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  • Jaime Gecker | pleasure principle

    Jaime Gecker | pleasure principle

    SARDINE is pleased to present pleasure principle, a solo exhibition of recent work by Jaime Gecker. It opens on Saturday, March 7 with an opening reception from 6-9 pm and will be on view through Sunday, March 29.

    In pleasure principle, Jaime Gecker, referencing both Janet Jackson and Sigmund Freud, lays out an imperfect, but personal plan for seeking pleasure in making things that don’t exist. Lush, textured paintings with ground up minerals and gemstones are collections; remembered experiences and fantasies at the same time. The paintings may be a detail view or an aerial one. A precise collection of books of history and geography are collaged with minimal interventions but pivotal touches. Her distinctive experiences and memories have left an indelible fingerprint. In the ambiguous landscapes of the paintings and books, there is an underlying preoccupation with escaping a city with the same fantastical vigor that draws many of us to it in the first place. Born directly out of Gecker’s diverse studio practice, pleasure principle is a delicate arrangement of these competing and layered parts.

    Jaime Gecker lives and works in Brooklyn. This is her first solo show with Sardine. Her work has been exhibited at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Monya Rowe Gallery and Daily Operation in New York, and Don’t Projects in Paris.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.
     

  • Andy Cross- MIRROR VENUS

    Andy Cross- MIRROR VENUS

    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.

  • Leah Tacha - TROPHY

    Leah Tacha - TROPHY

    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.

     

  • Haus Party organized by Jaime Gecker

    Haus Party organized by Jaime Gecker

    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

  • Difficult Conversations

    Difficult Conversations

    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.

    The participants:

    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.

  • Nothing Less, curated by Matthew F. Fisher

    Nothing Less, curated by Matthew F. Fisher

    For July, Sardine is pleased to present a series of events on Saturday nights, beginning with Nothing Less, curated by Matthew F. Fisher.

    Nothing Less opens Saturday, July 12 from 7-10 pm. It will be also open Sunday, July 13, from 1-6 pm.

    Patrick Allen
    Michele Hemsoth
    Matthew Kirk
    Denise Kupferschmidt
    Billy Malone
    Carrie Pollack

    curated by Matthew F. Fisher

    Nothing Less features a collection of artists working in New York City who explore meditation through their process of drawing. From the white noise, all over compositions of Patrick Allen and Carrie Pollack, to the pure perfection of a single form by Denise Kupferschmidt and Michele Hemsoth, to Billy Malone’s active doodling contemplation on mundane detail and patterns, to the never ending, sparsely populated expanses of Matthew Kirk's panels, each artist knows by doing. Through the making of the marks, they harness a force of understanding and clarity particular to themselves.

  • Sardine at NEWD

    Sardine at NEWD

    Sardine is very pleased to announce that we are participating in the NEWD Art Show and featuring work by Holly Coulis, Leah Tacha and JD Walsh. Please see the info about our artists and the show below:

    Holly Coulis was born in Toronto, Canada and has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 1999. Her work has been shown in Toronto, Zurich, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and New York. She is represented by Cherry and Martin Gallery in Los Angeles and LaMontagne Gallery in Boston. Her most recent shows were at Sardine and at Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Detroit.

    Leah Tacha was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas and lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 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 the Daily Operation, RARE Gallery, New Baroque, and Reinberger Gallery.

    JD Walsh lives and works in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College.  He has exhibited at galleries nationally and abroad including Sardine, Daily Operation, Halsey McKay, Nicole Klagsbrun, Cleopatra’s, and Galerie Steinek in Vienna, Austria.  In 2012 his public art installation “Ensemble for Mixed Use” was commissioned by the City of Toronto for the 2012 Nuit Blanche festival.

    NEWD Art Show

  • Mitchell Wright | hard feelings

    Mitchell Wright | hard feelings

    Sardine is pleased to present "hard feelings" a solo exhibition by Mitchell Wright. The show opens Saturday, May 31 from 1 pm, with a reception that evening from 7-10 pm. It will be up through Sunday, June 29, 2014.

    "hard feelings" features a group of Wright’s recent paintings that are not afraid to be read as romantic, beautiful or dark. Comprised of subdued color and repeated marks (both physical and suggested), they favor intimacy over grand gestures, but also imply monumentality, not in scale but in recollection. The artist’s hand is very present, but there’s still a distinct mystery to the way that they are produced and an open ambiguity. Like the work in the show titled, "i’m not here, but i was", they present a place where time and its contradictions are compressed; obsession and absence are both at play.

    "When you can't stop thinking about something. When you completely forget the things that would be really good to remember. When you're reminded of these things out of the blue. When the past runs parallel to the present."

    Mitchell Wright was born in Mississippi and lives and works in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited with The University of Mississippi, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Museum, VCU Fine Arts Gallery, Daily Operation, White Columns and Cinders Gallery.

  • 4/12 & 4/13

    We are closed this weekend for installation. Hope to see you next Saturday night for the opening of Gabriel Hurier's DIRECTIONS

  • Gabriel Hurier | DIRECTIONS

    Gabriel Hurier | DIRECTIONS

    SARDINE is pleased to announce Directions, the second solo exhibit by artist Gabriel Hurier. The show opens on Saturday, April 19 from 6 to 9pm and will be up through May 18, 2014.

    Hurier’s first show at Sardine in 2012, DRIFT was a culmination of many years of travel, research, and collection of information- a figurative body of maps, scraps and sketches describing time apart from the familiar. With Directions, the work is still based on Hurier’s extensive travels and is now coupled with reflections related to his recent relocation to the Hudson Valley. The show will be anchored by a large-scale, site-specfic installation.

    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.