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

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"

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.