November 6, 2013

Todd Bienvenu at Life on Mars on Friday

Constellations, 2013, at Life on Mars

The specter of false consciousness still haunts the art world. New art stars are still received either with mawkish tones of hope or with a Bronx cheer. For thirty years we have been snared in this ambivalent jag. Criticism takes refuge in elaborate workarounds and risorgimenti. Brooklyn takes truckloads of guff for truckloads of hubris. And very few painters have been able to crack this mess open and splay it out as deliciously as Todd Bienvenu.

September 26, 2013

Move in Freedom

Move in freedom, move in total freedom, and each moment remember to drop the past. It accumulates like dust. Each moment you have experienced something, and then it goes on accumulating. Don't accumulate it. Just go on ceasing as far as the past is concerned, dying as far as the past is concerned, so you are totally alive, throbbing, pulsating, streaming, and, whatsoever comes, you face it with awareness.

— Osho

With this long-running show featuring three of our represented artists, we drop the word "contemporary" from the name of our gallery, and embark upon a more general encounter with modernity. And especially, we are interested in the "immersive modernity" that we believe is the key to a theory of Brooklyn art. In a forthcoming catalogue we shall elaborate on this idea, and some further commentary is available in our hard copy press release, which you can download here as a pdf.

— Ethan Pettit

Please join us in Park Slope for a reception for
Move in Freedom
featuring the work of
Mari Oshima, Alkemikal Soshu, and Eva Schicker.

Saturday, September 28, 6:30PM – 9:30PM

July 9, 2013

Barbara Friedman and Richard Humann Open in Chelsea on Thursday

Barbara Friedman, Girl, oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches, 2009-2011

Barbara Friedman, whom we represent, and Richard Humann, who is affiliated with epc, will be in two different group shows this Thursday, July 11.

Barbara Friedman in The Ghost in You at Gallery 304, 526 West 26th Street, Room 304, 6-8

Richard Humann in Happy Flies Kissing Beautiful Face — works in black and white, Stefan Stux, 530 West 25th Street, 6-8

And while we're at it, we shall certainly catch The Decline and Fall of the Art World at Freight + Volume, 530 West 24th Street, 6-9

June 28, 2013

Jan Holthoff Opens at Fuchs Projects on July 5

Comprising a series of painterly explorations, Jan Holthoff’s images chart a landscape of gestures, capturing the fluctuating light and rhythm of their urban surroundings. Stepping out from the artist’s studio, the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn stretch haphazardly into the distance. Under a wide sweep of azure sky, lofts and warehouses dissolve into a patchwork of brick facades and metal roll-gates traced by the looping arcs of spray-painted graffiti. Nature here becomes an experience of mobility and space, a sensory landscape that unravels in all directions amidst a shimmering haze of asphalt and concrete.

- William Helfrecht Frozen Gestures

Paintings by Jan Holthoff 

July 5th - 28th, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, July 5th, 2013

May 1, 2013

Jan Holthoff to Receive Douglas Swan Art Award

Jan Holthoff. No. 2. pigment, acrylic on canvas (2013)
From the Frozen Gestures series

Jan Holthoff will be awarded the prestigious Douglas Swan Art Award in a ceremony to be held in Bonn, Germany in October this year. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Jan. 

Presently, Holthoff has embarked on a new series of paintings called Frozen Gestures. Please take a look. These are risky new paintings. They are still rooted in a concourse with landscape that has put Jan on the map in Germany in the past ten years. But the frozen gestures series brings his approach to a whole new level, and closer to the discourse of "abstraction" that vexes the Bushwick art scene. These canvases come straight from the scene of the crime!

March 18, 2013

The Zone

The Zone was an abandoned factory located at 104 South 4th Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street. In the mid 1980s the seven-storey building had three "tenants," only one of whom paid rent. On the top floor were the artists and punks who squatted the place for studio space. Some of them even lived there. A local Puerto Rican gang had the 4th floor. On the ground floor was the last legal tenant, Klaus, a German engineer in his 60s at least, who puttered around in a labyrinth of machinery. And if anything dubious happened in the Zone, which it did, Klaus did a good imitation of Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heros — "I KNOW NOTH-INK!"

March 10, 2013

David Rich Opens on April 5th

David Rich Paintings

April 5 - June 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6-9 pm

10 Eighth Avenue, Suite 3
Brooklyn NY 11217

It is an honor to welcome David Rich into our gallery, where he joins an unpredictable dialogue that has taken shape since we first opened our doors in June of last year. David Rich is an exceptionally bold and uncompromising painter, whose reputation precedes him. His paintings are densely layered and decisively edited, and also open and refreshing. They are responses to urban landscape that converse as well with inner life. We are lucky and delighted to have David Rich on board!

Please join us at a reception for David Rich at our elegant new location in Park Slope on April 5th. Map.

Please visit David Rich's page on our website to see more about this artist.

January 22, 2013

Jan Holthoff interviewed on German Consular website

This variable relation between subject and object becomes particularly interesting when we encounter things philosopher Immanuel Kant calls “sublime”—vistas which are overwhelming, vast, occasionally terrifying, but nonetheless moving to behold. Mountains, canyons, and crashing seas are paradigm cases of grandeur that can shock us into feeling our own smallness. This kind of experience proved influential and inspiring for Holthoff, driving him not only to travel to some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges, forests and valleys, but also to probe his own encounters with the sublime through painting. His paintings depict realistic landscape features, but also abstract elements evoking experience and subjectivity.

— Robin Wilkins