Elsie Kagan

the good minute goes

Sweet Lorraine gallery is pleased to present the good minute goes, a solo exhibition of Elsie Kagan’s recent work.
Kagan’s work is grounded equally in the history of representative painting and in contemporary concerns with materiality and surface. She sifts through the history of western art to mine imagery that speaks to her in the present moment - and reinterprets its language to discover an enduring resonance.
These paintings expose the urgent and all-encompassing twin experiences of motherhood and of loss – each a vast and varied landscape of connection, isolation, ambivalence, joy, rage, and grief. Kagan is investigating the odd sense of time rushing by and simultaneously slowing to a standstill, creating subjects that hover between relic and living, both iconic and familiar. The sources for this work are quiet and tender Madonna and child sculptures and reliefs from the later Italian Renaissance, largely made of glazed terracotta.
These pictures break from the tranquility of the traditional Madonna and child, instead presenting us with images in which multiple mothers and children cascade through the compositions, their idealized embraces interrupted by abstraction, replication, and incompletion. The work harnesses the power of pictorial space and surface presence, testing the line between representation and abstraction. Kagan’s large works are physically active, corresponding with her arm span and the movement of her body. In counterpoint, the smaller works are more hushed and contained, emphasizing drawing and mimesis. Color takes center stage, pushing in surprising ways throughout the spectrum and the limits of pigment. The mark making ranges from truly spontaneous to painstakingly careful, alluding to the slippery quality of time itself and the search for that fleeting moment of true connection; that charged moment when paint is at once a smear and a set of eyes looking into yours.

To see more of Elsie's work, visit her website at www.elsiekagan.net 

Sweet Lorraine Gallery
183 Lorraine St. 3rd Floor (between Court and Clinton)
Brooklyn NY 11321

Map it

Take F or G trains to Smith and 9th street subway stop and walk south toward Red Hook; or take the R train to 4th Ave. and 9th St., turn right down 9th St. to Court St., and turn Left 2 blocks; or take B61 bus to the corner of Court St. and Lorraine St.

Arts Gowanus Summer Show, curated by John Gagne

Sunday, July 22, 12pm - night
Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street

Arts Gowanus' Gallery Dispersed and Threes Brewing partner up to to host The Summer Show, featuring a selection of artwork from local Brooklyn-based creatives hung throughout the brewery.

Join us on Sunday, July 22 as we celebrate all the artists who have contributed work to the space. We'll be hosting a pop-up, craft vendor market from 12pm-4pm, as well as spoken word performances in the evening from 5pm-7pm. Drink local, eat local, and support your local arts community! RSVP on FB HERE!

Featured Artists
Karen Y. Chan
Anthony Clune
Abby Goldstein
Neil Harvey
Katarina Jerinic
Janet Pedersen
Justin Neely
Elsie Kagan
Hermann Meija
John Richey
Manju Shandler
Dale Williams

NEA Fellowship and VSC Residency

I am pleased to announce I was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a residency in August 2017 at the Vermont Studio Center.

Missing Me One Place Search Another



We are pleased to present a pop-up group exhibition of paintings by Melissa Capasso, Delphine Hennelly, Frank Holliday, Elsie Kagan, Chris Lucius, Amy Sacksteder, Tori Tinsley, and Libby Rosa.

Missing Me One Place Search Another, curated by Brooklyn studio mates Libby Rosa and Chris Lucius, offers viewers experiences rooted in memories of place, touch, and imagination. Details of the world around us are recalled from our well of memories. The brain’s stimulated neurons compile a scene by merging groups of consolidated synapses that have been fired in patterns identical to our body's initial stimulation. Traces of felt experiences, emotions, and visual information are melded together to form what we perceive as structured memories.

The visceral and tactile medium of paint relocates a memory into a new creative space - one that embraces the illogical and the uncanny. A space where missing information or exaggerated details illuminate a deeper visual understanding than its integrated whole. The viewers find themselves in a game of psychological hide and seek to construct what they believe they understand.

The artists in Missing Me One Place Search Another play the roles of creators, re-shapers, and folklorist tricksters - painting trail markers of their past to communicate something entirely new.