Maria Calandra | Pencil in the Studio

Maria Calandra Pencil in the Studio

MAY 18 - JUNE 23 2013

SARDINE is pleased to present Pencil in the Studio by Maria Calandra. This exhibition is a selection of Maria Calandra’s drawings that have been featured on her blog, also titled Pencil in the Studio. It marks the project at just over the two-year mark and will be the first time they have been seen in an extensive survey.

With Pencil in the Studio, Maria Calandra discovers another way to look at the role of the studio in an artists’ development. Featuring the studios of some of the most dynamic emerging and established artists working today, her drawings lean towards being an anthropological study of her contemporaries. She usually spends an entire day with them drawing, observing, talking and writing. Not only does she render their finished and unfinished works, supplies, and source materials, she also hones in on what makes each artist distinctive. Paintings in progress are stacked on paint cans, brushes scattered about, pets hang out, and detritus piles up. It’s a humble exploration and exoneration of the present and a sweet vision of the studio as a location for the practice of success and failure.

The artists that she has featured in the series thus far: Andy Cross, Ariel Dill, Chris Martin,
Christine Heindl, Chuck Webster, Daniel Heidkamp, EJ Hauser, Elisa Lendvay, Erik den Breejen,
Inna Babaeva, Ivin Ballen, Jay Gaskill, Jess Fuller, JJ Manford, Joe Ballweg, Jon Lutz, Joshua Abelow, Jovi Schnell, Joy Curtis, Karla Wozniak, Katherine Bradford, Katherine Newbegin, Kees den Breejen, Kelly McRaven, Keltie Ferris, Lauren Luloff, Liz Ainslie, Matt Jones, Marnet Larson, Michael Berryhill, Michael Mahalchick, Mike Olin, Rob Nadeau, Ron Amstutz, Sarah Mattes, Tamara Gonzales, and
Vince Contarino.    

Maria Calandra lives and works in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Cornell University MFA program and has exhibited with Norte Maar, Daily Operation, DNA Gallery, Shoot the Lobster and Storefront.

See Pencil in the Studio online at: pencilinthestudio.blogspot.com.