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Introductions 2019: Julia Wilson
to Jan 30

Introductions 2019: Julia Wilson

Image: Julia Wilson, E Unibus Pluram, 32 x 40”, archival inkjet print, 2016

Introductions 2019: Julia Wilson

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 7-9pm
Art Talk: (coinciding with reception) January 11th, 7pm
On view December 21 through January 30th
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Trestle Gallery is pleased to announce…

a solo exhibition of photographic work by Julia Wilson, curated by Jason Andrew of Norte Maar. To support our 2019 exhibition year, A Deeper Look, we made our annual open call Introductions, our first ever solo exhibition opportunity. Julia's work was selected by Jason from almost 400 applications submitted. This is the first exhibition of Trestle’s 2019 season, which will focus on solo exhibitions.

Coinciding with the reception will be an artist's talk by Julia Wilson, starting at 7pm. Come by to hear the artist talk about their work and practice, and engage with them in casual dialogue while enjoying wine and snacks.

As a curator interested in what’s happening now, it was exciting to get to see artists’ submissions from around the world applying for this opportunity through Trestle Gallery. Julia Wilson stood out as one who has honed her skills in capturing the world around her. I gravitated to her painterly approach to the image and her unconventional use of her personal computer as camera. There is an intimacy yet universal experience that she captures in her work.

- Jason Andrew, curator


Julia Wilson is a photographic artist, who explores our relationship to and between text and image, as well as photographic materiality within our technological age. Using the large format view camera, Julia photographs constructed compositions of words, images, and indexical marks on the screen of her personal computer. The final images serve as foils to our media profuse cultural atmosphere and lingual inundation. Julia’s images have been featured on the photographic platforms, Aint-Bad, PHROOM, Fraction Magazine, Analog Forever, BU’s academic journal SEQUITUR. Julia received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies with a concentration in Latin and Ancient Greek translation from the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Jason Andrew is an independent scholar, curator, and producer. He is the Founding Partner at Artist Estate Studio, LLC, which manages the estates of Jack Tworkov, Janice Biala, and Elizabeth Murray as well as the studio of Robert Zakanitch to name a few. A prominent figure in the Brookyn art scene, Mr. Andrew is the co-founder and director of Norte Maar  a non-profit now celebrating its 15th anniversary encouraging, promoting, and presenting collaborative projects in the arts. He can be followed on Twitter and Instgram: @jandrewARTS

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2018 Residency Exhibition
to Dec 12

2018 Residency Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, November 16th, 7-9pm
Art Talk: coinciding reception
On view through December 12th.

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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TAB 2018
7:00 PM19:00

TAB 2018

Benefit Night: Thursday, November 8th, 7-9pm

The Trestle Art Benefit (TAB) is our annual fundraiser featuring a silent auction of over 50 artworks by local and national artists, specialty items, and tasty treats and refreshments provided by local businesses. This year’s goal is to raise $40,000 to continue to grow Trestle's general programming, including Trestle Gallery Exhibitions, & Eventsopportunities for curators & artistsTrestle Artist ResidencyVisiting Artist Residency, and Trestle Workshops.

The Trestle Art Benefit is an opportunity for us to reflect on, celebrate and promote the Trestle community! The artworks available in the silent auction include artists who have exhibited at Trestle, current and former artists-in-residence, and more. Traditionally, we honor one artist and one art world leader - we are pleased to announce that our Honorees for 2018 are both artists who double as leaders in the art world: Enrico Gomez and Sharon Louden

About our Honorees:

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.


Enrico Gomez is an artist and curator in the greater New York area. He has exhibited at venues including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, NJ. The Painting Center, Ground Floor Gallery and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art all here in New York, among many others. He has been featured in various publications including The New Criterion, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times. He was named by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture". Enrico is currently Director of The Dorado Project and a founder/partner in M E N Gallery in New York, NY.

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the alleyway to the prison's garden: Solo Exhibition by Nooshin Rostami
to Oct 24

the alleyway to the prison's garden: Solo Exhibition by Nooshin Rostami

Opening Reception: Friday, September 28th
On view through October 24th, 7-9pm
Art Talk: Tues, October 9th, 7pm

Trestle is pleased to announce the alleyway to the prison's garden, a solo exhibition by Iranian artist Nooshin Rostami, curated by Alex Paik. The title of the exhibition comes from the name of a street where her father grew up in the desert of Sharood, Iran. 

Within a metaphorical construction, the artist changes the perception of space and navigates the traits of form - both fluid and structural - to negotiate the relationship between seemingly paradoxical concepts of the human state: stable versus uncertain, controlled versus unruled, and static versus fluid.

The exhibition will be in conversation with its sister exhibition at Art in Buildings, titled Corner of my room. Both installations are based on interviews Rostami conducted with her parents where she asked them open-ended questions as they watched the video piece that both of these installations refer to. They are collectively called Corner of my room and the alleyway to the prison's garden.

Nooshin Rostami is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and educator born in Shahroud, Iran. She immigrated to the United States to pursue her graduate studies, and so far she has been unable to return to her home country. In her work, she explores the impact of displacement as physical, emotional and psychological conditions which she materializes as landscapes of abstract spatial constructs. As a multidisciplinary artist, Rostami works predominantly in performance, installation, and sculpture where a series of abstract forms mutate into an amalgam of objects, constituting personal, social & political narratives.

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Alex Paik: Stretto
to Sep 22

Alex Paik: Stretto

Image: Alex Paik, Hexagon (Klint), 2017, gouache, colored, pencil, paper, nails, dimensions variable

Alex Paik: Stretto
Opening Reception: Friday September 7th
On view through September 22nd.

In classical music a stretto is when the subject of a fugue is repeated in close, overlapping succession, usually at the end of the piece. Similarly, Paik’s fugue-like modular wall installations focus on one shape or unit as its subject which is then repeated in different orientations as the piece is hung. The way that the units layer and form other compound shapes mimic the way a fugue’s subject is transposed, inverted, and folded into itself. His work explores ephemerality, reflected color, and repetition as a generative compositional process.

The title is also a nod to the many overlapping roles that Paik has as an artist, director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, curator of Satellite Art Show, and chief curator at Trestle Gallery.

Alex Paik is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been shown at galleries and art fairs nationally and internationally. He is the founder and Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a non-profit network of artist-run spaces; Curator of Satellite Art Show, an alternative art fair in Miami; and Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery, a non-profit arts organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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to Aug 22

Small Works 2018

Image: Rebecca Murtaugh, Mallet and Burrow: Cobblestone, Coral, Beads, and Citrus Splash, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 26th, 7pm
On view through August 22nd, 2018

Annual open call curated by Sharon Louden featuring works 12 inches and under. Join us, Thursday July 26th, for the opening reception of this grand salon of petit works!

Participating artists:
Cynthia Alvarez - Natessa Amin - Diana Behl - Katrina Bello - Charles Birnbaum - Tom Burtonwood - Phaedra Call - Chelsea Cater - Gabrielle Cordes - Nicole Czapinski - Donn Davis - Lindsey Dezman - Gianna DiBartolomeo - Maria Dimanshtein - Joseph Dolinsky - Alex Gingrow - Andrew Hendrixson - Halona Hilbertz - Amy Johnson - Leah Kaplan - Barbara Kemp Cowlin - Keri Kimura - Niki Kriese - Jyan Ku - Ming-Jer Kuo - Robert Lansden - Kim Largey - Heidi Leitzke - Lisa Levy - Tai Lipan - Kirsten Lofgren - Antonio Lopez - Paul Loughney - Christina Massey - Tim McFarlane - Rebecca Murtaugh - Jean Oh - Katelyn Patton - Ashely Peifer - Pam Poquette - Stacey Rowe - Nat Ruiz - Annette Rusin - Kate Schaffer - Gabriel J. Shuldiner - Victoria Smith - Mica Smith - Noah Stitt - Suzanne Stroebe - Anastasiya Tarasenko - Benjamin Terry - Margaret Timbrell - Sarah Treharne - Jeanne Tremel - Becca Van K - Amy Vensel - Ziping Wang - Bettina Weiß - Lauren West - Sara Willadsen - Tamara Wilson - Evelyn Wong - Becky Yazdan

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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On Site
to Jul 18

On Site

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

Opening Reception & VIP Mixer: Thursday, June 14th, 8-10pm
On view through July 18th

Co-curated by Jacqueline Ferrante & Jen Nista

On Siteis Trestle's annual salon featuring artwork made by artists working in our space. The opening reception will coincide with Trestle's VIP Mixer & Auction Night PartyThis year's mixer is free & open to the public.

The opening reception and special event will feature a live art auction, specialty beverages, tasty samplings provided by local vendors, live music, wine, and over 60 artworks on view. In addition to attending the VIP Mixer party, attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists and curators that make Trestle so special - including new Chief Curator, Alex Paik! As an artist-run space Trestle Gallery’s overarching goal is to put artists first, and in support of this ideal participating artists will be recieving 70% of each sale. Support emerging artists and curators by supporting Trestle Gallery. 

Featuring artwork by:
Yasmeen Abdallah - Angela Alba - Hannah Berry - Julia Blume
Rosa Bozhkov - Nell Breyer - Andrea Caldarise - Nathan Catlin - Haleigh Collins
Jessica Dalrymple - Kat Deiner - Martin Dull - Todd Durm - Eliza Evans
Jacqueline Ferrante - Alexandra Frankel - Mayuko Fujino - Katherine Gagnon
Christina Graham - Abigail Groff-Hernandez - Kristen Haskell - Christopher Hayes
Dianne Hebbert - Erik Hougen - Lehna Huie - Caitlin Hurd - Rhia Hurt
Jessica Rose Jardinel - Christina Kelly - Richard Kessler - Myra Kooy - Nikolina Kovalenko
Taeko Kuraya - Seung Won Lee - Sandra Lippmann - Genevieve Lowe - Katrina Majkut
Allison Maletz - Sarah Mallory - Jamie Mirabella - Katherine Muehlemann
Steven Nedboy - Gal Nissim - Jen Nista - Justin O’Brien - Alex Paik
Panos Papamichael - Aston Philip - Mari Renwick - Jessica Rosen - Erika Roth
Zoe Schwartz - Zach Seeger - Alexandra Seiler - Julie Snyder - Marcy Sperry
Jeanette Spicer - Melissa Staiger - Rosemary Taylor - Carlos Torres-Machado
Ruyin Tsai - Lesley Wamsley - Lisa Warren - Chris Weller
Ezra Wube - Heidi Yockey - Sooyeon Yun - Cindy Zaglin - Ping Zheng

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Liminal Worlds
to Jun 2

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 2, 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.


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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to Apr 18


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.

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 ( 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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Unrestricted: 2017 Trestle Gallery Resident Show
to Jan 5

Unrestricted: 2017 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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to Nov 4


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
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. 


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.


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Small Works 2017
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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Member Salon
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.


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Mystic Geometry - Circling the Square
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:

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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Vatic Utterance
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
    The rent must be
    The lease expires
    Evictions are noticed
    And a new Tenant
    Moves in

    2005 Oct 24

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Echo Spectrum
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
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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2016 Resident Show Pop-Up
7:00 PM19:00

2016 Resident Show Pop-Up

Work by our residents from the 2016 year, spanning both of our locations - Trestle Gallery (168 7th Street) & Trestle Projects (400 3rd Ave). Curated by Trestle Project CIR Jessie Firestone

2016 Residents:
Paul Anagnostopoulos, Marilee Bogaert, Rachel Chicaguala, Dean Christensen, Lily Coleman, Julie Combal, Charlotte Corini, Anne Croken, Beth Duerr, Joshua Gabriel, Jessica Gramza, Katie Hector, Bonam Kim, Zanne Kuhlman, Kat JK Lee, Carlos Torres Machado, Sarah Mallory, Jen Nista, Natasa Prljevic, Erika Roth, Libby Rosa, Aparna Sarkar, Shana Siegel, Skye Asta Devine Schirmer, Annie Trincot

Image: Rachel Chicaguala, Kudzu Monster, 2016

About Jesse Firestone:
Jesse Firestone is an independent curator and our 2017 Curator in Residence. Firestone is interested in using art as a nexus to open a wide range of topics and create public space outside the market through discourse and interaction. He looks to organize exhibitions that feature traditional, non­traditional, local, and international artists whose work generally has relevance outside the gallery. By using the gallery as a zone for production, experimentation, and staging information, Firestone’s exhibitions lend themselves more towards critical reflection, meditative respite, action, catharsis, or celebration as opposed to blind worship and alienation.

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Plus One
to Jan 6

Plus One

Plus One
Opening: November 18th, 7pm
On view through January 6th, 2017
Organized by Melissa Staiger
By appointment only

Trestle Gallery
850 3rd Ave, Ste 411

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural exhibition Plus One at our new exhibition space, Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery, at 850 3rd Ave in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The gallery is located within our newly developed artist studio complex, Trestle Art Space, that opened November 1st. Melissa Staiger organized Plus One by inviting 22 artists to participate and extend their invite, as a “plus one”, to another artist whose work is in a creative dialogue with their own. Formal and conceptual relationships reveal themselves within this exhibition that celebrates unexpected connections. This exhibition is based on how we are interconnected as working artists, curators, educators, and community builders. Plus One acknowledges and celebrates how top contemporary artists wear many hats in our current art world.

Please join us for the opening reception for Plus One is November 18th at 7pm, and coincides with our Trestle Art Space open house.
Jim Osmon writes about selecting fellow artist Scott Reeds, as his “plus one” for the exhibition: "There are a few common sensibilities shared between Scott Reeds' work and mine. We both have a distinct interest in abstraction as a language. And how color can both define form and organize it." 

Austin Thomas invited painter Michele Mirisola. Austin Thomas works primarily in sculpture and drawing. While their work work is very different Austin Thomas reflects: “Maybe our work is more similar than one would first think?”

Paul Behnke selected Rebecca Murtaugh because their work share a common dialogue, and formal concerns. Paul Behnke writes: “Our forms interact and are bound together by ideas of color, structure, texture, and a sense of monumentality. At times I believe I am a sculptor who paints and Rebecca is a painter who sculpts.”

Paul Behnke + Rebecca Murtaugh
Michael Brennan + Nat Meade
Bill Carroll + Howard Smith
Beth Duerr + Jes Cannon
Enrico Gomez + Nick De Pirro
Clarity Haynes + Jess Whittam
Erik Hougen + Brad Ewing
Rhia Hurt + Mary Negro
Will Hutnick + Eleanna Anagnos
Christina Kelly + Celeste Fichter
Katerina Lanfranco + Dan Gratz
Allison Maletz + Michael Sherman
Jim Osman + Scott Reeds
Alex Paik + Alexis Granwell
Mel Prest + Rob de Oude
Erika Roth + Maria Liebana
Polly Shindler + Robert Nava
Melissa Staiger + Beatrice Wolert
Jason Stopa + Grace Summerfield
Adrienne Tarver + Rita Leduc
Austin Thomas + Michele Mirisola
Julie Torres + Ellen Letcher

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Paper Pushers
7:00 PM19:00

Paper Pushers

Paper Pushers: Taking a two-pronged approach toward the use of paper, this exhibition brings together works that are composed of re-purposed materials, applied in a rhythmic and serial manner.  On one hand the works share the choice of materials and on the other hand introduces a shared esthetic. In transforming the properties of the material the artists are employing a sculptural and/or reductive approach to the possibilities of working with paper.

By cutting, folding, weaving, bending, collage-ing and sewing these artists explore the diverse properties and applications of paper while moving away from utilizing it’s illusionistic aspects. The manifold possibilities of paper, combined with its humble nature, make it the preferred material for a democratic and direct approach as an artist medium.

Guest Curated by Mel Prest & Rob de Oude
On view through November 4th.

Participating Artists:
Sarah Bednarek
Hedwig Brouckaert
Joan Grubin
Nils Karsten
Paul Loughney
Francesca Pastine
Zachary Royer Scholz
Viviane Rombaldi Seppey
Oriane Stender
Lawrence Swan

Image: Oriane Stender, Bookpage Totem IV (detail), 2015

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7:00 PM19:00


On view through September 16th.

Desire on the Edge, guest curated by Emma Katz & Megan Piontkowski, features the work of a diverse group of artists, Heather Elizabeth Garland, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Tinuade Oyelowo, Aiden Simon, and Jade Yumang, whose work grapples with expressions of sexual desire. The exhibition proposes that desire, lust, and passion are seen as essential elements to sexual and romantic happiness. But when it comes to non-normative sexuality, how can we know what we desire when we live in a culture dominated by the heterosexual male viewpoint? If our desires are born under the influence of a repressive culture, is it still empowering to pursue them? And if not, what is the alternative and how do we live with the uncertainty? 

Image: Sandra Mack-Valencia, Fruit Of The Loom, 2010

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Quantum Leap
to Nov 30

Quantum Leap

image: Erika Roth, Strawberry Shortcake Suicide, 2015

Curated by Katerina Lanfranco

Opening Reception: Friday, November 20th, 2015, 7-9 PM
On view through November 30th

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.

Participating Artists:

Rachel Chicaguala
Lily Colman
Jessica Dalrymple
Beth Duerr
Michael Claire Gevint
Erin Hael
Sarah S. Mallory
Molly McIntyre
Erika Roth
Shana Siegel
Brett Walace
Hanna Winkler

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Body Utopia
to Oct 31

Body Utopia

Participating Artists
Chitra Ganesh
Clarity Haynes
Riva Lehrer
Sondra Perry
Pinar Yolacan
Constantina Zavitsanos

image: Pinar Yolaçan, Boro, 2009 

Organized by Clarity Haynes

Opening Reception: Friday, September 25, 7-9pm
On View: September 25 - October 31
Art Talk with Clarity Haynes: Tuesday, October 13, 6:30pm

A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth glancing at. – Oscar Wilde BODY UTOPIA creates a visionary space that honors ideas and representations of the nonconforming body – a body that does not subscribe to cultural ideals, whether through size, age, disability, ethnicity, gender presentation, or “queer”, self-chosen, outlier identity. The exhibition features photography by Chitra Ganesh and Pinar Yolaçan; sculpture by Constantina Zavitsanos; painting and drawing by Clarity Haynes and Riva Lehrer; and video by Sondra Perry. BODY UTOPIA embodies an inclusive feminist point of view and invites questions, such as: what does it mean to represent a disabled body? A survivor’s body? What is discovered through the exploration of seemingly oppositional states such as trauma, sexual agency, and spirituality?

Lehrer and Haynes use representational portraiture to define the formal charecteristics of the curve of a breast, the angle of an elbow, the presence of a wheelchair. Their work encourages identification with the vulnerable self and other. Zavitsanos’ work, also portraiture, leans towards abstraction, conveying the presence and absence of the body via the imprint it leaves on its environment. Ganesh and Perry’s work evokes corporeality through metaphor. Ganesh employs distortions of scale to imagine a spiritual anti-Eden – an impossible state that is at once powerful and ethereal. Perry documents an intrepid physical and political intervention into public space, keenly expressing the awkward humor of not blending into one’s surroundings. Yolaçan delves into the world of fashion, invoking ideas of body modification, sex play, costuming, and theatrical avatars.

The artists in BODY UTOPIA describe both the jouissance and the challenges of embodiment. BODY UTOPIA is an arena where alternate spaces and inner mythologies can be shared and revealed, thereby exposing points of view that engage and challenge assumptions about the body. Trestle Gallery will publish a catalogue of the work in the show with an essay by Clarity Haynes and an introduction by Mary Negro. 

Huffington Post - ‘Body Utopia’ Explores The Explosive Beauty Of Nonconforming Bodies, 09/04/2015

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