Liminal Worlds
Apr
27
to Jun 6

Liminal Worlds

Image: Anne Polashenski, Polish Birds, 2016, C-prints,  gouache & collage on paper, 30 x 22

Opening Reception Friday, April 27 7-9p
On view through June 6, 2018

Panel discussion 7pm May 8th, 2018
Additional Weekend Gallery hours: 
Saturday & Sunday May 19-20, 1:30-6:30pm - Book Release "3 Essays on Imagereality" and Weekend Residency by Author and Imagetheorist Scott Navicky.

Saturday June 2nd, 1:30-6:30pm - "Crimson Crow Paintings" Pop-Up Shop by exhibiting artist Anne Polashenski.

Featuring artwork by:
Ashley Hope
Elizabeth Insogna
Anne Polashenski
Greg Thielker

Curated by Katerina Lanfranco

Liminal Worlds features the work of four artists who examine the thin and tenuous line dividing the many realities that we experience as part of the human condition. Anne Polashenski and Greg Thielker consider notions of self and other through ethnography, immigrant experiences, and national borders. Ashley Hope and Elizabeth Insogna delve into the interconnectedness and elusiveness of the spirit realms and afterlife. Collectively these artists become guides for us to venture through their artworks into territories that are filled with contemplation, politics, and deeper capacity for self-awareness.

Ashley Hope uses laser-etched CCTV images burned into maple wood to capture and immortalize the last traces of missing human figures. The reductive process of burning the wood away reinforces the theme of presence and absence, ultimately creating a tangible marker of loss. Her decorative hand additions to the sometimes glitched camera images draw from the early Christian/Byzantine artistic tradition of using geometric patterns to represent an unknowable higher power, and materials like gold leaf to indicate a spiritual or otherworldly presence. 

Elizabeth Insogna works through iconography of Goddess reverence and ideas of the Divine Feminine to highlight a Queer perspective in the dialogue of female power. Her work straddles the world of ancient spirituality and contemporary body politics. Insogna’s devotional ceramic cauldrons reference scrying - an ancient form of divination, are paired with colorful abstract and symbolic figurative paintings to evoke a history of ritual practice.

Anne Polashenski mines her family’s Polish immigrant history to uncover an autobiographical connection that comprises both feelings of American identity and otherness. Through a range of media including gouache and C-printing, her artwork collages traditional patterns - a sort of camouflage - with domestic, grotesque, and alien imagery with an emphasis on blending in and survival. In these works, Polashenski attempts to understand and recreate historical connections that were not present in her childhood as her grandparents strove towards American assimilation.

Gregory Thielker’s work is shaped by the arbitrary nature of territory and memory. In these paintings from his series Unmeasured, his hyper-realistic transcription of physical sites centers on the border between Mexico and the US, offering a critical and contemplative glance at border politics. His use of actual dirt from the sites he visits as paint pigment enforces the solidity and permanence of these places and connection to the images he makes. The nation state border is defined by a wall built in various parts, protruding like a sculptural artifact from the landscape, and that continues to be an object of political division.

Coinciding with the exhibition, Trestle is pleased to host the panel discussion “Liminality in Art: Art as Ritual” with the curator and artists in the exhibition on Tuesday, May 8th, at 7pm.

In a ritual setting, liminality is a state of ambiguity and/or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a ritual. It is the state between pre-ritual status, but before the post-ritual status is conferred. For many artists making artwork is a form of ritual, Hope, Insogna, Polashenski, and Thielker, perform various rituals in the making of the artworks in Liminal Worlds. Join us for an interesting and lively discussion on the creative practice, art as ritual, and the fine lines that are divisive, dangerous, and crossed with fluctuating ease and difficulty.


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About the Curator:
Katerina Lanfranco earned her BA in Art (Painting) and in Visual Theory and Museum Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and her MFA in Studio Art (Painting) from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her work has been represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery since 2006. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

She currently teaches studio art at Parsons The New School, Pratt Institute, Fordham University and Hunter College, CUNY. She created and taught "Experimenting with Collage," an online studio course for the Museum of Modern Art. Lanfranco has taught studio workshops at the American Folk Art Museum, MoMA, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She has been awarded several artists residencies including a six-month creative artist residency in Kyoto, Japan through the Japan/US Friendship Commission to study Japanese arts and crafts. Lanfranco’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and internationally in Toronto, Canada; Berlin, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Kyoto, Japan.

Lanfranco founded of Rhombus Space in 2013 and was Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery (2015-2018), where she continues as a member of the advisory board. Her recent shows include a solo show "Mystic Geometry" at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and "Efflorescence" at the SCPS Gallery at Pratt Manhattan. Upcoming projects include "Human Nature" a group exhibition through Arts Brookfield (with a sculpture commission) April 2018, finalist for NYC's Percent for Art project April 2018, and curating "Liminal Worlds" exhibition at Trestle Gallery April-June 2018. She documents her studio practice and experiences in the NYC art world through her Vlog project on YouTube. Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews, ARTinfo, and the NY Times.

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Open Critique
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Open Critique

It's hard to create work in a vacuum! On the first Tuesday of each month, Trestle Gallery hosts critiques that are free and open to the public. Visiting artist Ezra Wube will be leading critiques through December 2017 to June 2018. For more information on our monthly critiques click here.

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Liminality in Art: Art as Ritual
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Liminality in Art: Art as Ritual

Image: Anne Polashenski, Aliens in a New Land: Josef & Francziska Podleszanski (Great Grandparents), 2015, C-prints, cut paper collage & gouache on paper, 23 x 19"

Katerina Lanfranco, Curator
Ashley Hope, Artist
Elizabeth Insogna, Artist
Anne Polashenski, Artist
Greg Thielker, Artist

Tuesday, May 8th, 7pm
RSVP
 with a $5 Suggested Donation

Trestle is pleased to host the panel discussion “Liminality in Art: Art as Ritual” with the curator and artists in the exhibition on Tuesday, May 8th, at 7pm.

In a ritual setting, liminality is a state of ambiguity and/or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a ritual. It is the state between pre-ritual status, but before the post-ritual status is conferred. For many artists making artwork is a form of ritual, Hope, Insogna, Polashenski, and Thielker, perform various rituals in the making of the artworks in Liminal Worlds. Join us for an interesting and lively discussion on the creative practice, art as ritual, and the fine lines that are divisive, dangerous, and crossed with fluctuating ease and difficulty.

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Open Critique
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Open Critique

It's hard to create work in a vacuum! On the first Tuesday of each month, Trestle Gallery hosts critiques that are free and open to the public. Visiting artist Ezra Wube will be leading critiques through December 2017 to June 2018. For more information on our monthly critiques click here.

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On Site
Jun
14
to Jul 18

On Site

*June 1 - Sept 1: Trestle Gallery will be operating on Summer Hours: MWTh 1:30-6:30*

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14th
On view through July 18th

Please join us at Trestle Gallery for On Site, this year’s iteration of our annual member salon, Curated by Jacqueline Ferrante & Jen Nista. This exhibition features visual artists who are all working members at Trestle Art Space & Brooklyn Art Space. Stop by to see art and chat with the artists!

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Small Works 2018
Jul
26
to Aug 29

Small Works 2018

Application Deadline: 5/1/18, midnight.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 26th, 7pm
On view through August 29th, 2018

Annual open call curated by Sharon Louden. Application closes May 1, 2018 at midnight - access it here.

About the Curator:
Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books.

Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicagoand an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

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2018 Residency Exhibition
Dec
7
to Dec 9

2018 Residency Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7th, 7-9pm
Art Talk: coinciding reception
On view through January 11th.

Part of the Trestle Artist Residency program is the option to participate in an end of year Residency Exhibition with rotating prominent guest curators. The guest curator for the upcoming residency cycle will be Carmen Hermo, an assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Incoming residents will have the opportunity to meet with her and show her their work before the exhibition.

About Carmen Hermo:
Hermo joined the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art’s curatorial team as Assistant Curator in June 2016. She is organizing and co-curating several of the initiatives and exhibitions celebrating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sackler Center, A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum.  

Previously, she was Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010–16), where she served on the museum’s Young Collectors Council acquisition committee devoted to acquiring and supporting the work of emerging artists. While there, she researched and promoted the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, overseeing the Collection Online and the outgoing loans program, and worked on acquisitions, collection management, and special projects. She co-curated the contemporary collection exhibitions Now’s the Time: Recent Acquisitions (2012–13) and Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (2015). She has previously worked with the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Dissolving Borders in the Art World
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Dissolving Borders in the Art World

Image: Bonnie Collura, On Target

Coinciding with Borderline, Trestle is pleased to host the discussion “Dissolving Borders in the Art World” with The Remix co-founders, Heather Bhandari, Courtney Colman, and Steven Sergiovanni on Tuesday, April 17, at 7pm. Along with audience participants, they will discuss the changes they’ve seen in the art world over the last decade.

RSVP with a $5 Suggested Donation


The REMIX is a project-based curatorial team, established to exhibit the work of underrepresented artists. Founded in 2017 by three former colleagues from Mixed Greens gallery—Heather Bhandari, Courtney Colman, and Steven Sergiovanni—it strives to create and promote new platforms that foster transparency, community, generosity, and the sharing of resources among artists and arts workers alike.

BIOS:
Heather Bhandari
is an independent curator, consultant, and author based in Brooklyn. The second edition of her book, ART/WORK, was published by Simon and Schuster in October 2017. Bhandari is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brown University. In addition to lecturing and participating in portfolio reviews and panel discussions across the country, she is on the Board of Directors of Visual Arts at Art Omi (Ghent, NY), and is on the advisory boards of Artfcity (artfcity.com) and Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn). From 2000 to 2016 she was a Director of Mixed Greens gallery (New York City). She previously served on the board of NURTUREArt (Brooklyn), and most recently was the Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn). Bhandari received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Her career began at contemporary galleries Sonnabend and Lehmann Maupin, both in New York City.

Courtney Colman is an art advisor and curator based in New York City. She is the founder of Colman Art Advisory. In 2015, she was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as being a member of “S.F.’s New Art Guard: 5 Women Curating the City.” From 2005 to 2013 she was the Exhibitions Coordinator of Mixed Greens gallery (New York City). She previously was an adjunct instructor at FIT (New York City), and has served as a portfolio reviewer for RISD, NURTUREArt, and the American Society of Media Photographers. She currently serves on the advisory board of Projex Connect (San Francisco). Colman received a BA in Art History from Wellesley College and an MA in Art Market Practices from FIT. Her career began at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.

Steven Sergiovanni is an art advisor and curator based in New York City. With over 20 years of experience in the gallery world, Sergiovanni has previously worked at a number of commercial galleries including Charles Cowles, Holly Solomon and Andrea Rosen. Most recently he was a Director of Mixed Greens gallery (New York City). Currently, he is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn). He regularly speaks at institutions such as FIT, NYU, and New York Academy of Art. He was the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for Visual AIDS (New York City). He holds a BA in Art History from Southwestern Univeristy (Georgetown, TX) and an MA in Arts Administration from NYU. His career began at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

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Open Critique
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Open Critique

It's hard to create work in a vacuum! On the first Tuesday of each month, Trestle Gallery hosts critiques that are free and open to the public. Visiting artist Ezra Wube will be leading critiques through December 2017 to June 2018. For more information on our monthly critiques click here.

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Borderline
Mar
9
to Apr 18

Borderline

Image: Bonnie Collura, On Target (detail)

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9th
On view through April 18th
Art Talk: Tuesday, April 17th, 7pm
Curated by The REMIX: Heather BhandariCourtney Colman, & Steven Sergiovanni.

Bonnie Collura
Alex Ebstein
Fabienne Lasserre
Adia Millet

Borderline brings together four artists working in a space Lasserre refers to as the “excluded middle.” Classifying them as painters or sculptors is reductive. The artists use fabric, yoga mats, vinyl, and steel to question hierarchies assumed by art history, pop culture, and politics. They deconstruct materials and unravel Modern abstraction to address figuration, embodiment, impermanence, transition, and imperfection with astute contemporary perception. 

Bonnie Collura is known for her multi-dimensional, multi-media sculptures that freeze a collage of references mid-(de)materialization. This exhibition focuses on her most recent textile work that repurposes fabric from prior experimentation to create On Target, an intricate, large-scale quilt draped over a dress form.

Alex Ebstein’s recent practice concentrates on the painting and collaging of yoga mats. While her relationship to yoga is fraught with personal struggle, the material is ripe with bodily associations that run the gamut from health and peace to shame and impossible ideals. Playing with the palette and stereotypes of fitness culture, Ebstein is able to discuss imperfection and impermanence.

Fabienne Lasserre’s work is colorful and physical. Larger-than-life paintings and lens-like, vinyl and steel constructions appear to have freed themselves from the wall. They beckon to be examined from all sides and approached as you would another person. While championing ambiguity, the pieces are powerful, poised, and self-aware.

Adia Millett’s quilts speak to the process of deconstructing and rebuilding. She defies the rectilinear, ornamental expectations of traditional quilts in favor of complicated narratives and varied cultural iconography--from African textiles to fabrics taken from her own wardrobe. She constructs, repairs, and memorializes, ultimately asking the viewer to imagine the piece as a person with a story to tell.

Coinciding with the exhibition, Trestle is pleased to host the discussion “Dissolving Borders in the Art World” with The Remix co-founders, Heather Bhandari, Courtney Colman, and Steven Sergiovanni on Tuesday, April 17, at 7pm. Along with audience participants, they will discuss the changes they’ve seen in the art world over the last decade.


The REMIX is a project-based curatorial team, established to exhibit the work of underrepresented artists. Founded in 2017 by three former colleagues from Mixed Greens gallery—Heather Bhandari, Courtney Colman, and Steven Sergiovanni—it strives to create and promote new platforms that foster transparency, community, generosity, and the sharing of resources among artists and arts workers alike.

BIOS:
Heather Bhandari
is an independent curator, consultant, and author based in Brooklyn. The second edition of her book, ART/WORK, was published by Simon and Schuster in October 2017. Bhandari is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brown University. In addition to lecturing and participating in portfolio reviews and panel discussions across the country, she is on the Board of Directors of Visual Arts at Art Omi (Ghent, NY), and is on the advisory boards of Artfcity (artfcity.com) and Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn). From 2000 to 2016 she was a Director of Mixed Greens gallery (New York City). She previously served on the board of NURTUREArt (Brooklyn), and most recently was the Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn). Bhandari received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Her career began at contemporary galleries Sonnabend and Lehmann Maupin, both in New York City.

Courtney Colman is an art advisor and curator based in New York City. She is the founder of Colman Art Advisory. In 2015, she was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as being a member of “S.F.’s New Art Guard: 5 Women Curating the City.” From 2005 to 2013 she was the Exhibitions Coordinator of Mixed Greens gallery (New York City). She previously was an adjunct instructor at FIT (New York City), and has served as a portfolio reviewer for RISD, NURTUREArt, and the American Society of Media Photographers. She currently serves on the advisory board of Projex Connect (San Francisco). Colman received a BA in Art History from Wellesley College and an MA in Art Market Practices from FIT. Her career began at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.

Steven Sergiovanni is an art advisor and curator based in New York City. With over 20 years of experience in the gallery world, Sergiovanni has previously worked at a number of commercial galleries including Charles Cowles, Holly Solomon and Andrea Rosen. Most recently he was a Director of Mixed Greens gallery (New York City). Currently, he is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn). He regularly speaks at institutions such as FIT, NYU, and New York Academy of Art. He was the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for Visual AIDS (New York City). He holds a BA in Art History from Southwestern Univeristy (Georgetown, TX) and an MA in Arts Administration from NYU. His career began at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

 

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Open Critique
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Open Critique

It's hard to create work in a vacuum! On the first Tuesday of each month, Trestle Gallery hosts critiques that are free and open to the public. Visiting artist Ezra Wube will be leading critiques through December 2017 to June 2018. For more information on our monthly critiques click here.

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Open Critique
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Open Critique

It's hard to create work in a vacuum! On the first Tuesday of each month, Trestle Gallery hosts critiques that are free and open to the public. Visiting artist Ezra Wube will be leading critiques through December 2017. For more information on our monthly critiques click here.

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Trestle Gallery Resident Show
Dec
15
to Jan 5

Trestle Gallery Resident Show

Image: Charlie Crowell, Corroborate, 2017

Opening Reception: December 15th, 7-9pm
A curator walk through with Katherine Murdock will be taking place during the opening reception.

Work by 2017 Trestle Gallery Residents, Guest Curated by Katherine Murdock.

About Katherine Murdock:
Katherine Murdock is a freelance curator and artist.  For seven years, she was the Assistant Curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey which is one of the largest public institutions in New Jersey devoted exclusively to contemporary art.  She has managed over thirty curated group and solo exhibitions and organized over 60 community art exhibitions for the Art Center.  Murdock curated AdhereX-scapesElena Caravela: Girls in Sight, and in 2014 she began a curation series called Stair-Gazing which featured artists including Valerie Molnar, Claire Sherman, Louisa Armbrust, Philemona Williamson, Betty McGeehan, Rhia Hurt and Naomi Reis.  Murdock has also co-curated the exhibition Women Choose Women Again and collaborated with New Jersey curators for the exhibition Jersey Bounce.  As a freelancer she curated Black, White and Green for Gallery at 14 Maple headquarters of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Morristown, NJ; Mystic Geometry — Circling the Square at Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and the Curator’s Choice exhibition at Village West Gallery in Jersey City for Pro Arts Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ.  Murdock received her BA from Drew University, Madison, NJ.

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Trestle Art Benefit Walkthrough
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Trestle Art Benefit Walkthrough

Image: Mark Brosseau, Extralocal, 2017, acrylic, enamel and Flashe on wood panel, 11 x 14"

Wednesday, November 15th, 7pm
Free and open to the public! 
RSVP: Trestle@brooklynartspace.org

Join Chief Curator Katerina Lanfranco as she walks attendees through the artworks donated to this year's Trestle Art Benefit. Enjoy snacks and refreshments while hearing about the artists and their artworks. Lanfranco will additionally be discussing building an art collection tailored to your personal interests and tastes.

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Art Talk: Objectify
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Art Talk: Objectify

 Jim Osman,  Picnic , 2015

Jim Osman, Picnic, 2015

Event image: Bogumila Strojna, "Space Generator", 2017

An Art Talk coinciding Objectify, an exhibition co-curated by Daniel G. Hill & Mary Schiliro. Join guest curators Daniel G. Hill and Mary Schiliro for a conversation about the exhibition with participating artists, Jim Osman and Patricia Zarate.

Check out the "Objectify" catalogue!

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Objectify
Sep
22
to Nov 4

Objectify

Event image: Emma Langridge, "medium cube 2", 2017

Check out the "Objectify" catalogue!

Objectify, a group exhibition of international artists, presents work that defies categorization and moves in a space between painting and sculpture, image and object. Much of the work is influenced by painting yet emphasizes its objecthood by using methods of presentation that reduce its spatial and pictorial implications. Some works can be viewed as sculpture that has moved to the wall or as painting that has moved to the floor, though, at times, these boundaries have been transgressed more than once before settling into place.

Many of the artists share an interest in process and materiality. Others are involved in the disembodiment and deconstruction of painting. The physicalization of ideas in real space subverts held assumptions and habits of viewing. One’s understanding of the work as an object in the world and the attendant categories is thrown into question.

—Daniel G. Hill & Mary Schiliro, guest curators

Participating Artists:
Richard van der Aa
Robert Bunier
Lemke van Dijk
Daniel G. Hill
Emma Langridge
Laura Nillni
Jim Osman
Mary Schiliro
Bogumila Strojna
Guido Winkler
Patricia Zarate

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Queer as A Clockwork PeachFish
Aug
7
to Sep 15

Queer as A Clockwork PeachFish

image: from the series Queer as a Clockwork Orange (Justin Vivien Bond and Amos Mac), Archival Print on Cotton Rag, 16 x 20

Artist's reception: September 8th, 7-9PM
On view August 7th - September 19th.

Trestle Gallery is pleased to announce Queer as a Clockwork PeachFish, a solo exhibition by m Holloway Burgess. Queer as a Clockwork PeachFish will feature an installation consisting of sculptural objects and two distinct editions of photographs. One edition is titled, Queer as a Clockwork Orange (portraits of notable GLBTIQ New Yorkers in handmade sets fashioned after drawings in Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange) and the other edition of photographs is titled, My Something (nudes). By creating a space in which to question and dislodge socially constructed mores, the artist embraces the fluidity of GLBTIQ culture. The installation provides a means for various considerations of the title to emerge. 

BIO:

Guggenheim Fellow m(artha) Holloway Burgess is an interdisciplinary installation artist living in New York City. Burgess uses photography and mixed media while also experimenting with collaborations and computer based works. The recipient of numerous grants (including New York State Council on the Arts and the Jerome Foundation) and residencies in the United States (including MacDowell and MassMoCa) and abroad, m has had solo exhibitions in Chelsea, Brooklyn, Texas and Vietnam and has participated within group shows nationally and internationally. m’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, the Paris Review, the Houston Press, and the New York Arts Magazine. An artist member of the Elizabeth Foundation Studio program where she has worked since 2011, m is also a part-time Associate Professor at New School University, teaching MFA and BFA photography candidates since 1998.

via http://marthaburgess.com/

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Small Works 2017
Jul
6
to Jul 27

Small Works 2017

Image: Maeve D'arcy, Van Life, 2017

Annual open call Guest Curated by Bill Carroll

About Bill Carroll:
Presently the Director of the Studio Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Mr. Carroll has been involved with the New York art world for more than 25 years.  In the 1980’s he worked for the Dia Art Foundation and The Brooklyn Museum. He was the Director of the Charles Cowles Gallery from 1987 to 1995 and the Elizabeth Harris Gallery from 1996 to 2005.  Bill has curated numerous exhibitions with artists such as Mary Heilmann, Jonathan Lasker, Ken Price, Chris Martin, Marilyn Minter and Juan Usle. He received his BFA is from Pratt Institute, and after completing his MFA at Queens College in 2007, he taught a Professional Practice course to MFA students at Parsons the New School for Design.  At the same time he was consulting for private clients and worked as the Grants Administrator for the Nancy Graves Foundation.  He has lectured at NYFA, Bard College, Cranbrook Academy of Art, NYU, Pratt Institute, and SVA.  Recently he has been exhibiting his own paintings and was reviewed in Art in America.

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Artist as Curator Talk: Melissa Staiger
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Artist as Curator Talk: Melissa Staiger

Melissa Staiger is a Brooklyn, New York City based artist and independent curator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from Pratt Institute. 

Her work has been in group shows at ABC No Rio, Arts@Renaissance, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Heliopolis Project, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, The Painting Center, Schema Projects, Sideshow Gallery, Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery, Trestle Gallery, TSA, Ventana 244, and the Wilmer Jennings Gallery. Staiger has had solo shows at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery and Trestle Projects in New York City.

She was nominated and attended the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida in 2013. In 2015-2016, she was selected to be the Curator-in-Residence at Trestle Gallery at their satellite location Trestle Projects.

Staiger teaches Abstract Painting at Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery and Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners and Collage & Mixed Media at the 92Y in New York City.

via http://www.melissastaiger.com

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Member Salon
Jun
8
to Jun 29

Member Salon

Image: Mother, a painting by TAS artist Myla Seabrook.

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8th, 7-9pm
On view through June 29th.

Curated by Melissa Staiger

Melissa Staiger is a Brooklyn, New York City based artist and independent curator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from Pratt Institute. 

Her work has been in group shows at ABC No Rio, Arts@Renaissance, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Heliopolis Project, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, The Painting Center, Schema Projects, Sideshow Gallery, Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery, Trestle Gallery, TSA, Ventana 244, and the Wilmer Jennings Gallery. Staiger has had solo shows at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery and Trestle Projects in New York City.

She was nominated and attended the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida in 2013. In 2015-2016, she was selected to be the Curator-in-Residence at Trestle Gallery at their satellite location Trestle Projects.

Staiger teaches Abstract Painting at Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery and Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners and Collage & Mixed Media at the 92Y in New York City.

via http://www.melissastaiger.com

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Artist as Curator Talk: Katerina Lanfranco
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Artist as Curator Talk: Katerina Lanfranco

Katerina is a Brooklyn based artist working in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Her work centers on themes of nature, science, and fantasy. It often explores the boundaries of what is real and what is not. Some of the subjects that she explore are bio-genetic engineering, hybrids, botanical illustration, scientific specimens, and nature as metaphor for philosophical inquiry.

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Mystic Geometry - Circling the Square
May
8
to Jun 4

Mystic Geometry - Circling the Square

Solo Project by Katerina Lanfranco
Curated by Katherine Murdock
Opening Reception: Friday May 19th, 7-9pm
On view May 8th to June 4th, 2017

Special Events:
May 8th-18th: 2 week open installation process
May 23rd: Curator as Artist Talk: Katerina Lanfranco

Exhibition website: mysticgeometry.com

Extended Hours:
Sat May 20th & Sun 21st: 12-6pm,
coinciding with Sunset Park Open Studios
Sat May 27 & Sun 28th: 1-5pm
Sat June 3rd & Sun 4th: 1-5pm


Mystic Geometry - Circling the Square is an immersive and site-specific installation that centers itself around an octagonal floor mandala and sculpture situated at the center of the square gallery. The walls of the gallery are composed of seven large-scale paintings that feature geometric forms creating a panoramic sanctuary for the viewer. The geometric forms found in Lanfranco’s artwork represent the elements of nature and mystical concepts. This exhibition provides a reprieve from everyday life and offers an inviting and encompassing aesthetic experience. Through her installation, Lanfranco investigates the symbolic characteristics and allegorical narratives of Platonic solids and geometric forms that exist in nature. Lanfranco explores the physical and esoteric mysteries of such naturally occurring forms that have been referenced throughout art history, spirituality, and philosophy.

Coinciding with the exhibition, Trestle Gallery is pleased to host: Curator as Artist: Katerina Lanfranco a gallery talk on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm. 

In the spirit of Trestle Gallery’s 2017 exhibition theme “Artist as Curator,” Chief Curator, Katerina Lanfranco reverses her roll from curator to artist. Lanfranco reveals her studio practice through an open dialogue during the fabrication and installation of her site-specific work with guest curator Katherine Murdock.


Katerina Lanfranco makes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media installations. Through her studio practice, she studies the intersection between nature, science, and fantasy.

Lanfranco earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz and MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. Her artwork is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and is in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Lanfranco is the founder of Rhombus Space.


Katherine Murdock is the Assistant Curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey which is one of the largest public institutions in NJ devoted exclusively to Contemporary Art.  Since 2010 she has managed over thirty curated group and solo exhibitions and organized over 60 community art exhibitions for the Art Center.

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Artist as Curator Talk: Sam Jablon
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Artist as Curator Talk: Sam Jablon

SAMUEL JABLON (USA, b. 1986) is an artist, poet and performance artist who lives and works in New York City. Jablon received his MFA from Brooklyn College/CUNY (2013) and his BA from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado (2009). Jablon’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Museum Of Modern Art, The Queens Museum and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. Recently, he had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles at Diane Rosenstein, and in New York at Freight + Volume (LES) and Arts + Leisure (Harlem). He has been written about in The Wall Street Journal, Interview Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Hyperallergic, BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail and others. 

via www.samueljablon.com

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Vatic Utterance
Apr
8
to May 5

Vatic Utterance

image: Wendy White, K2, 2015

Participating Artists:
Mike Cloud
Ron Ewert
EJ Hauser
James Hyde
Sam Jablon
Ezra Johnson
Margaux Ogden
Tracy Thomason
Siebren Versteeg
Wendy White
Seldon Yuan

Curated by Sam Jablon

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 6-8pm
On view through May 5th, 2017

Vatic Utterance is about the subtleties of abstraction and language and how the two can morph together and be separate. The work ranges from fragments of words and coded language, to visual poetry. It involves a mix of artists working today who incorporate language in the work through different means. The artists in the show might clash and might coalesce and represent different ideas about art, language, and painting. The show’s title is taken from the poem Vatic Utterance by Rene Ricard. Ricard used poetry to create paintings. This poem captures the reality of life... the rent must be paid.

    Vatic Utterance

    If I love you
    There is no limit
    But love is Luxury
                              Housing
    The rent must be
                            paid
    The lease expires
    Evictions are noticed
    And a new Tenant
    Moves in

    2005 Oct 24

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Artist as Curator Panel: Kirk Stoller, Vince Contarino & Catherine Haggarty
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Artist as Curator Panel: Kirk Stoller, Vince Contarino & Catherine Haggarty

image: installation shot of Trestle Gallery's Current Exhibition, Echo Spectrum

Participants:
Kirk Stoller, co-curator of Echo Spectrum and proprietor of c2c project space
Vince Contarino, of Present Company
Catherine Haggarty, of Ortega y Gasset Projects

Trestle Gallery is pleased to present a discussion on "Artist as Curator" March 21st, 7pm at Trestle Gallery (850 3rd Ave, Suite 411, Sunset Park, BK). This special talk will feature curators Kirk Stoller, Vince Contarino, and Catherine Haggarty. They will be coming together to discuss their curatorial efforts as artists, and how these experiences work into or influence their own art practices. Kirk Stoller will also be discussing his role as co-curator (with artist/curator Mel Prest) of our current exhibition Echo Spectrum at Trestle Gallery.

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Echo Spectrum
Feb
24
to Mar 28

Echo Spectrum

Opening Reception: Friday, February 24th, 7-9pm
On view through March 28th, 2017
*image: Leslie Smith III, Tall Tales, 2015

 Andy Parkinson,  Script, 2017

Andy Parkinson, Script, 2017

Curated by Mel Prest and Kirk Stoller

Participating Artists:
Sarah Bednarek
Nelleke Beltjens
Vivien Collens
Hanz Hancock
Lauri Hopkins
Anna Kunz
Patrick Morrissey
Andy Parkinson
Leslie Smith III

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Introductions 2017
Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Introductions 2017

Our annual open call to kick off the new year. Curated by Julie Torres.
Opening Reception: January 13, 2017 7-9pm
On view through February 17, 2017.
Artist as Curator Talk: Tues, January 10, 7pm

Image: Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Slouch, 2015

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Participating Artists:
Luke Ahern
Julie Alexander
Natessa Amin
April Bachtel
Frid Branham
Mark Brosseau
Philippa Brown
Malina Busch
Susan Carr
Donna Cleary
Julie Combal
Sue Danielson
Diane Englander
Lea Fales
Robin Green
Jay Hendrick
Jesse Hickman
Jennifer Kirkpatrick
Susan Klein
Barbara Laube
Madison LaVallee
Danielle Lawrence
Lynda Litchfield
Rosie Lopeman
Adam Lovitz
Cynthia Mason
Anne-Marie McIntyre
Jamie Powell
Anjuli Rathod
Ann Reichlin
Julia Schwartz
Christina Tenaglia
Jill Vasileff
Kelly Worman
Pier Wright
Cay Yoon
Rebecca Young
Maria Kondratiev
Alexandra Rubenstein
Claudia Tienan

  Portrait courtesy Brenda Zlamany

Portrait courtesy Brenda Zlamany

About Julie Torres:

Julie Torres is a New York based painter and independent curator, specializing in community-expanding collaborations with likeminded artists. Her goal to support and connect kindred makers, thinkers and organizers led to recent curatorial projects 'Art in America,' 'Family Style' and 'Do it Yourself.' Torres is thrilled to join Trestle Gallery for Introductions 2017. She can't wait to meet you.

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