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Foley Gallery brings together fine line and obsessive precision in the disciplines of drawing, cut paper, painting, and photography. Michael Foley opened Foley Gallery in the fall of 2004...
Sometimes the works that are never seen, are the ones closest to the maker. These objects are vulnerable and human, often less marketable, and speak to something that is more experiential. These objects ask the question; where and how is curiosity ignited?
Foley Gallery is pleased to present Active Beige, a group exhibition curated by Lauren Seiden, featuring work by Abdolreza Aminlari, Adam Henry, Kenny Curwood, Kristen Jensen and Suzanne Song.
Every single piece Seiden selected/included in this show are works that are underexposed and have not yet been exhibited. Each piece operates as pure manifestations of the artist's abstract mind, their practice, complexities, struggles and triumphs within the studio. The works of Active Beige pursue a collective challenge to the current functionality of the gallery space. Pushing past the distributed network awaiting the show documentation online, this exhibition encourages a pause. In exchange for immediacy and dissemination, the works request deliberation and dialog as they bridge the flattened space between the studio and the gallery wall.
In an age where so much of our visual culture tells us what to think and do, it is refreshing to experience art that makes manipulation the subject and asks us rethink our positions.
Each artist’s contribution to the show challenges us to leave behind preconceived notions of space and rethink the connection of mind to environment. These works have their own pace, they reveal themselves over time and in increments. Art sets the stage for such an experience, inviting us to develop our vision and expand our perception. Active Beige is an opportunity to re-calibrate artists and viewers conception of time and attention while fostering a more intimate relationship with the viewer. In doing so, the exhibition opens up the potential for all parties to reconnect and rethink our positions in and to the world.
Active Beige is on view from January 12th through February 18th 2018. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 - 6pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. To request images; please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For these photographs, Abdolreza Aminlari uses a smartphone to capture the shifting patterns of light and shadow on his windowsill, documenting how the passage of time plays out across his bedroom. At first glance the images seem void of color, but upon closer examination slight hues of blues and yellows begin to emerge giving further evidence to the changing light.
Adam Henry’s shapes and atmosphere create visual conundrums that feel as if they go in and out of focus. It is in this liminal space that the viewer is asked to open their thinking and consider that in painting the logical and illogical are often one and the same. Henry has expressed that logic is contextual and in our current time it is often at odds with reality.
Kenny Curwood engages in spatial, temporal, and psychological misrepresentation while delivering a hand-crafted object, which often undermines its own “success.” Optically ambiguous, these sculptural works engage in the manipulation of space between the internal and external world.
Kristen Jensen creates ceramic forms as containers of emotional and psychological complexity that address personal history through cultural objects. Soft sculptures literally and metaphorically support these ceramic objects, exhibiting the physical weight of the object that they hold, they do so with significant effort and distortion to the originally intended form. As a result this fraught formal relationship is imbued with metaphorical meaning, culminating in works that are equal parts poetic and pathetic.
Suzanne Song’s paintings present spatial configurations that challenge our perception. Song uses a pared-down vocabulary of colors and repeating forms to create a series of paintings that assert their presence as both objects and illusions. In each of these works Song emphasizes the materiality of the paintings, exposing and employing the wooden panel or canvas support to create a powerful optical experience that speaks to the illusionistic potential of painting.
Lauren Seiden Exhibition Curator
Lauren Seiden (born 1981. Lives in New York City) received her B.A. in Painting and Drawing from Bennington College in Vermont. Her recent exhibitions include The Times at FLAG Art Foundation in NYC, Yesterday So Fast at Denny Gallery in New York City, Action+Object+Exchange at the Drawing Center in New York City, The Mattatuck Museum, CT, Violet Burning Sunset, Curated by Todd Von Ammon, ORGANIX: Contemporary Art From The USA, at the Luciano Benetton Collection in Venice for the Venice Biennale. Seiden received the AOL and Chuck Close “25 for 25” Grant Award in 2010, in 2014 she was a recipient for The Drawing Center's "Open Sessions" program, and in 2016 was a FID Prize finalist. She has been reviewed and featured in ArtForum, Modern Painters, The Brooklyn Rail, Art Fag City, New York Magazine, Time Out NY, and Blouin Artinfo.
Foley Gallery is pleased to present Radiant & Polarization, a solo exhibition featuring new photographs by Dusseldorf based artist Martin Klimas. This will be the artist’s 5th solo exhibition with the gallery.
In his latest series of photographs, Klimas continues to experiment with temporary sculpture structured by motion, time and refracted light. Klimas photographs full range spectrums by using radiant foils and reflective materials to create an illusion of dimensional objects.
In 'Polarization' Klimas sends polarized light through transparent films revealing hidden colors and gradient spectrums. Klimas explores an intangible world, created but for a moment, where the impermanence of light creates a dynamic change and fluctuation. Forms appear and fade, colors change, and the composition seems to renew itself permanently, endlessly and without recognizable culmination.
In ‘Radiant’ Klimas explores a color spectrum with wider latitude through white light projection upon curved foils. These foils produce a ray of full color light, spraying hues in all different directions. The illusion of a 3-dimensional shape appears to form.
Martin Klimas received his diploma of visual communication from the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf in 2000. His photography has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and has been exhibited in galleries, museums and fairs throughout Germany, abroad and in the United States including a solo exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum in spring 2008. His work has appeared on plates commissioned by VOGUE for the 2016 Met Gala, along with the cover of ARTnews. Martin Klimas currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The 4 artists selected by Juror, Elinor Carucci are
Tom Butler, Jennifer Loeber, Sharon Draghi and Zhiyuan Yang.
Foley Gallery is excited to announce our upcoming exhibition, Mirror, Mirror. The exhibition is juried by Elinor Carucci and features 4 artists: Sharon Draghi, Jennifer Loeber, Tom Butler and Zhiyuan Yang.
Mirrors and Beauty go hand in hand. Originally an incantation in the Brothers Grimm 19th-century story Little Snow White and expanded upon in Disney’s version more than 100 years later, “Mirror, Mirror” has us questioning what beauty is and how it can be measured. Artists were invited to take the theme literally and look to the properties of a mirror, or as a metaphor for reflection on themselves, family or environment.
Sharon Draghi’s project Split Tree Road is about her family and the place they live. In capturing quiet moments alone, as well as their shared life together, she is exploring ideas about privacy, intimacy, self-awareness and the passage of time. She observes how environment illuminates our daily lives, and how the suburbs she’s currently residing in can be simultaneously beautiful and sinister. Jennifer Loeber’s GYRLE series is an anecdotal observation of her friendship with a woman named Lorelei, a person she had met years earlier as a teenage boy named Mac. Loeber’s work focuses on representations of female identity and expressions that question the archetype of womanhood.
Tom Butler presents an alternative version of himself - six black and white self-portraits that are unrecognizable as such. He is interested in ‘conspicuous invisibility’, the twin human desires to simultaneously hide and perform. The portraits present his body in a way opposite to that of a mirror: he appears concealed, ambiguous and even monstrous. Zhiyuan Yang draws from personal experiences and self-identity. Her project A Family of Three is an auto-ethnography. The work chronicles the effects of hetero-normative ideas drawn from the fantasy of the happy Chinese family in contemporary social imagination. What is revealed is the impact of these constructed mythologies on individuals who are shaped and entangled with other lives.
Foley Gallery is pleased to present Witness to Beauty, a solo exhibition featuring photographs of Sage Sohier’s mother, Wendy Morgan. This will be the artist’s 4th solo exhibition with the gallery.
Witness to Beauty is a 25-year chronicle of Sohier’s relationship with her mother and sister Laine, who often appears alongside Morgan in the photographs. In the late 1940’s, Morgan graced the covers of magazines - even photographed for the cover of Life by Richard Avedon and often photographed by Horst, Irving Penn and Louise Dahl-Wolf.
In the words of Sohier: “As I grew older, there was no use competing with her, “so I assumed my position, quite happily, on the other side of the camera…” Morgan feels that her beauty is not only a gift, but a major part of her identity that she must aim to maintain it at all times.
Sage Sohier (b. 1954) has been photographing people in their environments for more than 30 years. Her work is in several public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Portland Art Museum, and The Brooklyn Museum. She received her B.A. from Harvard University.
Photographs from Witness to Beauty have been featured on the New York Times Lens Blog, Lenscratch, Harper’s Bazaar, Photo District News and the Guide to Unique Photography Magazine. The solo exhibition at Foley Gallery follows solo exhibitions at Carroll and Sons in Boston, MA and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR.
Witness to Beauty is on view through January 7th 2018. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 - 6pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. To request images; please contact the gallery at email@example.com.
(image: Elinor Carruci "The Woman that I still am", 2012)
Mirrors and Beauty go hand in hand. Originally an incantation in the Brothers Grimm 19th-century story Little Snow White and expanded upon in Disney’s version more
than 100 years later, “Mirror, mirror” has us questioning what beauty is and how it can be measured.
Mirrors are reflective surfaces, typically constructed of glass coated with a metal amalgam that reflects a clear image. You can take our theme literally and look to the properties of a mirror or reflective surface, or you can look at a mirror as metaphor for beauty. You artwork need not have a depiction of an actual mirror in it to be considered.
Mirror, Mirror will be juried by Elinor Carruci, and will coincide with Sage Sohier’s solo exhibition Witness to Beauty.
Elinor Carruci is an Israeli-American photographer who has had solo exhibitions at Edwynn Houk Gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London. Carruci’s photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others. She has published three monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002, Diary of a dancer, SteidlMack 2005 and Mother, Prestel Publishing, portraying nearly a decade of her motherhood project.
She was awarded the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Young Photographer in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010.
All exhibited pieces must be for sale. 40% of the sale, as a commission, will be granted to Foley Gallery with the artist receiving the remaining 60%. Shipping expenses to and from the gallery are responsibility of the artist. Foley Gallery is not responsible for damages during shipping. Additional information regarding shipment and drop-off dates will be provided to exhibiting artists. All artwork needs to be framed and/or ready to hang.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Michael Foley opened his eponymous gallery in the fall of 2004 after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery.
The gallery has since been invited to participate in over twenty international and national art fairs including Paris Photo, Pulse, AIPAD and the London Art Fair. Gallery exhibitions and artists have been reviewed and written about in several publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Modern Painters and ArtNEWS.
Foley is a co-founder of The Exhibition Lab, which is a study center for people involved in various aspects of fine art photography. The Exhibition Lab provides a vibrant modern-day salon for artists who are interested in engaging the world’s diverse and vital photography community through the gateway of New York City.
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Friday, September 8, 2017
Foley Gallery is pleased to present Central Park New York - 24 Solar Terms, a solo exhibition featuring photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.
The title of the show takes its name from the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, which divides the year into 24 segments, each segment given a specific solar term. This system provided a time frame for agriculture, everyday life and festivals. Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao was born in Taiwan in 1977, and immigrated in 1999 to the United States, residing in the Queens Borough of New York City. He lived in close proximity of the 7-subway line, and created his renowned “Habitat 7” series, which stated his claim and love for New York City.
Over the years, Liao has transitioned from large format film to digital photography. By digitally manipulating multiple exposures of Central Park while adapting a vertical format traditionally found in 17th century Chinese scroll paintings, Liao pays homage to both his Taiwanese heritage and identity as a New Yorker. Central Park New York, 24 Solar Terms looks at a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. At once familiar, the “lung of Manhattan” still reveals surprises. Liao invites us into mysterious enclaves primed for intimacy and reflection carefully hidden among the familiar public gathering sites and well-founded landmarks. In 2012, Liao won the Emerging Icon in Photography Award from George Eastman House. His series “Habitat 7” received critical acclaim, and in 2005, Liao was honored with the New York Times Magazine “Capture the Times” photography contest.
Liao’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Queens Museum, NY, Brooklyn Museum, NY, J. Paul Getty Museum, LA, George Eastman House-International Museum of Photography and Film, NY, the Norton Museum of Art and the Deutsche Bank art collection. Liao’s first monograph, Habitat 7, was published in 2008 by Nazraeli Press, which also published his second monograph, Coney Island, in 2013. In October of 2014, Aperture Foundation published his third monograph, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao: New York, encompassing his work in New York for the past 10 years. In September 2017, Nazraeli Press will publish his fourth monograph, Central Park New York that will coincide with his solo exhibition, of the same name at Foley Gallery.
Foley Gallery is excited to announce the selections for our upcoming group exhibition “Analog v. Digital”. Artists working in all photographic mediums were encouraged to submit original work for consideration. 50 artists were selected. The exhibitors for the exhibition are:
ANALOG Alexander Cassetti, Amy Finkelstein, Anna Leigh Clem, Anna Kalapazana, Anne Arden McDonald, Caroline Cuse, Conor Culver, Dan Wolf, Danielle Dean, David Arky, David Christensen, Ella Morton, Garrett Hansen, Jamie Martinez, Jean-Baptiste Morand, Joan Fitzsimmons, Joshua Littlefield, Ken Clark, Kristen Bartley, Margaret Moulton, Peter Schafer, Rebecca Hackemann, Robert Calafiore & Tom Butler.
DIGITAL Astrid Reischwitz, Benjamin Bobkoff, Brandon Hudson, Brian Sargent, Calli McCaw, Crystelle Colucci, Deborah Orloff, Ellen Jantzen, Eva Fazzari, Farras Abdelnour, George Cavaletto, Gonzalo Pardo, Irene Imfeld, Joe Patronite, Kate Pollard Hoffmann, Ken Bower, Ken Dreyfack, Leslie Jean-Bart, Lieh Sugai, Martha Fleming-Ives, Martha Ketterer, Michelle Murphy, Niv Rozenberg, Rocio De Alba, Sharon Lee Hart & Yvonne Muller.
For this exhibition, “analog”was defined as the photographer using light sensitive paper or film in the process. "Digital" was defined as the photographer using hardware requiring a digital component (point and shoot, cell phone or dSLR cameras) regardless of how it was printed.
Analog v. Digital will remain on view through August 26th, 2017. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 -6pm. To request images; please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foley Gallery is pleased to present “the Exhibition Lab Exhibition”, a group show featuring work by Eva Fazzari, Susan Evans Grove, Amy Montali, Francis Minien, Alex Nelson, David Bernstein, Miles Kerr and Aleya Lehmann Bench.
The Exhibition Lab is a study of photography outside of a traditional academic setting. The initiative was co-founded by Michael Foley in 2010 as a study center for fine art photography dedicated to learning by critique. Students of the Ex Lab meet over the course of 5 months, holding critique sessions with one another and one-on-one sessions with Foley. Guest Faculty included Elinor Carucci, Martine Fougeron and Andrew Moore.
“The Exhibition Lab Exhibition” will remain on view through August 12th, 2017. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 - 6pm, Sunday 12:00 - 6pm. We will be closed Sundays in July. To request images; please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or email@example.com.
Foley Gallery is pleased to present “Subtext II: Meditations”, a solo exhibition featuring works by Wyatt Gallery. This will be the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Meditations move the Subtext series towards a closer connection with the artist’s spiritual practice by identifying opportunities for an urban-mindful experience. The photographs in this series are sourced from found advertising spaces throughout the New York City subway system. Waiting for the next train, Gallery takes a moment to pause and reflect on the empty space in which advertisements have been temporarily removed. Years of glue, paper, scraping, painting, gluing...repeat, have left clues of the palimpsests that have been recorded for years if not decades.
Gallery transforms these evolving abstractions into photographic prints, referencing the masterful paintings by American abstract expressionism and French décollage art of the 1960’s Nouveau Réalisme movement. The viewer is left with a scene that may have only been visible for hours, maybe days - until the next advertisement is placed on top, transforming the space yet again.
Meditations continue the dialogue of the original Subtext series by getting further in tune with Gallery’s personal spiritual practice. Gazing into these spaces, Gallery finds reverence and an urban tranquility. For a moment, we may find quiet contemplation in a context where Subtext becomes more powerful than the rush around us.
Gallery received his BFA in photography at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1997. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the PDN 30, ICP’s Infinity Award, PDN Annual, American Photography, and 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers by Duke University. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the world and are in major private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and American Express.
Subtext II: Meditations will remain on view through June 25th, 2017. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 - 6pm, Sunday 12:30 - 6pm. To request images; please contact the gallery at 212.244. 9081 firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite photographers to join gallery owner Michael Foley for a 90 minute portfolio review and career strategy advising session.
Meetings will be a casual one on one discussion located at Foley Gallery on the lower east side of Manhattan, New York. Over the course of the meeting, we invite you to enjoy locally sourced beer or wine. Water and coffee will also be available.
We are currenly offering a discounted rate to our Visura friends. Sign up now to receive an introductory $75 rate through June 23rd. When portfolio views and local brews returns in July, the rate will be $110.
Michael Foley opened his gallery in 2004 after fourteen years of experience with notable photography galleries. After 8 years in Chelsea, the gallery relocated to the Lower East Side in 2012.
Foley went on to co-found The Exhibition Lab in 2009. The Ex Lab is a study center for people involved in various aspects of fine art photography. It provides a vibrant modern-day salon for artists, scholars and others who are interested in engaging the world’s diverse and vital photography community.
Foley is on faculty at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography. He has been an active reviewer at over 20 national portfolio reviews from Portland to Atlanta.
Appointments are limited, so write to email@example.com. This session is now closed.
Stranger Loops: May 3 - May 14th. Opening Reception Saturday, May 6th from 6-9pm
Curated by Lisa Long
Mason Gross School of the Arts is pleased to present Stranger Loops, an exhibition of selected works from the MFA Class of 2017 as part of the school's Rutgers in New York series. The exhibition will be on view Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 14. The exhibition and presentations are free and open to the public.
2017 MFA candidates:
Joshua Araujo, Sam Ashford, Ryan Chin, Ethan Green, Delphine Hennelly, Julia Hickey, Jack Hogan, Ali Osborn, Shark Senesac, Ashley Seong, David Torres II, Bryan Volta, Ben Weathers, Jamie Williams
Closing event: Saturday, May 13 from 6–9pm
Featuring a screening by David Torres II and lecture performance by Sam Ashford
Foley Gallery together with The Proposition are pleased to present Blood Orange, a solo exhibition of Balint Zsako's new works.
The large watercolor paintings on paper depict groupings of interacting nude figures. Rendered in a spectrum of bright hues and gray monochromes, the bodies change color or density in the areas where they come together. Precisely aligned eyes, heads, hands, and feet, raise the question of whether the figures agree in their action or struggle for control through open-ended narratives.The paintings show complex figure arrangements absent of landscapes or objects. The selective overlapping of figures refers to both the conflict and the unity inherent in struggles for identity and agency.Balint Zsako was born in Hungary, grew up in Canada, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He studied fine art at Ryerson University in Toronto. His works are featured in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2 drawing anthology and are in the Permanent collections of the Nerman Museum, The Weatherspoon ArtMuseum and the Museum of Old and New Art. He was long listed for The Sobey Award, Canada's largest art prize in 2014.BloodOrangewillremainonviewthroughMarch5th,2017.
FoleyGallery is open Wednesday through Saturday,11– 6pm, and Sunday12 - 6. To request images, please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or firstname.lastname@example.org