ON SITE 2019
On Site is Trestle Gallery’s annual group exhibition featuring artwork by our current studio members, artists-in-residence, and staff. This year’s exhibition will be curated by curatorial collective 3walls. The opening reception for this special exhibition will serve as Trestle’s annual Spring fundraiser, and will feature a silent auction, live music, refreshments, and celebration!
From the Curators: For 3walls, a pop-up organization showcasing affordable art by predominantly Brooklyn artists, collaborating on this exhibition with our friends at Trestle Gallery has been both a wonderful opportunity and an honor. We are often at Trestle Gallery for studio visits and buzzing events. Trestle Gallery is a vital hub in the Brooklyn arts community and each of our visits leaves us inspired by the overflow of magnificent creations and filled to the brim with food for thought. With a pop-up format, space is often in short supply for 3walls, and we are thrilled to be able to work on such an inclusive project; all artists who submitted works have been incorporated in this show which is a true celebration of local art and community.
As the four of us at 3walls reviewed the submissions, looking at images, reading statements and talking, and talking some more about this treasure trove of art, themes emerged. The natural world asserts itself as force and metaphor, as in Benna Holden’s spectacular Rambling River and also in the context of our deep concerns about sustainability, climate change and our president’s denial of its existence, succinctly illustrated by Sophie Kovel’s photograph Paradise. Investigations and statement on gender and transgender representation and our relationships with our own bodies have a strong voice in the powerful work of artist Joseph Liatela and others. Dreams, memory, nostalgia, transformation and the passage of time are at the forefront and compellingly presented by works such as Liz Sanders’s image of her father in What I See (Arkansas #1) and Katrina Majkut’s wild carousel horse rising into or falling from our view. There are other threads to be found in the 63 works in this exhibition which also speaks directly to the strong artists’ community whirling around Trestle Gallery.