Blick in Bushwick


Blick in Bushwick
Dec 13 – 21, 2014

Curated by Jackie Cantwell and Wilson Duggan

ArtHelix is thrilled to host Blick in Bushwick, a curated exhibition of outstanding work from the associates of Blick Art Materials.

A. Demetrius Felder
Amanda Menezes
Andrew McCoy
Ann Marie Amick
Bryant Castro
Carlos Williams
Chris Gonzalez
Curtis Andrews
Daphane Love
Eleisia Richardson
Felix Caballero
Gavin Weir
James McDonough
Jose Londono
Josephine Tam
Julius Pearson
Karina Antigua
Katarra Peterson
Lance Laurie
Luan Gashi
Macey L. Brady
Mark Fionda
Megan Westgate
Melissa Tolve
Mustafa Allsop
Pata Llano
Sahdir Ellis
Samantha Philbert
Sara Jean-Baptiste
Whitney Meredith

Mari Rantanen & Shingo Francis

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Mari Rantanen
& Shingo Francis

ArtHelix Gallery I
Oct 24 – Nov 30, 2014

Curated by Bonnie Rychlak












ArtHelix is proud to present the work of Mari Rantanen and Shingo Francis in an exhibition in our main gallery.

-Codes of Color, Sites for Emotions-

Rantanen is a Finnish artist who has been living and working in Stockholm for almost 20 years. Her paintings reflect her interest in architecture and places or sites that people have constructed.  The history and presence of visual culture, the different systems and patterns that make life visible at these sites, as well as what is seen in everyday life, are evident in her work. Rantanen combines motifs from numerous cultures, creating what she hopes are exceptional places and spaces for emotions.

Mari Rantanen’s tries to organize chaos and intentionally disturb any order in her work, all the while integrating the languages of painting as she concurrently juxtaposes them. Her desire is one of making paintings that reflect a pluralist culture, that tell a story, and have a narrative.

Through the painting process, Rantanen creates surfaces that express the more positive side of life, hope and joy, surfaces that are sensual, colors that are vibrant. She attempts to capture light and produce a palpable sense of energy, working to make the visible more visible and to give form and color to that which is not immediately visible in her highly structured paintings.

The five large painted ovals in this exhibition are part of an ongoing series of “portraits” that Rantanen began in 2011 while on a fellowship in Rome 2011. She asserts that these paintings offer a visual and mental place for women. Inspired by her favorite women artists, each painting shares the first initial from the name of one of these artists, as a homage. Rantanen is conceptually connecting her work to the ways women make their lives perceptible.

Mari Rantanen’s work is in the private and public collections of most all Nordic countries. She is also represented in numerous collections in Germany, England, Holland, as well as the United States. In 2015 she will be included in an exhibition Dark Days, Light Nights at the Kemper Art Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

-Boundary Lines-

Francis was raised in both Los Angeles and Tokyo, and currently works in Brooklyn, NY. He works in painting, drawing and large-scale drawing installations utilizing oil, acrylic and watercolor paints. Francis’ recent work explores the use of line, space and color as a means of boundaries and their psychological, cultural and social relationship, and how they affect or don’t affect our interaction with people, places and things in our environment and lives.

From the artist:

My work is an investigation into time, space and color. My work gives the viewer a sense of scale in regards to our natural environment that surrounds us everyday, but can be lost in our daily preoccupations. The horizontal composition is a timeless image that represents not only the landscape, but a boundary where the horizon ends. A vanishing point of sights end and also of time. We are limited in space and time in that we can only experience one day at a time and be in one place at a time although we have created many instruments to simulate different times and places. Tools such as photographs freeze time and refer to the past, or the telephone, and internet to simulate concurrent places. These are tools with a purpose, but can have psychological and emotional hooks that can distract us from our present time and place. My works are a critique of the desire to be in more than one place at a time, and the inability to be in the present.

Royce Weatherly

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Royce Weatherly

ArtHelix Cube
Oct 24 – Nov 30, 2014

ArtHelix is proud to present an exhibition of works by Royce Weatherly, featuring three new works alongside two older paintings.

This exhibition will present to the viewer for the first time the gradual evolution of his painting from the classical “sfumato” technique used in his first significant works from the late 1980’s through the early 1990’s -whereby the painted objects appear without lines or borders, in the manner of smoke or beyond the focus plane- to the first beginnings of the new, more “clear” style, and finally through to the newest works from this past year. These three paintings continue an exploration that began in his revelatory 2012 exhibition in Bushwick at The Bogart Salon, and continued at ArtHelix former location in 2013.

Weatherly’s work is a profound investigation into the common materials of his childhood world, rendered with precision and a cool, unblinking eye, and held in tension by an eerie stillness.

Kurt Steger: Meltdown


Kurt Steger

ArtHelix Gallery II
Oct 24 – Nov 30, 2014

Kurt Steger incorporates melting ice, gravity, time, and motion to create spontaneous works on paper. Cast pods of melting ice slowly drip carbon, rust, metals, and various contaminants onto a rotating piece of paper. His work references the deterioration of the environment, and the accompanying meltdown of our connection to nature.

For more information about Kurt Steger and his work, please visit

Salomé Brussieux’s Urban Textile Jewelry


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Salomé Brussieux is an artist and fashion designer from Paris. She has her own brand, LEON ROSE MAGMA, of women’s ready-to-wear high-end. During her recent trip to New York, she mixed her discovery of the city with her artistic activity, working outdoors with garments and textiles to fabricate her “Urban Textile Jewelry”. In these works, she uses fabric from discarded New Yorkers’ clothes and leftover scraps from fashion district, repurposing these materials so that the city “wears” her designs. Inspired by street objects, like pipes, fire exits, cracks in walls, sometime trivial or insignificant, she tries to enhance and reclaim objects with her Urban Textile Jewelry. ArtHelix was thrilled to invite her to design and install a piece for our gallery, reclaiming part of our building’s industrial past.
For more information about Salomé’s work, please visit

Exchange Rates: Susak Press

Susak Press
Oct 23 – Nov 30, 2014

Natalia Kempowsky
Daniel Devlin
Keran James
and Herzog Dellafiore

ArtHelix is thrilled to be hosting Susak Press, presenting the work of four artists as part of Exchange Rates, a Bushwick-wide exhibition project produced by Sluice_, Theodore:Art, and Centotto.

Shared spaces and cultural currencies. Currencies tangible and intangible.
Variable valuations of the same.

Conceived and produced by arts organizations helmed by artists and curators in Bushwick, Brooklyn and London, England, Exchange Rates—known also in this inaugural iteration as The Bushwick Expo—is an international exposition of artworks and curatorial programs in which host spaces in one art community open their doors and share their walls with kindred spaces on visit from elsewhere.

Some exhibits will be integrated, some collaborative yet autonomous, some even spontaneous or virtual.
The rates of exchange, as such, will fluctuate, while the currencies of exchange—ideas and culture—remain fixed.

Visit one space to visit several. Visit Bushwick to get a glimpse of aesthetic endeavors both here and in a dozen other cities.

Come to Exchange Rates for a creative breath of fresh air.

It is an exposition, to wit. Not a fair.

For more information, please visit and

Brian Gaman


Brian Gaman
An Exhibition of Works: 1987-2014
Sept 20 – Oct 19, 2014

Please join us to celebrate the life and honor the work
of Brian Gaman (December 28, 1948 – July 1, 2014)

299 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Concurrent exhibition at
ArtHelix’s outdoor space:
16 Harrison Place
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Denise Green: Papers from India | 1986-1987

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Denise Green
Papers from India | 1986-1987
Aug 2 – Sept 14, 2014
Curated by Wilson Duggan

299 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
(Near the Montrose Avenue L Train)

Friday, Sept 12, 6-9PM

Gallery Hours:
Fridays – Sundays | 12 – 6PM

ArtHelix’s summer 2014 exhibition glimpses a pivotal moment in the career of renowned international artist Denise Green. Papers from India features 18 works of handmade dyed paper, created in India in 1986 and 1987 by the Australia-born, New York-based painter. Green’s work and experiences in Asia during these years laid the groundwork for the ideas that she has pursued in her art and writings for nearly 30 years since.

For more information about Denise Green and her work, please visit


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July 26 – Sept 7, 2014
Saturdays & Sundays | 12 – 6PM

16 Harrison Place, Brooklyn
(Near the Morgan Avenue L Train)

Participating Artists
Maya Meissner       Jackie Cantwell       Becky Chipkin
Alex Chipkin         Hazel Lee Santino       Kurt Steger
Caitlin Dutton           Margot Bird        Casey Velasquez
Taro Masushio          Yan Giguere    Annabelle Weatherly
Erin Anderson            Fanny Allie         Roberto Jamora
Adam Brazil             Patrick Berger         Cory Tamler
William Norton         Julia Rooney          Cynthia Tobar

[Click here for a PDF with a list of all participating artists and descriptions of their projects.]

For ArtHelix’s second summer season of The Lot at 16 Harrison Place, we will continue to investigate, through visual and creative means, new ideas of artistic community. Appalach-Wick is a light hearted play on the idea of a communal art space, here in Brooklyn, which both encourages and mimics the handcrafted art forms of rural appalachian America.

Like the culture of the Appalachian communities that found networks of independent craftspeople to support each other in hard times, Appalach-Wick is built on the premise that emerging artists will need to become far more locally self-sustaining and self-actualizing even as the wired world opens up the theoretical possibility of a universal community without borders.

Furthermore, we recognize the essential role community plays in the success of not only the artist but also the art form itself. In addition to displaying the work and its process, Appalach-Wick will serve as a sort of informal artisan’s guild, giving craftsmen the opportunity to share resources, materials and marketing opportunities with one another.

Over 6 weeks, The Lot at 16 Harrison Place will feature a group of like-minded local artists being asked to meet and create work in situ, but more importantly to talk to one another, sharing their own thoughts and fears, with the hope that new connections will arise and new models (and patterns) of behavior will emerge.

The event will host a dancer/choreographer, a sculptor, muralist, a poet, a photographer/blogger, and others who will create an experimental laboratory of 6 weekends from which a playful new concept of what “Bushwick” might mean someday will emerge.

Can artists be “forced” into meeting each other in a physical space in order to slowly reduce the alienation that comes from proximity, but no real contact?

For a photo gallery of all ongoing projects from Appalach-Wick participants, click here.
To join the Appalach-Wick discussion and get involved, check out our Facebook page.

Alain Kirili: Drawing in Space

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Alain Kirili
Drawing in Space
May 30 – July 7, 2014
Curated by Bonnie Rychlak

299 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
(Near the Montrose Avenue L Train)

Friday, May 30, 6-9PM

Music and Dance Performance by Daniel Carter and Leena Conquest
Saturday, May 31, 5PM

ArtHelix is pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition at our new space at 299 Meserole Street, featuring new sculptures and works on paper by Alain Kirili.

Alain Kirili has long been recognized for his forged iron abstract sculptures and for his large-scale public works. His sculptures underscore his interests in verticality and modeling, his practice emphasizes the “aesthetics of spontaneity,” and seeks formal unity through the variety of materials. Kirili is employed in a quest for “organic simplicity.” He has received considerable critical interest and his work has been the subject of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in America and Europe. He lives and works in Paris and New York.

For more information on Alain Kirili and his work, please visit