Baseline @ Trestle Projects


curated by Melissa Staiger

Physical exhibit @ Trestle Projects: 15 January – 12 February 2016
Digital exhibit featured on 25 January – 24 April 2016

Trestle Projects: 400 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Opening Reception: Friday, 15 January 2016, 6-9p.
Hours: 1-6p Saturday & by appointment.
Panel Discussion: Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3-4p. / Moderated by John Ros.

Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials.
— Anni Albers

Baseline explores five artists’ connection to materials, texture and surface.

Sophia Chai uses materials such as tape, paper, house paint and natural light with a 4″ x 5″ camera to create abstract photographs to mesh space and image. These photographs defy how we expect to see photographic space.

Jeff Fichera paints intricate works that convey a spectacularly subtle and elusive surface. Fichera has created new modular paintings that consist of 16 panels that can be reconfigured in differing ways to create a red hologram pattern and the illusion of reflected light.

MaDora Frey has created geometric sculptures with painted texture, mirror and light. With titles such as “Kaleidoscope” you feel edges and edgelessness in her work. She ties that expansive feeling with mossy and earthy colors that are reminiscent of cells and plant life.

Rhia Hurt’s new wall installation of three-dimensional, mostly white and clear plastic constructed collages that hover together. This work explores the metaphysical feelings of abstraction and nature.

Beatrice Wolert works with various materials such as ceramics, fabric, paper, wood, found objects and cement. Her series of white ceramic sculptures will hang off of drift wood. Wolert is interested in the dialog between found and hand made objects.

Melissa Staiger is the 2016 Curator-in-Residence at Trestle Projects.

Watch a short video about the exhibit.