Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Fever

Spring Fever
Organized by Nicole Russo and Ridley Howard
April 11- May 9
Opening: April 11, 5-8 PM
Gallery Hours are from 1-6 on Sundays.

Spring is the season of rejuvenation. Urges repressed through the long winter months roar to the surface, adding vigor and passion to otherwise ordinary lives.  Spring sees bulky winter coats replaced with skirts and sleeveless shirts, handshakes replaced with kisses, and S.A.D. replaced by L’amour Fou.  This show is a celebration of new found optimism, invigoration, and desire.

Ed Templeton


 Daniel Gordon. Paul Brainard. Andrew Guenther.

Daniel Gordon. Man in Grass. C-print. 20" x 24". 2007.

Paul Brainard. Untitled. Pencil on paper. 22" x 30". 2008.

Andrew Guenther. Not a Doctor, Blue. Acrylic and screenprint on canvas. 22" x 36.75". 2010.

Ed Templeton. Patrick Berran. Laurel Nakadate.

Ed Templeton. Suburbia Put Into Photographic Form.., C-print. 13.5" x 9". 1997/2006.

Patrick Berran. Untitled (RM5). Oil on board. 24.375" x 24". 2010.

Laurel Nakadate. Fever Dream with Rabbit. Video. 2009.

Michelle Hailey. Nicole Eisenman. James Herbert.

Michelle Hailey. In Her Studio. Oil, pencil and image transfer on canvas. 60" x 70". 2009.

Nicole Eisenman. I Love You. Enamel on paper. 26" x 34". 2008.
James Herbert. Two Swans. Acrylic on canvas. 9 ft x 10 ft. 2010.

Jennifer Coates. Fernando Renes. David Humphrey. 

Jennifer Coates. Windbreak. Acrylic on canvas. 9.5" x 11.75". 2009.

Fernando Renes. Drawings. 6 framed drawings, each 16.875" x 18.375". 1998-2010.

David Humphrey. Flavors. Acrylic on canvas. 34.375" x 54". 2002-2009.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


For Immediate Release:
106 Green presents:


Tenants. Curated by Vera Iliatova
March 7th – April 4th, 2010
Opening reception: March 7, 5-8pm.
Gallery Hours are from 1-6 pm on Sundays

  …the plan should not have to do with an exploit or record, it would be neither a peak to scale nor an ocean floor to reach ... [it] would not be heroic, or spectacular; it would be something simple and discreet, difficult of course but not impossibly so, controlled from start to finish and conversely controlling every detail of the life of the man engaged upon it… 

In his 1978 work “Life, A User’s Manual” George Perec creates a novel from a series of detached observations of a Parisian apartment block. As the novel unfolds, these observations that at first glance appear as infinite lists of disconnected information, create a jigsaw of rooms with their inhabitants caught in a moment of time. The descriptions of apartments with their eccentric tenants, lists of contents, and structural relationships are puzzled into a perceptibly beautiful complexity.  Viewing becomes an activity where written structures are collected together to create a site of convergence.

Using Perec’s novel as a model, 106 Green (known as an exhibition space as well as working artists studios) temporarily houses work by Jonathan Ehrenberg, Rochelle Feinstein, Dana Frankfort, Jackie Gendel, Christopher K. Ho, Jennifer Hodges, Mikhail Iliatov, Julian Kreimer, Susan Lichtman, Justin Lieberman, Bobbie Oliver, Rachel Roske, Zak Smith, Craig Taylor, and Kevin Zucker. The objects put together in this space have connections either in genre, aesthetic modes, narrative impulses, or in the fact of being devised by artists who work in close conceptual proximity. The show becomes an enigmatic puzzle that invites interpretations and creates relationships between the artists, the space, and the viewer. 

Installation Shots:

Entrance Gallery. Susan Lichtman. Jonathan Ehrenberg. Dana Frankfort.

Susan Lichtman. Open House. Oil on canvas. 24" x 18". 2008.

Jonathan Ehrenberg. Red Window (still from Seed). Framed digital print. 16" x 12". 2010.

Jonathan Ehrenberg. The Hollow (still from Seed). Framed digital print. 16" x 12". 2010.

Dana Frankfort. White Flowers. Oil on canvas. 20" x 16". 2006.

Craig Taylor, Justin Lieberman, Dana Frankfort.

Main gallery. Mikhail Iliatov. Kevin Zucker. Susan Lichtman.
Mikhail Iliatov. Neighbors. 2-channel audio. 34:12. 8" x 11" x 36". mixed media. 2010.

Kevin Zucker. Untitled (study for a missing-content painting). Acrylic, transfers on canvas. 41" x 30". 2006.

Susan Lichtman. Figures Beneath a Tulip. Gouache on panel. 7" x 5".2006.

Susan Lichtman. Light Tulip. Gouache on panel. 7" x 5". 2006.

Main gallery. Mikhail Iliatov. Kevin Zucker. Susan Lichtman. Christopher K. Ho. Craig Taylor.

Main gallery. Christopher K. Ho. Craig Taylor. Justin Lieberman. Jennifer Hodges.

Christopher K. Ho. Voltron Cullen Kubla Khan. Framed digital print. 13" x 10". 2010.

Craig Taylor. The Bit. Archival board and plaster polychrome. 42" x 12" x 6". 2010.

Justin Lieberman. Untitled. Mixed media various sizes. 2010.

Jennifer Hodges. Untitled. Acrylic on canvas. 24" x 11". 2008.

Main gallery. Jennifer Hodges. Rachel Roske.

Rachel Roske. For Ages or for Hours. Oil on canvases/fabric. 14"x19", 8"x19",9" x19".

Main gallery. Zak Smith. Julian Kreimer. Rochelle Feinstein.

Zak Smith. The operation you have chosen cannot be performed. Ink on paper. 24" x 19". 2008.

Main gallery. Julian Kreimer. Rochelle Feinstein. Bobbie Oliver. Jackie Gendel.

Julian Kreimer. Car Park. Oil on linen. 18" x 18". 2009.

Rochelle Feinstein. A Wonderful Place to Live. Laser print/oil on linen. 33" x 33". 1991.

Bobbie Oliver. Untitled. Acrylic on canvas. 27" x 23.5". 2007.

Jackie Gendel. Déjà vu. Oil on canvas over board. 26" x 24". 2009.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Everything In Moderation

Everything in Moderation. Curated by Melissa Hopson
January 30th – February 28th, 2010
Opening: January 30th, 6-9pm.
Gallery Hours are from 1-6 on Sundays.

Enough of the conventional unconventional lazy art. Enough of the bombastic art-factory objects. Away from the artist-manager and artist-genius. Enough of the art institution template that plugs the artworks into allocated cells. The material search, hand – material connection, uncomfortable and counter-intuitive, new Romanticism and witty sense of humor – all create paths away from the numerous beaten tracks. One does not need to shout in order to make a statement.

106 Green
is pleased to present Everything in Moderation, a show curated by Melissa Hopson. The exhibition features six young artists who work with oil painting, sculpture, digital print, and drawing and explore fragmentation and the mixing of mediums. They take the silent artistic materials, arrogant minimalist form, and ubiquitous readymade and self-centered narrative of “identity” out of their dead ends and give them character, agency, and personal meaning. Aware of the polarities of art-factory commercial product and ephemeral practice, these artists are interested in artistic object with all its unique and generic qualities. “Moderation” in this case is not escapism or lack of courage, but rather a desire to avoid pre-established strategies, to approach artistic practice as exploration and search. This principle allows for the fulfillment of art’s principal function – bringing into being something that has not existed previously rather than reiterating the existing world.

In her drawings, collages, and sculpture, Davina Semo returns the deeply human metaphysical element to abstraction, giving experiential meanings to the cold geometric form. The narrative, story-like titles she gives to her works become part of strategy. Eric Palgon turns painting “inside out” by putting the frame on the front of canvas and letting the images grow and spread. Painting thus ceases to be the “window into the world” and oscillates between sculpture and image. Sonja Engelhardt breaks down artistic objects into texture, line, proportion, material, and visual gestalt. Her sculpture mimics the white wall and engages with architectural space, while in her prints, the background and artistic mark switch places, producing subtle poetic work. Melissa Hopson, an artist interested in issues of cultural accumulation and archeology, creates abstract objects as complete as if they were functional things from another world. Her sculptures are artifacts dug from the future. Esther Kläs engages European and US modernism and minimalism by taking away their sleekness. Putting her sculptures on a pedestal, she elevates them to the status of animate characters, albeit sleeping and awaiting interaction with the viewer. In Nathan Gwynne’s work, culturally charged generational narratives and “cult” music re-emerge as distinct, formally engaging objects. The artist’s detached and blasphemous view turns The Kiss and Barry White LPs into sea buoys, or pairs a drum with a night table or police barricades.
Everything in Moderation presents a unique opportunity to see the works of an international group of young artists already exhibited in Europe and the US, and the recipients of various professional awards, who are at the start of their careers. For more information on the show, individual works, and artists, please contact Melissa Hopson at

Participating Artists

Sonja Engelhardt. Born 1975 in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Studied in Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, received academic diploma from Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany in 2006. Currently working on her MFA degree at the New York University. Lives and works in New York City.

Nathan Gwynne. Born 1979 in Santa Rosa, CA. Received BA degree from Stanford University, CA in 2001. Studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany. Graduated from Hunter College, NY in 2009 with MFA degree. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Melissa Hopson. Born 1981 in Muskogee, OK. Received academic diploma from Düsseldorf Kunstakademie in 2008. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Esther Kläs
. Born 1981 in Mainz, Germany. Received academic diploma from the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie in 2007 under Georg Herold. Currently working on her MFA degree (2010) from Hunter College, NY. Lives and works in New York City.

Eric Palgon. Born 1982 in San Jose, CA. Received BA degree in Visual Arts from University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Studied painting in Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. Graduated from Columbia University, NY in 2009 with MFA degree. Lives and works in New York City.

Davina Semo
. Born 1981 in Washington, DC. Received BA degree in Visual Arts and Creative Writing from Brown University in 2003, and MFA degree from University of California, San Diego in 2006. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Installation Shots:

Lamp. Nathan Gwynne & Esther Kläs.

Lamp. Nathan Gwynne & Esther Kläs.

Davina Semo. Nathan Gwynn. Melissa Hopson.

Davina Semo. We Initiate Each Other Into Our Own Lack of Mystery.

Nathan Gwynne. This Ain't Rock 'n' Roll,This is Ecocide.

Melissa Hopson. untitled.

Eric Palgon. Melissa Hopson. Nathan Gwynne.

Eric Palgon. untitled.

Melissa Hopson. untitled.

Sonja Engelhardt. untitled.

Esther Kläs. Three Blind Mice.

Esther Kläs. Three Blind Mice.