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219 Bowery, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002
212 594 0550
Founded in 2010, Cristin Tierney Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on The Bowery with a deep commitment to the presentation, development and support of a roster of both established and emerging artists. Its program emphasizes artists engaged with critical theory and art history, with an emphasis on conceptual, video, and performance art. Education and audience engagement is central to our mission.
Artists Represented:
Melanie Baker
Janet Biggs
Claudia Bitrán
François Bucher
Victor Burgin
peter campus
Joe Fig
Richard Galpin
MK Guth
Malia Jensen
Alois Kronschlaeger
Joan Linder
Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins
T. Kelly Mason
Maureen O'Leary
Jorge Tacla
Francisco Ugarte
John Wood and Paul Harrison
Tim Youd
Works Available By:
Dread Scott

 

 
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
Installation view of Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary: Slightly Surreal Suburbia. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein.
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Current Exhibition

Maureen O'Leary

Both/And



April 22, 2022 - May 27, 2022
Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to announce Both/And, an exhibition of new paintings by Maureen O'Leary. This is O'Leary's first solo exhibition with the gallery. Both/And opens the evening of Friday, April 22nd, with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The artist will be present. In Both/And, Maureen O'Leary takes a boldly sumptuous approach to painting that is full of historical references. Her use of bright pigments and energetic brushstrokes recalls the Fauvist strategies employed by Matisse. The haunting mood of the works and their off-kilter spirit suggest a kinship with Symbolism's interest in the metaphorical. Josef Albers's book Interaction of Color inspired the artist to experiment with expressive and lurid colors, coalescing into recognizable forms and scenes. Both/And represents O'Leary's deft synthesis of these quotations into her vision of the world.

 
Upcoming Exhibition

François Bucher

You Are (It Is) A Distorted Projection from a Single Light



June 10, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to announce You Are (It Is) A Distorted Projection from a Single Light, an exhibition of new sculptures and related works by François Bucher. This is Bucher’s second exhibition with the gallery. You Are (It Is) A Distorted Projection from a Single Light opens the evening of June 10, with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The artist will be present. François Bucher’s practice builds on finding poetic connections between material and immaterial spheres. His work interrogates hierarchies of knowledge, fracturing the monolithic consensus reality of Western ways of understanding the universe and the body. Sources include post-structural philosophy, indigenous cosmo-experience, supra-dimensional encounters, and popular culture. Each body of his work—whether film, installation, sculpture, or photography—is united by the dare it poses to explore alternative layers of the human experience, and by the intuition that everything is intrinsically connected. You Are (It Is) A Distorted Projection from a Single Light features Bucher’s new acrylic light boxes made with PET plastic and polarized film. The significance of the light phenomenon occurring within each sculpture is multi-fold. When placed between two linear polarized filters, PET plastic expresses the phenomenon of birefringence (a ray of light is refracted into two rays heading in different directions). The resulting abstract images seem to float inside the acrylic structures, or to mimic abstract gravitational waves. Polarization is also linked to the artist’s interest in non-linear time: “PET plastic is a derivate from fossil fuels, made entirely of ancient biological life; therefore, it has a molecule akin to the one in our DNA. It is interesting to note that this phenomenon of light—anisotropy and/or polarization—is the most important tool when engaging with the exploration of deep time, including both the seconds after the Big Bang and the geological history of our own planet. Oil wells are also discovered using anisotropy.” Much of Bucher’s work borrows from the genre of science fiction, leaning on two of its most popular tropes: portals through time and hidden parallel realities. Referencing Contact by Carl Sagan, Planet of the Apes, and Chris Marker’s La Jetée as well as the artist’s personal experiences in the fringes of reality with the Taitas (shamans) in Colombia, he makes an argument for the attainment of inter-dimensional consciousness as a restorative experience, opening the doors for a healing of trauma both at the individual and collective levels. In addition to his visual art, written text is an intrinsic component of Bucher’s practice. His statement for You Are (It Is) A Distorted Projection from a Single Light lists some of the varying threads that connect his work without overly defining them. He cites cosmological physics, geological history, and futuristic fiction, but leaves space for the viewer to draw their own conclusions. He leaves us with this final sentiment: “An adventure of perception such as this, when followed all the way to its ultimate consequences implies losing a sense of linear time that keeps us bound. The past is here and now.”2 François Bucher (b. 1972) is an artist and writer from Cali, Colombia. His research spans a wide range of interests, focusing—as of late—on multi-dimensional fields and on other tropes from shamanism and science fiction, such as time “travel.” He contends that trauma acts as a portal through time, both at a collective and an individual level. Bucher’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Venice Biennale, Lyon Biennial, Marrakech Biennale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Bienal de Cartagena, Bienal de Cuenca, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve, Berlin Documentary Film Forum, Jeu de Paume, Prague Biennial, Tate Britain, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His writing has been published in the Journal of Visual Culture, documenta Magazine, e-flux journal, and Valdez. He holds a master’s degree in film from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Catastrophe of the Present, a book on his work from 1999 to 2016 written by Claudia Salamanca, was published in 2016. His studio is in Mexico. Founded in 2010, Cristin Tierney Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on The Bowery with a deep commitment to the presentation, development, and support of a roster of both established and emerging artists. Its program emphasizes artists engaged with critical theory and art history, with an emphasis on conceptual, video, and performance art. Education and audience engagement is central to our mission. Cristin Tierney Gallery is a member of the ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America).

 
Past Exhibitions

Luca Buvoli

Astrodoubt and the Quarantine Chronicles (An Introduction)



January 28, 2022 - March 5, 2022
Astrodoubt and the Quarantine Chronicles (An Introduction) is Buvoli's first project with the gallery, and his first solo show in New York in 13 years. It speaks directly to our times and the changing expectations, hopes, fears and vulnerability that fill our lives. Based on a conceptual and tragicomic graphic novel posted on Buvoli's Instagram (@astrodoubt_) beginning in April 2020, the exhibition explores the challenges of navigating daily life in a pandemic-ridden world. Featured works include a video projection, five-channel video work, and installation art.

Dread Scott

We're Going to End Slavery. Join Us!



September 17, 2021 - December 18, 2021
"Dread Scott: We're Going To End Slavery. Join Us!" is the artist's first exhibition with Cristin Tierney Gallery, and it features a set of six pigment prints and flags from his 2019 project "Slave Rebellion Reenactment," a community-engaged performance.

Joan Linder and Maureen O'Leary

Slightly Surreal Suburbia



June 18, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present Slightly Surreal Suburbia, a two-person exhibition with Joan Linder and Maureen O’Leary. The show features new paintings by O’Leary alongside works on paper and sculptures by Linder. Slightly Surreal Suburbia opens Friday, June 18th, and continues through Friday, August 6th. This will be the first major exhibition for both artists with the gallery. For as long as suburbs have existed, life in their quiet communities has been a subject of intense interest. They are governed by particular rules of conduct and social expectations that set them apart from cities. Relationships among neighbors involve a strange commingling of secrecy and voyeurism. And underneath their ostensibly calm surfaces there is often a wealth of eccentricity and darkness hiding, as explored through many notable films, television shows, works of photography, books and more from the mid-20th century to today. Linder and O’Leary live in Buffalo and Mt. Sinai, respectively, and like so many of us they have experienced life in suburban areas. In the last year, the two artists became deeply enmeshed with their surroundings as the pandemic curbed most travel and they found themselves spending more time at home. Slightly Surreal Suburbia showcases new works by both women devoted to the sights and people in the ‘burbs; together they are a consideration of domestic life outside of the metropolitan sphere. Joan Linder has had a lifelong obsession with the passage of time, which she channels through inordinately detailed ink drawings and sculptures made from paper, foam and duct tape. Many of Linder’s works are life-size, forming near-perfect replicas of actual objects or people she has encountered. In Slightly Surreal Suburbia, Linder presents objects that capture the anxiety we all felt in our homes in 2020. They approximate the items they represent, but close looking reveals small imperfections and touches of the artist’s hand. Isolation Orders is a to-scale drawing of a letter Linder received with the governor’s state-wide order to shelter in place in March 2020. Wet Ones is a slightly-off reproduction of a container of antibacterial hand wipes, created painstakingly with slices of tape to approximate the in-demand good. O’Leary’s paintings capture the oddness of the everyday in her neighborhood on Long Island. She presents fleeting, moody scenes viewed from her home and studio; in The Trash at Night, we see a man dragging a trashcan behind him, set against a backdrop of leafless trees and an ominous glowing moon. The sky is a mottled purple tinged with juicy reds and oranges, lending an eerie feeling to the already uncanny image. The Mail, March shows a tiny hand emerging from a darkened USPS truck to drop a letter in a mailbox. it is the only sign of life in the painting. Joan Linder (b. 1970) is known for her labor-intensive drawings that contain thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of tiny lines. She has exhibited at Albright College, Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Omi International Art Center, Sun Valley Art Center, Weatherspoon Art Museum and more. Her work is held in the collections of The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Davis Museum, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Progressive Corporation, West Collection and the Zabludowicz Collection. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Tufts University. Among her many awards and fellowships are residencies at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Smack Mellon, Ucross Foundation, Art Omi, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, plus a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Maureen O'Leary's (b. 1965) paintings hover between figuration and abstraction. Her mundane scenes become substrates for experimentation with the application of paint and the evolving notion of what is real. O’Leary’s work has been exhibited at the Fondation des États-Unis, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Art Lab Tokyo, Midwest Center for Photography, Artspace, Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Gallery, Staten Island Museum, Meadows Gallery – University of Texas at Tyler, and more. She is the recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Council – Brooklyn Arts Fund Grant and the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship from the Fondation des États-Unis. O’Leary has published two books: Belle Mort (2013, Paper Chase Press) and Look/Listen (2010, Look/Listen Press). Her work is held in the collections of the Fondation des États-Unis and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein

Alois Kronschlaeger

Kind of Blue



May 21, 2021 - June 30, 2021
Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present Kind of Blue, a temporary immersive installation by Alois Kronschlaeger in a former retail space below the gallery on the Lower East Side. Kind of Blue opens the evening of Friday May 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Entry will be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The installation is open through Wednesday June 30th at 219 Bowery. This will be the artist's fourth project with the gallery. Viewed from the street, Kronschlaeger's installation rises like a cresting blue swell inside of the space. Beneath the undulating blue forms is a 1500 square-foot gridded structure of 2 x 2-inch wooden planks, covered with almost 500 yards of blue Ultrasuede fabric. Kronschlaeger has carved into the framework, creating a topographical landscape that rises and falls as it slopes away from the entrance. The fabric has been carefully bunched and draped over the planks to create an enormous, continuous, rolling wave of vivid blue. The artwork is designed to be immersive. Pathways in the grid allow visitors to walk around, on top of, and through the work. The interior structure of the piece is gradually divulged as one moves through it; what was soft and pliable on the exterior is revealed to be a highly structured, geometric form underneath. Kind of Blue is named after the classic album by Miles Davis, which was conceived and recorded in New York City. It is a personal favorite of Kronschlaeger's, who often listens to the album while working in his studio. The nature of Kronschlaeger's installation echoes the central tenet of jazz music: rolling themes and variations occurring within a structured program. On the surface, the blue fabric appears loose and flowing, its exact shape organic and haphazard. But underneath it is in fact a very rigid structure--a support which allows the blue fabric to be "improvisational." The installation's location on the Bowery is significant. As the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan, parts of it were likely used thousands of years ago by animals crossing the island to find fresh water. With its undulating blue surface, Kind of Blue references both this search for water as well as the hills of Manhattan's original geography. Alois Kronschlaeger (b. 1966, Grieskirchen, Austria) creates site-specific installations and abstract sculptures that use geometry to explore environment, light, space, and time. His work has been exhibited at such international institutions and festivals as The Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, The Figge Art Museum, Yuan Art Museum, MOCA Tucson, MAC Lima, and Islamic Arts Festival, among others. He has completed multiple public installations and commissions in Mexico City, Grand Rapids, Sarasota, Lima, Tucson, and Miami. Kronschlaeger lives and works in Brooklyn and Mexico City. Photograph by John Muggenborg