May 16 - August 1, 2015






Brennan & Griffin is pleased to present Red Hook, a new suite of paintings by Mary Weatherford. The series inaugurates the gallery's new 5000-square-foot exhibition space at 62 Delavan Street, a former metal castings storehouse for Progress Machine Works.

For this exhibition, Weatherford builds upon her interest in the American landscape, which has provided an array of subjects and the underlying context for her previous paintings. In recent years, Weatherford has addressed subjects ranging from a sea cave on Pismo Beach to the metropolises of Los Angeles and New York City. Through a process of observation and examination, the artist mines the historical, cultural, and aesthetic substance that underlie each chosen subject. Weatherford draws on, and seamlessly integrates, an array of influences into the development of each new body of work.

The Red Hook paintings expand upon Weatherford’s recent engagement with New York City and its surroundings, explored in bodies of work entitled Manhattan and Coney Island. Here, the focus drifts to New York Harbor, its waterways, and the history of the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Due to its unique geography (at the confluence of the Hudson and East Rivers) and proximity to the southern tip of Manhattan, Red Hook served as the industrial and mercantile backbone for the City of New York. Established in 1636, it was once the busiest freight port in the world. Red Hook and New York Harbor provide the vantage points from which Weatherford views the city past and present, and subsequently, its relationship to the broader American narrative.

The harbor is reflected through the artist’s utilization of linen as a register of motion and in her watery, sometimes brackish applications of pigment. Monumental in scale and scope, Weatherford’s painted atmospheres call to mind the sun-dappled clarity of a bright morning, the nocturnal saturnalia of turbulent waters, the brooding specter of storm. They reflect high noon, dusk, night, dawn. Paint eddies, roils and swirls under neon strips, as if illuminated by the city lights. This suite of paintings seeks to unify the physical character of place with the passage of time, to adumbrate the manifold histories of the harbor, and its role as witness to and participant in New York City’s fitful evolution.


This is Mary Weatherford’s third exhibition with Brennan & Griffin. Her paintings have been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California; LAXART, Los Angeles; Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, California; and MoMA PS 1, New York. Her neon paintings were recently featured in the group exhibition The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, curated by Laura Hoptman, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and are currently on view in Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, curated by Katy Siegel, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. 




DELANCEY ST: Coal for Wine

Coal For Wine
Installation view

June 3 - July 26, 2015

Coal for Wine
Curated by Nicholas Irzyk 

Peter Acheson
Cheryl Donegan
Geoffrey Farmer
Vlad Smolkin
Laurel Sparks

Opening Reception: Wednesday June 3, 6-8pm 

The goods itemized in the exhibition's title are compressions of time and locale. Used metabolically, they rely on human intervention to be transformed into consumable objects.Through modes of painting and sculpture, the works in the exhibition explore the potency of material both raw and repurposed. Culled from bucolic terrain, archived printed material, and bric-a-brac, the artists dislodge these elements into discrete abstract forms. 

Peter Acheson was born in Washington, D.C. and lives and works in Ghent, New York. Solo exhibitions include Novella Gallery, NYC (2013), John Davis Gallery NYC (2010), and Elizabeth Harris Galley, NYC (2007). Recent group exhibitions include Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY (2014), Valley Variety, Hudson, NY (2014) and Steven Harvey Fine Art, NYC (2013).

Cheryl Donegan was born in New Haven, CT and lives and works in New York city. Donegan has had solo exhibitions at Sgorbati Projects, NYC (2015), David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX (2014), Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, and White Projects, St. Louis, MO, (2013). Recent projects include a collaborative performance with Print All Over Me and Richard Haines curated by Sam Gordon, presented at the NADA Art Fair, NYC (2015)

Geoffrey Farmer lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. Recent solo exhibitions include the Vancouver Art Gallery (2015), Casey Kaplan, NYC (2014), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2014), Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2014), Perez Art Museum, Miami FL (2014), and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2014), Migros Museum, Zurich (2013/2014), Barbican, London (2013), Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2013), and Mercer Union, Toronto. 

Vlad Smolkin was born in Kiev, Ukraine and lives and works in Queens, New York. Recent exhibitions include: Elastic de facto, curated by Picture Menu, Carter & Citizen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Dinner, in collaboration with Troy Hagenbart and Susan Gargiulo, Fountain, Brooklyn, NY (2013); The Show, curated by Nigel Rolfe and Holly Morrison, White Box Gallery, NYC (2013); Atheist Icons, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (2012). His work is included in the Rozovsky Collection, Boston, MA.

Laurel Sparks was born in Phoenix, AZ and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Sparks has exhibited in major galleries and museums including D'Amelio Terras (NYC) Dodge Gallery (NYC) the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, CCS Bard Hessel Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) Howard Yezerski Gallery (Boston) DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA) and Art in General (NYC). Awards include two New American Paintings publications, Elaine DeKooning Fellowship, SMFA Traveling Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, Berkshire Taconic Fellowship, and a Boston Cultural council Grant. Sparks was a 2013 Fire Island Artist Resident and 2014 Fellow at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop at Elizabeth Foundation NYC. Her work was recently published in Art21 Magazine and Vogue  Mexico. Forthcoming exhibitions include group shows at Brennan and Griffin Gallery (NYC) Berman Museum at Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA), Elizabeth Foundation Gallery (NYC) and a solo exhibition at Kate Werble Gallery (NYC).