Monday, August 29, 2016

Matthew Neil Gehring at Stout Projects

Matthew Neil Gehring's Mixed Business will be accompanied by a full color catalogue that includes a Director's forward by Robin Stout and an essay on the work by Thomas Micchelli. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Matthew Neil Gehring: Mixed Business

Opening: Saturday, September 3rd, 4 to 6 pm

September 3 - September 25, 2016
Stout Projects is pleased to present Mixed Business, a solo exhibition of New York painter, Matthew Neil Gehring.
Matthew Neil Gehring’s provocative new works are energy cells, exuding a punch derived from a deep interest in color, its slippery, if not fictional nature, and its similarity to sound.  In this work, scale is volume control, color and movement are pitch, tempo, and timbre.  Drawing inspiration from Goethe’s statement (and a nod to Bowie) that “sound and vision are two rivers that flow from the same mountain", this body of work is at once reflective and action oriented with elusive and often contradictory elements.
Gehring lives and works in Queens and Central New York. This exhibition at Stout Projects is his first solo show in New York City.  Matthew has exhibited widely, participating in numerous group shows and eight solo exhibitions, including a recent one-man show at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.  His recent group exhibitions include, Ocko Socko at Stout Projects, Abstraction and its Discontents, at Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY; Form and Facture at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University; Eight Painters at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY; and a two-person show at c2c Projects in San Francisco, CA.  Matthew’s work has been featured or reviewed in publications including The New Criterion, Art Journal, Art Review, and ArtWeek.

Stout Projects
Brooklyn, NY

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Studio Visit with Sabine Tress

 View of the Cologne Cathedral


Last month I was able to visit the studio of the German painter Sabine Tress.

Although, Sabine is based in Cologne she has curated shows in Europe and here in the U.S. and I have been fortunate enough to have my work included alongside hers in many group shows from Dallas to London over the last four or five years.

It was a highlight of our trip to finally meet and spend hours talking with Sabine and to view more of her vibrant, commanding paintings in person.


Sabine Tress in conversation in her studio, Cologne 2016.

The artist with works in progress.

*some works presented in this post in process.

Last Night and Tonight

Marion Piper, Repeat Copier (JET/ 004)Pencil, gouache and oil on canvas on panel.
40 x 30 cm, 2016

The Black & White Project
August 12 – September 11, 2016

Organized by Look & Listen 
Curated by Yifat Gat

“The very nature of working in The Black & White Project lends a sense of unity, which facilitates the assemblage of works from a broad range. Illustrative, grid-­based, drawing, embroidery, reductive, graphic, intuitive and freehand are just some of the approaches represented here. This curatorial exercise seeks to highlight at once both similarities and differences, creating a rich mixture of dialogues and contrasts.” YG

Artists included:
Alain Biltereyst, Armelle De Sainte Marie, Béatrice Beha, Ben Alper, Benjamin Gardner, Brian Cypher, Brian Edmonds, Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, Catherine Haggarty, Christine Mahoney, Claire Colin-Collin, Clinton King, Daniel G. Hill, David Rhodes, Didier Petit, Don Voisine, DotsToLines, Emily Noelle Lambert, Eve Aschheim, Espen Erichsen, Gabriele Herzog, Gary Petersen, Heidi Pollard, Ian White Williams, Izabela Kowalczyk, Jasper van der Graaf, Jeremie Delhome, Jérémy Laffon, Joris Brantuas, Justine Frischmann, Katherine Bradford, Karl Bielik, Ky Anderson, Lael Marshall, Laura Charlton, Leeza Doreian, Lydia Rump, Matthew Deleget, Marion Piper, Mandy Lyn Ford, Marie-Claude Bugeaud, Mark Sengbusch, Meg Lipke, Michael Voss, Michael Woody, Michel Barjol, Niall De Buitléar, Oriane Stender, Paul Pagk, Patrice Pantin, Pete Schulte, Peter Shear, Rieko Koga, Robert Otto Epstein, Rosaire Appel, Ruri Yi, Tilman Hoepfl, Ward Schumaker, Yoav Efrati.

The Black & White Project is an ongoing exploration that started as a curatorial post on the Look & Listen blog. In 2014 it was expanded into an exhibition at the Look & Listen Gallery, presenting works by 30 international artists. An accompanying publication including works by 100 artists from around the world was added specifically for the London Sluice Art fair. A print edition with works by 6 artists, printed by Atelier Tchikebe, was added to the project in 2015.

This exhibition at Transmitter will be the fifth iteration of The Black & White Project, featuring over 60 artists from around the world.

The publication is available at:

1329 Willoughby Ave. 2A, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Weekends 1 – 6 pm and by appointment

August 12 - September 11
Opening reception August 12th 6-9pm

Dear Polly, Vince, Angela, Logan, Christopher, Margo, Iain, Helen, Mark and Joshua, Lynn,

You are fabulous! You make us better artists by your example, by your teaching, in our dialogues and by purely existing.

We are so excited about your participation in Fabulous You. The group exhibition features the work of all 10 members of TSA New York alongside a single work by a mentor, influence or admired peer.

Thank you!
TSA NEW YORK (Sun, William, Jackie, Matt, Andrew, Rachael, Vincent, Alex, Norm, Naomi)

Polly Apfelbaum - Sun You
Vince Contarino - William Crump
Angela Dufresne - Jackie Hoving
Logan Grider - Matt Phillips
Christopher Horton - Andrew Prayzner
Margo Margolis - Rachael Gorchov
Iain Muirhead - Vincent Como
Helen O’Leary - Alex Paik
Mark Shetabi - Norm Paris
Joshua Edwards + Lynn Xu/Architecture for Travelers - Naomi Reis


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Julie Torres: Past Present Future

Lark: Funny Man -The Remixes

Lark is an independent, London based band helmed by painter, Karl Bielik.
The new collection, Funny Man the Remixes has just been released by Standard Lamp Records on the 25th of last month . . .

From the Press Release:

Following the release of Lark’s fifth dispatch from the dark – the critically acclaimed Funny Man – Artist and Frontman Karl Bielik, was struck by a curious notion: what would happen if the album was taken apart, track by track, and then re-assembled without the use of an instruction manual? A bold move to be sure, especially in light of the amount of work, detail and control that went in to the construction of the original. And for all his curiosity, Bielik was certain of one thing: having birthed Funny Man, he was far too close to the original creation to smash the songs to bits and then attempt to stitch them back together again… He was going to need outside help. Some of the remixers involved in this new project had already played on the album and were keen to offer their own interpretation of Bielik’s vision. Others were contemporaries of his, desirous to see the results of filtering the original songs through their own prisms, sensibilities and realities. And the resulting remixes offer another side to Lark that, while not necessarily obvious at first, still retain the gritty flavour and grimy feel of the source material. And this is where Bielik’s curiosity – and, by extension, yours – is satisfied. It’s different and twisted and bent out of shape but it’s still Lark, and recognisably so. Few are those who sing the dark like this, no matter how much light is shone on it.

Some Press for Lark – Funny Man

Mojo - 4/5 - 'A dark subcurrent of industrial noise runs under raspy vocals punctuated by driving basslines that fuel this idiosyncratic album' 
Louder than War - 8.75/10 - 'One of the albums of the year... one of the most exciting albums around' 
Vive le Rock - 7/10 - 'Swathe upon swathe of FX-laden sonic attack, as Bielik tears out his tortured soul' 
Metro - 4/5 - 'The menace lurking just beneath the surface is as contemporary as it is compellingly groovy.' 
Norman Records - 7/10 - 'Industrial electronic pop with grinding beats and lashings of guitar scree' 
Gigslutz - 'An ode to the dysfunctional; brimming with guilty, gritty, passive aggressive tracks.' 
Penny Black Music - 'Bielik's songs are gorgeous... funny? No. Worth the agony, most certainly, yes.
' Whisperin' & Hollerin' - 'For those with an appetite for the bleak and bizarre, indulge yourselves to your hearts’ discontent.'