Objectify @ Trestle Gallery

September 10, 2017

Robert Burnier, Sonĝo Pavimo (di Giovanni / Lorenzetti), 2017, Acrylic on aluminum, 16 x 10 x 7 in.

Curated by Daniel G. Hill and Mary Schiliro

Trestle Gallery
850 3rd Avenue (btw 30th and 31st Streets), Suite 411
Brooklyn, NY 11232
22 September – 4 November, 2017

Gallery Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 1:30-6:30 pm

Reception: Friday, 22 September, 7–9 pm

Conversation with participating artists: Tuesday, 10 October, 7–8 pm


Objectify, a group exhibition of international artists, presents work that defies categorization and moves in a space between painting and sculpture, image and object. Objects engage the corners of the gallery, unroll onto the floor and slide under the walls. Color palettes range from the austerely achromatic to the playful and intensely polychromed. Painted works are shaped, creased, folded, and formed.

Much of the work is influenced by painting yet emphasizes its objecthood by using methods of presentation that reduce its spatial and pictorial implications. Some works can be viewed as sculpture that has moved to the wall or as painting that has moved to the floor, though, at times, these boundaries have been transgressed more than once before settling into place.

Many of the artists share an interest in process and materiality. Others are involved in the disembodiment and deconstruction of painting. The physicalization of ideas in real space subverts held assumptions and habits of viewing. One’s understanding of the work as an object in the world and the attendant categories is thrown into question.

Richard van der Aa (NZ, FR), Robert Burnier (US), Iemke van Dijk (NL), Daniel G. Hill (US), Emma Langridge (AU), Laura Nillni (AR, FR), Jim Osman (US), Mary Schiliro (US), Bogumila Strojna (PL, FR), Guido Winkler (NL), Patricia Zarate (US)

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