Upcoming Exhibition


(image l. to r. Gelah Penn, Richard Bottwin and Connie Goldman)

Plane Talk(ing)
Featuring: Richard Bottwin, Connie Goldman and Gelah Penn
November 8 - 23, 2014
Opening Reception: November 8, 2014, 2 - 4 PM

Keyed Up in Bushwick
Bushwick Open Studios 2014
Curated by Key Projects and hosted by Carol Salmanson

May 31 – June 1, 2014
Opening Reception: May 31, 2014, 12 - 2 PM
Hours: Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1 from 12 - 7 PM 

56 Bogart St./1 Grattan St., #4G
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Directions: L Train to Morgan Avenue

Key Projects is pleased to present Keyed Up In Bushwick, an exhibit featuring work by Vincent Como, Sara Russell Dewey, Steve Karlik and Alex Paik. Keyed Up in Bushwick brings together multiple dualities, which coexist peacefully or confidently between the artists’ works: weightless and heavy, airy and solid, sturdy and soft, small and large, monochrome and multicolored, monumental and modest, abstract and conceptual.

Working with the precedents of the monochrome painting, Vincent Como deliberately obstructs the surfaces of his paintings by stacking, burning or collapsing his pristine work, resulting in unfulfilled potential or future potential. Sara Russell Dewey’s small-scale glazed ceramics seem dense and solid belying their true lightness. The tension created by the angling and tilting of Steve Karlik’s metal paintings teeter on weightlessness and flight. Alex Paik’s colorful, multipart geometric constructions are repeated, turned inside out, around and reversed to create larger complex structures.     

Vincent Como (b. 1975, Kittanning, PA; lives in Brookyn, NY) works in a broad array of media, including installation, painting, printmaking, and artist books. The subject of his artistic practice is the color black, which he describes as “the pure and unrepentant mark of information…both the origin of recording thoughts and the fully saturated realization of all pigment as one”. His work draws on ideas from art history, color theory, philosophy, physics, alchemy, heavy metal, religion, and mythology. Como has exhibited his work throughout the United States, including in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Utah, and California, among others. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Sara Russell Dewey grew up in Oregon where she was a slow walker and liked to stoop down and discover stuff - like rocks and moss and such. She moved to New York, by way of San Francisco, to attend graduate school at Pratt Institute. While studying painting at Pratt, she rediscovered ceramics and began making thimble-sized works that creep their way into their environments. She is interested in tipping the scales of the monumental by using the minimal. Russell Dewey has shown in New York, Chicago and Boston and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Steve Karlik is an abstract painter originally from Portland, Oregon. His work has been shown in Asia, Europe, the US and South America. Solo exhibitions include New York and Rio de Janeiro, with select group exhibitions in Australia, Berlin, Brussels, Italy, New York and Philadelphia. His work has been reviewed by Time Out New York, Il Lunedi de Republica in Italy, Art Net, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Philadelphia Downtown ledger, by O-Globo and the Jornal O Dia in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Karlik has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Alex Paik was born in 1981 in Oxnard, California and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited recently at Millsaps College, Space 4 Art: San Diego, Nancy Margolis Gallery, and Parallel Art Space. Recent solo shows include Paper Constructs at Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute, Recapitulation Bop at Gallery Joe, Start to Move at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia, and Polyphonic Improvisation at U Turn Art Space. Paik’s work has been in several art fairs, including Drawing Now: Paris, Pulse:New York and Miami, artMRKT San Francisco, and Texas Contemporary. He is currently represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and is the director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, an artist-run exhibition space in Bushwick.

(image Alex Paik, Prelude and Fugue (Glow), 2012)

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Upcoming Exhibition

Keyed Up in Bushwick

at Bushwick Open Studios 2014
Curated by Key Projects and Hosted by Carol Salmanson

May 31 – June 1, 2014
Opening Reception: May 31, 2014, 12 - 2 PM
Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 12 - 7 PM

56 Bogart Street, #4G
Brooklyn, NY

Vincent Como, Sara Russell Dewey, Steve Karlik and Alex Paik

Carol Salmanson Calligraphic Transmissions 13, 2011-2013 Gouache on paper 9 x 9 inches

Carol Salmanson
Calligraphic Transmissions 13, 2011-2013
Gouache on paper
9 x 9 inches

Mel Prest Falling Indigo Diamonds, 2013 Acrylic and phosphorescent acrylic on panel 14 x 11 x 2 inches

Mel Prest
Falling Indigo Diamonds, 2013
Acrylic and phosphorescent acrylic on panel
14 x 11 x 2 inches

Joanne Freeman White (b), 2012 Oil on canvas 18 x 18 inches

Joanne Freeman
White (b), 2012
Oil on canvas
18 x 18 inches

A Familiar Line
April 19 - May 4, 2014
Installation Views

A Familiar Line
Opening reception April 19th.


“when a point moves and becomes a line, it requires time.”  Paul Klee

A Familiar Line
April 19 - May 4, 2014
Opening Reception: April 19, 2014, 3 - 5 PM

Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 1 - 6 PM
and by appointment

Key Projects is pleased to present A Familiar Line, an exhibition featuring Joanne Freeman, Mel Prest and Carol Salmanson.

 A Familiar Line features artists whose work in painting, drawing and light expresses their relationship with line and movement. Each artist is developing a singular language of straight, circular or jagged lines, which are hand drawn or stenciled. The repeated line is familiar, but its occurrence is an exploration.

Joanne Freeman’s paintings of circular, looping lines - an extension of the artist body - elegantly convey a rhythmic dance using a subtle pallet of red, blue, green and yellow. Mel Prest’s paintings read as a system of straight and overlapping lines that vibrate the plane. Close inspection reveals the artist’s hand; the lines quiver, come in and out, creating a sense of imbalance. Carol Salmanson’s dynamic and playful jagged lines flutter and flicker, capturing light-like movements in her “Calligraphic Transmissions.”

Joanne Freeman is a painter and curator who lives and works in New York City. She received a M.A. in Studio Art from New York University and a B.S. in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. Freeman’s solo and group exhibitions include University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine; Lohin Geduld Gallery, NYC; Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC; Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; The Painting Center, NYC; and the Queens Museum, NYC.

Mel Prest, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a painter and curator living and working in San Francisco, CA. She has been awarded funded artist residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, MH deYoung Museum and was an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands. She received a M.F.A. from Mills College and B.F.A. in painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Recent exhibitions include ZeppelinMetroMashup at B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA; Soft Luminosity at IS-projects, Leiden, NL; Art on Paper 2012, at the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC, among others. 

Carol Salmanson is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator, working with light and reflective materials. Recent solo exhibitions include Village Square in the West 10th Street Window, part of Time Equities’ Art-in-Buildings program; Light Lines at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Storefront Bushwick; Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn. Select group exhibitions include Color Formed at FiveMyles, Brooklyn; Space Invaders at Lehman College; Illuminators at OK Harris, NYC. She received a B.S. in Biological Psychology and studied art at the Arts Students League and the School of Visual Arts.

(Images from left to right: Mel Prest, Glass Bends Before Breaking, 2013. Joanne Freeman, White, 2012. Carol Salmanson, Calligraphic Transmissions 3, 2011-2013.)