Valerie Hegarty, Satisfying Her Own.

Couldn't have said it better myself; review of Valerie Hegarty's work in "Molding / Mark-Making" group show at Dorsky Projects. 

"Satisfying her own curiosities for decay and environmental exploitation, Valerie Hegarty pushes the medium to explore current issues in creative ways that make use of what the curators call “clay’s transmutable nature.” Inspired by photographs of watermelons exploding out of their own skin, having been injected with too much growth hormone, Hegarty has sculpted “Bowl of Peaches with Holes.” A rendering of a still life in ceramic form, the piece is a vibrant composition of fruit in a bowl — except riddled with black and brown pockmarks, which spill out of the fruit themselves and have begun eating away at the table, the negative space and even the “picture frame” itself.

“Molding / Mark-Making” — some of whose artists will join the curators for public discussions on Feb. 11 and 25 and March 18 — is a thrilling exhibit for its relatively modest size." 

-Neil Chiragdin for Queens Chronicle. 

Valerie Hegarty in Dorsky Gallery

Valerie Hegarty is in a new show called Molding / Mark-Making: Ceramic Artists and their Drawings at Dorsky Gallery curated by Margaret Matthews-Berenson and Allison Peller. It is on view at Dorsky through March 25, 2018. 

The exhibit points toward the development of ceramic as fine art rather than craft:

         For the artists in Molding/Mark-making, the lure of the ceramic medium is more allied with the primacy of touch, intent, and innovation that with strict adherence to standard exceptions or vessel forms. They also use clay's transmutable nature in a metaphoric way to explore conceptual themes and issues-politics, nature, the environment, climate change, the body, gender identity and more.      

-Dorsky Brochure

Bowl of Peaches with Holes

Eric LoPresti featured in Reuters Video

In preparation for our spring show with Eric, we'd like to share this video which was released today by Reuters. In it, Eric eloquently talks about his art practice. 

"Most nuclear test sites are underground, even the ones in North Korea. As a culture, we really don't have a good image of what that is. As a painter, when something so important has no visualization in the cultural imagination, that's where I feel like I can step in and bring something to the table." -Eric LoPresti
Video by Reuters 1/26/2018

Valerie Hegarty + University of Michigan Exhibit

The University of Michigan enjoyed American Berserk in our Chelsea gallery space so much that the exhibit has been restaged at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities. The curators made an engaging video for the show based on a studio visit via Skype. Valerie Hegarty: “American Berserk” is on view in Ann Arbor through December 20. 


Gallery artist Jesse Krimes was just featured in an excellent segment on the PBS series Articulate with Jim Cotter.

Jesse Krimes' first solo gallery exhibition Marking Time in America - The Prison Works debuted in the gallery last year and received extensive critical praise.

His upcoming show of new sculptural works will open this October at Burning in Water in New York.

Valerie Hegarty in N+1


Thea Riofrancos' essay "Democracy Without the People" just appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of N + 1. The feature is accompanied by an image of this incredible work by gallery artist Valerie Hegarty.

Valerie Hegarty, George Washington with Branches (detail), 2016, canvas, wood, paper mache, wire and acrylic paint.

Jesse Krimes Awarded Right of Return fellowship

Congratulations are due to gallery artist Jesse Krimes. Jesse is one of the inaugural recipients of the Right of Return fellowship, which provides funding for artists who were formerly incarcerated. The fellowship program is funded by the Open Philanthropy Foundation and the Soze Agency. Jesse was also instrumental in the founding of the program and will serve as a board member and on-going advisor.

Jesse's solo exhibition, "Purgatory," was just featured at the Georgetown University Museum of Art. His next solo exhibition with the gallery, "Leviathan," will open in October.

Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadephia