Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Conditional/ Return, Opening Friday, April 17, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present Australian born, New York based, artists Zev Jonas and Simone Douglas, Conditional/ Return, Opening Friday, April 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition investigates the kinships, as well as the disconnects, between people and their environments. Jonas’ contemplative photographs examine solitude in nature, while Douglas’ nautical sculpture - a reference to her upcoming large scale desert installation - suggests a reunion with the land.

Jonas’ images, taken from his ongoing series, The Condition, explore the tension between isolation and connection, while considering the relationship we have with our surroundings. The work focuses on the beauty and sensuality of seclusion, as well as the search for a sense of purpose and place. Jonas shoots his work on film and presents it with minimal alteration. His images are untitled, undated and non-location-specific, so viewers can interact with the images with no preconceived notions.

Zev Jonas’ work has been exhibited in the US and Internationally. His solo exhibitions include a presentation at the Australian Consulate, New York timed with the release of a limited edition monograph, a copy of which is housed in the Rare Printed Collection of the State Library of Victoria in Australia. His 2011 solo show, Passage, in NY was a “Notable Show of the Year” in NY Photo Review.

Douglas’ Return encompasses work made over a decade of engagement with landscape and environment. It draws from two of her ongoing projects, Promise and Eternal Return. The former is based on a story of a search for the inland sea in the Australian desert; an explorer sails into the desert looking for the sea and finds himself in the ancient seabed. Douglas is constructing a large scale ship made of ice scheduled for installation in the Australian desert in July 2016. It’s mass has been calibrated so that it will take one month to melt completely, leaving in its wake a trace of red native wildflowers, watered by the melting boat. Eternal Return is a body of photo-based works that “hold night and day, the moon and the sun within one moment of extended time.”

Simone Douglas’ practice includes photography, video, sculpture, installation and site-specific works. She is committed to environmental legacy, intercultural facilitation and making art that serves as a medium to activate key issues of our time. Douglas has exhibited in museums internationally and her works are held in the public collections of the V&A Museum, London, the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Douglas is the director of the MFA Fine Arts Program at Parsons The New School for Design and serves on the editorial committee of Project Anywhere. She is an honorary faculty member (Research) at The University of Sydney and has curated exhibitions at major international cultural institutions.

The exhibition will run from April 17 - May 17. For more information or images contact Sara Nightingale, sara@saranightingale.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Entitled, Opening Friday, March 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sara Nightingale Gallery presents Entitled, Opening Friday, March 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

You are. Everyone is.

Please join us for a special toast at 6:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 20.

Perry Burns
Cara Enteles
Christa Maiwald
Steve Miller
Kelly Neidig 
William Pagano
Maggie Simonelli
Mike Solomon
Ross Watts
Gus Yero

To request a digital catalogue, please email sara@saranightingale.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Works on canvas by Steve Miller

Conditions on the Flow, 40" x 64", mixed media on canvas (top)
One Way or the Other, 40" x 82", mixed media on canvas (bottom)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Proximity Game, Brian O'Leary, Gus Yero, Oct. 11 - Nov. 17

Brian O'Leary, Gus Yero, Proximity Game, Oct. 11 - Nov. 17

Proximity Game is an inspired opportunity to play with juxtaposition, both from a curatorial standpoint and for the artists themselves. The raw, visceral and seemingly spontaneous application of paint that Yero employs in his acrylics on canvas often complements or creates tension with O'Leary's crisp, pristine works of tar and oil paint on clean wood panels. 

Yero, a discerning colorist, activates juxtaposition within his work each time he applies one color next to another. What happens when these colors overlap or lay
flush against one another is a primary subject of his work. Yero's paintings eschew traditional methods of aesthetic decision making, in which beauty, balance and composition assert a hierarchical dominance over random gestures and mistakes. Yero prefers provisional exploration to established art market values, such as carefully planned compositions, layered meanings, and coherently expressed themes. As a result his paintings can convey a sense of doubt.

O'Leary experiments with opposing surfaces, matt vs glossy, for example, within a single work. He has devised several methods of applying paint and tar to his mostly wood supports and places various diverse patterns of his unique invention side by side.

Gus Yero and Brian O'Leary both live and work in the Hamptons. Does their proximity to each other and to the gallery reveal itself in some uncanny and unconscious aspect of their work? Proximity Game asks just that. 

Neither artist shies away from experimentation, which allows for a wide range of diversity in form and palette among the works on display. The installation itself partakes in the game; works by both artists are interspersed throughout the gallery rather than grouped according to likeness or by author. Any tension or complementary effect resulting from the placement of the work is a bonus.

Gus Yero studied textile design at Parsons School of Design and painting at The Art Students League. He currently lives and works in NYC and East Hampton. 

Brian O'Leary attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC and has worked as a studio assistant to Roy Lichtenstein and Julian Schnabel. He has won the painting prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

The exhibition will continue through Nov. 17. For more information, pricing or images reply to sara@saranightingale.com

images: Brian O'Leary, Night, oil paint on panel, 17" x 17", Brian O'Leary, Tree II, oil paint on panel, 17" x 17"

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Glenn Fischer, Tales of a Librarian, Opening Saturday, Aug. 23rd, 6 - 8 pm

Sara Nightingale Gallery is please to present, Glenn Fischer, Tales of a Librarian, Opening Saturday, August 23rd from 6 - 8 p.m. 
Glenn Fischer describes his repurposing of discarded and outdated print material as an act of rescue. Old textbooks, album covers and magazines, as well as books from the 50's and 60's found in used bookstores provide the source material for his geometric abstract collages. Fischer cuts and pastes manually - there is no digital element to his work - so that characters, text and illustrations are extracted from their original context and rearranged, acquiring new meaning from juxtaposition. The results are playful non-linear narratives with a nostalgic, but contemporary tone.  
Fischer's decisions about color and line allow him to explore formal possibilities. He selects his source materials in response to life experiences, both as a child and as an adult. Visual, literary and musical memories permeate the work, and just as memories develop and evolve over time, so do the narratives in Fischer's collages. It is the act of recycling of memory and material that brings a sense of renewal and evolution to the work. The free association of textual context by the viewer provides a different experience for each observer. 

Glenn Fischer lives and works in Bronx, NY. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has had solo exhibitions in NYC as well as Southern California, and group shows in Miami, Philadelphia and Boston. He received a BA in Art from Armstrong Atlantic State University and an MA from New York University. Fischer’s work was cataloged in the anthology, "Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage" by the Berlin publisher, Gestalten. In 2015 his work will be included in the AIM Biennial at The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

The Project Room will showcase works by Bill Armstrong, William Pagano, Ross Watts, Brian O'Leary, Gus Yero, Malin Abrahamsson, Bonnie Rychlack and Cara Enteles on a rotating basis.

The exhibition will continue through September 17. For more information or images contact Sara Nightingale by replying to this email.

image: Glenn Fischer, I Could Swear it was You, paper collage on wood panel, 30" x 30"