'Line splitter'

Karen Tepaz, William Schmiechen, & Ricardo Woo
Organized by Yvonne Olivas


Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 6 - 9 pm 
Saturday, July 14 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
286 Stanhope Street, Ground Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11237


SARDINE is pleased to present a group show titled LINE splitter organized by Yvonne Olivas and featuring work by Karen Tepaz, William Schmiechen, & Ricardo Woo. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 6 to 9 pm. It will run through Sunday, August 5, 2018. 

LINE splitter
In “Some Kinda Love” Lou Reed sings, “between thought and expression, lies a lifetime…” The idea for the show fixates on this passing refrain, and of things that take hold, bloom and blossom in New York City. One hears it and imagines tracing a line that is neither life, nor the written word, but which paces them and bears something of their frequencies. It evokes a step between language and symbol, which, though personal, intimates wordless conversation, bespeaks meaning, openings and worlds. It is with this understanding that the work of these artists—drawings, and the leaps from there—are presented here.

Karen Tepaz (b. 1984, Los Angeles, California) is interested in the expansive potential of objects and their ability to open and close a space simultaneously. Her sculptures blend the use of color, form and material in a compositional lexicon. Tepaz received her MFA in Sculpture at Yale School of Art in 2013 and a BFA in Ceramics from California State University Long Beach in 2010. She had a solo exhibition at CACTTUS Gallery in Long Beach, CA and a residency at Art Farm in Nebraska in 2017. Group exhibitions include Cortina de Nopales at Basement Projects in Santa Ana, CA; and in New York: The 2017 Whitney Houston Biennial; Centerpiece curated by Bomb Pop-Up; Process+-Pattern at SARDINE; and Portraits of a Landscape at The Shirley Fiterman Art Center BMCC. This past spring Tepaz co-curated Flat Touch at Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute; In Between The Lines, also at Pratt, opens this fall. Tepaz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

William Schmiechen (b. 1986, Northampton, Massachusetts) is an artist and musician living in New York, New York. He released his first book of drawings entitled Peephouses in the fall of 2016. He is currently working on a second book of drawings in collaboration with the musician and poet Mike Bones. He could really go for an egg cream right about now.

Ricardo Woo was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and South Bahia, Brazil. His installation is composed of drawings within circles that cover the wall. Woo refers to the circles as “emoji.” Playing upon the notion of these familiar icons, he presents his own “abstract sketches.” Woo has a B.Arch. in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo FAU USP and an MFA from NYU. Ricardo Woo explores different fields of art such as printmaking, drawing, installation, performance and ceramics. His work has been exhibited at Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil; DEOA Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan; KonzeptionArt, Munich, Germany; and other institutions. 

Yvonne C. Olivas is an art historian. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she lives and works in Brooklyn. Olivas is working on her dissertation at SUNY Stony Brook, focused on the painter and conceptualist Lee Lozano, specifically the artist’s 1969 ‘General Strike Piece’. Olivas holds a MFA in Art Writing and Criticism from SVA and a B.A. in Art History from Smith College. 

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 to 6 pm when a show is in progress or by appointment. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or sardinebk@gmail.com.