YASHAR GALLERY REOPENING
THURSDAY NOV 17 6-9PM
AND GUESTS ARTISTS FROM
YASHAR GALLERY REOPENING
THURSDAY NOV 17 6-9PM
AND GUESTS ARTISTS FROM
Brooklyn Art Studio Resident Artist James Isherwood at
SUSAN ELEY FINE ART
James Isherwood & Lisa Pressman
Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC
190 Orchard Street, New York, NY, 10002
November 3—December 21, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1st, 6-8PM
Susan Eley Fine Art is very pleased to announce the relocation of our NYC Gallery. SEFA is moving
from the Upper West Side to a new space in the Lower East Side. Our new address is 190 Orchard
Street, just south of Houston. This space is in the heart of the LES gallery district, and we are honored
to join this vibrant arts community.
The Lower East Side Gallery will open to the public on Thursday, November 3rd with Downtown Debut,
a two-person exhibition featuring new paintings and works on paper by James Isherwood and Lisa
Pressman. Both artists have been mainstays in SEFA’s roster for many years.
The exhibition is open to the public for viewing beginning on Thursday, November 3rd. The opening
reception with the artists will be on Thursday, December 1st from 6-8PM.
Downtown Debut is a reflection of the diversity of Susan Eley Fine Art’s dynamic artist roster. James
Isherwood and Lisa Pressman have worked with the Gallery for many years, allowing the creation of
true partnerships over their multiple exhibitions. These artists have previously exhibited in both NYC
and Hudson—with much success.
Isherwood’s first exhibition was in Regarding Arcadia (2008), and
Pressman’s in Making Their Mark (2011). Together, they represent SEFA’s embrace of figuration and
abstraction; of painting and paper; of landscape and mark-making; of color and minimalism. Their
works span the gamut of SEFA’s artists. Their solo presentations on the Lower East Side will be
displayed on separate floors for viewers to appreciate the skill and uniqueness of each artist.
This exhibition will feature a number of new paintings and works on paper by James Isherwood in the
street level Gallery. His vibrant landscapes interpret the world as he sees it—through his technicolor
visions. Seasides and night skies mingle with architectural forms. His style as a painter is crisp and
clear, yet boldly injected with fantastical colors. Often, strong horizon lines dominate the environments,
and the man made structures are a stark yet alluring contrast to the surrounding nature. After recently
completing a residency in Ithaca, NY, Isherwood is also producing more abstracted pieces whose colors
are equally mesmerizing.
In Downtown Debut, Lisa Pressman will exhibit encaustic paintings and works on paper. The artist is
widely recognized for her richly colored encaustics, which are made of pigmented wax that is heated
and manipulated directly on the surface of the wood panels. Her newest series entitled “Meditations”
shine with their jewel-like tone and finish. SEFA will also exhibit selections from Pressman’s
“Messages” series, primarily works on paper. The artist’s process here includes applying letraset text by
rubbing it on the surface to transfer its fragments; burning and smoking the paper and sewing through
it, often with red thread. Her approach is intuitive, and her gestures in the studio manifest a translation
and interpretation of the beyond.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GALLERY SHOW
The Yashar Gallery in Greenpoint Brooklyn will host an exhibition featuring the works of the students from the ART SMART after school program from the Park Slope Education Complex at MS88 located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
exhibition includes the works of ART SMART students grades 6 – 8, created over
the past school year.
The ART SMART program was developed to enhance the already vibrant art curriculum that is part of MS88. The program is focused on further enriching high school portfolio requirements by inspiring and exposing middle school students to art history, art techniques and contemporary ideas.
The program was created by artist Jeff Schneider along with the strong support and backing by Principal Ailene Altman Mitchell.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.
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By default, and by design, we bring together a wildly diverse selection of works by artists who completed the Graduate Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. They have gone on to forge pathways that surprise us in our era. For today, their works are cast as a colorful array to remind us of what it is to move in a space where light and color are beyond our control.
CURATED BY -- Yasmeen Siddiqui
You can have access to the show and opening only if you register here:
When it comes to how local artists create their art, the medium used knows no bounds. Paints, wood, marble, and trash may all be used, but those that Ann Cofta employs are particularly singular, at least, it seems, around Greenpoint. Ann sews, embroiders, quilts and collages to give a colorful and softened look to beloved items, from ice pops and rotary phones to typewriters and gum ball machines.
But New York City herself also is a major motif in Ann's work, and now she will enjoy her first solo show at Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue), which doubles as a beer hall and a monthly exhibition of an artist's work. That solo show, Then, highlights Ann's more urban work, where cityscapes, water towers, and brownstones are all created from fabric, paint, batting with hand quilting, appliqué, and more. With their bright colors and softer textures, the works give a playful spin on the sleek, hard, and tough facades that helped so much of New York architecture endure across decades and centuries while also calling out — and giving a megaphone to — these buildings' inherent charm and whimsy.
The work is up now through February 14, and below Ann discusses the blessings of having her work shared in her fourth solo show.
Building with Blue Fire Escape by Ann Cofta
Greenpointers: The scale of your work is interesting to consider here. Am I right in remembering that a lot of your textile work is a little smaller in scale, but that this project is a larger undertaking, literally? Is the scale something you decided on because you had more time for this project?
Ann Cofta: The size of my work significantly changed when I started renting a studio space in Greenpoint, four and a half years ago. Prior to that I had been working on art at home, where smaller works required less workspace.
At that same time, I inherited fabric scraps from a friend. Many were long strips that resembled buildings and smokestacks. I pieced together what would become cityscapes with these remnants.
The studio space accommodated bigger works of art and gradually the size of my work shifted and grew significantly larger. I still enjoy working small at times, depending on the project.
Cityscape with Water Tower and Billboard by Ann Cofta
I love that your work for "Then" is an ode to New York City. How did you choose the buildings you depicted in your show?
Long walks before and during the pandemic allowed me time to visually ingest the industrial scenery between my neighborhood in Queens and studio in Brooklyn. The character and feel of older edifices appeal to me. These pieces, dotted with water towers and smokestacks, all pay tribute to urban structures, monuments from another era that have endured.
The buildings depicted in the show are a combination of imagery from different locations. For the purpose of composition, I make a sketch based on photos from my walks. They are never a replica of one actual view.
What is your relationship to Brouwerij Lane? Have you had shows there before, or how did they come to know your work?
The owner, Ed Raven, had seen my work and invited me to do a show. He is a big fan of art and likes to promote local artists. The work changes there every month.
What excites you most about this show, your fourth solo one?
I’m thrilled to be able to show work that I’ve just completed. When you finish a piece, you want to share it and see how people respond to it. To have it up and enjoyed in person is ideal.
I love that Brouwerij Lane is a place where people have not chosen to come to for the art. They may be gathering with friends for a drink, or just picking up some beer on the way home, but they notice and appreciate it. Quilts of old buildings in an old building, it just fits.
Long Island City III by Ann Cofta
This might be a broader question, but how does New York continue to inform your art? Your work has such love imbued in, well, every stitch, and New York feels like a core element in many of your pieces. How does the city continually inspire it?
What a lovely thing to say! I believe I share a sincere love of the city with so many people. That seems to be what resonates with folks who see my work.
There is also something very grounding in the familiarity of the city and its structures. I think because I walk and travel around so much, and because I’m an artist, I naturally absorb my surroundings. They become a part of my visual language. And the city is always evolving, so there is something new to see no matter what neighborhood I’m in.
Anything else you want to add?
It’s so nice to have a show in real life! It’s wonderful to meet up with folks and have a place to go to see art. I am grateful to Brouwerij Lane for this opportunity to exhibit, and for their support of local artists.
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