Sara Kay Gallery Presents Joseph La Piana: Tension Between
April 3 to May 19, 2018
Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to present Tension Between, a solo exhibition by Joseph La Piana, on view from April 3 to May 19, 2018. The exhibition will present a site-specific installation and works on paper from the artist’s Tension series, including various relief drawings on watercolor paper, vellum and chipboard.
Constructed of latex bands saturated in talc powder, La Piana’s Tension installations push the capabilities of static materials by testing its tensile strength and expandability. In 2015 the artist constructed a large-scale site-specific installation within an industrial warehouse in Red Hook that utilized 11,000 feet of yellow latex stretched back and forth across the space’s concrete structural pillars. La Piana further activated the space with an audio file of the latex bands snapping. “The first Tension relief painting that I did clearly informed me of the capacity of the material, as it snapped with such kinetic force that it sent me to the emergency room. The audio component of the 2015 installation was meant to honor that force and remind the viewer that the installation is active, and the material is being stretched to the edge of breaking point,” said the artist.
In Spring 2019, together with NYC Parks and the Fund for Park Avenue’s Sculpture Committee, La Piana will unveil six monumental Tension sculptures constructed of polyurethane, silicon and rebar along the Park Avenue Mall from 53rd to 72nd Streets. The sculptures will be viewable from both sides of traffic and all buildings along the Park Avenue corridor. “The Tension sculptures that I have conceptualized for Park Avenue will engage, activate and interact with the surrounding environment. These living sculptures will absorb and expound the energy from one of New York’s most highly trafficked thoroughfares,” said La Piana.
“We are thrilled to build anticipation of the Park Avenue project by highlighting the Tension series— engineering feats that preserve the elements of tension in nature within a fixed artwork,” explained Sara Kay. “I’m especially excited to present La Piana’s works on paper as they serve as the blue-print, the DNA for the various stages of life leading up to the sculpture. They provide us with an understanding of how tension can work and be transformed in space.”
Sara Kay Gallery Announces Inaugural Working Artist Residency, Victoria Manganiello
February 2 to March 17, 2018
Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to announce an experimental working artist residency as part of the gallery’s continued commitment to support women artists. The gallery will engage one female artist annually as a means to highlight and expand the artist’s process. The gallery has selected artist Victoria Manganiello as the inaugural residency recipient.
Function to Freedom: Quilts and Abstract Expressions
November 30, 2017 to January 27, 2018
Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to announce Function to Freedom: Quilts and Abstract Expressions. The exhibition explores the compositional tendencies of 19th century American quilts and abstract paintings, drawings and sculptures by women artists— and the socio-political climate in which they were made.
Function to Freedom will feature quilts, some homespun, in brightly colored materials from rich velvets to wool to feed sacks alongside an exceptional selection of abstract works by artists Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, and Louise Nevelson. The exhibition will highlight the likeness of composition and freedom of expression shared by both mediums and periods.
A Limitless Vision: The Collection of Audrey B. Heckler
September 28 to November 18, 2017
Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition, A Limitless Vision: The Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, a survey of one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of outsider art. The exhibition will feature over 30 rare and important paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Audrey B. Heckler’s prestigious collection, many of which will be exhibited to the public for the first time. On view from September 28 to November 18, 2017, the show serves as a tribute to one of America's foremost art collectors, as well as an opportunity to discover the work of self-taught artists.
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