Ess Ef Eff is pleased to bring you “ A Somatic Fall ”, our first show of the new season curated by Alex Sewell. “ Fall ” features a diverse array of artists from around the world with a singular common thread, treatment of the figure. Sean Downey, Jeremy Roby, Zach Seeger, Yolande Heijnen, and Elias Melad compose the group exhibiting.
We are entering our second bubble burst and our 5th decade without a consensus of the direction painting should be heading. Provisional painting and zombie formalism have recently dropped away to reveal a new gamut of quasi-abstract form based painting and allusions back to the variations of suggestiveness in surface. Even observational painting has had a new breath of air as we cyclically round the proverbial bases of our craft.
In the interests of progression in painting and the exploration of boundaries, “ A Somatic Fall ”, will investigate both literally and metaphorically what exactly the figure has been up to in the interm of new movements. Does the figure now function as an atmospheric anvil, tying the space around it together with its gravity? Does the figure now escape the narrative via its void or circumstantial actions? Will it mark its absence with a loud thud or scurry off to be free?
On view from June 24th to June 30th Reception June 23rd @ 7pm
Ess Ef Eff is pleased to present Grow[th], a new group show featuring Eleanna Anagnos, Erin Castellan, Hilary Doyle, Daniela Gomez-Paz, Seren Morey, Dustina Sherbine, and Lena Schmid. The exhibition is curated by Kristen Racaniello, a member of the Ess Ef Eff curatorial collective and a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY.
Grow[th], is a process of becoming. This show is intended to focus the viewer on the artist's use of material and process to create forms that grow by invading the audience's space and suggesting that they are not yet disconnected from their process and making. Form is anti-complete in the visual arts today; it seeks to jostle the viewer into an interaction with physicality through unexpected fragmentation. The artist's selected for this show were chosen because they deal with this question directly: their work answers the pressing need for fractured yet still captivating materiality in art.
The physicality of these works is a product of the artist's investigation of materiality and their use of the inherent properties of each material to evoke a new experience of material interaction. These works beg to be touched, tasted, smashed, sat-on; lived with. The conspicuous use of process gives each work an individual narrative of events, a life, that extends the object-hood of the thing and becomes its own personality. The individuality and character of each of these works makes them appear to be in a state of growth. Through their individual personalities, they become organic: living things, growths with the potential to expand into the new.
The works in Grow[th] rely heavily on history. Historical narrative, personal histories and cultural identity make up the foundations of each individual. Eleanna Anagnos, Erin Castellan, Hilary Doyle, Daniella Gomez-Paz, Seren Morey, Dustina Sherbine and Lena Schmidt all make use of their unique artistic processes to explore their relationship with collective history and individual identity.
On view from April 29th to May 6th Reception April 29th @ 7pm
Ess Ef Eff is proud to announce “Line Up” a group exhibition hosted at our location in Crown Heights. Line Up is an exhibition of 6 artists with worksof painting and sculpture. The artists included in the exhibit are Courtney Childress, Chris Dunlap, Robert Otto Epstein, Jason Karolak, Peter Makela, Devin Mawdsley. The exhibition is curated by Ben Cowan, member of Ess Ef Eff and a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Line Up is a show of work that is abstract, attractive, full of line and layer. This group of artists will alter perceptions of your surroundings, cracks on the sidewalk, mortar and bricks, patterns on fabric, info graphics, the flatness of your computer screen. With elegance the works filter the noise of information and present a colorful linear world full of nuance, dynamism and material.
The linear similarities imposed by this grouping emerge quickly, what is left to discover is the artists’ arrival to this stringy, winding conclusion: careful editing of chaos to order, rounding up psychological explosions with the lasso of a concise brush mark, placement of consistent layers like building blocks of a foundation. An infinitely scalable world is discovered inside each artists’ self imposed creative borders.