Saturday, 29 January 2011

New Show Opens 2/12/11!


opening reception
Sat. Feb.12, 7-11pm
on display till March 5th
Featuring works by:
David Cook
Chrissy Angliker
Jessica Hess
Erin McCarty

A collection of work by four talented artists, all with a distinct passion for the skillful use of color. “Vivid Summit” is a window into the unique distortions of truth. While this collection connects each artist together in their bold use of hue, the recognizable interpretations of reality through the labor-intensive nature of their works is memorably distinct. Thus, collectively representing a body of work, where each artist’s individual styles are connected through the rendering of exquisite pieces using bold and vivid color. Delivering their distinctive interpretations of reality to Brooklyn and beyond.

David M. Cook
Born in Louisville Kentucky in 1972, relocated to Brooklyn NY in 2003.

“I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. In the last few years, my work
has been based primarily in pattern and color, using imagery taken from nature, the
occult, punk rock, and heavy metal. These influnces have been used individually in
my work, but in the last few years they have started to blend themselves together.
Because these influences have been running through my head as far back as I can
remember, the motifs I’ve used individually before has allowed me to follow a new
direction of starting to develop, and follow more of a narrative revisited as subject
matters in my newer work. In one of my last projects, the narrative was based on
the love-hate relationship between a queen and a two-headed king, in a mythical world inhabited by snake horses, 6 legged priestesses, and countless warriors.
It has been incredible for me to watch the quality of my work develop, and I hope
I’ve been able to achieve more quality in this latest body of work. In this newest
version, I find the birds living in a new world of pattern and color, and they have
taken on more religious iconography (another reappearing theme in my work) with
the idea of killing dreams - The priests and bishops of this world trying to hold back
the thoughts and ideas of the non-believers of their world, using mind-control, and
often times death, to make their point.”

Chrissy Angliker
Chrissy Angliker was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and raised in Greifensee and Winterthur. Her artistic inclinations emerged at an early age, as she experimented with stone, clay, and found objects among other materials. Beginning in 1996 she was fortunate to study with the Russian artist Juri Borodachev, who became her artistic mentor for several years. In 1999 at age 16, Chrissy moved to the US to study Fine Art at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts. In 2002 at age 19, Chrissy had her first solo show at Gallery Juri in Winterthur, Switzerland. Seeking to broaden her means of expression, she then pursued a degree in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. The skills she developed there, including three-dimensional design, relationships between objects, and creating character through form, continue to influence her artwork, and vice versa. Chrissy's design work includes furniture, lighting, product design, way-finding, display design, graphic design and branding. After spending her post-graduate years working in the design field, Chrissy's creative expression shifted back to painting in 2008. Since then she has cultivated her artwork in addition to her pursuits in the design realm. Chrissy's work in both art and design reflect her spiritual, political, and humanitarian perspective. Her work has been featured in several international publications.

Jessica Hess
Rather than elegance or grandeur, my focus lies in structure, simplicity, and decay. In practice I work with photographs, which serve as both a reference and a starting point. My work develops from an accumulation of images and impressions of urban, industrial, and abandoned architecture. Some paintings are made with fidelity to the original source, while others are reinvented, compiled, and manipulated. Over time the works become subconscious collages of material and combinations of locations from years of collecting images and observations.

I am attracted primarily to utilitarian buildings where engineering takes precedence over aesthetics. Many of my subjects are vacant or disused, and beautiful in these states of neglect. Although the paintings are devoid of human life, the structures and sites I work with bear witness to a human presence and the dynamic nature of the urban environment. Their surfaces reflect the visual call and response of graffiti, as well as the slower processes of weathering and deterioration.

My inclusion of street art documents and makes permanent these otherwise transitory public works. By painting graffiti laden sites I am participating in an anonymous collaboration with other artists and giving a quiet nod of appreciation to street art. All street art evidences creative traffic and the time invested by others on my otherwise lonely subjects, adding color and excitement to otherwise dull locations. In reworking and transforming these locations my paintings further this collaboration of time, structure, and surface.

Erin McCarty
Emotive, celebratory, dark, and intimate, my work highlights the unusual beauty of environments and creatures both real and imagined. Influenced largely from the patterns and colors occurring naturally in the outside world as well as within our body system, my paintings communicate the excitement, grandeur, and terror of human life and the unknown. Originally born and raised in Valdez, Alaska, I now live and work in Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Opening Reception: "Polaroids" by Amanda Marsalis

Gallery Night hosted the well attended kick-off to our first show of the year, "Polaroids" photographs by Amanda Marsalis. The weather was far below freezing so we were pleased to have so many bundled visitors come through last night. We hung the final pieces up just in time to serve hot toddy's & bits of yummy cheese from my mom's dairy.

Polaroids by Amanda Marsalis

Although Amanda was unable to make her opening due to a last minute shoot, we couldn't be more pleased to have her work up through February 27th. If you'd like to check out the show, the gallery is open 6 days a week, shut Tuesdays, same hours as the Skate Shop up front. If you come by make sure to check out Amanda's beautiful self-published book "Lost At Sea". We have limited copies on hand for $15 a piece and you probably need one.

Install: "Polaroids" work by Amanda Marsalis
Aaron boss man + our lovely intern Amelia

Opening Reception: "Polaroids" work by Amanda Marsalis

Opening Reception: hot toddy's!
Hot Toddy photo credit: Nick Sweeto

Opening Reception: "Polaroids" work by Amanda Marsalis

Opening Reception: "Polaroids" work by Amanda Marsalis

Opening Reception: "Polaroids" work by Amanda Marsalis

Additional information on the exhibit available here

Temporary Mural Project: Colin Matthes, Winter 2011

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

This past Thursday in the freezing cold we said goodbye to the Kimberly Weiss mural "Build It Up Bay View" said hello to the third installment of the Temporary Mural Project with a new piece featuring Colin Matthes.

The Temporary Mural Project is curated by Faythe Levine & Aaron Polansky, it takes up 8'x 8' on the East side of Sky High (facing Howell Ave). Each mural is created by a Milwaukee based artist who is invited to create an image that promotes community, growth and creativity in our neighborhood. The murals run in three month periods.

About the featured Temporary Mural Artist:
Colin Matthes lives in Milwaukee, WI, and works across a range of media including
drawing, sculpture, installation, public art, and print based projects. In 2010 Matthes
completed the Werkkamp Residency in Antwerp, Belgium and had solo-exhibitions at
Igloo Gallery, Portland, OR and Ripon College, Ripon, WI. Upcoming projects include a
solo-exhibition at Art Space Leguit, Antwerp, Belgium.

Matthes works collectively with Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (
They are working on a solo exhibition at the Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana,
Slovenia and a print portfolio about Migration.

Visit his website here:

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Temporary Mural Project: Winter 2011, Edition 3 by Colin Matthes

Full photo set here.

Past Temporary Mural Project artists include:
Edition #1 Alyssa Schulte, Summer 2010
Edition #2 Kimberly Weiss, Fall 2010

Friday, 21 January 2011

Penang and Back

Kathy Fahey's exhibition of urban images, ink drawings, lino prints, paper cuts and artist books from Penang and back in Melbourne is on now at Hand Held.
Small boxes with responsive ink and acrylic sketches and paper cuts are stacked upon one another - representative of the colour, movement and activity of Penang City.
The Melbourne suburbs are represented by strong black and white lino cuts. Bound into artist books the lino cuts stand as urban cityscapes and the large wall hanging built from long printed strips is indicative of the city to suburb and back again daily routine of suburban living.

Monday, 17 January 2011


Cheers to everyone that packed in for the opening of "trespass"
the show will be on display till Feb. 5th

view the photos of the opening HERE
view the inventory HERE

Thursday, 13 January 2011

"Trespass" Opens Saturday!

Opening Sat. Jan. 15th, 7-11pm
Pandemic presents:

Curated by Evan Robarts

copyright Grear Patterson 2010

A group show featuring 10 young artists working in different mediums and vernaculars. Along with the traditional meaning of the word, TRESPASS violates social conventions and openly engages in the taboo. TRESPASS places private moments in a public exhibition, where the act of viewing invades personal boundaries. TRESPASS questions established and preconceived notions of art.

TRESPASS is an action, a state of mind, an invitation.

The show will feature a wide array of styles and mediums. Painting, sculpture, photography, video, and more. The artists themselves represent a new age of aesthetic visionaries and emerging inspirations. The visual mix, in perfect tandem, will provide a glimpse into a world of stimulating beauty often hidden from view.

Featured Artists:
Show runs through Feb. 6th
Copyright Korakrit Aunanondchai 2010

Copyright Evan Robarts 2010

Copyright Leah Meltzer 2010


Korakrit Arunanondchai
Korakrit Arunanondchai was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and is now a first year MFA student at Columbia University. Currently living and working in Harlem, his current body of work explores painting processes, the mirror, his addiction to video games and fantasies of growing up. His studio practice incorporates late 90's and early 2000's video game logic and decision making.

Joshua Citarella
Joshua Citarella, age 24, is a native of New York State and a New York City based artist. He holds a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts. His recent work examines representation, often using the familiarity of the human form as a comparative framework to explore the methods through which meaning is encoded within the image.

Julian Duron
Hailing from Texas, Julian Duron is 29 years old and currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He moved to New York in 2005 to study fine art at the New School, graduating with a BFA in 2010. Julians creates multimedia instillations inspired by technology and the internet culture.

Jack Greer
Jack Greer is 23 years old and originally from Los Angeles. He came to New York 5 years ago to attend Pratt Institute where he received a BFA in Drawing in 2009. Currently residing in the East Village, his work draws on feeling of nostalgia. Whether it is comforting or depressing, the vast changes that occur within a persons life function as the foundation for his art.

Sandy Kim
25 years old and originally from San Francisco. Sandy Kim attended the Academy
of Art University graduating with a BFA in graphic design. In 2010 she moved to Brooklyn to work as an independent photographer. She enjoys
taking snapshots of her friends with an Olympus Stylus Epic.

Leah Meltzer
Leah Meltzer is an artist who works in photography, video art, sculpture installation and performance. While attending Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City, her work was featured as part of Bushwick Arts Project's 2010 Open Studios. She is currently residing in New Orleans where she has been working on larger scale installations. Her work is a result of a preoccupation with art history, philosophy, and pop culture.

Edouard Nardon
Born in France, 30 year old Edouard Nardon moved to New York in 2008, he currently lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. His work is a dialogue between the tensions generated by pride and weakness, emotions and attitudes, moral conscience and instinctive desire.

Grear Patterson
22 years of age and originally from Redding, Connecticut. Grear Patterson grew up in Hillsborough North Carolina where he first began shooting super 8 video and mini DV at age 13. He has studied at both Duke University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he currently lives and works.

Victor Payares
Originally from Miami,
25 year old Victor Payares is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving a BFA in Fine Art from the Miami International University of Art & Design in 2007, he relocated to New York in 2010. His paintings explore the limitless visual amusement that is offered through the versatility and dynamic nature of painting techniques.

Evan Robarts
27 years of age, Evan Robarts was Born and raised in Miami Beach Florida. He moved out to Brooklyn, New York in 2001 where he currently lives and works. Receiving his BFA in sculpture in 2008, his work examines the relationship between the creative process and
the materials he works with.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Polaroids: photographs by Amanda Marsalis

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2011

Sky High Gallery presents:
photographs by Amanda Marsalis
January 21- February 27, 2011

Join us for the opening reception, Gallery Night 7-10pm
Curated by Faythe Levine

Sky High Gallery is pleased to present work by Los Angeles based photographer Amanda Marsalis. Her incredible booming career as a photographer would make most envious of her travel schedule that regularly takes her to all ends of the world on a regular basis. Just last year she counted 56 flights, more than one a week. This show will feature her personal work all shot on Polaroids 600 film that is no longer being made. Marsalis comments often about her stash of dead stock quickly getting very small. The Polaroid’s are then drum scanned and made into archival pigment prints. The photographs in her exhibit will range in size from 11" x 11" to 30" x 30". Polaroids exhibit will be an intimate look inside successful woman’s world.

When I asked Amanda to send me information for the show she sent me a list about herself similar to Polaroid snapshots.

I was born in San Francisco 1978
My mom was a flight attendant and my father a pilot
I started taking photos in high school
Punk shows in my mothers basement
I went to California College of Arts and Crafts and graduated in 2001
I studied photography
I travel constantly and have since I was in high school
I live in Los Angeles now.

In addition to the prints Sky High Gallery will have copies of “Lost At Sea” on hand throughout the exhibit for $15.

"Amanda Marsalis's Lost at Sea (self-published), a handsomely designed sequence of Polaroid images, would not suffer by comparison to Philip-Lorca diCorcia's Thousand; its landscapes and still lifes are evidence of a similarly alert sensitivity to color, light, and the evanescent sublime."

A selection of Amanda's editorial clients include:
Dwell, The Fader, Food & Wine, Fortune, Glamour, Gourmet, GQ, Interview, Marie Claire, Mother Jones, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, People, Teen Vogue, Time, Time Out New York, Vice, Vogue, W and Wired.

A selection of Amanda's advertising clients include:
Adidias, American Express, Apple, Converse, Element Skateboards, Keen Footwear, Micorsoft, Nike, Persol, Saturn, Sony, Timberland, Urban Outfitters, Visa and Wolfgang Puck.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Penang and Back

Kathy Fahey's exhibition 'Penang and Back' opens this Thursday eve 6-8pm. An exhibition of swift impressions on paper and ceramics capturing the urgency of city movement and the fragility and malleability of the Penang's architectural constructions and space.

Exhibition continues until Feb 5th.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Closing Party Friday Jan. 7th

These are the last few days to view
H. Veng Smith "Identifiable Reality"

If you have not yet seen this incredible show make sure
and stop by the gallery!

On Friday, Jan. 7th we will be hosting a Closing party, and will be screening the film "Wholetrain" by German filmmaker Florian Gaag
7-11pm, Screening starts @ 8pm. BYOB