Thursday, January 14, 2016
Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present Christian Little, Exhibitionists, opening Saturday, Jan. 30th from 5 - 7 p.m.
Christian Little’s recent body of work examines a voyeur culture preoccupied with sex, drama and the lives of others. His acrylic paintings on wood panel are intended not to offer a representation of reality, but rather to suggest simulations of imagined actualities. The paintings are simultaneously voyeuristic and participatory, erotic and sterile, stiff and fluid, analytic and absurd.
Little’s Exhibitionists series, in which he places human “sculptures”on top of pedestals, references shunga (spring drawings), a form of Japanese erotic ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the 18th Century. However, while most shunga contain sexually explicit imagery, Little’s paintings create sexual innuendo subtly, using abstraction and an elaborate combination of painting styles to depict his figures and their implied activities. Hair pulling, straddling, the lifting of fabric, movement under that fabric, smoking, etc… are some of the pursuits of his willing protagonists. The figures in the paintings seem unaware that they are being watched, though it is clear they are putting on a show for a suggested audience, viewers in an art gallery or museum, perhaps, an ironic jab at the human desire for spectacle and immortality. Contemporary culture’s addiction to over-sharing is implied in the format of the paintings; their square shapes mimic Instagram posts and profile pics.
Little challenges the dimensional limitations of traditional painting through the use of trompe l’oeil and decorative painting techniques, using paint self-consciously to address painting’s history. Faux finishing techniques and simulated textures act as visual anchors in these wildly mannered works, alluding to the material world as well as the virtual and imagined.
Little received his MFA from SUNY, New Paltz in 2015. He has exhibited with Sara Nightingale Gallery since 2009.
The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 20. For more information and images contact Sara Nightingale email@example.com 631-793-2256
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Friday, January 8, 2016
The gallery will be open on Sunday, Jan. 10th from 11 - 6 pm. Please call or text: 631-793-2256 if you would like to schedule an appointment at another time over the weekend or next week (Jan. 11- 16). firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Nightingale Gallery
688 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Perry Burns, 3rd Eye Bullseye, oil on canvas, 36" x 36"
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Cara Enteles, Gone Wild, Oil on acrylic panel, 48” x 43"
Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present Cara Enteles, Mirrors in the Garden, opening Saturday, November 14th, from 5 - 7 p.m.
In this selection of recent paintings Cara Enteles explores the impossibility of symmetry, order and exactness in nature. Drawing from Shakespeare’s line in Hamlet, “art holds a mirror up to nature”, she seeks to illustrate the dichotomy between organic, natural growth and the human gardener's attempt to control it. An avid gardener herself, Enteles splits her time between New York City and a home in the Catskills where access to the surrounding wilderness informs her work.
Enteles has long been addressing environmental issues in her work - oil spills, colony collapse disorder, and fracking are some examples - and her paintings allude to circumstances in which human activity threatens nature. Yet the work is neither sententious nor moralistic. In fact, the casual observer will find a collection of beautiful paintings of plants and animals, albeit with an unusual sheen in the surrounding water or an emphasis on “alternative pollinators” should the honey bees become extinct.
Because she paints on industrial supports, aluminum sheets and layers of plexiglas often bolted to the wall, Enteles’ work contains an inherent tension between the organic subject matter depicted and the materials with which they are constructed. Birds, butterflies, bees and flowers set against a backdrop of reflective plexiglas literally hold a mirror up to nature, while gold-toned plexiglas backings on her bee paintings evoke pollen. The transparency that plexiglas affords provides a means for three-dimensional representation - Enteles paints on both sides of the plexiglas - further reinforcing the realistic and imperative nature of her concerns, while also acknowledging the implicit contradiction that plexiglas is itself a man-made, petroleum based product.
Enteles received her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She exhibits internationally and her work is held in private and public collections including Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Microsoft and WilmerHale. Her work has been shown at Wave Hill, The HVCCA and The Islip Art Museum. This will be her third solo exhibition at the gallery.
The exhibition will run through December 14th.
For information or more images contact Sara Nightingale at 631-793-2256
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sara Nightingale Gallery and guest curator Karyn Mannix are pleased to present Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Out Gallivanting, opening Saturday, November 14th from 5 - 7 p.m.
Stephanie Brody-Lederman’s paintings and mixed media works combine her observations and memories of visual occurrences with text gleaned from conversation, poetry and other sources. The works depict seemingly quotidian experiences and impressions of everyday life, and, indeed, their inspiration derives from simple objects or events such as a recollection of a woman’s scarf, a label on a can in a grocery store, or snippets of overheard conversations. Yet Brody-Lederman’s personal narratives are imbued with emotionally charged undertones that generate “impressionistic portraits of uncertain psychic atmospheres”*. It is this ambient concern for the mysteries of human nature and affairs of the heart that lends a universal context to the work.
It has been said that no two people can truly share a memory, even if the actual experience is shared, because each person forms his or her own version of what actually transpired. Likewise, an individual may have several versions of a private memory, and these can change and evolve over time. In theory, this feature of the human experience seems alienating, but it gives life to Brody-Lederman’s work as each viewer projects his or her own memories and emotions onto the canvasses, engaging in a dialogue with the artist’s experiences as well as their own.
Stephanie Brody-Lederman has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has exhibited internationally at galleries and museums, including OK Harris, Musee Bourdelle in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art, NY and The Cooper Hewitt. Her work is held in public collections such as Tate London, The Brooklyn Museum and MoMa, NY.
There will be an opening reception at Guild Hall in East Hampton for her solo exhibition, Dancing with Truffaut, on Saturday, October 24th, 4 - 6 p.m. The exhibition will run through Jan. 3rd.
On Saturday, Nov. 14th Brody-Lederman will give a talk about her work at Guild Hall, East Hampton at 11:30 a.m.
For more information and images contact Sara Nightingale (631)-793-2256 email@example.com or Karyn Mannix (516) 318-0000 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Edward M. Gomez, Art & Antiques, September 2012
image: Stephanie Brody-Lederman, In Perfect Bloom, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"