PATRICK BRENNAN | BRIE RUAIS Exhibitions Opening Saturday, July 13, 5-8 pm

July 13 – 31, 2013 | Opening receptions: Saturday, July 13, 5-8 pm

HALSEY MCKAY is pleased to present, Mornings, Sentimental, Wonder & Accoustic Shadows, Patrick Brennan’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Working in real time, Brennan’s paintings function as transference of a particular season, emotional state or time of day. A visceral sense of temporal immediacy is felt at first glance. The eye is lead through a series of choices and materials that appear unexpected or even random. Time slows down in front of Patrick Brennan’s paintings. Eventually these choices coalesce and new details emerge. Just as the artist exploits the immediacy of discovery, the viewer is in turn transported through her own narrative version of each painting’s history.


Working with abstraction by any materials necessary, Brennan employs oil, acrylic, silk, paper, spray paint, iridescent medium, mylar, plastic, wood, photographs, cardboard, pencil, ink, and varnish.These elements are collected from fellow artists studios, discoveries in his own workplace, art supply and hardware stores. Brennan’s experimental use of these materials drives the work, as each piece finds a home on the picture plane and influences its neighboring marks, strokes and textures.

PATRICK BRENNAN was born in Syracuse, New York and now resides in New York City. He studied at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute and received a BFA in Painting and Video Art from Alfred University in 1998. Recent exhibitions include: Halsey McKay Gallery, MOMA / PS1, Galerie Lelong, Nicole Klagsbrun, Monya Rowe Gallery, Zieher Smith, Edward Thorpe Gallery, Artist Space and Clifton Benevento in New York as well as with Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco and Heiner Contemporary in Washington. D.C. Brennan has been awarded residencies at Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta GA, Burren College of Art (Ireland), and The Experimental Television Center Owego, NY.

HALSEY MCKAY is pleased to present, Two Wholes, Brie Ruais’ first solo exhibition. Ruais makes sites based on the weight of bodies – her own or a combination of hers with another. On her hands and knees, hundreds of pounds of clay are spread out from a large mound in radial fashion to map an area. After calculated and laborious actions occur on these sites, disruptive gestures then intervene. For the exhibition, and with the East End in mind, Ruais addresses doubling – two rings, the bay and the ocean, Pollock and Krasner, two lovers, two wholes.


In the works themselves the duality between absence and presence is investigated. Through gestures of tearing and pulling open the clay, the works reveal a center or origin that is in constant evasion. These directives create a space where physical momentum and struggle take over to complete tasks. These excavations leave a clear sense of removal yet these actions reveal mystery rather than explanation. In Inside Turned Out, the center of the site is dug out and peeled back. In How One Can Become Two, a circle is torn out from the middle and set aside. These two parts converse indefintiely, autonomous yet dependant on the other. What carries over into the finished works is a sense of body-awareness. The scale of the works with their trace gestures in clay, make clear that they are the result of one artist’s action as it relates to space, architecture, terrain, and the mapping of movement.

BRIE RUAIS was born in 1982, in Southern California. She received her BA from NYU in 2004 followed by an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2011. She now lives and works in New York City. Recent exhibitons have been with Nicole Klagsbrun, The Horticultural Society, Salon 94, Abrons Art Center and Eli Ping in New York as well as at Xavier Hufkens in Brussels.

Please contact hilary for further information.

HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY | 79 Newtown Lane | East Hampton | New York | 11937 | 631.604.5770

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