Trestle News 2017 Spring II

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New Location + Sunset Park Open Studios!

Trestle is excited about settling in at our new location 850 3rd Ave with a 10 yr lease and already nearing maximum capacity in the studios! This year, TG will be as part of this year’s Sunset Park Open Studios 2017, on May 20-21, from noon to 6:00pm each day. This biannual program gives thousands of residents and arts lovers, alike, get a rare look inside at the vibrant, creative communities of TG and Industry City.

 
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New TG Residency Starts May 1! 

Trestle Gallery is proud to now offer semi-private, individual artist workspaces, starting Monday, May 1st! As a member of our new residency program, artists will receive a dedicated workspace, at a discounted rate, and can attend our monthly advisory board meetings.

Trestle Artists Press

 
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Pratt Manhattan Gallery presented member Jason Stopa’s curated exhibition A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting after 2000.

Image left (from exhibition): Liz Markus, Celine, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60"

Source: https://www.pratt.edu/events/exhibitions/pratt-manhattan-gallery/

 

Gallery Highlights

Artist As Curator Talk: Samuel Jablon

Samuel Jablon is a contemporary artist and poet. His work is rooted in language and ranges from performances, to poetry and painting. The work utilizes paint, text, and a range of materials to create a space between what is read and simply seen.

He will be discussing his own work, the process of curating Vatic Utterance, our current exhibition, and the artists chosen for the exhibition.

Upcoming Exhibition: Mystic Geometry - Circling the Square

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.

 

Trestle Artist Profiles

Myra Kooy, TG Artist Member

How would you describe yourself and your approach as a visual artist?
I was always making art. Ever since I was a child, it was like, ‘What materials do I want to work with?’ There were all these different and various tools, none of them probably appropriate for what I wanted to do with them. I wouldn’t sit still at a paper—I could never sit still. And I would always build things. At my core, I’m a sculptor as well. I’ve had so many different materials at my fingertips and it was just so exciting. And that’s why my studio is kind of like this and my work is so diverse. The concept of the right tools to make a product has never been something I had in my head. 

What projects are you currently working on?
The way that I work, I get mostly inspired by materials and things I see in my environment. I’m trying to explore formality a little bit. Formality in the sense of materials or styles that might be used by others, but reinterpreting and reclaiming them. For example, the printing press, printing on paper, using canvases instead of found objects to paint on. These [paintings] here are the exploration and transportation of light. In some way or another, they’re environmental. I [also] started painting my great, great grandmother. [Here’s] an actual [photo] of her. I knew that eventually, I was going to “wash” her away, but she would form back in. I was adopted into a white family. I actually met my biological family and now I know some of these elements.

How has Trestle impacted your career?
I was moving from New Jersey, where I had a lot of outdoor space, indoor space, a place where I could use a grinder, a place where I could use a sander and tablesaw, a place where I could have my industrial sewing machine. It was like this world of heaven and I just loved it. But I also lived somewhat like a nun. I had a single bed that I slept in and my whole life was [about] creation. I was never sad or depressed. When I [moved] into this space, I had to find another voice. I had to be able to build another voice inside myself. Here I got to talk to people who have been artists for a really long time—working in different mediums, working in mediums I was working in. Trestle Gallery has been a gift because I was afraid of myself. I was not willing to go out into the community. The people here are all artists and we’re all a little bit tilted, in one direction or another. Because we’re all tilted, it makes it okay. 

Aima St. Hunon, TG Artist Member

What projects are you currently working on?
This [painting] is for a project. It will be shown in a new renovated brownstone. They want to sell it, but with some beautiful artwork. This painting will be shown on the top of the bedroom. My inspiration was to do two goddesses, two very sensual women. I had this vision of blue—I wanted to see blue. I don’t know why. And I love texture and layers. I love to create volume. I want to be not too realistic, but with the color, bring something more abstract.

Any upcoming news or events you would like to share with our Trestle followers? 
The Domenico Vacca Art Gallery, on 15 West 55th Street, keeps some of my sculptures. We have a good relationship. Last week, I made this life-size sculpture in bronze. I have this kind of vision of making art performances on the streets of NYC. So I wanted to bring this big bronze sculpture from Domenico Vacca to Central Park. I also have a costume, which is the front of my sculpture. So I wore the costume with a mask. My friend who was with me was holding the sculpture on the street, on this big pedestal, while I was dancing around the sculpture. 

How has Trestle impacted your career?
I love the space. There’s a lot of light and energy, so that helps me to create a lot and have a lot of inspiration. It’s also great to interact with other artists, to exchange ideas, feelings and emotions. And there are some great artists here.


Trestle News 2017 Spring I

 

Trestle in the News

BKLYNER.COM featuring Trestle's new location: http://bklyner.com/trestle-art-space-settles-sunset-park/ Trestle Artists press:  Adrienne Elise Tarver interviewed here: http://www.bkmag.com/2017/03/02/talking-with-gowanus-based-artist-adrienne-elise-tarver/  Austin Thomas’s show at Morgan Lehman reviewed in the New Yorker here: http://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/art/austin-thomas

BKLYNER.COM featuring Trestle's new location: http://bklyner.com/trestle-art-space-settles-sunset-park/

Trestle Artists press: 
Adrienne Elise Tarver interviewed here: http://www.bkmag.com/2017/03/02/talking-with-gowanus-based-artist-adrienne-elise-tarver/ 
Austin Thomas’s show at Morgan Lehman reviewed in the New Yorker here: http://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/art/austin-thomas

Trestle Gallery Highlights

Gallery Art Talk: Artist as Curator Panel Discussion

Participants: Kirk Stoller, co-curator of Echo Spectrum and proprietor of c3c project space, Vince Contarino, of Present Company, Catherine Haggarty, of Ortega y Gasset Projects

 

Trestle Artist Profiles

Exhibition Opening: Vatic Utterance Curated by Sam Jablon

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

Artist Profile: Tahir Karmali. Trestle Visiting Artist Resident Winter/Spring 2017 How has Trestle impacted your career? When I began at Trestle I had to produce a lot of work for the Art Africa Fair in Cape town - It was very helpful to have space and time to produce the work. I have also had the opportunity to have studio visits and with curators that I would have not usually had the space to do so. Any upcoming things you'd like to share with the Trestle network? I am happy to share that the Fair went really well in Cape Town. I will have another display of this work in Red Hook at the beginning of May. While in the space I have managed to expand and develop the work further than I thought. What are you working on now? I am working on an installation and a series of works that uses paper making as a metaphor for border creation. I use historic narratives from Colonial East Africa to discuss the role of identities on paper that encourages limitation of movement and filtration of people.

Artist Profile: Tahir Karmali. Trestle Visiting Artist Resident Winter/Spring 2017

How has Trestle impacted your career? When I began at Trestle I had to produce a lot of work for the Art Africa Fair in Cape town - It was very helpful to have space and time to produce the work. I have also had the opportunity to have studio visits and with curators that I would have not usually had the space to do so.

Any upcoming things you'd like to share with the Trestle network? I am happy to share that the Fair went really well in Cape Town. I will have another display of this work in Red Hook at the beginning of May. While in the space I have managed to expand and develop the work further than I thought.

What are you working on now? I am working on an installation and a series of works that uses paper making as a metaphor for border creation. I use historic narratives from Colonial East Africa to discuss the role of identities on paper that encourages limitation of movement and filtration of people.

Artist Profile: Adrienne Elise Tarver, Trestle Residency Coordinator How has Trestle impacted your career?  In general I love being a part of an art community and this community has been great. Having a studio in a communal space and being a coordinator for the residency has introduced me to so many interesting artists living and working in the area. Participating in Open Studios has brought more opportunities than I ever expected.  Any upcoming things you'd like to share with the Trestle network? I currently have a show up at Victori+Mo in Bushwick and this summer I will have work in the Bronx Museum of Art Fourth AIM Biennial which will be up from mid-July through October.  What are you working on now? I’m currently working on new hanging pieces—I make paintings with caulking on wire mesh. I’m trying to work through some new ideas for those as well as a few other ideas for new work. 

Artist Profile: Adrienne Elise Tarver, Trestle Residency Coordinator

How has Trestle impacted your career?  In general I love being a part of an art community and this community has been great. Having a studio in a communal space and being a coordinator for the residency has introduced me to so many interesting artists living and working in the area. Participating in Open Studios has brought more opportunities than I ever expected. 

Any upcoming things you'd like to share with the Trestle network? I currently have a show up at Victori+Mo in Bushwick and this summer I will have work in the Bronx Museum of Art Fourth AIM Biennial which will be up from mid-July through October. 

What are you working on now? I’m currently working on new hanging pieces—I make paintings with caulking on wire mesh. I’m trying to work through some new ideas for those as well as a few other ideas for new work. 

Trestle News 2017 Summer

Artist Aima St Hunon and her art as Trestle Gallery Beyond at Liberty View partners with Beyond at Liberty View partners with for Open Studios.

Artist Aima St Hunon and her art as Trestle Gallery Beyond at Liberty View partners with Beyond at Liberty View partners with for Open Studios.