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past exhibitions

Manda Gorsegner – “Oyster Aesthetics” Nov 5- Dec 3

By on Nov 2, 2016 in past exhibitions |

Manda Gorsegner’s practice is an intersection of art and environmental activism.  Working with beach debris, left over hardware store paint, inks made from discarded coffee grinds and the detritus of everyday life, Gorsegner searches for meaning in the materials of a throw away society and the cycles of decay and renewal.  In this new exhibition, Gorsegner made her own “oyster concrete” from shells collected from local restaurants and then created forms from objects she found scouring the beach.  She says “Oysters are lovely…they play a valuable role in the ecosystem, are an important resource for bayside communities, and they are incredibly beautiful.  The oyster should not be overlooked.”  These compelling objects are made with a laborious craft using recycled and recombined materials much like an oyster that turns a simple, ubiquitous grain of sand into a pearl. Opening Reception November 5th,...

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Robert O’Connor – “Still” Sep 10 – Oct 28

By on Sep 6, 2016 in past exhibitions |

Should art still be made in light of all the terrible events around the globe?  Is it relevant and meaningful?  Artist Robert O’Connor uses the image of a still life to explore this question and the role of art in an ever more complicated and chaotic world. “Crime fills the world, so absolutely that we could go insane out of sheer despair… I just want to go on record that I perceive our only hope – or our one great hope – as residing in art.” – Gerhard Richter Opening reception Saturday, September 10th 5-7pm   “Still” – monotype, oil on paper 12 3/4 ” x 12...

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Nils Karsten – “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky” Aug 6 – Sep 3

By on Jun 28, 2016 in past exhibitions |

In 2015 Nils Karsten was asked to design an album cover for the band Dream The Electric Sleep.  Karsten’s surreal and fantastic images were the perfect match for the band’s newly released album “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky” where images and sounds collide in a world turned upside down.  This exhibition features several designs the artist made for the album giving the viewer access to the collaborative process between a visual artist and the musicians. Bio Originally from Hamburg, Germany, the artist apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in Berlin before moving to New York in 1995. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1999, participated in the Skowhegan program in 2002, and received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2003. Since then, he has been a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the US, and internationally; including Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, ozasahayashi in Kyoto, Japan, Earl McGrath Gallery in Los Angeles,  Marvelli Gallery, Ubu Gallery, Churner and Churner, and the Museum of Art & Design in New York, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, Gestalten Space in Berlin, Germany, and the Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad in Valencia, Spain. His work can be found in numerous private collections and in such public collections as that of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Mint Museum in Charlotte and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Zepplin – wood block...

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Rocco Scary “Fade to Blue…” Jun 25 – Jul 30

By on Jun 2, 2016 in past exhibitions |

Second Story Art Gallery is proud to once again present the unique and stunning work of Rocco Scary.  Scary uses handmade paper and drawing as his primary media – his focus is often on the nostalgic and ephemeral moments of our lives.  His choice of materials cuts deep into the heart of memory and loss.  He says “Through the use of faded, peeling and tattered shards of handmade paper, I have intended to give the viewer a wistful, yet haunting reminder of a previous era.” Rocco Scary is a multi-disciplinary artist and paper maker whose work explores the concept of ‘place’ and visual stimulant as factors for triggering memory. Currently based in New Jersey, his work has been represented in such venues as The Center for Book Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Grolier Club in New York City, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Rutgers University, The Trenton City Museum and The Newark Library in NJ, University of California in San Diego, The Elipse Arts Center in Virginia, The Yale University Library in New Haven CT, and The 2013 European Book Arts Biennale at The Islip Museum. Published in 1000 Artists’s Books by Quarry publishing, he is a recipient of a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship Grant. He currently teaches Sculpture and Book Arts at The College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown NJ. ARTIST”S RECEPTION – Saturday, June 25th 5-7pm ” Forever Schulz”, Handmade paper, mixed media and audio file, 16″ x 12″ x 5″,...

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sori gottdenker photography May 28 – Jun 18

By on Jun 2, 2016 in past exhibitions |

We are excited to present “and then the wind came….”.  sori gottdenker’s ethereal photography – organic forms moving in and out of focus, there then gone – fragile reality and fleeting beauty captured for a moment.  gottdenker says of this work: “Whispering images…quivering, shimmering, and revealing that, just as in life, everything matters and at the same time nothing matters… This body of work is what happened when i asked these...

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Anna Wainright – “Air, Land, Sea” Apr 23-May 21

By on Apr 23, 2016 in past exhibitions |

Anna Wainright is an artist that focuses on ethereal things – she is more interested in the atmospheric often ambiguous stuff that surrounds our lives.  Her haunting images of clouds, waves and other natural places and phenomena are also filled with the artist’s gestures and make you realize that to be human is to be part of all that stuff in between. Wainright has Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) and Signature membership in the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Jersey, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, Emeritus. She was recently selected for a feature article in the January/February 2016 Issue of the Pastel Journal, entitled “Traces of Memory”. Her awards include inclusion in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 in 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016, inclusion in the Pastel Society of America’s Butler Museum exhibition in 2013, Artist’s Magazine finalist in 2014 and 2015, and the President’s Award of the Connecticut Pastel Society in 2014. Artist’s Reception Saturday, April 23rd 5-7pm “I Walk in the Dark” – pastel,...

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