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Vince Contarino: For Your Eyes Only


Vince Contarino: Elegy, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Vince Contarino: For Your Eyes Only

May 16 – June 22, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 7pm-10pm

While working within the historical lineage of abstraction in New York, Vince Contarino operates within a specific and clearly-defined approach to painting. Central to Contarino’s work is a balancing act articulating form, pattern, and movement through his materials with a sensitivity to painting’s esoteric tendencies as an art form. By negotiating a space which simultaneously embraces the tight stylistic language of graphic relationships, while also subverting the same with a keen awareness of gesture and materiality, Contarino entices the viewer with immediate, slashing gestures and slow, deliberate forms. These decisions act as a control mechanism taming the wild anima of painterly expression, while imbuing hard-edge uniformity with a graceful independence. In constructing the paintings through formal invention, he is also playing with the idea of abstraction as a subjective experience. These works imply an intimacy between the maker and the viewer, and Contarino deftly guides us through these locales with his subtle and nuanced mastery of color, motion, and shape.

Vince Contarino was born in Woodbury, NJ and received his BFA from Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, FL in 1997. Recent exhibition venues include Jason McCoy Gallery in New York; Laroche/Joncas Galerie in Montreal; Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA; and The Essl Museum in Vienna. He co-founded the artist-run initiative, Progress Report in 2010, was an artist-in-residence at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program 2010-11, and was a 2012 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation of the Arts. His work has been featured in Abstract Critical, Hyperallergic, New American Paintings, and SFAQ.

Vincent Como in a group show at Parallel Art Space

The Heroic Object

April 5 – May 11, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 6 pm – 9 pm

Hours: Sat/Sun 1-6pm and by appointment

Sump Pumped Sentiments


Shara Hughes, Boo Hoo! I’m In Love, 2013, 62”×58”

Sump Pumped Sentiments
Curated by Matt Phillips

February 21 – March 30,  2014

Opening Reception: Friday February 21, 7 – 10 PM


TSA is pleased to announce the opening an exhibition of paintings by Todd Bienvenu, Gideon Bok, Shara Hughes and Jason Mones. 

Van Gogh painted The Potato Eaters in 1885. It portrays a peasant family eating dinner in a cold and dark room. They huddle around a lamp – the warm light seems to fortify them as much as the food they eat from a single shared plate.  At the time, it was still fairly rare to find a family of poor farmers depicted so directly in a painting. For Van Gogh, this family dinner embodied a vital way of life that went against the surging currents of modernization and materialism. These people had values and ethics formed through hard work and beliefs found within the very earth they tilled and harvested. Their dinner is a dusty-handed communion. If The Potato Eaters was a song, it might have been by Woody Guthrie. 

Paintings have long used a meal or a gathering as a stage to show lives unfolding. It seems logical. We are organized by what sustains us: light, heat, food and community. So we congregate for meals and meetings and our lives unfold as we nourish ourselves. At the table we do our best to pull it together and relate to one another before heading our separate ways.

Van Gogh sought to stretch painting’s frame with The Potato Eaters. Essentially, he wanted to invite some different people over for dinner. The conversation in art has continued to broaden in the 125 years or so since that piece was made. Sump Pumped Sentiments gathers a few works by four contemporary artists that are in loose conversation with Van Gogh’s painting and his desire to portray a gritty yet entirely holy gathering. Using the supper as a standard, the pieces presented in this show examine painting’s constant transformation and inevitable mutation.

Alex Paik in a group show at Parallel Art Space

Off the Wall

February 22 – March 23, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 6 pm – 9 pm

Hours: Sat/Sun 1-6pm and by appointment

RR&P: Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern


Left to right: Crystal Gregory, Kate McGraw and Alex Paik

RR&P: Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern
Organized by Lindsey Landfried

April 4 – May 11, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 7pm-10pm


Featuring Alex Paik, Anna Mikolay, Brian Giniewski, Corey Escoto, Crystal Gregory, Helen O’Leary, Kate McGraw, Kim Beck, Lilly Zuckerman, and Megan Cotts.

TSA is proud to present RR&P: Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern organized by Lindsey Landfried. This group exhibition revisits reductive methods of abstraction in the practices of ten emerging and mid-career artists. These artists use the visual tools of repetition, rhythm, and pattern as building blocks.  The results can appear to have convergent forms while the artists’ motivations remain divergent.

With reverence for formal investigation and a nice dose of levity, these artists move broadly through ideas, from personal family history to slap dash humor. They also move broadly through materials; from glass to ceramic, and from paper to lithography. Their forms and materials are often interjections that repudiate the precedent tones of minimalism.

RR&P first premiered online at and will travel throughout 2014-2015 to Space 4 Art San Diego, CA, Millsaps College Jackson MS, and SPACE Pittsburgh PA.

A reading responding to our current exhibition: Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern


TSA is proud to present a night of readings responding to our current exhibition: RRP: Repetition, Rhythm and Pattern

Curated by Erica Ehrenberg

Friday, May 2nd, 8:00 PM

Featuring readings by: Youmna Chlala, Christian Hawkey, Amy Hosig and Maria Rapoport.

Youmna Chlala is a writer and an artist born in Beirut & based in New York. Her work investigates the relationship between fate and architecture through poetry, prose, drawing, video and performance. She is the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award for her manuscript, The Paper Camera. Her writing has appeared in journals & magazines such as Guernica, CURA, Bespoke, Horse Less Press Review, MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies and XCP: Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics. She is the Founding Editor of Eleven Eleven 1111} Journal of Literature and Art and Associate Professor in the Humanities & Media Studies Department at the Pratt Institute. 

Christian Hawkey is an American poet, educator, and activist living in Brooklyn and Berlin. He has written two full-length poetry collections, numerous chapbooks, and the cross-genre book Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). A new book, Sonne from Ort, a bi-lingual collaborative erasure made with the German poet Uljana Wolf, has just been published(kookbooks Verlag, Berlin, 2013). He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. With Rachel Levitsky he founded and runs the Office of Recuperative Strategies, a research-oriented collective dedicated to exploring new tactics to promote the reuse, perversification, reanimation, and reparation of precarious, outmoded, and correctable cultural phenomena.

Amy Hosig’s poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly and the Park Slope Reader and were presented at the Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria, in Marcelo Toledo’s score Luminous Emptiness, 2013. Her co-translation from the Czech poet Jiri Orten’s work was published by Princeton University in their translation journal Inventory. She has taught poetry in the Seattle public schools, on the Quinault Indian Reservation, and in Nicaragua. In New York she has taught a poetry seminar in conjunction with Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum. She currently teaches at NYU.

Maria Rapoport received a BFA in fine art from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in writing from Emerson College. Her creative nonfiction has been named runner-up in the Iowa Review Awards and published in the Iowa Review and The Pinch. Her play, Blue Roses, was produced by San Francisco’s Shotgun Players. Next month she’ll be a writer in residence at the Edward Albee Foundation, where she’ll continue working on a collection of experimental short stories about everything and nothing.

TSA featured in the New York Times


We are pleased to be mentioned in Chasing a Dream and an Unalloyed Ethos by

TSA mention on Artnet


Yes, More Brooklyn Gallerists You Need to Know

Thanks to Benjamin Sutton for including us on this feature here.

TSA open late for Bushwick/Ridgewood Gallery Late Night and Tour


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Rachael Gorchov in a group show at Harbor Gallery


Space Heater

Harbor Gallery

Curated by Andy Cross.

Including work by Tamara Gonzales, Rachael Gorchov, Lauren Luloff, Carolyn Salas, and Letha Wilson

Opening reception February 22nd, 7-10pm
February 22nd - March 30th, 2014 

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