UP & DOWN
UP & DOWN
Saturday, June 3 - Sunday, June 25, 2017
SARDINE is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Matthew Mahler. UP & DOWN opens with a reception on Saturday, June 3, from 6 to 9 pm. It will run through Sunday, June 25, 2017.
UP & DOWN, Matthew Mahler’s second solo show with SARDINE, investigates consumer culture’s relationship to the art object with an installation of fifteen paintings on grid wall.
The overt use of the grid has played an important role in the structure of painting for over a century. Here, Mahler uses the format of a commercial grid wall, to display his paintings. The significance is double fold: first as a nod to its historical impact in art and secondly to draw attention to the commodification of the art object. The repeated motif within the paintings, a design inspired by the sole of a commonly collected Air Jordan 7 basketball sneaker is employed as a means of connecting a more common, accessible culture to the rarefied nature of painting. The palette of these paintings takes cues from the bright colors of athletic sneakers by blending to create unique gradients, reminiscent of those recognized in Josef Alber’s series Homage to the Square.
Matthew Mahler’s work generally critiques contemporary western culture though subject and process. His work has been exhibited nationally, including shows at Sardine, Centotto, and Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn; Denny Gallery, Lu Magnus, and Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC; THE REINSTITUTE, Baltimore, MD; and Klapper Hall Gallery, CUNY Queens College, Flushing, NY. In 2010, Mahler co-founded Small Black Door, an experimental art space out of a basement in his neighborhood in Queens. He received an MFA from CUNY Queens College and lives in Ridgewood, New York.
SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues in Bushwick, Brooklyn, one block from the Dekalb L train and near the Knickerbocker M. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 pm when a show is in progress or by appointment. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or email@example.com.
Please join us for the opening of post-magic symbiosis, a group exhibition curated by Lacey Fekishazy that features the work of Vernon M. Byron, Olivia Drusin, Daniel Giordano, Kathy Goodell, Gabriel Hurier, Elisa Lendvay, Matthew Mahler, Patrick Mangan, and Esperanza Mayobre.
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
― Yoko Ono & John Lennon
Matteawan Gallery is pleased to present post-magic symbiosis, a group exhibition curated by Lacey Fekishazy of SARDINE gallery in Brooklyn. The exhibition features nine artists who work in various mediums, including sculpture, painting, and drawing. This is the fourth show at Matteawan Gallery to feature a guest curator in a continuing effort to bring new ideas and artists to the gallery and to build relationships with curators and audiences outside of Beacon.
Whether creating their own worlds or manipulating found objects from our physical surroundings, the artists in this exhibition search for transformation and wonder through their process. Drawing inspiration from a piece of honeycomb, a discarded strip of metal, or a pattern recognized from childhood, they allow themselves to be true to their own vision and mindscape. The works selected express the language of each artist, yet speak as a whole. The title post-magic symbiosis alludes to a context in which an engaged and inspired community of artists will hopefully find room for a playful exchange.
Many artists are working towards a more harmonious, inclusive future in these turbulent times. By searching for some magic in this post-truth world, the artists in this show are discovering grander meaning through the symbiotic spark around them. Sometimes introductions are ignition. Sometimes art is magic. Sometimes we all shine.
CURATORIAL: space oddity
SARDINE is pleased to present SPACE ODDITY, a group show curated by Matthew Mahler. The exhibition will feature recent artwork by Christopher Dunlap, MaryKate Maher, and Alina Tenser. It opens with a reception from 6 to 9pm on Saturday, June 4 and runs through Sunday, June 26, 2016.
From the Curator MM:
“SPACE ODDITY brings together three artists who perceptively navigate the concept of space. Dunlap, Maher and Tenser each subtly lure us in to their creative world by employing a variety of familiar materials and tropes. Not long after our initial experience with their work do we begin to question what drew us in the first place. Each artist challenges us to question our preconceptions of pictorial, physical, and perceptual space in a way that keeps us guessing at every turn, craving more. SPACE ODDITY seeks not to offer conclusion, but rather incite curiosity by challenging us to question what we know or assume we know before replacing those ideas with notions of what can be.”
Christopher Dunlap received his BFA from University of Washington and his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Recent exhibitions include GCA (solo), Brooklyn; Centotto, Brooklyn; Space Available, Brooklyn; Spring Break Art Fair, NYC; Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn and Es Ef Eff, Brooklyn. Christopher Dunlap lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
MaryKate Maher received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2004) and her BFA from Arcadia University (2001). She also studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1999) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008). Maher has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, Franconia Sculpture Park, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Socrates Sculpture Park. Exhibitions have included Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NY), Interstate Projects (NY), Real Art Ways (CT), The Wassaic Project (NY), Franconia Sculpture Park (MN), with international exhibitions at Kunstwerk Carlshutte (Germany) and Das Gift gallery (Germany). Maher was a 2015 Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant nominee and will be a 2016-17 A.I.R. Gallery fellow.
Alina Tenser (b. Kiev, Ukraine) is an artist working in sculpture, video, and performance. She received her BFA from School of theVisual Arts and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tenser has held solo exhibitions at AIR, New York, NY; Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Suburban, Chicago, IL; Jancar Jones, Los Angeles, CA; Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY, and Gallery Diet, Miami. Most Recently Tenser's work was shown at Kate Werble Gallery and Susan Inglett gallery in NY. Tenser received the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and was a resident of Recess Sessions in 2012.
Matthew Mahler is an artist and organizer living and working in Ridgewood, NY. Mahler earned an MFA in painting from CUNY Queens College in 2009 and co-founded the now defunct small black door experimental art space in Ridgewood a year later. His personal work explores our perception of symbols in western culture. Most recently Mahler curated NURTURE/nature at 245 Varet in April 2016.
SARDINE is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn. Current open hours are Saturday & Sunday from 1-6 pm or schedule a viewing by appointment. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy at 914.805.1974 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curated by Matthew Mahler
245 Varet St., 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY
Open by appointment only.
The idea that an individual's behavior is more influenced by their genetic make up, versus the environment in which they've developed, has long been a topic of wide debate. Ultimately, many believe the dichotomy is too entwined to differentiate and that the argument has exhausted itself.
When it comes to making art, the artist is in complete control of their pursuit. It is up to them whether or not to methodically dictate the outcome of their work,or to allow for chance to enter the equation and play a role in its final form. NURTURE/nature is a survey of work by artists whose initial endeavor might begin with a predetermined result, or no such plan at all. However, similarly to the nature vs. nurture argument, their journey at some point becomes difficult to separate, leaving their viewer with something born of precise serendipity. Regardless, the resulting objects made by these select artists leave us just as curious as when we began looking.
Erik den Breejen