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Triangle at 163 Plymouth Street, DUMBO Brooklyn
September 4–September 28, 2014
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12–5pm
Opening reception on Thursday, September 4  from 6–9pm


Triangle invites artist Tamar Ettun to inhabit 163 Plymouth Street as a hybrid exhibition space and artist’s studio, open to the public. Throughout September the artist will be working inside the space, continuing to develop her Performing Stillness series—a formal investigation of the body and the visceral world. Ettun breaks and assembles objects that wouldn’t normally be combined together, creating unique and transformed works that evoke abstracted narratives through their stillness. She sources discarded and familiar objects that have a specific functional use and reconstructs a new assemblage, stripping the original object of its meaning.

Tamar Ettun is a Brooklyn based multimedia artist from Jerusalem, Israel. Ettun received her MFA from Yale University in 2010, she studied at Cooper Union in 2007, while earning her BFA from Bezalel Academy. She is an alumni of the 2012 Triangle Artists’ Workshop. 
Ettun’s solo exhibitions and performances include: NADA NYC (2014) Braverman Gallery (2014) Indianapolis Museum of Art (2013) Performa 11 (2011) Andrea Meislin Gallery (2011) Performa 09 presented by the X-Initiative (2009). 
Ettun has been honored by several organizations including MacDowell Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation, Abrons Art Center, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Production Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, The World Performance Project, Artis, and RECESS. Ettun is currently working towards mastering the skill of opening a sardine can using only her teeth.

Special thanks to Abrons Art Center and Two Trees for their support of this project.

Image: Tamar Ettun, Objects On Yellow, 2014, photograph, 30 x 30 inches, courtesy of the artist and Artis.


Triangle Arts Association is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Finnish Cultural Institute that begins this fall. Throughout 2014–15 we will host five artists-in-residence from Finland whose work interrogates aspects of architecture, fashion, installation, painting, participation, photography, public space, sculpture, technology and more. Working with the Finnish Cultural Institute allows Triangle to continue its vibrant 32-year history of supporting international artists to come to New York and inhabit our studios while they focus on process, dialogue, and experimentation. Congratulations to Elina AhoPia MännikköSandra NybergMinna Pöllänen Heidi Tikkawe look incredibly forward to welcoming you to Triangle.

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Minna Pöllänen, “Observatory 1,” 2012, Temporary site-specific structure, Montreal, Canada

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Elina Aho, “Plein-air Paintings,” 2013, Japanese watercolour on paper

Heidi Tikka, Untitled Prototype, 2014, Knitted dress on mannequin displays, electronic parts, custom software, digital files

Heidi Tikka, “Untitled Prototype,” 2014, Knitted dress on mannequin display, electronic parts, custom software, digital files

ps_Pia Mannikko, Some People Knit, 2010, Masking tape, wood, concrete and metal

 Pia Männikkö, “Some People Knit,” 2010, Masking tape, wood, concrete and metal

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Sandra Nyberg, “Heritage,” 2013, Site-specific installation, Hill End, Australia


Rethinking Residencies

August 5, 2014

Triangle staff, Rethinking Residencies

In March 2014 Triangle and ISCP initiated Rethinking Residencies—calling together a working group made up of New York-based artist residency programs including: Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Fire Island Artist Residency, International Studio and Curatorial Program, the Laundromat Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Museum, Recess, the Shandaken Project, Shift Residencythe Studio Museum in Harlem and Triangle Arts Association.

The idea was to get to know our peers and possibly find ways to share knowledge and resources as well as produce discourse around artist residency programs themselves, as surprisingly little has been written about them.

This summer, Nicholas Weist hosted our most recent meeting at the Shandaken Project in the Catskills mountains of upstate NY. Weist toured us through their unique, outdoor, artist-designed studios, and spoke with the group about the vision, successes, and challenges of founding and running his organization.

Some questions we are collectively asking: How can residency programs best support artists today? In what ways are residencies evolving to keep pace with changing needs of contemporary practicioners? Are there unique issues and challenges that residency programs face as arts organizations? How can our institutions meaningfully work together and support one another?

Image: Triangle, Queens Museum and Shandaken Project staff in artist Joey Teeling’s studio at the Shandaken Project in the Catskills Mountains of upstate NY. Photo by Nung-Hsin Hu.


Triangle Arts Association’s international scope was initiated by the Triangle Workshop. Triangle’s founding program brings together 25-30 visual artists from around the world for a two-week intensive studio session. Since the first Workshop in 1982, artists from over 50 countries and 6 continents have participated. Triangle is committed to maintaining longstanding relationships with this global network of alumni, which now extends over three decades. What follows is a roundup of recent activities by Workshop alum who are showing work across Canada, England, Ireland, Italy and the United States in the upcoming months—exemplifying Triangle’s international reach.

Judy Singer (’83 Workshop) has an upcoming solo exhibition titled Edea at Walnut Contemporary in Toronto, Canada from June 5–June 28, 2014. An artist talk will take place on Wednesday, June 18 at 7pm. Full details here.


Judy Singer, Gleam, Acrylic on canvas, 2014

Ben Sarao (’83 Workshop) will be a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome this summer. Sarao will be documenting the Alberi antichi that are in the Villa Borghese Gardens. These ancient trees were planted before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World.

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Ben Sarao, Platanus orientalis L., Alberi Monumentali Di Villa Borghese, Glicee print, 2012

Mali Morris (’83, ’92 Workshop) and Stephen Lewis (’87 Workshop) are featured in the two-person exhibition Odelay and Wishpool: Painting and Sculpture from 30 Years at Kapil Jariwala in London, England on view through June 28, 2014. Full details here.


Mali Morris, Crossings, Acrylic on canvas, 2014

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Stephen Lewis, Final Descent, Painted steel, 2005

Scott Bennett (’86 Workshop) is displaying a series of tree portraits for the exhibition Intimate Forest at Tabla Rasa Gallery in Brooklyn, New York on view through June 7, 2014. Full details here.

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Scott Bennett, Lightness of Being, Acrylic on canvas, 2012

Andrea Belag (’91 Workshop) has an upcoming solo exhibition titled S, M, L: Recent Paintings at DCKT Contemporary in New York City on view from June 6–July 18, 2014. Full details here.


Andrea Belag, Lightening, Oil on linen, 2014

Gregory Hardy (’08 Workshop) has a solo exhibition titled Shattering Sky at Han Art Gallery in Westmount, Canada on view through June 29, 2014. Full details here.

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Gregory Hardy, Heading Around the Corner of the Island, Acrylic on linen, 2014

Maggie Madden (’08 Workshop) has work on display for the exhibition Re-framing the Domestic in Irish Art at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, Ireland on view through August 2014. Full details here.

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Maggie Madden, Detail: Rolling Out (Kompong Khleang), Telephone wire and willow rods, 2013


On May 19th Triangle’s supporters, artists-in-residence, alumni and staff filled Lori Bookstein Fine Art in Chelsea to hear Christina Kee, Hrag Vartanian and Karen Wilkin discuss works by artists Andrea Belag, Chuck Bowdish, Shamus Clisset, Rachel Farmer, Jill Nathanson and Kyle Staver. The evening was an exciting opportunity for Triangle’s extended community to come together around the practice of creative experimentation and dialogue—both central to our founding mission.

Triangle Arts Association would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who attended, donated and otherwise helped to make We Know What We Like 2014 such a resounding success. We are deeply appreciative of your support of our upcoming residencies, workshops and public programming—Triangle simply could not exist without your generosity.  Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you at our next fundraising event.



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Triangle Arts Association, We Know What We Like Spring Fundraiser 2014


Jeremy Pierre, Triangle Arts Association’s current intern, displays his work Catena Reflexus (2014) outdoors in Parc de la Terrasse in Saint-Étienne, France from May 21 through May 25 for the exhibition “L’île, un récit composé.” Made from polished aluminum, screen-print, and concrete, the angled work reflects the tramway cables and public transportation infrastructure of the centrally-located outdoor site.

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Jeremy Pierre, Catena Reflexus, 2014, Polished aluminum, screen-print, and concrete

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Jeremy Pierre, Catena Reflexus (detail), 2014, Polished aluminum, screen-print, and concrete


Alun Williams’ upcoming exhibition “Spargentis” will be on view from May 24–June 24 at Galerie Anne Barrault, located at 51 rue des Archives in Paris.

Williams’ recent paintings pay homage to religious figures in the work of painters such as Basquiat, Picabia, Schnabel, Warhol, Breughel, and Tiepolo while retaining the artist’s subtle abstractions and distinct  style.

Further information on the exhibition can be found here.

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Williams’ work will also be exhibited from May 23–May 25 with Galerie Anne Barrault as part of the wider Paris CHOICES Collectors Weekend.


Monday, May 19, 6:30–8:30 pm
Lori Bookstein Fine Art
138 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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Our upcoming spring fundraiser We Know What We Like is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to hearing from Karen Wilkin, independent curator and critic, Hrag Vartanian, critic and editor of Hyperallergic, and Christina Kee, artist and arts writer about what works they like and why. Support Triangle Arts Association and enjoy a special evening of lively conversation among curators and critics with their finger on the pulse of contemporary art.

The dynamic discussion will center on works by artists Andrea Belag, Chuck Bowdish, Shamus Clisset, Rachel Farmer, Jill Nathanson, and Kyle Staver. We Know What We Like provides a rare opportunity to hear from distinguished experts as they turn their discerning eye to recent work by innovative contemporary artists. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tickets are $150 dollars per person. Ticket purchase is required in advance by check or paypal. Checks can be mailed to: Triangle Arts Association, 20 Jay Street, Suite 318, Brooklyn NY 11201. Paypal payments accepted online:

Proceeds directly support Triangle Arts Association, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. All works discussed will be available for purchase, with contributing artists receiving a commission of sales to support their practice.

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With Triangle Arts Association’s Open Studios taking place this week on Thursday May 1 (6-10pm) and Saturday May 3 (2-6pm), our residency program has been highlighted by both international and local press.

British journal Studio International featured Triangle in its profile of New York City’s top artist residency programs. Natasha Kurchanova writes that “location and the small size of the programme create an intimate working atmosphere for artists.” Read the full post here.

Paddy Johnson, Corinna Kirsch, and Whitney Kimball of New York City blog call Triangle’s Open Studios a “Must-See Art Event” for the week. Read the full post here

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Image: Christopher Mahonski, The Oracle (detail), 2013, 15”x20”, color pencil on Arches

We hope you can join us for Open Studios and come see for yourself what makes Triangle so unique. See recent work by and meet our current artists-in-residence: Magda Stanová (Slovakia), Christopher Mahonski (USA), Wu Chi-Tsung (Taiwan), Jessica Segall (USA), Júlia Vécsei (Hungary) and Anna Kell (USA).

20 Jay Street, Suites 318 & 350, Brooklyn NY 11201

Thursday May 1
6–10pm Open Studios
6:30pm Performative lecture by Magda Stanová “Algorithms in Art”

Held in association with Dumbo, Brooklyn First Thursday Gallery Walk.

Saturday May 3
2–6pm Open Studios
3pm Performative lecture by Magda Stanová “Algorithms in Art”


Open Studios, May 1 & 3

April 21, 2014

See what Triangle Arts Association artists-in-residence have been working on inside their studios. Meet artists Magda Stanová (Slovakia), Wu Chi-Tsung (Taiwan), Júlia Vécsei (Hungary), Jessica Segall (USA), Christopher Mahonski (USA), and Anna Kell (USA) who work across sculpture, drawing, performance, artist books, painting and more.

20 Jay Street, Suites 318 & 350, Brooklyn NY 11201

Thursday May 1
6–10pm Open Studios
6:30pm Performative lecture by Magda Stanová “Algorithms in Art”

Held in association with Dumbo, Brooklyn First Thursday Gallery Walk.

Saturday May 3
2–6pm Open Studios
3pm Performative lecture by Magda Stanová “Algorithms in Art”

About Triangle’s Current Artists-In-Residence

Magda Stanová

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Image: “Algorithms in Photography,” performative lecture, 2012

Magda Stanová analyzes creative processes, the theory of photography, urban development, and cartography in her work. Her research-based practice results in artistic forms like visual essays and lecture-like events. She is currently at work on a new performance exploring the differences and similarities induced by art-conjuring tricks, solving scientific problems, and hearing jokes. Magda hails from Slovakia and is based in Prague, Czech Republic. Recent exhibitions include: Les Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, 2009), Angus-Hughes Gallery (London, 2012), and Etc Gallery (Prague, 2013).

More about Magda Stanová’s work

Wu Chi-Tsung

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Image: “Drapery Studies,” oil paint on canvas, 2014

Wu Chi-Tsung’s work devotes attention to the methods used in producing and interpreting images. His recent series “Drapery Studies” explores a dialogue between contemporary painting practices and western art history’s oil painting tradition. The project extends from his photography series “Wrinkle Texture,” which combined experimental cyanotype photos with concepts from traditional oriental landscape painting. Chi-Tsung is from Taipei, Taiwan. Recent exhibitions include: National Museum of Cardiff (Cardiff, 2006), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2008), and WRO Media Art Biannual (Worclaw, 2013).

More about Wu Chi-Tsung’s work

Júlia Vécsei

Julia open studio

Image: “Playground,” 10 iron objects, 2013

Júlia Vécsei’s practice is positioned between the registers of the sensual and the conceptual, working within techniques of drawing and aquarelle. Her project “Colorization” is an investigation of public housing projects, documenting their rehabilitation and replacement in ex-Socialist countries as well as American cities such as New York—comparing these processes between the east and west. Júlia is based in Budapest, Hungary. Recent exhibitions include: Kisterem Gallery (Budapest, 2013), Modem (Debrecen, 2014) and Krinzinger Projekte (Vienna, 2014).

More about Júlia Vécsei’s work

Jessica Segall

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Image: “A Thirsty Person, Having Found a Spring, Stops to Drink, Does Not Contemplate Its Beauty,” performance still, 2011

Jessica Segall uses a mix of humor and elbow grease to investigate energy transfer and the link between creativity and survival. She is currently working on a drawing series based on historic alchemical manuals and polycrystalline solar cells as well as a video work on climate change with composers Iddo Aharony and Sophie Webber. Jessica is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent exhibitions include: 10th Havana Bienal (Havana, 2009), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, 2012) and The National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia (Ulan Bator, 2012).

More about Jessica Segall’s work

Christopher Mahonski

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Image: “The Gut,” chromed folding chair, felt, Forton MG with marble dust, 2013

Christopher Mahonski’s studio practice involves an intuitive exploration of mystical landscapes. Objects, sound recordings and other collected visual information collide to form works that might serve as an oracle or a talisman. These works are meditations on the pivot point at which we find ourselves as creatures, made in mourning of what we might be leaving behind, but hopeful of the magic that awaits. Chris is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His recent exhibitions include: Mulherin Pollard Projects (New York, 2011), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, 2013), and Land of Tomorrow (Lexington, 2013).

More about Christopher Mahonski’s work

Anna Kell

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Image: “Untitled Gainesville Stain,” Acrylic and oil on stained mattress fabric stretched on panel, 2010

Anna Kell’s recent practice focuses on paintings made from discarded and stained floral mattress fabrics. With these works, Anna explores the automatic, negative reaction that stains signify as something one is not supposed to see or acknowledge. By re-framing accidental marks and camouflage-like patterns she proposes that stains can be read as having natural and physical value and can speak to our connection to nature and history. Anna is based in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Recent exhibitions include: Jolie Laide Gallery (Philadelphia, 2010), ARC Gallery (Chicago, 2011), and AIR Gallery (New York, 2013).

More about Anna Kell’s work

THANK YOU to our partnering organizations!


Triangle thanks our international and local partners: FUTURA, the International Visegrad Fund, Asian Cultural Council and Two Trees. Open Studios performance by Magda Stanová “Algorithms in Art” is realized with support from the Student’s Grant Competition of the Academcy of Fine Arts in Prague.