"Artist’s come to Trestle to hone their craft, build community, and participate in exhibition opportunities. This year’s annual resident showcase is curated by Curator-In-Residence, Jesse Firestone, and celebrates the diverse and exciting works the artists developed during their residencies. In response to studio visits and subsequent conversations Firestone has organized two distinct exhibitions, Form and Force and A Symptom of The Universe, that highlight seemingly opposite approaches to art making: process as a method of inquiry and emotion as the impetus for making. The exhibitions will span both of our Gowanus locations: Trestle Gallery at 168 7th Street, and Trestle Projects at 400 3rd Ave. This new format provides an opportunity for conceptual juxtapositions, as opposed to a simple survey of works in a single locale.
Form and Force, taken from a song title off Spirit Adrift’s album “Chained to Oblivion,” is an exhibition that brings together digital art, painting, and experimental printmaking. Form and Force looks deep into the range and intricacies of processes employed by artists when making their work. Some of the exhibiting artists work through a strict set of self-imposed rules, others actively utilize the randomness of universal forces to guide their process. There are also works created through sequential developments, and works that involve logistical nightmares that rely on the participation of others. This exhibition highlights the artist as tinkerer and celebrates the ability of the artist to bring abstraction into form.
A Symptom of the Universe, taken from a song off Black Sabbath’s album Vol. 4, brings together artists who use a variety of mediums to depict and/or work through a rift in the collective psyche or a personal trauma. Visitors can expect to see paintings that confront objectification of female bodies as well as paintings that reflect upon the rigid expectations of masculinity. Works in the exhibition touch on how the Internet has disrupted language and simultaneously created a deep-seeded need for our identity to exist as a multiplicity of images and affects. Ultimately, this exhibition highlights artists as seers, whose artworks reflect shifts and departures in the collective unconscious."
FORM AND FORCE (Trestle Gallery)
Natasa Prljevic, Sarah Mallory, Carlos Torres Machado, Beth Duerr, Rachel Chicaguala, Bonam Kim, Marilee Bogaert, Libby Rosa, Annie Trincot, Shana Siegel, Joshua Gabriel, Julie Combal
A SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE (Trestle Projects)
Dean Christensen, Erika Roth, Paul Anagnostopoulos, Skye Asta Devine Schirmer, Aparna Sarkar, Charlotte Corini, Katie Hector, Jen Nista