June 24 ~ July 30, 2017
Sarah Sandin is an artist in constant evolution. Her perspective a study of art, of life, in transition. Using color, shade and pattern as personal language, Sarah’s work translates empathy, and encourages connection. Sarah is inspired by the eccentric personalities and diverse landscapes of her unusual biography: a commune in Northern Canada; Humboldt County, California’s verdant coastline; the electric pulse of Los Angeles; and nomadic journeys across highways in search of place. Sarah’s newest collection was painted in the old house she restored in Savannah, Georgia.
Sarah roots these five pieces in her signature use of texture and sensual colors. A complicated alchemy of salt, moss, flame and leaves of gold are tools used to convey stillness, explain myth and reflect experience. Without center, the paintings nevertheless connect the abstract goddess to our familiar earth. Nature forever drawn beautiful, is revealed to also be vulnerable and wise.
Lauren Klain Carton is an artist whose candid environmental portraits explore the ad hoc families we create around us and the beauty in the interplay of color and shape in the details of the seemingly quotidian. Working on personal projects and on editorial assignments for magazines including New York, The New Yorker, and Travel & Leisure Lauren captures unscripted moments, finding the places where “a day in the life” and fine art meet.
Tonya Lee: Using both digital and analog methods of constructing compositions, Tonya D. Lee creates digital paintings from scans of brushstrokes, fields and marks made on polyester film. The scans are digitally collaged to create compositions that exist both as a work in and of themselves, as well as a foundation for traditional painting. Lee’s imagery explores the ephemeral and sublime qualities of nature. Often becoming “of” an environment instead of “about”. Deeply rooted in the historical painting aesthetics of Les Nabis and Post-Impressionism, Lee’s work allows form and color to negotiate an existence as object and subject while exploring the aesthetic oppositions of rigidity and gesture.
Dahlia Elsayed combines text and imagery to create visually narrative paintings that document internal and external geographies. Her work, influenced by conceptual art, comics, and landscape painting, is informed by autobiography and environment, to create illustrated documents of places and memories. Frequently using the visual language of cartography, Ms. Elsayed’s paintings employ symbols of hard data- geologic forms, borders, markers, coastlines – to frame the soft data of the ephemeral, adapting a quantitative schema to the qualitative. Her paintings, prints and artist books have been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally
Teresa Duck is a contemporary British painter, living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. She Studied at Northumbria University where she gained a BA Honours in fine art.
Teresa’s work combines formal realist painting with abstracted elements, alonside working in sculpture and assemblage. Through which she explores identity and aspects of contemporary culture.
Though Stagg found success in the world of commercial photography, her true passion was to be considered fine artist. After years of struggling to connect with models who would understand her vision, Stagg met Justine Joli in 2005; the award winning adult actress quickly became Stagg’s muse. Through Joli, Stagg was able to connect to other women from the adult industry. Stagg found it easy to create nude art with these “pros;” feeling inspired, she dusted off one of her old film cameras and some left over negative film and began working on multiple exposure images.
This current body of work blends Stagg’s love of nature with her love of the female nude form. Shooting with a Holga 120 film camera, Stagg photographs her models, making multiple exposures on the film. This process is repeated with elements of nature, as Stagg shoots images flowers. The multiple exposure images are flipped, creating kaleidoscoping images that mirror each other like a Rorschach test. And showing nude polaroids, that are one of a kind.
Alexandra Becker Black is a watercolor artist living in Portland, Oregon.
“WATERCOLOR IS AN INVESTMENT. THERE IS NO UNDOING WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. YOU CAN’T ADD ANOTHER LAYER OR COVER THINGS UP ONCE THEY’RE ON THE PAPER. EVERY MARK MUST BE A DELIBERATE DECISION. IT’S A WATERY METAPHOR FOR LIFE. AND, IT’S A LIVING THING ON ITS OWN- IT NEEDS ROOM TO MOVE AND FLOW AND SPREAD OUT. I’M JUST THERE TAMING IT AND GUIDING IT TO FLOW WHERE I NEED. IT’S A SLOW AND OFTEN CHALLENGING DANCE.” ~ ABB
“It’s all pen. Everything I do begins and ends with tiny crosshatched strokes of pen on canvas. Nothing more, nothing less. No paint, no photography. Just pen. The medium itself “Everything I do begins and ends with tiny crosshatched strokes of pen on canvas. Nothing more, nothing less. No paint, no photography. Just pen.” ~DV
Dara Vandor received a BA from McGill in Art History. Her work is held in public and private collections in North America and Europe, and has been exhibited in London, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal. She has been featured by Harper’s Bazaar, the Telegraph, Interior Hong Kong, Square Mile, The Handbook, Sharp and Ask Men.
“While at school, I developed a love for video editing which has turned out to influence my painting designs. Because video is a time based medium, imagery and ideas are delivered to the viewer in a certain order. With paintings, all of the visual information is delivered to the viewer at once, but the way in which the viewer takes in that information will vary. This fascinates and compels me to design images with competing qualities, including: text, portraits, shapes, and figures. I use text in my paintings to deliver commentary while also utilizing the font’s graphic qualities to distort or contain imagery, creating a visual puzzle intended to lure the viewer in.” -B.Cirel
Michela Martello was born in Grosseto, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in illustration from Europe Institute of Design, after which she published works in over 30 books, primarily children’s book illustrations. In 1993 she shifted her focus to painting and had her first exhibition in Milano and New York. In 1998 she moved permanently to New York where she started her research as artist painter full time at Arturo di Modica’s studio. In 2006 she was selected by the American Association of University Women in the “Emerging Women Artists Juried Exhibition” held at the New York Design Centre. In 2007 and 2008 she was selected by Jim Kempner fine arts and Ok Harris gallery for the “NYU Small Work” group show at the Washington Square gallery. Her artwork has being collected and commissioned by both public and private clients; Soros collection, Serafina group, CityCinema group, Fulton collection. Michela has collaborated with: Bonelli arte contemporanea, Italy, Tria gallery, Azart gallery, Pen&Brush gallery, NYC, Parlor gallery, NJ, and Rarity gallery in Mikonos Greece. In 2014 she won the selection for the juried exhibition “Understanding Media, the Extension of Human Being” organized by Call for Bushwick, during Bushwick open studios, in Brooklyn, NYC, in the same year she exhibited at Tibet House Museum US, and she took part of ”Transcending Tibet” NYC curated by Davide Quadrio and Paola Vanzo. In 2015 she has being commissioned a triptique for the permanent collection of Metropoliz MAAM Museum of Rome by curators Giorgio de Finis and Stefania Giazzi, meanwhile she’s being selected by curator Rick Kinsel, director of Vilcek foundation to be part of ”Domesticity Revisited” at Pen&Brush NYC. In 2015 she takes part of AQUA Miami Art Fair, and in 2016 at Context NYC with Azart gallery, In 2016 she has being selected to be part of Woodenwallsproject a public art program curated by Parlor gallery, with a Mural installation in Asbury Park, NJ. and most recently she’s part of ”Overlap: life Tapestries” curated by Vida Sabbaghi at A.I.R. gallery BK
Rose Freymuth-Frazier was born and raised in Nevada City, California – a small gold rush town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
She attended Interlochen Arts Academy, a private boarding arts high school in northern Michigan. Upon graduation she was awarded a scholarship to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Her first apprenticeship was for two years under Assael in his New York City studio and her second was with Odd Nerdrum in Norway, at his farm and studio on the North Sea.
References from a broad swath of art history can be found in Freymuth-Frazier’s solitary subjects. Influences range from Balthus’s discomforting depictions of preadolescence, and the queen of Kitsch, Margaret Keane’s “Big Eyed” children and animals, to the heavy chiaroscuro and technical rigor of Caravaggio and Rembrandt. This unique combination of classicism and pulp results in something of a hybrid between Lowbrow esthetic and Old Master technique. Her paintings address universal themes such as child development, sexuality, loss of innocence, consumerism, domestication, gender roles, androgyny and body image in our society today.
Freymuth-Frazier’s work has been exhibited internationally with galleries in Barcelona, Sydney, Amsterdam and across the United States from New York City and Chicago to Seattle and Los Angeles. Her work can be found in private collections internationally, including The Seven Bridges Foundation in Connecticut and the John and Diane Marek Collection in Tennessee. She has received attention and reviews from numerous publications including Playboy Magazine, Ms. Magazine, ArtNews, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Art Papers, American Artist Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She lives and paints in New York City.