Derek Lerner (b.1974, Jacksonville, FL; BFA, The Atlanta College of Art), is an NYC-based artist whose work explores systems: their creation, control, use and experience of them. Lerner's abstract ink on paper drawings co-mingle representations of human-made and natural systems and the tensions between those forces. From an aerial vantage point, his compositions grow, line by line, through an additive, extemporaneous process into fictional spaces that juxtapose these systems, signs, and symbols. They encompass dualities that vacillate between micro and macro scales, dark and light, creation and destruction, human-made and nature-made; functioning as metaphors for ambivalence. Lerner’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including these venues: the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Montserrat Galleries, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, the Centre d’Exposition de Val-d’Or in Quebec, Canada and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 2015, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority commissioned Lerner to create permanent public art for the Avenue X subway station on the F train in Brooklyn. This is his third solo exhibition with the gallery. He maintains his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Sharon Lawless received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 1974 and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH in 1976. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and an NEA/SECCA Artists' Fellowship and grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Her work has been exhibited nationally throughout her over 40 year career including, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Art in General, New York, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Arena I, Santa Monica, CA and The Virginia Museum, Richmond, VA, among others. She lives and maintains her studio in New York, NY.
Liz Jaff is a native of New York City and received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Montserrat College of Art, The Art Complex Center of Tokyo, Japan, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY and Drawing Rooms in Jersey City, NJ. Liz is a 2023 recipient of the Art Laguna Prize in Venice, Italy. She maintains her studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Richard Garrison received his BS in Studio Art from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY in 1993 and an MFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1995. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY; Rochester Contemporary Art Center, NY; The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; the International Print Center, New York, NY; the Elmhurst Museum of Art, IL and the Queens Museum of Art, NY; among others. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, AllianceBernstein, Certares, Fidelity Investments, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Wellington Management among others. He lives and maintains his studio in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Artist Pauline Galiana was born in Algiers and grew up in France. She received her MFA, at ESAG in Paris in 1984, and has an Art Business Certificate From Christie’s Education, NY. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library, Asymmetrik Gallery, NYC, Baron Boisanté, NYC, Ramis Barquet Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn and the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA, among others. In 2017 she participated in a one month artist residency at MassMoCa in North Adams, MA. Her work is included in the collections of UBS, New York University and private collections in New York, Washington, Houston, Paris, Riyadh, London and Sydney. She lives and works in Manhattan, NYC.
James Cullinane's drawings, collages, paintings and installations employ a wide range of materials from the traditional (paint, paper, wood, etc) to the unexpected (Wasps' nests, sink drains, map pins, etc). These materials function as symbols, signs and marks that expressively and conceptually explore ideas related to philosophy, art history, theory and literature, time, space, physics and the human condition. James’s process-based work often plays with a tension between fictional or implied space and actual physical space as he combines and recontextualizes traditional and non-traditional materials. His process of visual recontextualization is a search for knowledge similar to Dante’s or Virgil’s journey to the underworld. This process “has to do with finding a way to move beyond what I think I know about an image” to arrive at something more meaningful. Cullinane’s compositions are thus visual representations of that journey and constitute what he has learned from each particular experience of making a work of art. James Cullinane received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, NYC in 1979. His work has been exhibited locally and nationally. In 2001, he was a resident at the Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, a participant in the 2002 Artists in the Marketplace 22, Emerging Artist Program, at The Bronx Museum, NYC and in 2004 a resident at the Spaces World Artist Program, Cleveland, OH. He lives and maintains his studio in New York City.