Mystic Geometry - Circling the Square

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

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

Mystic Geometry - Circling the Square is an interactive and site-specific exhibition that centers itself around an octagonal floor mandala and immersive 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 work represent the elements of life and mystical concepts. This exhibition provides a reprieve from everyday life and offers an inviting and encompassing aesthetic experience that explores the symbolic characteristics and allegorical narratives that Platonic solids and geometric forms that exist in naturally occurring forms and that have been referenced throughout art history, spirituality, and philosophy. 

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.

image: Vision Quest Study #3, 2016, 14 x 11", metal and glass beads, rhinestones and oil paint on canvas

image: Vision Quest Study #3, 2016, 14 x 11", metal and glass beads, rhinestones and oil paint on canvas

Member Salon

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.