Featuring work by SARAH HINCKLY, ANNE SIEMS, ROBERT MARCHESSAULT, ANNETTE DAVIDEK, LILY PRINCE, & MAYME KRATZ
May 3 – June 17, 2017
Mayme Kratz is a mixed-media artist best known for creating art inspired from the natural life of the desert that surrounds her Phoenix, Arizona home and studio. A passionate wanderer and garden lover, Mayme Kratz creates sculptures using found organic fragments, desert ephemera and resin. Foraging the landscape on hikes through the high deserts of the American Southwest or in her own backyard, she collects seeds, flower pods, bones, wings, vertebrae, shells, as well as birds’ nests, twigs and branches--all dried and preserved in the harsh desert environment.
With great reverence for the natural world, Kratz creates cast resin pieces of fragile beauty locked in fluid translucent resin. The artist embeds her found objects, sometimes spliced or broken apart and arranged in precise patterns, in luminous, cast-resin wall panels and vessels. Kratz sands and grinds the surface of her panels until the interior structure of her gathered materials gradually emerge as abstract lines, circles, and spirals that reveal a kinship to the vastness of the ocean or night sky. Often cyclical in composition, her hauntingly beautiful sculptural and two-dimensional resin works reflect themes of beauty, memory and longing.
Wednesday March 23-Saturday April 22
Featuring work by:
Richard Misrach, Kate Breakey, Mayme Kratz, Sarah Hinckley, Lily Prince, David Kroll, & Valerie Hammond
Looking For Some Grace
Paintings & Watercolors
February 8 - March 11, 2017
Our January exhibition in our new space
(same building, same floor, one door away from before!):
Kate Breakey, Laurie Hogin, Julie Heffernan, Valerie Hammond,
David Kroll, and Sarah Hinckley.
PHYLLIS BRAMSON: "My World...And Everywhere It Takes Me“, October 12 - November 12
In "My World…And Everywhere It Takes Me” Bramson reveals romantic and evocative depictions of her poetic internal world. The artist paints passionately and infuses her work with lighthearted arbitrariness and amusing anecdotes about love and affection in an often cold and hostile world. Her narratives are used as a repository for feelings which often collide and intermingle between notions of the personal, the decorative and, at the same time, propose a story but don’t tell an ending.
In her childhood home, Bramson was surrounded by collections and mishmashes of high and low. Kitsch was juxtaposed with assorted objects such as Asian female figurines, paintings, and Oriental wallpaper. The artist’s visual roots have been a continuous presence in her work, while also employing narration and inspiration from Chinese Pleasure Gardens as well as Indian miniatures, paintings by Fragonard, Boucher, and Henry Darger. Bramson engages in abstraction and collage combined with figuration, co-mingling folly with value-infused feelings about the human condition. Balancing delicately between the humorous and somewhat disturbing, her work offers a glimpse into the depictions of playful eccentric spaces and the "bawdy banal".
Phyllis Bramson is a recipient of three National Endowments, Senior Fulbright Scholar, Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Grant, School of Art + Design at University of Illinois at Urbana “distinguished alumni award; “Distinguished Artist 2012” by the Union League Club of Chicago, and was selected as one of the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Awardees for 2014. Phyllis Bramson has been in over forty one-person exhibitions including: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, Boulder Art Museum, Boulder, Colorado, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (mid-career survey), Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York, Philip Slein Gallery, St Louis, Missouri, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. She has been included in countless group exhibitions in museums around the United States and her work hangs in numerous private and public collections. In 2015-2017 Bramson has been exhibiting a traveling thirty-year survey at the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois, the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, and Herron Galleries at Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bramson lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She is Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently advises graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bramson received her BFA from the University of Illinois and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bramson is currently represented by Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Littlejohn Contemporary in New York, New York. This is her fifth solo exhibition with Littlejohn Contemporary.
DAVID KROLL - New Paintings, June 7 - July 9, 2016.
As written by Michael Upchurch of The Seattle Times, “… this Seattle-based artist’s work is a delightfully fanciful exercise in artifice. In his most recent work, Kroll repeatedly organizes his natural-world details into highly mannered compositions that keep the viewer continually off-balance. Within the scope of a single painting, the subtlety with which his imagery seems to slip from still-life intimacies to rolling mountain landscape and sublime sky expanses spurs the viewer to think and see on two entirely different scales simultaneously – and sometimes even three or four, when there’s a painted vase in the picture. In short, there are world within worlds here, and the interaction between them is both playful and illuminating”.
David Kroll himself adds: “My intentions explore the paradoxical relationship between human culture and the natural world. … It is not my intention to create an accurate depiction of a particular creature or habitat, but to create an invented, imaginary moment touching upon man’s complicated, perplexing relationship with nature.”
April 2016 Anne Siems "Young Magician"
Two new shows coming up at our New York gallery:
MELINDA STICKNEY-GIBSON and KATE BREAKEY
inside / outside
March 17 – April 23, 2016
Reception: Thursday, March 17, 6-8pm
“NO, KNOW (…still)”, 2015, oil on canvas, 42 x 48 inches
Melinda Stickney-Gibson’s new series of paintings continues her investigation into the nature of paint and painterly gesture. Neither completely abstract nor representational, her paintings reflect upon the natural world just outside the door of her Catskill Mountain home, as well as her more internal, personal narratives.
Stickney-Gibson greatly values the solitude and quiet of life in the Catskills. Her work is characterized by a diaristic, personal approach. Paintings with multi-layered surfaces begin with written marks; incorporating fragments of writing from her own journals, favorite writing samples by others, and universal words such as “yes, “maybe”, “no?”, and “her”. These marks represent specific moments; each one has an intention which once fulfilled is checked off and covered over. The paintings have an underlying hidden narrative which is eventually erased when a final white top layer of paint covers the gesture. In this way Stickney-Gibson is sharing but still keeping her stories personal. Most evident in this work is the artist’s relationship and longtime love of the physical act of painting, and her visceral love of the paint itself. She states that “though not comfortable with being labeled an Abstract Expressionist, she is in fact abstractly expressing herself and that, for her, painting is a very physical activity.”
For Melinda Stickney Gibson, painting is like life – messy, full of accidents and underlain with semi-orderly structures that bend and disintegrate under pressure of real life action. Her lyrical paintings are not so much painted as allowed to evolve, growing by accretion over periods of weeks or months (or at times, even years), as loose brushstrokes are laid over looser grids, fields of color laid down to partially obscure sketchy marks, and traces of covered layers revealed by a subtle cut through the surface. The final compositions are full of evidence of the process that created them, yielding a subtle complexity that could never have been envisioned at the beginning. —Eleanor Heartney
This is Melinda Stickney-Gibson’s 6th solo exhibition with Littlejohn Contemporary. She has been exhibiting her work since the mid-1980’s. Originally from the Midwest, and currently based in Woodstock, NY, the artist has been living and working in New York for over 30 years. She has had over 25 one-person exhibitions, and has participated in numerous group shows throughout the country.
LAS SOMBRAS / The Shadows – Photograms
& GOLDEN STARDUST -- Orotones
March 17 – April 23, 2016
Reception: Thursday, March 17, 6-8pm
Las Sombras/The Shadows – photograms
Installation, dimensions variable
Golden Stardust – Reclining Nude
Orotone, glass with goldleaf, 13 x 19 inches
Kate Breakey’s Las Sombras/The Shadows are contact prints known as photograms or photogenic drawings. In these prints she has covered the photographic paper with a layer of translucent golden paint to tone them sepia, these works have a similar look of Victorian illustrations yet their sensibility is distinctly modern. Making pictures without a camera, like early nineteenth-century photographers such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, Breakey also shares their affinity for recording the natural world in scientific detail as well as with artistic beauty. These shadows are full of light. Breakey’s luminous images of coyotes and whipsnakes, hopping mice and scorpions, are filled with her love of the American Southwest, where she lives, and the animals, plants, and insects that inhabit the land. In the way she poses the animals, Breakey’s coyotes and rabbits dance; her birds fly.
This is an art that entails both the primitive and something ethereal. In her text for her book Las Sombras/The Shadows the photographer says that she burns these “shadows” of animals and plants onto photographic paper “with light and with love.”
Also on view in this exhibition are the artist’s Orotones, her “Golden Stardust” series. Unlike the photograms, these works are photographs developed onto photosensitized glass upon which the artist burnishes a layer of 24K goldleaf. Photographs taken from many areas around the world where the artist has travelled, from Scotland to Australia to Italy and beyond, the artist’s keen eye finds magic in every landscape and every object she encounters.
This will be Kate Breakey’s first solo exhibition with Littlejohn Contemporary. Since 1980, her work has appeared in more than ninety, one-person exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand, and France. A native of South Australia who has also lived and worked in Texas, Ms. Breakey now resides and photographs in the desert outside Tucson. The major archive of Breakey’s work — traditional photographs as well as photograms — is held by the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, San Marcos. Las Sombras/The Shadows is the third Breakey book in the Wittliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography series.
Her books include Birds/Flowers published in 2002 by Eastland Books and Slowlight published by Etherton Gallery in 2012. Breakey has produced three substantial monographs in collaboration with The Wittliff Collections and the University of Texas Press, beginning with Small Deaths (2001), followed by Painted Light (2010) a career retrospective that encompasses a quarter century of prolific image making, and Las Sombras/The Shadows (2012) which is comprised of many hundreds of images, from a bald eagle to tiny moths and flies. This series is a continuation of her lifetime investigation of the natural world which in her own words is "brimming with fantastic mysterious beautiful things." "My art," she says, "is about connection to all living things on Earth.”
The exquisite MONOGRAPH on DAVID KROLL’s work arrives next week in time for the holidays. Published by Marquand Books of Seattle, WA, this 112 page book features essays by James Yood and Linda Tesner and includes 72 color plates celebrating the life and work of David Kroll.
To reserve a copy please contact the gallery at email@example.com
New paintings by this gifted artist have also come in!
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