Brian Morris Gallery
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Brian Morris Gallery
163 Chrystie Street
New York, NY
Gallery Talk : May 17, 2015
C. Michael Norton In Conversation with
Kara Rooney, Jennifer Samet, and Zachary Keeting
discussing works from “THE WOLF I FEED” on view until June 6
Doors at 4 PM, Talk at 4:30PM
Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc
171 Chrystie Street
4:54 PM , MAY 15, 2015
From Now On In Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc
171 Chrystie Street
Reception: Friday March 13 7-10pm
From Now On In | March 7 – April 11, 2015
Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc. are pleased to present “From Now On In”, featuring Michael Berryhill, Tom Burckhardt, Steve DiBenedetto, Lydia Dona, Fabian Marcaccio, Carrie Moyer, and Alexi Worth.
The show features seven incredibly forceful artists. They are connected by the voracity of their creations and the indefatigabipty of their ambitions. There are moments of quiet and contemplative subtlety, while tension mounts beneath many surfaces, often bursting forth from the seams. Every detail is integral to the making of a moment. One must engage and shape the future by challenging the present and the past.
We are, at once, beautiful and terrible. Our fate is ours to own. Introspection is the mode.
Michael Berryhill has the gut and the chops to take on Picasso and the history of early 20th century Parisian Modernism. More playful than his inspirations, Berryhill creates a vibratory Orientalism in an American junkyard.
Tom Burckhardt has a strategy: raising the bar by digging the hole deeper. He delves into the absurdity of artistic pursuit, and then finds a way to recombine Duchamp’s farcical jests with sincere belief in painting.
Steve DiBenedetto: Octopus takes down a helicopter, woman caught between desire and conquest, chooses neither, kills her mate. Nature versus culture, nature always wins
Lydia Dona breathes the chaotic chemistry and cinematography of our Industrial Age. Fires burn in far off factories in which our charming little gizmos and gadgets are born.
Fabian Marcaccio’s work is the art of amplification, off-road painting in an all-terrain vehicle. The work pushes the boundaries of what painting is and what it might become in the digital age. The terrifying and grievous imagery speak to our dark nature and our ability to ignore these atrocities even while staring right at them.
Carrie Moyer and the acrylic desert. Carrie, Georgia O’Keefe, and Max Ernst are in a movie theater seeing “The Graduate”. A young Dustin Hoffman is on the screen. Carrie leans in to Georgia and whispers in her ear, “I got one word for ya kid: PLASTICS!”
Alexi Worth makes paintings like flash photography, if each flash were a small nuclear blast, taking pictures in a cartoon world. Shadow becomes substance becomes surface becomes empty space, beyond which pght casts shadows on the wall.
This is a complicated show for complicated times.
From Now On In | Extended until April 25th
Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc
Alexi Worth | Carrie Moyer | Fabian Marcaccio | Lydia Dona | Michael Berryhill | Steve Dibenedetto | Tom Burckhardt
Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc. are pleased to present “From Now On In”, featuring Michael Berryhill, Tom Burckhardt, Steve DiBenedetto, Lydia Dona, Fabian Marcaccio, Carrie Moyer, and Alexi Worth. The show features seven incredibly forceful artists. They are connected by the voracity of their creations and the indefatigability of their ambitions. There are moments of quiet and contemplative subtlety, while tension mounts beneath many surfaces, often bursting forth from the seams. Every detail is integral to the making of a moment. One must engage and shape the future by challenging the present and the past. We are, at once, beautiful and terrible. Our fate is ours to own. Introspection is the mode.
Cuts Noon Light | May 21-July 26, 2015 (Extended)
Artists: Andrew Ginzel | Kara Rooney, Steel Stillman
Brian Morris Gallery is pleased to present “Cuts Noon pght,” a group show featuring work by Andrew Ginzel, Kara Rooney, and Steel Stillman. Animated by its empty center, the work in "Cuts Noon pght" creates a space through its scale shift between tiny details and the vastness of nothing happening. The universe is expanding, and our understanding of the universe expands with it. This exhibition invites us to reflect on all that is known as well as the unknowable. Infinite sides of a clear duapty. Reconstructing memories. Deconstructing the Present. At times, manufacturing history. Question everything.
Sanctuary Of The Square | May 14- June 20, 2015 | Project Space
Laurene Krasny Brown
“Sanctuary Of The Square” May 14- June 20, 2015 Opening Reception: May 21, 7-9pm Brian Morris Gallery is pleased to present "Sanctuary Of The Square", an immersive installation of new work by Laurene Krasny Brown in the BMG Project Space. "Sanctuary Of The Square" invites the viewer into a world, albeit a tiny one, in which to explore the place in all our lives where we go to be royalty.
The Wolf I Feed | April 30- June 6th, 2015
C. Michael Norton, "The Wolf I Feed"
From his essay “Over the Top” about Norton’s work, Stephen Westfall notes, “Norton’s color both explodes against and is grounded by the exposed linen grounds of his paintings, but the linen is also, simultaneously, spatially ambiguous and a material ground zero where the constructed nature of his illusionism is laid open for inspection.” “The Wolf I Feed”: An old Cherokee says to his grandson, “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
Home Turf | April 10th – May 10th 2014
“Home Turf” is a 3 person show including Ashley Garrett, Judith Linhares and Liz Markus. Each painter in this show is fascinated with the dynamics of exterior vs interior. Using distinctly varied approaches, each artist’s work offers exciting representations of creative havens and home.
pz Markus’ new paintings are a bold new development in her trajectory. Her latest series often feature vacant haute, bourgeois settings. These works employ her well-known washy handling, drips and bright color. Billy Baldwin Eastman Apartment is a wide-angle view of a room populated by chairs, end tables, flowers, mirrors and modernist paintings.
Judith Linhares’ paintings are theatrical, erotic and humorous all at once. Her piece, Waiting for Horsemen, features five nude women in the woods. Each figure perches in a tree against a blue starry background. Linhares often places her figures in fantastical settings – bodies often “float” in atmospheric landscapes. In other works a bunny, dog or cat are caught in close up perspectives as wild, noble or otherwise aloof.
Ashley Garrett’s quasi-abstract paintings are vaguely reminiscent of natural settings and figures. Working on a small scale, her surfaces are layered and dense. Works pke Corner zero in on a fragment of a room with enormous insight. Using saturated, pastel color she makes works that are subjective and personal. “Home Turf” is a group show that brings together 3 artists whose work colorfully re-imagines our notions of space, place and home.
4 life lines | January 23rd – February 29th 2014
A glimpse at four decades of work centered around 130 Talismans shaped from clay dug from the artist’s own land in Stanfordville, New York in the summer and fall of 2013. The Talismans are born of a confluence of forces – ideas, traditions, inspirations, elements and transferences experienced. Onnig’s works have developed over a pLifetime of making work, spanning culture, family, craft, community, language and spiritual advancement.
Each of the spherical, baseball-sized talismans were created by pressing four wooden “tools,” which are in themselves small sculptures, representing Mr. Onnig’s 4-letter sculptural language, simultaneously into the wet clay at different angles focused toward a point of convergence at the center. The impressions transform each talisman into a unique portrait. He then wraps each talisman into small individual bundles, each with a different organic material, (i.e: popcorn, banana peels, orange peels) and finally cast them into a pit fire. They are then displayed on a quilt, consisting of 130 individual patches, upon a table.
Project Space: RECENT WORKS
For this show, Post, of Millbrook, NY, will exhibit five graphite drawings and one painting. Post’s work is marked by densely layered surfaces. Thin layers of plaster, and washes of thinned acrypc paint function as erasers, leaving evidence of the underpainting.
The works are equal amounts drawing and erasing, masking out sections, and creating borders between characters, hinting towards geography and mapping out a personal landscape, as well as the physical or metaphysical human form shown through intuitive pne work. Post pves and works in Brooklyn, NY.
It Hurts So Good To Be Loved So Bad | December 13th – January 18th, 2014
Curated by Geoffrey Young
Lynne Woods Turner
Richard Tinkler’s psychedelic patterns that optically vibrate, Vince Contarino’s abstract geometric and expressive mash-ups, Zoe Pettijohn-Schade uses tightly rendered, repetitive motifs to create stunning gouache works, Kirsten Deirup creates dystopic landscapes with monolithic structures of urban and personal memory, Andy Mister’s graphic, confrontational graphite works cull from pop culture as much as they do from tragedy. Christopher Schade abstracts the landscape in his latest works to create disorienting visions of nature, Lynne Woods Turner uses simple, linear geometry and pared down color arrangements to create exciting motifs, Yuri Masnyj’s latest pieces combine abstraction, rainbow spectrum, and frame works.
Genius of Love | May 22nd – June 23rd, 2013
Curated by Jason Stopa
Emily Noelle Lambert
Brian Morris Gallery is pleased to present “Genius of Love”, a group exhibition featuring 7 artists. This show includes Rick Briggs, Jaquepne Cedar, Farrell Brickhouse, Shara Hughes, EJ Hauser, Emily Noelle Lambert and Andrea Belag. The title bears the same name as the Tom Tom Club’s song of 80s. The new wave group’s album covers often captured a wild, playful figuration meets abstraction. The paintings in this show run the gambit of painterly approaches with seasoned painters like Briggs, Brickhouse and Belag sharing room with a younger, unrestrained generation of painters. And collectively, the works allude to painting as love – romantic, aggressive, sensual, playful and transcendent.
Many of these works relish in hybrid painting techniques and varied paint handling. “Genius of Love” brings together a group of contemporary abstract and figurative painters whose works reference everything from psychological states of mind to emotionally charged atmospheres.
Sleight of Hand | June 26th – July 27th, 2013
Curated by Noah Post
John Phillip Abbot
Brian Morris Gallery is pleased to present “Sleight of Hand,” a group exhibition of varied artistic practices by eleven artists: John Philpp Abbott, Jon Berzinski, Vince Contarino, Sean Greene, Matthew Hassell, Virva Hinnemo, Doug Johnston, Jessica O’Hearn, Daniel O’Neill, Bonnie Rychlak, and Kim Uchiyama. The title refers to the handwork technique behind a magician’s ability to create impenetrable illusions. It is exactly this performative choreography that is at play in “Sleight of Hand” – each artist uses a process of layering media to structure the physicality and poetics within and of their work. The effect is one of deception, forcing the viewers to look back and uncover new spatial and thematic ambiguities beyond the material surface of the artists’ works.
Endless Summer | August 1st – September 7th, 2013
Curated by Gary Peterson
Erik den Breejen
Long, hot summer days and nights filled with sunshine, surf, and long shadows in the sand: Endless Summer, the seminal surf movie from 1966, tracks the journey of two surfers as they follow summer around the world. The artists in this show create a similar vibe with work evocative of seasonal devotion, resonating a carefree joy combined with a commitment to craft. Depictions of silhouettes, surfboards, waves, palm trees, and song lyrics come together to induce all things buoyant and summery, and the abstract configurations conjure a hazy, dreamy summer state of mind. Even the poets sing of endless summer:
“A fresh star rises in the cloudy sky.
A summer night sizzles without burning.”
– from Ode to Summer by Pablo Neruda
White Wash | September 13th – October 12th, 2013
‘White Wash’ is a group exhibition featuring three painters: Joe Ballweg, Michael Dotson and Johnny Mullen. The title is taken from one of Dotson’s paintings wherein the act of editing creates form. The works in this show subvert easy readings. Each painter is discursive; flipping surface and ground, combining personal with impersonal mark making. Using the language of abstraction, all 3 artists emphasize gesture in a manner that both embraces and parodies the broad brushwork of Abstract Expressionism.
“White Wash” excitingly deviates from traditional gestural abstraction and veers towards critique, play and humor of its historical function.
PHYSICAL PROPERTY | November 7 — December 7, 2013
PHYSICAL PROPERTY Curated by Kim Uchiyama
Craig Fisher / Gerald Jackson / Marthe Keller / Jim Lee / Stephen Maine / Bonnie Rychlak / Lespe Wayne
RECEPTION NOVEMBER 7TH, 6-8pm
Curated by Kim Uchiyama
These seven works combine a variety of familiar materials to produce unexpected results.
By repurposing their respective mediums, each artist demonstrates the transformation of known matter into something else altogether. The resulting works possess a unique physical presence, asking us to think twice about their existence and offering us a measured comparison of what we think we know vs. what we’re really looking at.
Russian Linen Painting
Pride and Shame
Brian Morris is a rare gem of a human being in a tough place to find such good specimens -- the art world. He is wonderful to work with, passionate about building an inclusive and expressive creative community, and a sincerely compassionate and grounded person. The gallery radiates with this positive energy. Definitely worth a visit!
March 6, 2015
Great gallery, with thoughtfully curated exhibits. I like how they use different aspects of that space (closet, outdoor stairway, upstairs space).
February 22, 2015
The midtown space is amazing. The downtown space is bewildering. The outer space is ponderous.
November 21, 2014
Sean S. Manhattan, NY
4.0 star rating 1/12/2013
First to Review
Went here tonight to see the Kasheesh art show. Great exhibition, great group of artists. From illustrations to pastel & oil paintings. Some photography too. As one would expect a super cool crowd of stylish art purveyors and fashionistas also were on hand.
Will definitely keep the eyes peeled for whats upcoming here.