Author: galleryELL

sluice_ Projects Presents:

Lion Eating Poet In The Stone Den
11 – 27 February 2016
sluice_ Projects

PV: Thursday 11 February, 6-8p
@ 18 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London, NW5 3HN / map

February 11/12 19/20 26/27 11a-5p

Andre de Jong
John Ros
Tash Kahn
Karl England


Lion Eating Poet In The Stone Den explores the way in which we understand and perceive objects in relation to ideas.

The exhibition examines the systems that inform the way in which we interpret the significance of objects. Taking its title from the homophonic Chinese poem Shi Shì shí shi shi, the exhibition is underpinned by an examination of perception in relation to actuality. From the role that culture plays in framing our understanding of artworks and artefacts to the influence that technology bears on how value is assigned, the artists not only question how meaning is constructed, but also consider how it can shift over the course of an object’s existence.

The exhibition will present four artists whose works adopts form in order to express the slippery nature of meaning. Where form struggles to materialise, and when it does it wriggles away from interpretation.

Process & Progress


galleryELL’s John Ros will moderate a panel discussion, Process & Progress with BASELINE curator Melissa Staiger, and artists Sophia Chai, Jeff Fichera, Rhia Hurt, MaDora Frey and Beatrice Wolert.

Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3pm
@ Trestle Projects

400 3rd Ave, 2ND FL, Brooklyn, New York 11215 [MAP]


25 January – 24 April 2016
curated by Melissa Staiger


galleryELL is proud to present BASELINE, a new exhibition curated by Melissa Staiger that explores artists’ connection to materials, texture and surface.

View the exhibition.

Sophia Chai
Jeff Fichera
MaDora Frey
Rhia Hurt
Beatrice Wolert

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

BASELINE is presented in collaboration with Trestle Projects, which is hosting a physical exhibition from 15 January – 12 February 2016, with an Artist Panel Discussion on Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3-4p, moderated by galleryELL’s John Ros.

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.