Halsey McKay is pleased to present Glade Hits, a group exhibition featuring works by Glen Baldridge, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Ben Blatt, Patrick Brennn, Shara Hughes, Lauren Luloff, Shaun O’Dell, Hilary Pecis, Jerry The Marble Faun and William Villalongo. The show takes the seemingly innocuous trope of landscape as subject matter to hint at modern social unrest, environmental violence and existential concerns. Each of these artists has a keen sense of the possibility of materials which they apply to printmaking, painting, photography, stone carving, drawing and collage. Through a variety of strategies including obsessive detail, doubling, color saturation, and optic blurring of the picture plane, the works take on an otherness not strictly adhering to reality. The exhibition ebbs and flows between sublime naturalist depiction and ethereal visual interpretations wrought with paranoia and hallucinatory euphoria.
Glen Baldridge was born in Montana in 1976, he lives and works in New York and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been collected and exhibited internationally, with recent solo showings at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, NY; Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton; and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR. Recent group shows have been at the Metropolitan Museum, NY; RISD Museum, Providence, RI and The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, among oth- ers. Baldridge has had print works published by Forth Estate, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Work- shop, Diue Donné, Flying Horse Editions, and PS Marlowe. His work is included in the collections of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY Public Library, RISD Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and Library of Congress, amongst others. Jean-Baptiste Bernadet was born in Paris in 1978, he lives and works in Brussels and New York, and was artist-in-residence at Triangle Studios in Brooklyn in 2012, APT Studios in Brooklyn in 2011, and Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, in 2010. His solo exhibitions include Valentin in Paris, Michael Jon & Alan in Miami, Almine Rech Gallery in London and Brussels, Retrospective in Hudson, NY, American Contemporary in New York City, Rod Barton in London, Karma in New York City, Marfa Book Company in Marfa, Texas, Torri in Paris, Renwick in New York City, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Since 2001, he has also participated in many group shows, including Almine Rech in Paris and Michael Jon in Miami (2015), WIELS in Brussels, Valentin in Paris, Ricou Gallery and Super Dakota Gallery in Brussels (2014), Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (2013), Angstrom in Dallas, Texas, Klemm’s Gallery in Berlin (2012), 8 rue Saint Bon in Paris, White Flags in Saint Louis, Mis- souri, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing.
Ben Blatt lives and works in Red Hook, NY. He was born in Denver, Colorado and received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and his MFA from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2016. His work has been exhibited in New York at White Columns, Half Gallery, Halsey McKay Gallery, at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI, and at V1 Gallery in Copen- hagen, Denmark.
Patrick Brennan was born in Syracuse, NY and currently lives and works in Ithaca. Recent solo exhibitions have been with Halsey McKay, East Hampton; Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco; Essex Flowers, New York; as well as group shows at MOMA / PS1, Galerie Lelong, Nicole Klagsb- run, Monya Rowe Gallery, Zieher Smith, Edward Thorpe, Artists Space and Clifton Benevento, New York; Cooper Cole, Toronto, and V1, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of painting at Alfred University and a 2015 recipient of a NYFA fellowship in painting. Brennan is a founding member of Essex Flowers in New York City.
Shara Hughes was born in Atlanta, GA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and later attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include the Newport Art Museum, Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia among others. In May 2018, Hughes completed Carving Out Fresh Options, a large-scale mural in Boston, MA, commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in partnership with the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Hughes has participated in numerous group exhibitions, at venues such as MASS MoCA and the High Museum of Art. Hughes was also included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Jorge M. Perez Collection, the Metropolitan Mu- seum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Phoe- nix Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
Lauren Luloff received her MFA from Bard College and her BFA from Penn State University. Recent solo exhibitions have been with Cooper Cole, Toronto; Ceysson Gallery, Luxembourg and Genevea, Switzerland; Marlborough Chelsea, New York; Annarumma, Naples, Italy. Recent group exhibitions include Galerie Lelong, New York; Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy. Her work has been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, Vogue, Purple, T Magazine, Art in America, the Huffington Post and the Village Voice among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Ryan Mrozowski was born in Pennsylvania and received his MFA from the Pratt Institute in 2005, and his BFA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include Art in General, Vilnius, Lithuania; Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY; and the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Recent group exhibitions include Salon 94, Lucien Terras, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Chapter NY, and Sarah Lawrence College in NY. His exhibitions have received numerous reviews by Artforum, Modern Painters, Artreview, New York Observer, and more.
Shaun O’Dell was born in 1968 in Beeville, Texas. He is a graduate of Stanford University’s MFA Pro- gram and has exhibited both nationally and internationally appearing recently at Inman Gallery, Hous- ton; Susan Inglett Gallery, New York; dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel; The A Foundation, Liverpool; Berkley Art Museum, Berkley; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco and San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco. O’Dell has received acclaim in The New York Times, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal and KQED among others. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the de Young Museum.
Hilary Pecis received both her BFA and her MFA from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Rachel Uffner Gallery, NY; Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco; and Joshua Liner Gallery, New York. Pecis has appeared in sev- eral group exhibitions including at The Pit, Los Angeles; V1, Copenhagen, Denmark; Hunted Proj- ects, Tilburg, Netherlands; Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, among others. Her work has been featured in Artforum, The New Yorker, ArtInfo, KQED, and SF Gate.
Jerry the Marble Faun was born in Brooklyn in 1955 and currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He began hand carving stone in 1987 and has most recently pursued ceramic sculpture. Jerry held his first exhibition in 2014 at Jackie Klempay Gallery, Brooklyn and has appeared in exhibitions at SITUATIONS, New York; Canada, New York; Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; Sculpture Center, Queens; 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco; The Elaine de Kooning House, South Hampton, Geary Contemporary, New York, Bureau of General Services/Queer Division, NewYork; amongst others. Jerry participated in the Shandaken Project’s residency program at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY.
William Villalongo was born in 1975 and raised in Bridgeton, NJ. He received his B.F.A. from The Cooper Union School of Art and his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Villalongo has exhibited extensively with recent appearances in “Woke! William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson” at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, and is the co-curator with Gibson of the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition “Black Pulp.” His work has been included in recent shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Reviews have appeared in Artforum, ARTnews, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Village Voice among others.