew F Fisher – Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon

Sardine is pleased to present Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon, a solo exhibition of drawings by Matthew F Fisher. It opens Saturday, Jan. 31st, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm. It will be open through Sunday, February 22nd. This show brings together a group of drawings that are the soul of Fisher’s artistic process. Completed over the past few years, they reveal a time when Fisher finds his voice amidst the elements of land, sea, and sky. Combining ink and collage on book pages with hand-made or found frames, the simplest forms become timeless deliberations on existence. With all the beauty and heart one can muster, real, ideal and everything in-between, exist simultaneously.

From the artist, Jan. 6, 2015:

Drawings happen and are forgotten. Only to be remembered later. A nod before the wink. These forgotten moments, documents of a day's past, often act like bridges to the paintings. With the paintings, every action, decision, is over-thought. Drawing is truly the shortest distance from artist's hand to artist's mind. Even though my drawing process can be slow – they can easily linger for weeks, months, years, in various states -the idea is translated through movement, a record of that exact moment. Drawings often feel like a road map to my thoughts. This comfort of being in an unfinished state allows the drawings to be a marker of where I have been and a guidance of where I might want to go.

Matthew F. Fisher lives and works in Brooklyn and completed his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. He has showed widely in NYC and across the country. This includes solo exhibitions at Ampersand Gallery, ADA Gallery, Mulherin + Pollard Projects, University of the Arts, and RARE Gallery. He has been in group shows at Novella Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, and Sarah Lawrence College. His work was selected for inclusion in New American Paintings Northeast Issue #116 - 2015. His show, The World Outside, also featuring Ryan Schneider, opens on Jan. 24 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Jan 12, 2015

STATIC WIRE- A night of dance with Lara Gemmiti & Kate Morales

STATIC WIRE- A night of dance with Lara Gemmiti & Kate Morales

Sardine is pleased to present STATIC WIRE, a night of dance with Lara Gemmiti and Kate Morales. It will begin at 8 pm on Saturday Jan. 17, with a reception to follow. Doors will open at 7:30 pm.

Our bodies are vessels, which store emotion within different parts. Our mind responds to our bodies’ stored emotion, which then leads our body to its most natural movement. Separately creating movement through structured improvisation, Lara and Kate came together to notice accidental similarities to their bodies’ reactions to feeling. For STATIC WIRE, they are making a conscious effort to only move when both their mind and body felt, simply…happy. A film, which will be projecting over the dancers’ bodies, is to further illustrate the separation and similarities between the two performers and their process. This is part of a collection of solo works that made their debut last July at Sardine and will be performed at The Greenspace’s Fertile Ground in April.

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).

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.

Sardine is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy and Jon Lutz at sardinebk@gmail.com

Nov 10, 2014

Michele Hemsoth BREATHE

Michele Hemsoth BREATHE

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.
 

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