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Friday, July 22, 2016

Jon Piasecki Outdoor Sculptures and Indoor Paintings

Sculptures by Jon Piasecki 

Jon Piasecki "Boat, 2013" black locist, fossil beach blue stoen and paint, 51 x 76 x 7"

Jon Piasecki "Granite Post with Drops, 2016" granit, shist and hardware, 67 x 4 x 6 1/2"

Jon Piasecki, "Nanu, 2014" black locust, concrete, steel, steel cable and hardware, 65 x 21 x 10"

Wood Paintings by Jon Piascki

"Herring" by Jon Piasecki

Installation Shot of Stone Paintings by Jon Piasecki

Jon Piasecki Columns, Jennifer Johnson platter, Tom Nicol 

Wood and Stone Paintings by Jon Piasecki
 Stone Paintings by Jon Piasecki

Jon Piasecki's solo show at LABspace in Hillsdale, NY (June 9 - July 2, 2016) included two bodies of work. Dramatic, eerie and animistic exterior sculptures made of black locust, granite, marble, lime and wire, some monumental next to others rather discreet; some hanging from trees reminiscent of the mysterious and frightening talismans that appeared in “The Blair Witch Project,” were shown in the courtyard of the gallery. Simultaneously, geometric abstract paintings made of carved stone, cut wood and enamel paint occupied the interior gallery. Though Piasecki has shown his work extensively at such venues as Essel Museum in Austria, Chesterwood, The Dutchess Country Residence, The Fendi Flagship Store and at the American Academy in Rome Italy and has had his sculptures commissioned by collectors of large outdoor pieces, this is very unique body of work was his first solo exhibition in an art gallery.

Piasecki is a 2004 Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.  In 2011 Piasecki won the top international award for Landscape Architecture, beating major international firms for his large outdoor sculpture commission “Stone River” at The Dutchess County Residence in eastern Dutchess County, NY (Orion Magazine published this video on Stone River His work has been published and internationally in dozens of publications both in print and online.  He received his MLA from Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BS at Cornell. University. Piasecki lives on WiseAcre Farm in West Stockbrige MA with his wife Kristen where he raises pigs, sheep and chickens in addition to creating his stone  and wood sculptures and paintings on the grounds.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CHOW at LABspace July 6-August 7, 2016

Tracy Miller "Milk Glass," 2016 and Elaine Tin Nyo "This Little Piggy Lasse Week One," 2016

Jennifer Coates "Pancakes," 2015 and "Nachos," 2015, Carl D'Alvia "Ziggy," 2013, "The Island," 2013 and "Untitled," 2016 and Tracy Miller, "Milk Glass," 2016

Tracy Miller "Honey, 2016", Steve DiBenedetto "Untitled" and Mike Geno "Seastack, 2016"

Carl D'Alvia "Ziggy," 2013, "The Island," 2013 and "Untitled," 2016 

Tracy Miller, "Milk Glass," 2016

Jennifer Coates "Strawberry Eclair Popsicle," 2015, "Pancakes," 2015 and "Nachos," 2015,

Mie Yim "Martha Stewart Paint Chip Food Pastel Series," 2015, Carl D'Alvia "Ziggy," 2013, "The Island," 2013 

DG Krueger "Homemade Chocolate Covered Sex Polaroids." 1997 and Compost #1 (Repurposed Pixels) 2016

DG Krueger "Homemade Chocolate Covered Sex Polaroids." 1997

Carl D'Alvia "Ziggy," 2013, "The Island," 2013 and Elaine Tin Nyo "This Little Piggy, Lasse Week One" 2016

Tracy Miller "Milk Glass," 2016, Carl D'Alvia "Ziggy," 2013, "The Island," 2013 and Elaine Tin Nyo "This Little Piggy, Lasse Week One" 2016

Tracy Miller "Honey," 2016

Steve DiBenedetto "Untitled"

DG Krueger "Fish in Three Parts," 1997

Michelle Segre from "Driftloaf" series, 2015 and 2016 and Tracy Miller "Milk Glass," 2016

Carl D'Alvia, all Untitled 2016

Laurie Simmons, "Walking Petit Four" 

Laurie Simmons "Walking Petit Four" and Elaine Tin Nyo "Je Fais un Voeu," 2016

Mike Geno "Seastack," "Eidolon," and "Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese," all 2016

Jennifer Coates "Strawberry Eclair Popsicle," "Pancakes," 2015 and "Nachos," 2015, Carl D'Alvia "Ziggy," 2013, "The Island," 2013 and "Untitled," 2016 

Laurie Simmons, "Walking Petit Four" 

Mie Yim "Martha Stewart Paint Chip Food Pastel Series," 2015


It is no surprise that artists are food lovers and, often, creative entertainers and chefs. Picasso and Monet were celebrated for their dinner parties full of color and flowing wines. Food and art go together like bread and chocolate, and artists who have mastered cooking are a very special breed of bon vivant. 

Jennifer Coates conflates paint with cooking sauces, Carl D’Alvia makes sculpture using a pasta making machine, Steve DiBenedetto's color pencil drawing of a crouton bag references ingredients used in the kitchen, Mike Geno exquisitely paints cheeses with oil paints so gorgeously that one nearly hallucinates cheese smells in place of the linseed oil of his paint. DGKrueger dips polaroids made during intimate times with his partner in chocolate, Tracy Miller paints luscious and celebratory scenes of cake-laden tabletops, Elaine Tin Nyo documents the raising, creating and sharing of food, Michelle Segre uses bread as a sculptural medium, and Mie Yim uses pastels to draw food on Martha Stewart paint chips. 

LABspace is located at 2463 NY Rt 23 in Hillsdale, NY just west of NY Rt 22. Hours are Thursday and Friday 1-5, Saturday 11-5 and by appointment via