Trestle x Slate

Breaking New Ground

Artist Reception: July 14, 2016, 6pm

For the inaugural exhibition at Slate’s new headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, Trestle Gallery presents Breaking New Ground. This art exhibition showcases four artists who work with formal investigations that range from abstract to representational. Rhia Hurt’s series pushes against our expectations of color field painting by creating uniquely shaped modular surfaces that combine conventions of sculpture and painting. Abigail Groff Hernandez uses the restrained tradition of still-life painting to subtlety break the illusion of pictorial space through contrasting formal compositions. Melissa Staiger’s paintings employ the circle as a motif and starting point to explore formal and visual principles, as well as abstract and mystical concepts. Katerina Lanfranco’s paintings embrace seemingly opposite painterly, chaotic natural forms and hard-edge geometric shapes and symbols, harmoniously blending sacred geometry and biophilia. Collectively, the artworks in this exhibition challenge the status quo and the tradition of painting. Using unexpected media, surface, and paint application, these artists are breaking new ground in their creative dialogues with contemporary art.

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Steve Nedboy in his studio at Trestle art Space, 2016

Steve Nedboy in his studio at Trestle art Space, 2016

Poetic License 

Artist Reception: December 14th, 6pm
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Curated by Katerina Lanfranco and Trestle Gallery are pleased to present Steven Nedboy’s solo exhibition Poetic License at the NYC headquarters at Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

Steven Nedboy works exclusively in a square format, because it creates a neutral background for pictorial space. He creates layered and colorful oil paintings with wax medium on both linen and canvas. The paintings are based on oil pastels drawings. These are used for inspiration for the larger oil paintings, and at times translated into digital interpretations that are produced at a larger scale. Working with oil pastels allows Nedboy to explore color relationships, texture, atmosphere, and space in the image. Converting the spontaneous surface and atmospheric qualities of the oil pastels into deliberate oil paintings is the starting point of these artworks. However the results are seductive surfaces with various types of paint applications and rhythmic patterns and all-over abstractions, or strong figure ground dynamics.

Steve Nedboy, Hop, Skip & Jump, 2014, oil and wax medium on canvas

Steve Nedboy, Hop, Skip & Jump, 2014, oil and wax medium on canvas

Music is an important part of the artist’s creative process, particularly jazz. Nedboy listens to the greats: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington. Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Clark, and many others. The rhythms and emotions of these artists help propel and inspire his creative process. 

Influences include: Mark Rothko, Willem DeKooning, Barnett Newman, Arshile Gorky, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Eduard Degas, Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers, Jake Berhot, and Licio Isolani at Pratt Institute for sculpture and foundry teaching.  
Steven Nedboy earned his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York, (1982). And his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York where he studied with Isolani Licio (1974).
Mr. Nedboy grew up in Brooklyn New York and attended the high school of Art and Design, where he majored in Architecture. He then attended New York City Technical College earning an Associate in Art and Advertising Design. Afterwards he attended Pratt Institute studying sculpture, figure, and mold-making, including bronze casting at the Pratt foundry, as well as printmaking and painting, earning a BFA, Bachelor of Fine Art. He attended Hunter College, studying painting, and printmaking, earning a MFA, Master of Fine Art. His career has varied in many artistic areas, including painting and digital drawing, making sculpture for other artists, creating sculptural signs, textile designer, and brownstone restorations. He currently lives in New York City.

Trestle x LoMA

Each year, Trestle partners with the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy to provide internship opportunities to their students. Our current interns:

Layla McCants is a senior at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy who hopes to be able to study art history in the fall. She has worked and works closely with The Whitney Museum of American Art helping them plan teen events and working with artists as a Youth Insights Leader. She has had a film and a painting shown there and hopes to have a future in critiquing art or working in art education.

Matthew is currently a senior at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. He is an aspiring artist and is currently waiting to hear back from colleges. He dabbles in almost anything he can get his hands on, but right now his focus is printmaking and experimenting with the medium. Matt hopes to also bring more awareness to trans issues in the art world as he progresses as an artist. His current project is to ingrain and document his transition in his own work. He has participated in the Outreach and Saturday programs from the Cooper Union.