Construction Site at McKenzie Fine Art


From Left: Eric Brown, Tilt, 2016 and Samantha Bittman Untitled 2016 and Untitled 2016

I always check out the shows at McKenzie Fine Art when I am in New York. I neglected to photograph some of the other great works in this show because I got distracted buying a small Lori Ellison drawing, so this post unfortunately omits the terrific work by Cathryn Arcomano, Mel Bernstine, Eric Brown, Kellyann Burns, Paul Corio, Liv Mette Larsen, Noah Loesberg, Erin O’Keefe, Laura Watt and Will Yackulic. My apologies to those artists. You can see installation views of the show and works from the above artists on the McKenzie Fine Art website.


Samantha Bittman

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Samantha Bittman, Untitled 2016, Acrylic on hand woven textile, 20″ x 16″


Don Voisine, Revolver, 2016, Oil on wood panel, 44″ x 44″


Alton Sultan, Blue Squares, 2016, Hand dyed wool on linen, 10″ x 23.5″


Christian Maychak, Compound Flat #46, 2015, Epoxy clay, pigment and wood, 45.5″ x 26.25″ x 1.5″


Jason Karolak, Untitled (P-1608), 2016, Oil on linen over panel, 16″ x 14″


Some Don Voisine’s and a Paul Corio in the back room.

between a place and candy: new works in pattern + repetition + motif


David Poppie, Wandering Stars II, 2013, Colored Pencils on Panel

Courtesy Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York

Great work lingers, and the works that were a part of between a place and candy: new works in pattern + repetition + motif, organized by Norte Maar and curated by Jason Andrews at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, were no exception. They lingered. And they are still lingering 4 months later. The exhibition ran in New York from March 16 – June 12, 2015, and I had the great pleasure of seeing it in June before it closed. I had meant to write about the work right away but life got in the way and this post kept being put off, but the lingering power of the work haunted me. I am still struck, months later, by how immediate the work is, even in the photographs. The works still have a confident, visceral impact; Look at me and remember.


There is a curious power to pattern and repetition. Many of the works in between a place and candy felt to me like emotional maps. Through the repetition of color, shape and line the works guide the viewer to look deeper, closer, both within the depths of the visual confines of the frame and also within the depths of the viewers own internal emotional memory. Through shape, delicate line, color, form and material substance the artists whose works comprised this exhibition reminded the viewer of the power of form, the resonate heft of replication and the guiding influence of line, both colored and not. These visual forces compel us to linger, to ponder, to wonder and to reflect. There is great power in that.


David Poppie, Wandering Stars II (Detail)


Robert Zakanitch, Hanging Gardens Series (By the Seal), 2011/12, Gouache and Colored Pencil on Paper, 96 x 60 inches

Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York


Robert Zakanitch, Hanging Gardens Series (By the Seal) Detail


Lori Ellison, Untitled 2010, Gouache on wood panel

Courtesy McKenzie Fine Art


Lori Ellison, Untitled 2012, 2013, 2008 & 2010 & Bedford Boogie Woogie Blue 2010, Gouache on wood panel

Courtesy McKenzie Fine Art, New York


Leslie Kerby, The Contained World, 2015, Oil on Cardboard


Leslie Kerby, The Contained World (Detail)


Mary Judge, Bacio, 2015, Flasche on Linen on Panel, 25 x 25 inches


Jessica Weiss, Queen for a Day, 2014, Silkscreen, collage and acrylic on canvas, 70 inches x 68 inches


Jessica Weiss, Queen for a Day (Detail)


Colin Thomson, Medium, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 58 x 52 inches

Courtesy of Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn


Margaret Lanzetta, Air Chrysalis, 2014, Oil and acrylic on canvas


Samantha Bittman, Untitled (2004 – 009), 2004, Acrylic on Handwoven Textile, 25 x 20 inches

Courtesy of Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago and Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn


Libby Hartie, Untitled #21 (Arrow), 2015 Graphite Collage on Paper Mounted on Panel, 45 x 90 inches

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