Unrestricted: A visual dialogue among trestle Residents

Unrestricted: A Visual Dialogue Among Trestle Residents

Unrestricted: A visual dialogue among trestle Residents

Trestle Gallery | Gowanus

Trestle Gallery presents Unrestricted: A Visual Dialogue Among Trestle Residents with an opening reception on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm, with the show continuing through January 5, 2018.

The fourth annual resident exhibition, Unrestricted: A Visual Dialogue Among the Trestle Residents is curated by Curator-In-Residence, Katherine Murdock. This survey of work showcases the diverse interests and artistic practices of Trestle’s 2017 residents. Even though each artist explores varied concepts, a dialogue among the work surfaced. The artists investigate material with two and three-dimensional work. Many incorporate concepts of painting and objects into their practice.

Each of the represented artists carefully consider their medium through their art-making practice which includes painting, drawing, photographing, sculpting, stitching, branding and assembling objects. By eliminating the use of a paintbrush and canvas, Kate Bae pushes boundaries with the capabilities of paint by using it to sculpt. Sarbani Ghosh combines digital and hand-made materials by layering paint and stitching over digital collages printed on mylar. Julie Combal creates sculpture with upcycled objects found in her neighborhood. She references painting by hanging and overlaying colored ceramic and laminate tiles on the wall.

Abby Cochran’s hybridized works hover between painting and object. Cochran incorporates sculpted breasts into her brightly colored paintings. The paintings equivocally reference a toy doll and a portrait of a person. Her “anti-pretty” aesthetic simultaneously evokes feelings of desire and repulsion. Several artists make connections between objects and bodies. Hannah Rose Berry juxtaposes silhouettes of objects and fgures in her paintings. These portraits portray objects as symbols charged with masculine and feminine references.

The exhibition extends outside the formal gallery space, utilizing the building’s architecture. Trestle Residency offers professional development programs for emerging artists that aim to provide community for artists, development of a new body of work and opportunities that help artists fnd a foothold in the art world.

Participating Artists:

Hyun Jung Ahn - Kate Bae - Hannah Rose BerryAndrea Caldarise - Abby Cochran - Julie Combal - Charlie CrowellAllison De Vito - Kat Deiner - Ronit Levin Delgado - Martin DullAlyssa Eble - Sarbani Ghosh - Samantha HolmesChip McCall - Julia Melf - Megan Porpeglia - Aparna Sarkar Annie Trincot - Lesley Wamsley - Amy Wetsch


Holiday Hours
Trestle Gallery & Art Space will be closed to the public Thursday, December 21st through Tuesday, January 2nd. The gallery will resume normal business and gallery hours Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.


Kat Deiner
Closing Over, Breaking Open, 2017
Oil on canvas 8 x 10 in.


Samantha Holmes
Icon II, 2017
Gold leaf on wood, 32 x 30.5 x 2.25 in



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.


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