Featuring Wilson A. Bentley, Chris Helzer, Clara Wetzel
Featuring Scott Csoke, Mark Sabin, Kan Seidel
Scott Csoke (b. 1993)
Brooklyn-based painter Scott Csoke was born in Rockville, Maryland, in 1993. Having lived in four different states before the age of 14, Csoke’s self-reflection and inward thinking quickly became a way for the artist to understand the changing environments around them. Such personal experiences are essential to Csoke’s navigation of both painting and photography which converge in each work. Csoke often captures a multitude of images of one setting or motif in their everyday life and later reinterprets and digests them into intimate and quirky acrylic paintings on panel. Deconstructing stereotypes and expectations are continued themes the artist explores as can be seen in the vibrant interiors and still life paintings as well as in the queer reinterpretations of baroque imagery. Their reimaginings of physical spaces and preexisting narratives in historic painting portray a developed breadth of palette and technique. While Scott studied photography at Virginia Commonwealth University, they have since shifted their understanding of photography into a self-taught exploration of painting.
Mark Sabin (b. 1936)
Born in New York City in 1936 and raised in Florida, Mark Sabin has produced paintings that synthesize the primitive and the surreal. Ruth Appelhof described the artist’s work in 1982 as “[epitomizing] these contradictory aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional concerns with brilliant force…seductively decorative and largely drawn from fantasy”.
Sabin is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University School of Law. He attended New York University Film School and worked for a time in the motion picture industry. Mark Sabin’s paintings are in many prestigious collections, including the permanent collections of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and the American Museum in Bath, England. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, London, Montreal, Boston, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, and Palm Beach. His paintings have appeared on the cover of Harper’s Magazine and the Bloomingdale’s Christmas catalogue. The Museum of Modern Art in New York has selected his work for reproduction and his art has been featured in numerous leading publications.
Kan Seidel (b. 1987)
Chinatown-based painter Kan Seidel (b. 1987, Omaha, NE) moved to New York City from Lincoln Nebraska and began working as a writer and LGBT activist in Lower Manhattan in early 2015. He painted recreationally in the ensuing years working in oil paint and gouache. Often portraying distorted figures tumbling through surreal domestic spaces, he subverts his midwestern upbringing through the lens of a big city dweller, finding fascination in the repressed urges, social conformity and politeness of the Midwestern character. After the passing of a sibling in 2021, the artist began to fully immerse himself in painting, feverishly coding and uncoding familial scars and psychic losses with figures becoming more and more stretched and distorted. His portrayal of domestic and familial concepts ride a line between comedy and tragedy. More recently, Seidel has brought his quirky figures into the third dimension through ceramics in a continued exploration of bodies in space. During his artist residency in East Hampton in 2022, Seidel exhibited in several group shows in New York City, Los Angeles, CA, and East Hampton, NY and had a solo exhibition at The Fireplace Project in Springs, NY.
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