PRIME features eight of Trestle Gallery’s Spring 2015 artist residents: Lauren Bierly, Elisa Carreno, Chelsea Horvath, Anna Kilijunen, Allie Rex, Kara Smith, Adrienne Tarver, and Bridgette Zou. The exhibition brings together a diverse selection of media, processes, and themes to find a common ground in the search for patterns and essential qualities in nature and creation. Works by Elisa Carreno, Chelsea Horvath, and Adrienne Tarver manipulate imagery of nature to explore beauty, and decay. Lauren Bierly, Allie Rex, and Kara Smith use varied source materials to create installations of detailed, meditative repetitions. Anna Kiljunen’s deconstructed portraits find the common forms in faces. And Bridgette Zou uses psychedelic patterns to highlight bold pronouncements in her text-based paintings.
The title “PRIME” also references the goals of Trestle’s residency program; to support artists with potential and give them the tools they need to reach their prime. Every six months, Trestle Gallery offers a competitive residency to a group of artists in its Gowanus arts center. Trestle’s residencies are designed to help artists and curators find a foothold in the art world while they develop their practice. Residents are provided with six months of free or discounted studio space, regular meetings with an advisor to guide their work, and periodic studio visits from gallerists and art world professionals. The residency culminates in an exhibition that provides an opportunity for the resident artists to share their new work with the community.
PRIME will open on Wednesday July 15th from 7-9pm. Gallery hours will be July 16 to August 1, Thursdays/Fridays from 5 – 8 pm and Saturdays/Sundays from 11 am – 5 pm. Additional events will be announced on our website http://www.trestlegallery.org/upcoming/
Curator Emma Katz is an arts entrepreneur, creative consultant, and producer. Her clients include Trestle Gallery, Hazel Village Toy Company, and many individual artists and collectors. For five years she was the Executive Director of Recession Art, where she was named one of ArtInfo's 30 Under 30 Influential Arts Professionals in 2013.
Trestle Gallery is a 501c3 non-profit contemporary art space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Its mission is to foster creativity and community by offering exhibition, education, and networking opportunities for contemporary artists and curators. Trestle provides a place for creative people to focus on the development of their art and their career. Visit http://www.trestlegallery.org to learn more.