Art + Culture

Smack Mellon Open Studios and Exhibition Openings

On September 26th and 27th, Smack Mellon is pleased to offer visitors the unique chance to enter the private studios of their 2014-2015 fellowship artists. Starting at noon, the artists will have their latest work-in-progress on view, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet them in their studios all weekend.

The participating artists are: Nadia Awad, Zachary Fabri, Donna Huanca, Nyeema Morgan, Lori Nix, Chat Travieso, and Tyler Henry (Work Exchange Artist)

This weekend also marks the opening of two solo exhibitions, which will be on view in the gallery through November 8: Karin Guisti’s monumental installation Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm, and Michael Kukla’s first large scale site-specific project Jeskyne.

Karin Giusti’s installation Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm addresses the emotions of grief and mourning in the public and private sphere. Using sculpture and photography, Giusti captures memories of her life at a remote farmhouse with her late partner Stephen G. Schwarz, a firefighter and 9/11 First Responder. Giusti’s method of photographing the site in the round creates an enclosed space not meant for living organisms, but rather for memories alone. The digitally stitched photographs are constructed into kaleidoscopic pillars lit from within; transforming Smack Mellon’s existing columns into rows of glowing sentinels, majestically standing guard within the darkened gallery.

Michael Kukla’s installation, Jeskyne (Czech for “cave”), also takes cues from the formidable effects of time and nature.  Exploring the elasticity and permeability of an object’s surface, Kukla creates an immersive web of cellular forms blended seamlessly into the gallery’s architecture. Like large fossils, these hand sculpted monochromatic façades compress time into positive and negative space.

For more information about the current Studio Artists, and gallery events, please visit Smack Mellon. 92 Plymouth Street @ Washington Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM.

Artists’ Reception on Saturday, September 26, 5-8PM.

Open Studios on Saturday, September 26, 12-8PM, and Sunday, September 27, 12-6PM.