Studio Associate at Store for Rent Gallery
Opening reception: Saturday, Feb 6, 12—6pm
A curator with a stable of artists but no space, and an artist with a space but no stable of artists walk into a bar… well, maybe, if bars were open.
Instead, we present Studio Associate at Store for Rent Gallery.
Making lemonade out of lemons (and the occasional global pandemic) has always been second nature to artists. When Jane Fine and James Esber suddenly found themselves without commercial tenants, they began mounting exhibitions in their empty storefront—to great
applause. Artist and curator Jen Hitchings founded her consulting agency Studio Associate in 2019 (ten years after meeting Jane Fine at SUNY Purchase) and was in search of a space to host the first in-person exhibition of the 22 contemporary artists she represents.
After nearly a year of minimal in-person activity, the drive to mount an exhibition in New York felt particularly crucial and complementary to the digital operations of the business. Discussions between old friends led to this partnership for the month of
February. Together we are thrilled to present a dynamic selection of work including painting, drawing, sculpture, and video in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Appointments are encouraged as we are limiting visitors to 5 people at a time. Secure your spot here:
Su A Chae
Apr 17th – May 30th
Studio Associate is pleased to present Solitaire, an online-only exhibition of work by its associated artists, generously hosted by PROTO GOMEZ as an Artsy Online Exclusive.
The single-player card game Solitaire, often referred to as “Patience” outside of the United States, traces its origins to early 18th century Europe. Like many card games, probability, practice, and luck all play crucial roles in determining a successful outcome. Beginning with the shuffling of a full deck, chance dictates an unknown, unalterable order of cards, each sequentially revealed and played before moving on to the next. It is incumbent upon the player to think critically, considering the known and unknown cards, to determine the most beneficial next step. The comparison of honing and maintaining a studio practice, both in relation to personal growth and larger art market forces, is palpable.
At a time when the majority of society finds itself in isolation in a global, unprecedented effort to stifle the spread of COVID-19, introspection and solitary forms of entertainment are emerging. Many artists are well-equipped for, if all-too familiar with, secluded focus on creative endeavors. It seems that many—with the exception of essential workers tirelessly working to mitigate the spread of the pandemic—are suddenly learning to slow down, and perhaps make more calculated, considered moves.
Studio Associate, founded in 2019, non-exclusively represents 20+ emerging artists and aims to foster collaboration amongst various art world participants. The firm provides a breadth of services to artists, collectors, and galleries, including logistics, inventory management, statement and grant-writing, and general art career advice and consultation. The website’s Artist Resources page features select jobs, spaces, and opportunities, as a curated list-serve for the visual arts.
PROTO GOMEZ is a contemporary art gallery located at 13 Monroe Street in the Two Bridges neighborhood of New York City, presenting contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists in a storefront exhibition space. PROTO GOMEZ is Nick De Pirro and Enrico Gomez.
Thursday, September 26th 5-7:00 pm
Exhibition on View
September 26-November 24, 2019
Please join us for the Opening Receptions of Matthew J. Mahler's Solo Show at One River Gallery. Meet the artist and enjoy some light refreshments.
Matthew Mahler is an artist based in Greenpoint, New York. He earned a BS in Art Education from Hofstra University and holds an MFA in Painting from CUNY Queens College. Mahler’s work has been included in various exhibitions around the United States including Sardine (NY), Heliopolis (NY), ex ovo (TX), Matteawan Gallery (NY), Gallery 21 (VA), Centotto (NY), Transmitter Gallery (NY), Guest Spot @ the ReInstitute (MD), Gallery North (NY), Denny Gallery (NY), Lu Magnus (NY), Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery (NY), Storefront Bushwick (NY), the Austrian Cultural Forum (NY) amongst others. Most recently his work has been published in the 12th Issue of Art Maze Magazine. The artist is a frequent organizer of events and shows and co-founded Small Black Door, an experimental art space in Ridgewood, Queens (2010-2013).
Monday - Thursday 9am-6pm
One River School of Art + Design
150 Woodbury Rd. Woodbury, NY 11797
Call (516) 268-3566
Greenpoint Open Studios: 2019
I'm excited to be participating in Greenpoint Open Studios this year where I will be opening up my studio to the general public on June 8 and June 9th from 12-6 each day.
Come check out some of my recent work as well as participate in a new project called "How to Make an Abstract Painting" where all are invited to make work to be displayed during the event.
All materials will be supplied as visitors will be tasked with interpreting instructions on "how to make an abstract painting" sourced from www.wikihow.com.
Please see the official press release below and I hope you can join!
For Immediate Release:
How To Make An Abstract Painting
Hosted by Matthew Mahler
Saturday June 8th 12-6, Sunday June 9th 12-6.
Hosting an “Open Studio” can only be as successful as the visitors who attend. Artist Matthew Mahler is embracing that sentiment at this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios by inviting his viewers to become participants in the art making process.
Mahler’s personal work investigates abstraction as it relates to the painting process and his most recent body of work is no different. “How to: Make an Abstract Painting” explores the accessibility of making an “abstract painting” in the age of smart-phones and user-compiled “wiki” websites by loosely interpreting instructions sourced from the web.
For the 2019 Greenpoint Open Studios, the artist will host “How to: Make an Abstract Painting” in his studio. Visitors will be invited to contribute to and ultimately create an installation of abstract paintings by interpreting the same prompts/instructions as the artist.
“Abstract painting has long been associated with meditation and intellectual rigor which can potentially be intimidating or “heavy” on the general public. Despite this, “abstraction” can be found all around us especially now when it’s virtually impossible to escape feral imagery via smart phones and social media. Similarly, the internet is now the “go-to” source for everything from cooking recipes to business advice. I’m curious to see what happens when an average person uses the internet to make an abstract painting in the same way they might to resolve any other daily challenge.” - Matthew Mahler
Each visitor turned participant is invited to create one painting using materials provided using https://www.wikihow.com/Create-an-Abstract-Painting instructions as the jumping off point. Paintings must remain as part of the installation for the duration of the event and may be retrieved at a later date. This will be a first come, first served experience and willing participants should plan on committing approximately 45 minutes to the experience.
Matthew Mahler’s studio will be open on June 8th and 9th from 12-6 and is located at 236-250 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, 4th floor. For more information please contact the artist at MatthewJMahler@gmai.com
Art Maze Mag
I'm very excited to be featured in Issue 12 of ArtMaze Magazine!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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