Ryan McGinness: Sign Trees

Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 

August 1 - 30, 2015

In this site-specific exhibition, Ryan McGinness appropriated the common street sign using off-the-shelf industrial parts to create sculptures that imitate the style of the urban transportation system. The Sign Trees resemble traffic signposts, overpopulated with the artist's signature symbols and hieroglyphic vernacular. Of the work, McGinness writes, "The drawings use the iconic visual language of signage, but instead of communicating blunt pedestrian information, they depict surreal personal narratives..." In addition to the Sign Trees, the exhibition included five single "Sign" paintings and three "Studio View" works on canvas. 


Anya Gallaccio

Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 

June 26 - July 26, 2015 

Over the past twenty years, Anya Gallaccio has been exploring the relationship between humans and the environment, both natural and industrial. The four 500lb open cubes presented in this exhibition were constructed out of varying arrangements of limestone and sandstone. Their counterpart in this exhibit was a hand-knotted gold lame fishing net titled If recollecting were forgetting (2006-2013). Placed within the gallery, as well as in the adjacent gardens, the stone forms frame the landscape and each other, expanding and contracting in concert with surroundings. Although the seemingly perfect geometry of these forms implies the mechanical hand of industry, each ancient slice of rough-hewn stone, unique in color and pattern contains a reverent geological history of it's own.