recent events

recent events  |  past events



June 15 – September 1, 2014

Curated by Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Eve Biddle and Bowie Zunino: Artists and Wassaic Project Co-Directors

Seeing the Sky, the Wassaic Project’s seventh annual summer exhibition, investigates how artists explore, examine, and work within their environments. The Wassaic Project invites viewers to climb the seven stories of the Maxon Mills grain elevator, and experience the work of over 70 emerging artists, half of whom are Wassaic Artist Residency alumni. Seeing the Sky features the collision of natural and man-made worlds, and the theme of habitation seen through the eyes of the Artist. Mandy Lamb’s dramatic photographs of Deadhorse, Alaska reveal the devastating beauty and power of man-made interventions in nature. In contrast, Guillaume Legare’s Ghost photographs taken in Banff, Canada, capture the artist’s fleeting performance as a temporary and humorous intervention. Both Shane Morrissey’s Cactus Field, a series of wiry cacti growing out of the mill floor, and Zebadiah Keneally’s Flying Tiger Magic Carpet, a flying tiger magic carpet, depict fantastical interpretations of the natural world. Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier’s Mystography (Three Kits), and New Academy Press’s Expedition approach nature with mysticism and nostalgia. At the top of the Mill, Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill’s immersive installation, Based on a True Story, tells a tale of storm chasing, weather tracking, and chasing clouds. The piece looks at the supercell: the severe weather cloud that produces anomalies such as baseball-sized hail, wedge-shaped tornadoes and flash floods. Seeing the Sky invites viewers to climb to new vantage points and see the familiar in new ways


Roses By Other Names

Curated by Jaishri Abichandani
Reception: Wednesday, September 25, 6-8 pm
On view September 18 - November 17, 2013

Lower East Side Printshop

306 West 37th Street, 6th Floor

Wednesday, September 25, 6-8 pm

Exhibition Dates:
September 18 - November 17, 2013

Monday - Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 6pm
Free and open to the public

Lower East Side Printshop is pleased to present Roses By Other Names, guest curated by artist Jaishri Abichandani. The exhibit includes divergent works by artists exploring the relationship of printmaking to photography, painting, and sculpture, and the slippage between text and image. The works in the exhibition quote photography by exaggerating pixels to the verge of abstraction or destruction (Megan Berk, Jay Zehngebot, and Gary Michaels); displace associative meanings between text and images (Teresa Lundgren and Rachael Abrams); or produce deeply intuitive works with embedded narratives and painterly overtones (Irena Pejovic and Ali Medina). Emily Noelle Lambert also presents whimsical representational portraiture and cityscapes that at first glance appear to be paintings; while Felix Plaza's intricate cut-outs of garments and Liz Zanis' necklace take a sculptural approach to extending the printmaking process out of traditional realms. The exhibition title refers to the works presented by Teresa Lundgren and Megan Berk, the diversity of artists within the exhibition and printmaking as the unifying activity behind all the works.

Lower East Side Printshop
306 West 37th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10018
t 212-673-530
f 212-979-6493

More Info at »



In Stillness This Fiction is Real

September 7th - October 6th, 2013

@Recession Art, 47 Bergen St., Broklyn NY


Opening Reception:
Saturday September 7th, 6-10 pm

In Stillness This Fiction is Real, Megan Berk's second solo show at Recession Art, includes new paintings, prints and sculptural objects by the artist. Berk draws on personal photographs, movie stills, clippings from home & garden magazines, as well some of her earliest memories to create works that present an imperfect encounter with grace. Berk states, ‘It is very difficult to find a way to talk about the problems with beauty. It seems better to try to present something of beauty and let the problems show themselves. Beauty is complicated, and coming face-to-face with those complications draws us further in, closer to its core.'

The works in the exhibition are related both formally and thematically. The subtly textured, organic surfaces of Berk's layered paintings on panel are echoed in a new series of silkscreen prints, created with the generous support of the Lower East Side Printshop's Keyholder Residency program. In both, Berk wrestles to capture the tension in the quietest moments in the home and garden. The Almost Nice Domestic Device series, Berk's first exhibited sculptural work, collapses the artist's investigation of the relationship between nature and architecture down to a playful, tabletop scale.

Recession Art is located at 47 Bergen Street between Smith Street and Boreum Place, accessible from the Bergen Street F Station. Click here for a map.


Part of the Story

Curated by Julian Kreimer
Reception: Wednesday, April 3, 6-8pm
On view March 20 through May 12

Artists Rachael Abrams, Megan Berk, Rebecca Bird, Brad Ewing, Daniele Genadry, Amanda Keeley, Charles Koegel, Fumi Mini Nakamura, Kymia Nawabi, and Liz Zanis

Lower East Side Printshop
is pleased to present Part of the Story guest curated by artist and critic Julian Kreimer. The exhibition will be on view at the Printshop from March 20 - May 12, 2013 with a public reception on Wednesday, April 3, from 6-8pm.

Walking down the street you see a torn piece of paper, written on it are a few sentences, the middle of a letter, a journal entry, a homework assignment? This fragmentary glimpse intrudes into the routine of your day, alternately nagging and inspiring. You want to know more, but never will.

The artworks in this exhibition share a certain opacity. They are images of scenes, possible views, propositions. In all of them we feel we are getting a part of a larger story, but that larger story is kept from us.

In Kymia Nawabi's and Rebecca Bird's prints, we are privy to rituals and views that have the powerful logic of dreams we only partially remember. Liz Zanis' prints and objects inject a funny sense of the uncanny into the everyday. Megan Berk's images suggest a vision we might see at night before we understand what it is we are looking at. Colored lines partially hide photos of hard-to-place locales in Daniele Genadry's work, while Rachael Abrams uses geometric imagery to simultaneously reveal and obfuscate her texts. Long past avant-gardes revive in Amanda Keeley's semi-invented publications. Charles Koegel's small altered newspaper clipping and Brad Ewing's collaborative print made with Fumi Mini Nakamura suggest cartoons missing their explanatory text, reversing the way we expect to read them.

Our quickness to google the slightest question suggests our unease with the unknown. By revealing only part of the story, these works make that discomfort central to their meaning.

Lower East Side Printshop
306 West 37th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10018
t 212-673-530
f 212-979-6493

More Info at »



Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency

Lower East Side Printshop is a premier New York City printmaking studio supporting contemporary artists of all career and artistic backgrounds in creation of new work. With over 160 artists served each year, the Printshop is the largest printmaking workspace in the United States. I'm honored to have been granted a one-year Keyholder Residency at the Printshop along with three other great artists: Rebecca Bird, Gisela Insuaste and Charles Koegel. I look forward to working alongside them and all the amazing artists working at the shop. Stay tuned for new prints!

More Info at »


Long Island University



Paintings by Megan Berk
January 15 - February 28, 2013
Salena Gallery, Long Island University 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY

Generously supported by the Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Program Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat/Sun 10-5 Travel: B, Q, R to DeKalb Ave. or 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St. Information: (718) 488-1198

L Magazine




Weird Party on the Other Side of the Hedge

Paintings by Megan Berk
January 21 - March 11, 2012
RAC Gallery, 9 Clinton Street, NYC

Reception and RAC Grand Opening
January 21, 2012 6 pm - 12 am

map & directions »

After three years of activity, Recession Art announces its expansion to a permanent home on Manhattan's Lower East Side. As an addition to its semiannual group shows at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Recession Art is partnering with culturefix to open RAC, a contemporary art gallery, store, and performance venue devoted to emerging artists and aspiring collectors. In the gallery, Recession Art will present solo exhibitions by Featured Artists as well as curated group exhibitions by alumni and other emerging artists. Affordable prints, drawings, and books by these artists will be available at Recession Art's storefront. Curated events, including readings, performances, discussions, and dinners, will complement the exhibitions and storefront offerings.Recession Art has selected six of its most promising and talented alumni artists as its first collection of Featured Artists.

The 2012 Featured Artists are Megan Berk, Tate Foley, Danny Ghitis, Jennifer Mills, Ian Trask, and Gabriela Vainsencher. Each Featured Artist will present a solo exhibition at RAC and will be included in the first annual Featured Artist Catalog: Taking Stock: The First Three Years of Recession Art, to be released at RAC's Grand Opening.

On January 21, Featured Artist Megan Berk inaugurates RAC and Recession Art's solo exhibitions with Weird Party on the Other Side of the Hedge. Berk's painting explores the impulse towards heaven in abstracted landscapes and altered architectural spaces, where a bright beyond is suggested where light meets shadow. These moments of possibility allude as much to the idea of heaven as they might to an idealized future, the idea of summer before it has arrived, or the improbable optimism that drives creative progress. Her work transforms moments of desire, self-delusion, and optimism into form and color.

More Info at »