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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.

Holiday 2015


Didn’t make it to London for the sluice__ Art Fair? No worries, the DADU online Shop now includes featured artists from the fair. Even better, you can view and shop online. However, if you prefer to see any of the work in person, we will arrange a private viewing. Simply contact us to make an appointment.

galleryELL is not-for-profit. We pride ourselves on maintaining low commission rates so that the money from sales can go directly back to the artists. As always, any commission from sales will go directly back into funding future projects. Much of the work we do is completed by volunteers. We are proud to be artist-run and artist-funded.


Barter Town


galleryELL is proud to participate in Heather Hart’s, Barter Town: Trading Post XVIII, in conjunction with Of Gentle Birth, an exhibition curated by Jonathan Allen at Repair the World.

FREE bartering event open to all!
Saturday, 12 December, 3-5p
@ Repair the World NYC / 808 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 / MAP

Whether you are looking for performance, film, art, costumes, massage therapy, palm reading, clothing, or anything else, Barter Town is the place to find it and swap for what you have to give. Trade art, poetry, songs, dance, teach a skill, clean a house, host a dinner, give a hug… Bring your goods, ideas, valuables, sevices and creativity and go home with a new experience.

All Barter Town “booths” run on bartering only — no currency or cash trading allowed.

galleryELL founder, John Ros will be offering professional practice advise for artists of all levels at Barter Town. Advice will also be given for general resumes, writing, proposals, job applications, etc., so bring your materials whether you are seeking artistic advice, or simply want some more general professional advice about your next steps.

sluice_ 2015 is HERE!

Join us @ the 2015 sluice__ Art Fair in London, GB.

View new works by participating galleryELL artists, as well as a new site-specific piece by galleryELL founder, John Ros, as part of The Missing Chapter, a group exhibit running throughout the fair curated by sluice_’s Charlie Levine.


Participating galleryELL Artists

   Joel Bacon
   Fiona Buchanan
   Don De Mauro
   Jodi Hays
   Anna Hoberman
   Nancy Hubbard
   Kirsten Nash

Times & Location:

Thursday, 15 October 2015
   2 – 5p / VIP Preview
   5 – 8.30p / Private View

Friday – Sunday, 16 -18 October
   11a – 6p / open to public

Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH UK



We are thrilled to announce the official launch of our sister site: studioELL is galleryELL’s learning and studio space. We currently offer courses in fine art and will be expanding to offer studios and residencies in the near future. Like galleryELL, studioELL operates as a hybrid, transient and evolving space, currently based in Long Island City, NY, US.

Our Pilot Online Drawing 2 Course launched this week. We look forward to see how this course develops as we continue to adapt our platform. We will be offering an online Professional Practice Course in Studio Art as well as a Masters Seminar Course in New York City in Spring 2016.

sluice__Art Fair 2015

galleryELL is excited to be participating in the biennial sluice__Art Fair in London, UK, this October.

This October sees the return of one of the UK’s most important art fairs – and we’re not talking about frieze.
Jack Hutchinson


The 2015 edition of sluice__ will host approximately 35 artist/curator-run and emerging galleries from around the world.

sluice__ positions itself in the centre of London during Frieze week in order to create a space for critically engaged art that finds itself in conflict with the hyper commercialised environment of the art fair as trade fair. sluice__ is thereby a counter-balance to the predominant model. sluice__ occupies the form of the art fair but is not beholden to the art fair model in its current state.

sluice__ is an art initiative run by an artist, a curator and an art educationalist. Since its inception in 2011, sluice__’s emphasis has been on open and collaborative practice, with a strong program of education, performance and publishing. sluice__ is a critical platform which takes on different guises (including art fairs, expos and exhibitions) to investigate the very nature of art and its relationship to commerce.

Participating galleryELL Artists

   Joel Bacon
   Fiona Buchanan
   Don De Mauro
   Jodi Hays
   Anna Hoberman
   Nancy Hubbard
   Kirsten Nash

Location & Times


Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street
South Bank, London SE1 9PH UK

Thursday, 15 October 2015
   12 – 2p / Press Preview
   2 – 5p / VIP Preview
   5 – 8.30p / Private View

Friday – Sunday, 16 -18 October
   11a – 6p / open to public

PIL(Post-Internet Landscapes)

Roundtable discussion: Thursday, 21 May @ 7p
galleryELL’s John Ros will be participating in an upcoming round-table discussion as part of amaCollective’s first collaborative Web Installation, PIL(Post-Internet Landscapes), about Contemporeality (the interaction between the virtual and physical).

amaCollective present their first collaborative Web Installation, namely Post-Internet Landscapes (PIL), on the online platform agorama. PIL, devised by artists Juan Crespo Corella and Enrique Tutor Torres, is the first in a series of exhibitions exploring the notion of Dialogue between the online and the offline. Its purpose is to investigate the potential of meme and .gif formats as a material for artistic and cultural discourse. Taking the form of a virtual institution, PIL shapes a collection with methods based on online archiving and contemporary collecting, while providing a space for new media based artists to interact and display works of art, in .gif formats.

On Thursday the 21st of May the contemporeal exhibition will open to the public. From 7pm there will be a talk and further discussion from PIL creators Juan Crespo Corella and Enrique Tutor Torres and artist John Ros, founder of galleryELL, about Contemporeality (the interaction between the virtual and physical), through alternative platforms that utilise, simultaneously, both the physical realm and internet for their activities.

Turbine Hall of Central House, Cass Faculty of Art, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF
For our definition of Contemporeality please visit the terminology section of our website:

The exhibition runs:
May 21st: 18:00-20:30
May 22nd: 12:00-18:00
May 23rd: 12:00-17:00