Saturday, June 21, 2014

Yuliya Lanina, Play Me & Dalton Portella, Shark Room Opening Friday, June 27, 6 - 8 p.m.

Yuliya Lanina, Theme and Variations (Still), 10 min. 30 sec. stop motion animation

Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present Yuliya Lanina, Play Me and Dalton Portella, Shark Room, opening Friday, June 27 from 6 - 8 p.m. with a special piano performance by Andrius Zlabys at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through July 22.
Play Me, a multimedia presentation by Russian- born American artist, Yuliya Lanina, consists of paintings, animations and animatronic sculptures of music boxes, each with original characters and accompanying music. Lanina paints and collages fantastical, mostly female characters that come to life through mechanization. Her half human/ half animal creatures and their quirky narratives are deeply rooted in paganism, mysticism and symbolism and are drawn from such disparate influences as Greek mythology and Russian fairy tales. The characters both eschew and embrace predictability, logic and realism, performing in a blasé, carefree and humorous manner. Original music by Yevgeniy Sharlat, with technical development by Theodore Johnson.

                            Dalton Portella, Blue Shark Tale of Woe, water color on paper, 22" x 30"

Dalton Portella, an avid surfer based in Montauk, will present Shark Room, an installation of found objects, surfboard paintings, water colors and oil paintings depicting sharks as formal architectural objects, whose movements inspire the artist's lines. The shark paintings are an ongoing project for Portella, who seeks to highlight the beauty of these silent, endangered animals, and were inspired by a project for the Natural Resources Defense Council, in which old surfboards that would have otherwise ended up in landfills were repurposed as works of art. 

Grammy nominated, Andrius Zlabys, will perform a short solo piano recital at 7:00 p.m. at the gallery. Zlabys has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires. A Lithuanian born pianist-composer, Zlabys has performed at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and was sited as, "one of the most gifted young keyboard artists to emerge in years," by the Chicago Tribune. 
Yuliya Lanina lives and works in Austin,Texas. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her work has been displayed at the Seoul Art Museum (South Korea), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Ludwig Museum (Germany), SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan), 798 Beijing Biennial (China), Seoul International Media Art Biennial, KunstFilmBienalle (Cologne, Germany) and other venues. Recent solo exhibitions include The Cleveland Institute of Art and The Russian Cultural Center of Houston.
Lanina’s work has been reviewed by many publications, including the ArtReView, NYArts Magazine, Bloomberg News, Art on (MOMA PS 1), Brooklyn Rail and others. She was named one of the top 10 artists to watch in NYC by Revolt Magazine in 2013.

Dalton Portella, is a photographer, painter, musician and surfer who lives and works in Montauk, NY. He has exhibited extensively on the East End and elsewhere, and was named by PULSE Magazine as an artist VIP in 2011. He has completed many commissions, most recently 10 works for The Roof Bar at the Viceroy Hotel on 57th St.

For more information or images contact Sara Nightingale at

Friday, April 4, 2014

#Blinddates/ MusicLab edition #4, Thursday, April 10, 6 - 8 p.m.

Ryan Messina, Nick Lyons and Will Jhun will light up the gallery on Thursday, April 10, 6 - 8.

Artists on view: Ross Watts, Brian O'Leary, Bill Armstrong, Eric Dever, Gus Yero, Malin Abrahamsson, Glenn Fischer, Cara Enteles, William Pagano.

From top: Brian O'Leary, Bill Armstrong, Gus Yero. For more info, contact Sara Nightingale.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ross Watts at Volta, NY, 82 Mercer St.

Ross Watts has a gorgeous installation in booth 1.10 at Volta NY at 82 Mercer St. Please join us for the  Vernissage on Thursday, March 6th till 9:00 p.m. or come to the public hours Thursday - Sunday.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Peter Sabbeth, Ross Watts, In Stereo, Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 9, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Peter Sabbeth addresses the rapidly changing information culture by preserving and honoring obsolete artifacts, in this case handwriting. While acknowledging the abundant creativity of our time, he laments the loss of longstanding staples of culture such as newspapers, home telephones and the intimacy of the handwriting of loved ones. Yet there is actually no real handwriting or meaning in the paintings at all. The spectator is removed from the responsibility for translation or literal engagement. Data becomes pattern. The energy and beauty of line become an epitaph for the future moment when handwriting will be so rare that it has earned a place on the wall.

Ross Watts creates minimal, conceptual paintings, sculptures, and installations. The repetition of simple activities, such as alterations of paper, and engagement with surrounding architecture are motifs that inform Watts' study of urban architecture and the grid. Recent work, influenced by a move to Sag Harbor, NY, has involved a turn toward the natural world — stones carved from the pages of books and paintings made from stencils of layered fishing nets stretch the grid into more organic forms. Conceived as minimalist paintings, the wall sculptures are composed of hundreds of strips of paper, torn or cut by hand and held to the wall by compression. The "paintings" become constructions dependent upon the wall itself for their existence.

For more information and images contact Sara Nightingale at or 631-793-2256. The gallery will be open on Friday, Nov. 8th, from 6 - 8 p.m. to accommodate those visiting the Parrish Art Museum's Members' Preview for Artists Choose Artists. The Parrish will host another reception for members on Saturday from 6 - 8 p.m., so those wishing to visit the museum the same evening as the gallery opening will be able to do so. It is suggested that attendees rsvp for the Parrish event. Join the Parrish: Ashley Dye's HANG gallery and artisan market will be open as well and serving libations. 

The exhibition runs through Dec. 10th.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Bill Armstrong, Buddha & Mandala, Opening Aug.3, 2013

Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present Bill ArmstrongBuddha & Mandala, opening Saturday, August 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Through Sept. 23rd.
         This will be Armstrong's 10th anniversary with Sara Nightingale. In August of 2003, Armstrong had his breakout show at the gallery. Since then he has gone on to become a well-established international artist. We commemorate that show with an exciting installation of new floating Buddhas hanging in the center of the gallery accompanied on the walls by Mandalas that were shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008.
         Armstrong's Infinity Series, begun in 1977, includes a wide range of portfolios made by photographing found images with the camera's focusing ring set at infinity. The appropriated images are subjected to several manipulations - photocopying, cutting, painting, re-photographing - which transform the originals and provide new context. The results hover between the real and the fantastic, dreams and memory, and point toward a parallel universe. Place is suggested, but is never defined, and the identity of the amorphous figures remains in question. Extreme de-focusing enables Armstrong to blend and distill hues, creating rhapsodies of color that inspire meditation. He has said that color is the subject of the work. 
         Armstrong’s work was featured in a two-person exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008. He has exhibited work in numerous other museums including the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Hayward Gallery, London; Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan; and FOAM, Amsterdam. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Vatican Museum, Rome; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Bibliothèque National de France, Paris; among many others. 

  Armstrong’s work appears in Face: The New Photographic Portrait by William Ewing and Exploring Color Photography by Robert Hirsch, among others, and his Mandala #450 is the cover image for The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography by Lyle Rexer (Aperture, 2009). He has also been published in numerous periodicals including The New YorkerThe New York Times and Harper’s. Armstrong is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts.

Meditation Room, a group exhibition in the project space, will run concurrently with Bill Armstrong's show and will include works by Eric Dever, Cara Enteles, Glenn Fischer, William Pagano, Kia Pedersen, Peter Sabbeth, Mike Solomon, and Ross Watts.

The exhibitions will run through Sept. 23rd. For more images or information contact Sara Nightingale at 631-793-2256.

Images: Bill Armstrong, Buddha 711, Buddha 712, C-Prints, 48" x 40", 36" x 30", 24" x 20"
Ross Watts, Open, Paper, steel, tape, 9" x 10" x 1"