Petro, Rime, Leda, Renard, 2014
Mixed media on plywood
January 10 – February 21, 2015
MINUS SPACE is delighted to present the group exhibition Elements, highlighting several generations of artists whose works investigate primary forms and elementary materials. The exhibition will feature new and recent painting and sculpture by six New York City-based artists: Rachel Beach, Vincent Como, Mark Dagley, Cris Gianakos, Erik Saxon, and Li Trincere.
Rachel Beach (b. 1975, London, Canada) has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions at institutions and galleries in the United States and Canada, including Blackston, Postmasters Gallery, Lennon Weinberg, Mixed Greens, Storefront Bushwick (all NYC); Philbrook Museum (Tulsa, OK); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, and MSVU Art Gallery (all Canada). She is the recipient of awards from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, Canada Council for the Arts, Lower East Side Printshop, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Her work has been reviewed and discussed in publications, such as Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, The New York Times, Bomb, Frieze, and Interview Magazine, among many others. Beach holds an MFA from Yale University (New Haven, CT) and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, NS, Canada).
Vincent Como (b. 1975, Kittanning, PA) has exhibited his work throughout the United States and abroad, including in Mexico, England, and Vienna. He mounted the solo exhibition Vincent Como: Paradise Lost at MINUS SPACE in 2013. Other recent solo and group exhibitions include Art in General, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Momenta, and Secret Project Robot (all NYC); Proof Gallery and Samson Projects (both Boston, MA); Illinois State Museum (Lockport, IL); Western Exhibitions, University of Illinois, and VONZWECK (all Chicago, IL); Evanston Art Center (Evanston, IL); SPACES (Cleveland, OH); Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI); Art Museum of the University of Memphis (Memphis, TN); and House Gallery (Salt Lake City, UT), among many others. Como’s work has been discussed in publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, ArtSlant, Progress Report, WagMag, The Boston Phoenix, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Journal, and Salt Lake Tribune, among others. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, OH).
Mark Dagley (b. 1957, Washington, DC) has exhibited his work internationally for the past three decades, including in North America, Europe, and Australasia. During the 1980s, he was active in the East Village abstract painting scene and showed alongside other pioneering abstract painters, including Barry X Ball, Max Gimblett, Olivier Mosset, James Nares, Stephen Parrino, Li Trincere, and Alan Uglow, among many others. In 2012, he mounted the solo exhibition Mark Dagley: Structural Solutions at MINUS SPACE, as well as a comprehensive survey exhibition Mark Dagley: 35 Years, 1976-2011 at Kent Place Gallery (Summit, NJ). Dagley is a member of American Abstract Artists and his work has been reviewed in publications, such as The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art International, Artnet Magazine, and Time Out New York. His work is included in the collections of The Broad Art Foundation, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Musee des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Swiss Credit Union, Foundation Prini, Hoffman/LaRoche, Henkel GmbH, EMI Madrid, Bloomingdale’s Corporation, and the University of Michigan Museums of Art.
Cris Gianakos (b. 1934, New York, NY) has exhibited his work worldwide in solo and group exhibitions since the mid-1960s. His recent museum exhibitions include the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg, Germany), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), Costakis Collection (Thessaloniki, Greece), Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Het Museum Voor Schoene Kunsten (Berlin, Germany), and Design Museum Thessaloniki (Athens, Greece). His work is included in public collections worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Malmo Museum, Moderna Museet, Milwaukee Art Museum, National Museum (Sweden), Noble Foundation, Museum of Modern Art, Reading Public Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute, State Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), UCLA Hammer Museum, Watkita Museum of Art (Japan), among others. His work has been reviewed in publications, such as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Erik Saxon (b. 1941, San Francisco, CA) has exhibited his work internationally for the past 40 years, including Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. His museum exhibitions include Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, GA), Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME), Cincinnati Museum of Art (Cincinnati, OH), Krannert Art Museum (Champaign, IL), Brevard Museum of Art and Science (Melbourne, FL), Wilhelm-Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen, Germany), Raum für Malerei, artothek, Kolnisches Stadt Museum (all Cologne, Germany), Kunstverein Arnsberg (Arnsberg, Germany), Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst (Landkreis Cuxhaven, Germany), Mondriaanhuis (Amersfoort, Netherlands), Museum of Modern Art (Belgrade, Serbia), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente (Segovia, Spain), and Museo Cantonale d’Arte (Lugano, Switzerland). Saxon’s work has been discussed and reviewed in publications, such as The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, Village Voice, New York Observer, New York Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times. His work is included in public and private collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA), Göteborg Museum of Art (Göteborg, Sweden), Museo Cantonale d’Arte (Lugano, Switzerland), and Museum of Modern Art (Belgrade, Serbia).
Li Trincere (b. 1960, New York, NY) has exhibited her work internationally for the past 30 years, including in Australia, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States. During the early 1980s, she was active in the East Village abstract painting scene and showed at many of the landmark venues of the time, including Mission Gallery, Pyramid Club, Kamikaze Club, and The World. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she exhibited at key galleries presenting new abstraction, such as Julian Pretto/Berland Hall, Stark Gallery, and Gabriele Bryers Gallery (all NYC), as well as the legendary Galerie Rolf Ricke in Cologne, Germany. She has participated in two-person and group exhibitions alongside other pioneering abstract painters, such as Olivier Mosset, Alan Uglow, Steven Parrino, Don Voisine, Mark Dagley, Daniel Levine, Sharon Brant, Neil Campbell, and Gary Lang, among many others. She has received awards from the National Endowments for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Edward Albee Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and Artists Space. Trincere is a member of American Abstract Artists and her work has been reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, and Kunstforum, among others. She holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College (NYC) and a BFA in Printmaking from Southampton College (Southampton, NY).
We would like to thank Blackston Gallery for their assistance with this exhibition.