April 13 - May 25, 2013
Kenise Barnes Fine Art will open in our new address, with its expanded exhibition and inventory spaces, with a show of abstract paintings. Abstract Thinking features four painters who epitomize painterly abstraction and represent the best of what Kenise Barnes Fine Art has built a reputation on for almost two decades.
David Collins has been with the gallery since 1994 and has been featured in more than a dozen exhibitions with here. Collins’ visual language is culled from recollections of airports, homes, and construction sites. The artist renders these industrial and domestic scenes in highly geometric planes and vivid colors. The artist is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, and shows extensively in the US. He lives and works in Manhattan.
Yolanda Sánchez was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1960. Sánchez holds a MFA from Yale University in painting. Yolanda is a Fulbright scholar, completing her fellowship as a painter in Spain after she graduated from Yale. The artist lives and works I Miami Beach. The paintings are also informed by a variety of sources, particularly poetry, dance, calligraphy and Asian art.
Katia Santibañez is interested in the idea of world-making and bringing abstraction to another level; inspired by nature and architecture she uses the grid to organize the composition. The system of the grid or stripes plays also with the idea of power and control -which nature and human beings have in common. The artist earned a B.F.A., School of Art in Paris, France, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris.
Teetering between urban and natural subjects Josette Urso makes exploratory paintings working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. The artist’s approach involves “moment-to-moment”extrapolation governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color and wayward geometry. The artist holds both a BFA and an MFA from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
P H O T O 1 3
March 2 - April 6, 2013
January 19 - February 23, 2013
December 15, 2012 - January 12, 2013
Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present Paper View - Contemporary Artists Works on or of Paper. Works on paper historically in art have been sketches, drafts or preludes to an artwork in another medium such as oil paint or bronze. For more than a decade, there has been a major paradigm shift in that tradition. Contemporary artists paint, draw, cut, sculpt and pierce paper into idiosyncratic and distinct works.
Gabe Brown ‘s watercolors explore nature and the human condition, a continuous thread in all of her artwork. She employs a very personal visual language; symbols and patterns indicate emotions and circumstances. The works are complexly layered and although deeply personal, they are universally understood. Her work is whimsical and optimistic. The artist grew up in NYC, second-generation painter. She is earned her MFA at University of California, Davis, and a BFA at Cooper Union, NY.
Charles Clary, an emerging artist is from Austin, TX. We are pleased to introduce his work to our audience. Clary uses paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into a fabricated reality. By cutting and layering paper he builds intriguing land formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves. Cut valleys of paper and color create playful compositions that belie their origins. The constructions visual cues are taken from microbial outbreaks and visual representation of sound waves. Clary received his MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. His work is in the collections of Pierre Cardin Pinnacle Financial , Savannah College of Art and Design, Telfair Museum of Art , The Cosmopolitan Hotel, to name a few.
Jayne Holsinger’s works on paper are meticusly rendered in gouache and can almost be described as “humanized” photo-realism. Her close observations of every day objects, such as a drinking fountain, are charming and somehow feel distinctly American. The artist was born in Indiana in a Mennonite community and has lived in New York for more than two decades. She has been awarded The Pollack Krasner Grant. She earned her MFA at Transart Institute/Donau-Universität Krems, Austria and currently teaches at Montclair State University, NJ.
Teetering between urban and natural subjects Josette Urso makes exploratory drawings working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment: space becomes an ambiguous and malleable substance. All along the way, she engages the known as well as the unknown in unforeseen ways. Drawing parallels the act of seeing and is the most direct link to private time with the physical world. Urso’s drawings becomes a record of this exploration and a reflection of her inherent and vital energy. Josette Urso has received the Pollack-Krasner Grant, Yaddo residency Grant, UCross Foundation Grant and many others. She shows extensively in the US, Europe and Asia. The artist lives in Brooklyn. She teaches at Cooper Union, NY.
Included in the exhibition is Eleanor White’s innovative series; Playing Card Drawings. In this series White adds or subtracts elements from paper playing cards. The artists uses a labor intensive process and with a razor blade she scratches off portions of the image leaving behind geometric patterns that are joined together to create a kind of kaleidoscope or mandala. Conceptually, the scratched card pieces are drawings; the razor blade mimics the actions one uses when creating a drawing with a pencil only in reverse, removing as opposed to applying. White earned her MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Tricia Wright’s True Value series is comprised of small, intimate works on paper. They are pinhole drawings, made by pricking the design through the reverse of the paper. The drawings themselves reference lace; doilies and other decorative materials associated with the domestic realm, and into these are embedded prosaic, assertively functional household objects such as sink drain hardware and light switches. The title for this series—True Value—is a direct reference to the chain of hardware stores where the artist buys these vernacular objects for her work. Wright was educated in England where she received her BA at Camberwell School of Art, London, and her PG Dip. at Chelsea School of Art, London.
H O L L Y S E A R S : H U D S O N R I V E R E X P L O R E R S
November 17 - December 12, 2012 opening reception Nov. 17, 6:30 - 8 PM
Songbirds, oil on panel, 15 x 29.5 inches (sold)
In the fall of 2010, Sears was commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design, to create the artwork for eleven windows to be installed in the newly renovated Overpass corridors at the Metro-North Railroad Tarrytown Station in Westchester County, New York. Funding for the project was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I did extensive research on the plants and animals in the Hudson Valley, and the Hudson River itself, and then developed the artwork for each individual panel. These original paintings were digitally reproduced, enlarged, combined, and then layered together to create the laminated art glass panels that were fabricated by Tom Patti Design. Each art glass window is comprised of an object or“creature” layer, and multiple atmospheric background layers, fused together to create the final piece.
September 22 - October 27, 2012
In Konigsberg’s work, the viewer becomes cognizant of a duality between the lush painterly surface and the mysterious narrative of the composition. His surfaces are modulated between open, scumbled brushwork and bottomless, velvety blacks. The paintings are visually rewarding and viscerally pleasurable. The drama of the subject matter, whether it is nature, fantastical airships or scenes from domestic life, is rich with implied history, folly, fragility and the illusiveness of the everyday.
S U M M E R S O L S T I C E
JULY 26 - SEPT. 1, 2012
Come celebrate the summer with an exhibition of some of our favorite artists and staff picks. Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present a fresh selection of paintings, drawings and photographs to delight your senses and refresh your spirit.
Waddy Armstrong’s current work is a convergence of botanical structures and motifs, melding a philosophical return to nature simplicity with formal artistic inquiry. Armstrong uses a technique he calls “hybridizing,” in which visual elements from various plants and trees coalesce in seamless, harmonious compositions, ranging from gestural abstractions to silhouettes of the imagined. Since 1999, Armstrong has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country. Armstrong graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting in 1999. He lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Mary Ellen Bartley is a photographer working on the eastern end on Long Island. Included in the show are works from her Artist and Model Series, photographs of figures, interiors and abstract elements of books. Bartley is exploring the idea of figure as it relates to the act of finding and losing oneself in a book. Most of her subjects are photographs of artist’s models posing, as Bartley did in art school where she took her place on both sides of the easel. The figures seem to be caught in a state of both hiding and revealing themselves. Another key element in the work is the abstract striping of book pages. These abstractions entice the viewer to get lost in their endless variations while maintaining the tactile feeling of the physical pages.
Mary Judge’s work is about transformation through repetition: employing an underlying geometric framework she explores the possibility of the emotive power of reductive forms deployed through that repetition. Judge embraces the chance aspects of the process and also it’s potential to evoke deep feelings of harmony and meaning in its relationship to the body like those found in ancient forms. Imagery is arrived at through the use of loose rules that guide the series. The viewer is presented with the endless possibilities of a defined pattern and participates in the thought process of the work and it’s underlying intelligence. Judge divided her time between New York and St. Louis.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Molly McCracken Kumar received her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Inspired by nature’s cycles of birth, death and rebirth, McCracken’s deeply layered images depict states of flux within organic depictions of plants and cells. In an exploration of transient experiences, the paintings embrace the permanence of beauty as they metaphorically suggest the renewal of idealized possibilities and the energy of seasonal change. McCracken currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
Artist Eve Stockton is inspired by nature, science myth and memory. Her large- scale woodcut prints bring to mind landscapes, skyscapes and cellular activity, and nature’s creative force is evoked by probing states of dynamic transition in general, and rhythms of individual forms and phenomena in particular. Stockton received degrees in architecture and fine art from Princeton and Yale. She works closely with the Center For Contemporary Print Making in Norwalk, CT and resides in Virginia.
R O L L I N G I N T H E D E E P
CHRISTINE AARON, CECILE CHONG, LORRAINE GLESSNER, & JOANNE MATTERA
May 19 – July 21, 2012
Four Contemporary artists working in the ancient medium of encaustic. The encaustic technique, also know as hot wax painting dates back to as early as the Fourth Century BC. Translated as “to burn” or “burn in”, encaustic was originally developed for ship painting by the ancient Greeks. Encaustic, or the combining of pigment and wax, appears throughout history, most notably in Egyptian mummy portraits, and Byzantine religious portraiture. In the 20th century, artists such as Diego Rivera, Jasper Johns and Bauhaus painter Fritz Faiss employed encaustic, contributing to the medium’s resurgence in popularity today. Characterized by the layering of pigments and wax onto wood or canvas, encaustic painting results in artwork of dimension, complexity and depth.
T R E E H U G G E R
EMILY BROWN, GREGORY HENNEN, WENNIE HUANG, FRANCIS SILLS, AMY TALLUTO
APRIL 14 - MAY 16, 2010
April 27th is Arbor Day. A portion of all sales from this exhibition will be donated to the Arbor Day Foundation.
It's hard to overstate the importance of trees. They provide shelter, refreshing shade, enduring beauty and they clean the very air we breathe. Beyond their practical use, trees stimulate the spirit and imagination, carrying deep symbolic meaning. The promise of a green bud, the sound of rustling leaves, the twisting path of a limb and the strength of a sturdy trunk inspire and renew us. Emerson, Van Gogh, Cole, and hundreds of artists through history have been smitten the poetic beauty and noble spirit of trees.
March 3 - April 12, 2012
Drawn to Beauty
Francine Fox, Christian Nguyen, Margaret Neill, Michiyo Ihara
September 17 - October 22, 2011
Memento: The Still Life Show
Mary Ellen Bartley, Susan Homer, Beth Lipman, Andrea Kantrowitz, David Konigsberg and Kristen Thiele
August 25 - September 10, 2011
Love Thy Neighbor
An exhibition featuring the talent of our local and regional artists. Keeping the importance of supporting local culture central to its heart, Kenise Barnes Fine Art is excited to deliver an exhibition comprised entirely of local artists. Exhibiting various talents from across the county, Love Thy Neighbor promises to have something you will love and everything you can be proud of.
Alexi Rutsch Brock
B. Avery Syrig
The Kenise Barnes Fine Art Award will be presented to an exhibiting artists who shows promise at the 10th Annual Larchmont Arts Festival. This is the second year that the gallery has funded and presented the award. We are thrilled to partner with the Larchmont Fine Arts Festivals' energetic team in its dedication to keeping our local talent alive and thriving. To help uphold and support our friends and neighbors, Kenise Barnes Fine Art will donate 25% of all proceeds from the show to the Larchmont Arts Festival. Come join us in nurturing our growing community for what promises to be a magnificent exhibit showcasing the talent of our friends and neighbors.
July 7 - August 13, 2011
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
Gabe Brown, Amy Gross, Imi Hwangbo, Mary Judge, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Jill Parisi
Thursday evening, July 7, 6:30 - 8:30. Public invited.
May 7 - June 30, 2011
Artists explore the genre of landscape painting with a contemporary voice.
Francis Sills is featured in the project space
Saturday evening, May 7, 6:30 - 8:30. Public invited.
March 5 - April 21, 2011
Smile Like You Mean It: Yolanda Sanchez
Cuban-born, Miami-based artist Yolanda Sanchez was featured in two solo exhibitions in New York in the spring of 2011: Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont) and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (Chelsea).
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Cecile Chong, Sally Egbert, Chris Gallagher, Margaret Lanzetta, Joanne Mattera.
November 13 - December 18, 2010:
The Glimmer of a Day in the Sun: Gregory Hennen
This is Gregory Hennen's third solo exhibition with Kenise Barnes Fine Art.
This is his first show since relocating to Virginia from the Hudson Valley, a location that had strongly informed his landscapes.
The organization of space, essentiality of color, and quality of light are of utmost importance to Hennen. Rather than depicting the natural world in its exactness, the artist's work reflects what he sees and how feels over time. The work is developed from several small drawings done in nature.
"Each piece is about a landscape, not of a landscape as it does not necessarily depict an exact site or location. Finished paintings are often composites of several images that have evolved from a realistic portrayal to a more simplistic interpretation. I paint to express my love and respect for nature and to cultivate those feelings in others." - Gregory Hennen
Crazy Beautiful II: An exuberant expression of painterly color and unabashed beauty.
Artists: Kathleen Kucka, Susan Chrysler White, Hadieh Shafie, Jackie Tileston, Cristi Rinklin, Mia Pearlman, Kirk McCarthy
Click here for the article in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch.
July 29 - September 15, 2010:
For a decade Brooklyn, has been a magnet for young artists. In the beginning, they came for the cheap and plentiful studio spaces. Now the vibrant gallery and alternative art scene roots them. From Williamsburg to Bushwick, Brooklyn is populated with artists, hipsters and savvy collectors.
It is summer in Westchester, and this gallerist has no desire to schedule any studio visits in the steamy outer boroughs. So we have shipped an exciting offering of fresh new work out of the artists' studios and up to leafy Larchmont and the air-conditioned gallery!
Come on in and have a look. Find something fresh and affordable, and watch a young career grow.
Artists: Julia Whitney Barnes, Ernest Concepcion, Daddy (Artists Collective), Maj Anya DeBear, Carl Ferrero, Scott Goodman, Sarah Hardesty, Michelle Hinebrook, Christine Lebeck, Amy Lincoln, Rebecca Litt, Rebecca Simon.
June 5 - July 24, 2010:
Cheryle St. Onge and Joni Sternbach: Photographs
Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present the work of two extraordinary photographers. Joni Sternbach with her sixth exhibition in this gallery and introducing Cheryle St. Onge to our photography program.
Joni Sternbach’s large format wooden camera and portable darkroom create a sensation on beaches on both the East and West Coasts. The historic process of collodion photography finds unlikely but graceful footing in the contemporary arena of surf culture. Serendipitous in nature, Sternbach’s photographs are the result of random meetings and chance encounters with surfers. The resulting portrait is a stunning and almost mythic depiction of man and nature, history and the cult of surfing. Sternbach’s most recent series, SurfLand received wide spread critical attention. Her solo museum show; Surfland, at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2009 was highly acclaimed. She was the 2008 winner of the coveted Photolucida Critical Mass Award and they published a monograph of her work. Articles about Sternbach and her technique have appeared in Surfer’s Journal, View Camera Magazine, PDN and Esquire (Russia), to name a few. Her work is in the collections of many museums such as Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History as well as numerous public and private collections. Sternbach teaches at International Center for Photography. The artist lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Cheryle St. Onge is a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship recipient in photography. This is her debut exhibition with a New York Gallery. St. Onge cites making pictures with a view camera, as the pivotal point where she discovered her passion. Her art is intensely observant and deeply respectful of the natural world, focusing on a detail, a tadpole, an eel or gosling and expanding that to encompass one’s entire horizon. Creating worlds within her worlds, in a play of earth science like identification and one’s own childhood memory of natural findings. Her photographs have been widely exhibited, most notably at Princeton University, University of Rhode Island, Massachusetts College of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and in an American Institute of Architects traveling exhibition. Her work has been included in four books. St. Onge received a M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. For over a decade, she taught photography at Clark University and presently is on faculty at Maine College of Art. She divides her time between Durham, NH and coastal Maine.
Special Event: June 17, 7 PM Joni Sternbach will give a visual presentation and speak about her work and her process. Space is limited and reservations are required. The event is free. Please contact the gallery for images of the work or to arrange a preview.
Accompanying the exhibition is a glass sculpture installation by artist David Licata. Hundreds of delicate, intricately-interwoven glass loops, hand-formed from Pyrex rods and carefully installed by the artist, grace the front window of the gallery. The loops play with the morning sunlight, and form a serene backdrop to the photo exhibition.
Please contact the gallery for information on commissioned works.
April 24 - May 29, 2010:
Artist's Statement: I am interested in the way we navigate our lives and our world. Our environment and experiences imprint on us spatial memories, and like all memories they are either embellished or fade and fall apart. Being interested in the visual languages of flight and architecture, my recollections of places such as homes, airports, and construction sites, play a major role informing my imagery.
In my paintings the viewer is lead through a complex space of geometric planes and color. Structures begin to assemble into familiar forms while at the same time they are expanding and fragmenting. Points of view shift while spatial contradiction suggests other possibilities. Despite this unsettling effect, the viewer’s eye ultimately comes to rest as the paintings achieve balance and stillness.
February 27 - April 8, 2010: Other People's Fiction
Photography by Corina Gamma, Patrick Jacobs, Laura Letinsky and Lori Nix.
December 5, 2009 - January 14, 2010: Just Breathe
Paintings by Yolanda Sanchez, Patricia Spergel and Lisa Taliano.
May 23 - July 11, 2009: We Are Each Other
Works by Michiyo Ihara, Francine Fox and Cecile Chong.
March 7 - March 28, 2009: The "O" Show
The O! Show asks the question, "What makes you go "O!"? -- Is it discovery? Inspiration? Connection? Although the exhibition was born out of a desire to capture the powerful and positive emotions unleashed by the recent U.S. elections, The "O!" Show veers away from overt political statements, instead focusing on the content and substance found in the feelings of optimism, enthusiasm and buoyancy. The artists chosen exemplify how this expansiveness of human thought and feeling can be channeled in ways that inspire and invigorate. Each of the artists invites us to bask in the imagery, color and emotional content of their work. Collectively, this show is an invitation to surrender to a tsunami of color, movement, emotion -- and hopefully feelings of inspiration and optimism.
Curated by Katarina Wong and Kenise Barnes, with works from Josette Urso, Katarina Wong, Susan Chrysler-White, Beth Dary, Jonathan Allen, Hovey Brock and Andra Samelson.
January 24 - March 1, 2009: How To Live Elsewhere
Tricia Wright and Margaret Lanzetta.
November 22 - December 23, 2008: Gifts From the Studio
Affordable works from gallery artists, perfect for holiday gift-giving.
September 20 - November 8, 2008: Alchemy: Transformations in Clay
Part of the county-wide clay celebration "All Fired Up", featuring clay and ceramic works by David Packer, Yen-hua Lee and Bradley Sabin.
August 7 - September 20, 2008: Cocktail Party/Summer 08
Kristen Thiele, Randy Ford, Julie Harvey
April 12 - May 14th, 2008: Linger
New paintings by Gregory Hennen.
March 1 - April 9, 2008: I am That
Cecile Chong, Patricia Miranda and Michiyo Ihara
January 5 - February 23, 2008: Largo Arenula
New paintings by David Konigsberg
October 20 - December 20, 2007: Ravished
Paintings by Andrea Kantrowitz
September 8 - October 13, 2007: Crazy Beautiful
Paintings by Julie Gross, Kirk McCarthy, Cristi Rinklin, Jackie Tileston and Tricia Wright
July 14 - September 1, 2007: Surf & Turf
Peter Bahouth, Deborah Brown, Lisa Dahl, Randy Ford, William Steiger, Joni Sternbach
May 19 - June 30, 2007: Beacons
New paintings by David Collins
April 14 - May 17, 2007: Etch-a-Sketch: The drawing show
Drawings and sketches on paper by Adam Fowler, Michiyo Ihara, Katherine Jackson, Lucas Monaco, Linn Meyers and Mia Pearlman.
September 16 - October 28th, 2006: Dragon Fly Day
New paintings by Julian Jackson
July 13 - Sept. 9, 2006: Special Summer Time Offer
Painting and sculpture by Robert Flynn
April 22 - May 27, 2006: Influences
New paintings by Linda Nisselson.
March 4 - April 8, 2006: Abandoned
Photographs by Joni Sternbach.
November 5 - December 17, 2005: The Reality Show
Mia Brownell, Mary Henderson, Jayne Holsinger, Andrea Kantrowitz, Rene Lynch.
September 17 - October 28, 2005: Untold Stories
New works by Lucy Fradkin.
January 8 - February 19, 2005: Manifold
New paintings by David Collins.
November 6 - December 18, 2004: Color Theory
Peggy Bates, Julie Gross, Joanne Mattera, Laura Watt, Tricia Wright
January 10 - February 28, 2004: Roman Holiday: New York from a Year in Rome
Lucy Fradkin and Arthur Simms
April 12 - May 24, 2003: Slip Stream Transit
New paintings and monotypes by David Collins