Introductions 2018

Introductions 2018 Curated by Enrico Gomez

Introductions 2018

Trestle Gallery | GOWANUS

Introductions 2018 at Trestle Gallery kicks off the new year with their annual open call hosting a wide range of contemporary artists working in an array of mediums.

With an opening reception on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 7pm to 9pm, the exhibition continues on view through February 28, 2018.

Curatorial Statement

The selection of works for Introductions 2018 was a particularly challenging process. With over 450 talented artists and well over a thousand artworks to choose from, the selection had not as much to do with the caliber of the works (in truth, almost every artwork submitted had something truly wonderful to offer) but rather, that these works, in terms of material, composition, and visual impact, interacted with each other aesthetically and formally.

Though the lion share of works submitted for consideration were abstract in nature (I believe this is reflected among the final selections), here too are truly exceptional works in genres such as landscape, portraiture, narrative and figuration. You may find (as did I) surprises from names familiar to you, be it divergences from their typical working methods or a deeper take on some of their more long held concerns. A particular treat that this show afforded me was the opportunity to connect with several artists who I have long admired but as of yet, hadn’t had the privilege of working with. Equally exciting were the encounters I had with high-quality offerings from artists completely new to me, many of whom currently reside outside of the greater New York area.

It is the aspect of dynamic interaction amongst all of the artworks gathered here that was, and continues to be, the most rewarding for me as both curator & artist. Art triumphantly transcends the imagined and arbitrary boundaries of time and place ... it is this quality that is one of the many answers to the question, “Why art?” to begin with.

Finally, compiling a group art show is a bit like throwing a dinner party. One is thrilled for who will be showing up; hopeful and expectant of the types of dialogue & exchanges that may take place - delighted and often surprised by the associations and connections that can emerge between them. Aptly titled “Introductions”, my hope is that this show occurs as an introduction on any number of levels: introductions from artist to artist, an introduction of viewer to artist, & perhaps an introduction to materials and modes of expression not typically encountered. I believe that each of these artworks deserves to be seen and to be considered deeply. I entreat each visitor to the show to “introduce” your own sense of curiosity and generous interest to their creative undertakings, to explore their larger oeuvres through the doorways offered here, and to revel in the delights and inspirations you may find along the way.

- Enrico Gomez, Curator Introductions 2018


Participating Artists:

Nancy S. Baker - Allison Blumenthal - Richard Bottwin - Michelle Brandemuehl - Andrea Burgay - Tim Campbell - Tiberiu Chelcea - Marianne DeAngelis - DeShawn Dumas - Brian Edmonds - Patricia Fabricant - Deborah Freedman - Ruth Freeman - Barbara Friedman - Rachel Guardiola - Elizabeth Johnson - Jeffrey Cortland Jones - Laura Kaufman - Leslie Kerby - Ashlee Laing - Janet E. Lee - Thomas Levy - Joseph Liatela - SaraNoa Mark - Eliot Markell - Nina Meledandri - Katherine Mojzsis - Daniel Morowitz - Emilia Olsen - Anna Ortiz - Kirk Palmer - Nicole Parcher - Dominic Quintana - Debra Ramsay - Yoella Razili - John Richey - Elizabeth Riley - Walter John Rodriguez - David Rogers - Marcy Rosenblat - Isabelle Schneider - Sylvia Schwartz - Angela Simione - Greg Slick - Charles Sommer - Bruce Stiglich - Suzanne Stroebe - Fabricio Suarez - Christopher Taylor - Michele Theberge - Jeanne Tremel - MJ Tyson - Lars van Dooren - Katarina Wong - Mary Younkin - Tamar Zinn


About Trestle

Trestle Gallery was founded in 2012 by artist and educator Rhia Hurt and a team of artists including Mary Negro and Ajit Kumar. Working in Gowanus, they became involved with the local artist community and soon discovered that many of their peers were lacking a supportive environment to develop their work and make connections with others in the art world. Wanting to meet this need, they started Trestle Gallery and began developing exhibition and educational programs with the goal of supporting local artists, curators, and educators and reach a greater community. The name “Trestle” came from a type of structure built to pass over obstacles. Like its namesake, the gallery was designed to be a support for artists, providing opportunities for them to show their work, network, and learn from each other.

Trestle Gallery and its satellite location, Trestle Projects, host 15-20 exhibitions each year. Since being established as a non-profit art gallery in 2012, Trestle has showcased the work of over 2000 local and international contemporary artists from over 35 countries. Trestle welcomes over 6,500 visitors annually.